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Review: Frog Music

September 10, 2015

Frog Music

When Jenny Bonnet, a young women who liked to hunt frogs and dress like a man, is murdered in San Francisco in 1876, her friend Blanche Beunon makes it her mission to find the killer and bring him justice.

Emma Donoghue‘s Frog Music is based on a true story – an unsolved crime from the past – but that wasn’t enough to save the book for me.  Donoghue uses flashbacks to tell the story which I usually like, but, in this case, it kept me confused so I found it difficult to follow the storyline.  The world Blanche discovers is dark and sordid and made me uncomfortable and, maybe that was the point, but the story didn’t redeem itself in the end for me.

The audio version of Frog Music is read by Khristine Hvam and I cannot say enough about her narration.  She is fabulous with voices, accents, and even singing.  In fact, it was Hvam’s narration that kept me with this book until the end.

Review copy provided by Little, Brown. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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21 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2015 7:26 am

    I have heard such mixed reviews of this one, it’s good to get your perspective.

  2. September 10, 2015 8:20 am

    This book has been on and off my wish list several times. I think I’ll keep it off, but will look for another title narrated by Khristine Hvam!

  3. Beth F permalink
    September 10, 2015 8:36 am

    The narration on this books is totally awesome! BTW: I am not surprised that this wasn’t for you. It seems to be a love or hate book. I loved, but Mr. BFR never got past page 40.

  4. September 10, 2015 8:37 am

    I guess this one won’t be for me either.

  5. September 10, 2015 9:06 am

    I’m not sure this is for me either. The reviews have been SO mixed.

  6. September 10, 2015 9:50 am

    After reading your review, I think I’m taking it off my tbr list.

  7. September 10, 2015 1:12 pm

    Funny how a narrator can really make or break a book–I’ve had some lousy books that I’ve finished just for the narrator as well. Sorry this didn’t do it for you–seems I remember the mixed reviews when it first came out, too.

  8. September 10, 2015 3:01 pm

    That’s disappointing since Room was so good.

    • September 12, 2015 6:07 pm

      I’ve only read Room from her and I’ve always been curious about this one!

  9. September 10, 2015 3:16 pm

    Sounds like this is disappointing

  10. September 10, 2015 3:57 pm

    Hmmm, dunno

  11. Patty permalink
    September 10, 2015 5:06 pm

    I hate when this happens. I hate when a book makes me feel uncomfortable…

  12. Diane permalink
    September 10, 2015 7:05 pm

    Flashbacks, especially in audio versions, are confusing. Glad u liked the narrator.

  13. September 10, 2015 9:14 pm

    Thank you for the review. I found Room difficult to get through so maybe this is also not for me.

  14. bookingmama permalink
    September 11, 2015 1:14 pm

    I love Hvam but I’m wondering if you would have been able to follow this one better in print.

  15. September 13, 2015 12:59 pm

    I have had this one on the shelf for longer than I care to admit….

  16. Literary Feline permalink
    September 16, 2015 12:28 pm

    I really liked the author’s Room, but haven’t read this one yet. Partly because it didn’t especially appeal to me, subject matter wise. I am sorry it didn’t work for you.

  17. September 16, 2015 12:55 pm

    I’ve had this book on my iPod for months. I can’t seem to motivate myself to start it. I believe I’ll take my hesitation, and your review, as my cue to skip this book. Thanks for reading it for me.

  18. The Cue Card permalink
    September 16, 2015 4:21 pm

    Too bad that this one didn’t work for you. I still have Room on my shelf to read.

  19. September 18, 2015 11:33 am

    I felt the same way about this one–it kept getting darker, and harder to follow. I gave up on it.

  20. September 22, 2015 7:35 pm

    Bummer. I still haven’t read Room. I tired the first few chapters this summer but it didn’t grab me so I set it aside for later.

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