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Call Numbers

 

Written by: Syntell Smith
Narrated by: P. G. Hammock
Genres: Fiction
Published: 22nd of March, 2021
Length: 13 Hours 17 Minutes

 

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Life is a book...and every person is a chapter.

Everything's looking up for Robin Walker. It's 1994 in New York City, and he's been transferred downtown to the 58th Street Branch Library. Ready to move up the ladder, Robin is excited about the opportunities that await him.

But success, personal or professional, is as elusive as a first-edition rare book. Robin struggles with his strange new work environment as this motley crew of employees generates more drama than a runaway best seller. He doesn't know who to believe - or who to let in. And as potential romance mingles with devious machinations, there's no telling where Robin's story will go. All he knows is that he must see it through to the very last page.

Call Numbers is a captivating and multilayered adult drama. Through realistic dialogue and situations, author Syntell Smith has crafted a modern-day classic about the trials and tribulations of adulthood. Because a library is usually the last place you'd expect high drama, but for these characters...it's long overdue.

 

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Reviewed: 2021-06-07

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Couldn't Get Into It
Try as I might, I just couldn't get into Call Numbers by Syntell Smith. Set in mid-nineties New York, this book failed to hold any real interest for me.

There were a few times where I thought it was picking up, but it never quite got there. I want to give it the benefit of the doubt. I honestly don't think it was a terrible written story overall, but it didn't resonate with me at all. No doubt there's a market, but I wasn't it.

I couldn't find myself caring enough about the characters to invest in them. They didn't strike me as the kind of people I'd want to be around, which isn't in and of itself something I always look for, but for the style of the book... it felt like that connection was something I would need and didn't get.

The narration by P. G. Hammock was good, though not enough to decrease the chore of getting through the 13-odd hours of this story.


I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this gift affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook and have left an honest review.

 

 

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