Sunday, May 1, 2011

On The Jellicoe Road

Author: Melina Marchetta
Audiobook: narrated by Rebecca Macauley
Listening Length: 8 hours  53 minutes
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd (February 9, 2009)

Summary from Product Review:
Taylor Markham is now a senior at the Jellicoe School, and has been made leader of the boarders. She is responsible for keeping the upper hand in the territory wars with the townies, and the cadets who camp on the edge of the school's property over summer. She has to keep her students safe and the territories enforced and to deal with Jonah Griggs - the leader of the cadets and someone she'd rather forget. But what she needs to do, more than anything, is unravel the mystery of her past and find her mother - who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road six years before. The only connection to her past, Hannah, the woman who found her, has now disappeared, too, and he only clue Taylor has about Hannah and her mother's past is a partially written manuscript about a group of five kids from the Jellicoe School, 20 years ago.
Third time's a charm for me. I tried to listen to this book a couple times before, but this is not an easy book to start and stop because the listener gets snippets of the multiple story lines. It took me two hours of uninterrupted time until I felt comfortable enough to stop the audio book and not feel like I was totally lost.

If you have patience, or a long flight, car drive, etc., once you get into this story and all the intersection and mystery, it is a very worthy read. I enjoyed the romance mixed with intrigue. It was like putting a large 1000 piece puzzle together without the sample picture of what it's supposed to look like.  

I really don't have much time to read anymore with my new teaching position and starting my doctoral work, but I'm glad I didn't give up on this book. It was worth the wait.

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