What I loved: I can honestly say, there is absolutely nothing I enjoyed about this book. If it weren’t for Reese narrating the story, I would never have listened to the book to completion.
What I didn’t: Prior to downloading Go Set a Watchman on Audible, I re-read Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. To Kill a Mockingbird will always be one of my favorites, unfortunately, I believe re-reading it only set me up to be even more disappointed with the book’s sequel.
When I say there is legitimately no plot to this book, I am not exaggerating. The book is filled with unnecessary tangents and the reader is inundated with additional history of Maycomb and Finch family history. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout’s ramblings were appropriate, as she was very young and children often tend to talk and talk. This time around, I didn’t feel there was reason for the extra history and it would made more sense to be included in the first book, not its sequel.
Also, two main characters are absent from the book which sincerely pissed me off, excuse my French.
Harper Lee invented an idol in Atticus Finch and Go Set a Watchman literally destroys his credibility as a character. It’s as if she built a beautiful skyscraper and then rented a crane and wrecking ball to tear it down.
All in all, Go Set a Watchman should never have been published, as I feel it has tainted the legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird. Some classics don’t need a reboot or a sequel. Sometimes, it’s better to just let the classics be.
What I loved about listening: The only saving grace of listening to the book was Reese’s narration. She has a beautifully soft Southern accent and is very easy to listen to. Reese truly shines as Scout and speaks just as I would have expected Scout to sound. She has the perfection combination of sass and smarts to live up to Scout’s name.
What I didn’t love about listening: There were many times during the book when I would zone out for ten or so minutes and once I bounced back to the story, I realized I had missed nothing of consequence. This is obviously not Reese’s fault, but at times the book was extremely dull and it was hard to focus on the story.
At your own risk...
To listen to the audio version, click here or to read it the old fashioned way, click here.