Friday, March 15, 2013

Audio Book Review: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Title: Out of the Easy
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: Teen Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Audio
ISBN Book:  9780399256929
Narrator:  Lauren Fortgang 
Length: 9 hours and 51 minutes(Unabridged)
Disclosure: I received a copy of this audiobook download from the publisher for review through Audiobook JukeboxThis is my honest review!


Out of The EasyOut of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary:

In 1950s New Orleans, Josie Moraine is the daughter of a French Quarter prostitute. Josie longs for a life different from the one she knows and a college education. When she meets a Tennessee architect at the book store where she works, she doesn’t expect that event will change her life forever. When he dies mysteriously that same night, and his death is ruled murder, suddenly the police and a number of unsavory characters come knocking on Josie’s door. She longs for escape, but escaping your past isn’t so easy.

Review:

OMG! Prepare for a gusher with this review! Last year I read Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray. I loved how she took history and made it immediate and heart wrenching. Her writing is vibrant and her characters are ones that will stay with you forever.

In Out of the Easy we meet Josie Moraine who has to be one of my favorite all time characters. She is a smart girl who is looking for a way out of New Orleans. She dreams of attending college and putting her smarts to work. She isn’t a perfect character, in fact, she does make mistakes. Her character is real and believable. I became so attached to the character that I found myself wanting to yell at her when she did something I didn’t like, or when she wouldn’t do something I wish she would. I found myself caring for Josie and really wanting her to have that happily ever after.

The setting is the gritty French Quarter of New Orleans, and Sepetys doesn’t shy away from depicting the dark side of the city. Some of Josie’s best friends are prostitutes, and she knows that she is a poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks. I love the setting and the fact that this book takes place in the 1950s.

The pacing of the novel is perfect. Sepetys set the narrative hook early on and never backs off the tension. She keeps you reading throughout the novel because you have to know what will happen next. Towards the end the pacing speeds up, but by that point you are so hooked you don’t want to stop reading for anything.

Audiobook Review:

I literally looked for any excuse to keep listening to this audiobook. I didn’t want to stop, and when the story was over, I wanted to go back and listen to it again. The audiobook is produced by Penguin Audio and read by Lauren Fortgang. Fortgang’s narration is spot on, I loved the voices she used. She had me hooked from the very beginning and falling into the character’s lives. The audiobook production was well done and free of flaws. I would highly recommend listening to this book on audio, but be prepared—you may not be able to put this one down. I recently got an iPhone, and found myself listening in my car, and carrying it with me to all sorts of places. Phone in one pocket and earphones in another made it possible for this one to travel with me, and sometimes I couldn’t stop listening even when I needed to!

Overall:

This book is amazing. I will definitely be following Sepetys’s writing career with interest. Her characters are charming and loveable, and she is such a talented storyteller you find yourself becoming invested in the lives of her characters. This book goes on my list of favorites. I loved it!


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