The Valley And The Flood by Rebecca Mahoney | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To The Valley And The Flood by Rebecca Mahoney?

The Valley And The Flood by Rebecca Mahoney has such a unique concept. I’ll admit that I first picked it up because I had assumed there was a cult aspect and I do love reading books about cults. However, that isn’t really what the book is about. Rather, I kept listening because of main character Rose’s character growth and for the magical realism aspect. This was a quiet sort of book that hit just right with me at the time that I had read it.

What’s The Story Here?

Rose Colter is driving through the Nevada desert one night when her car breaks down. She begins to hear a voicemail from her best friend Gaby over the radio. “Rose, are you there?” So, Rose goes to the nearest radio tower which is located in Lotus Valley. There, she learns that her arrival in town is part of a prophecy which ends with the town being destroyed by a flood. There’s also prophets which populate the town. As it turns out though, this is a book about PTSD and the very real trauma that Rose is dealing with.

What Did I Think Of The Valley And The Flood?

It’s kind of hard to go into detail on The Valley And The Flood because it is a story where things are revealed bit by bit. Also, I don’t want to spoil you. What I will say is that I appreciated the exploration of trauma within. I thought the author handled it in a sensitive manner and was quite thoughtful as well. Additionally, I wasn’t sure what to make of the flood and magical realism aspect, but in the end, it really worked for me. This was a genuinely good book and quiet too. I think it’ll end up going under the radar, because it is so different from what else is out there. Still, it is totally worth picking up.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Rebecca Mahoney’s The Valley And The Flood is narrated by Phoebe Strole. It is 10 hours and 28 minutes unabridged. Strole has a voice that is youthful, so she was fitting to narrate Rose’s story. Overall, I tend to like Strole’s narration and this book was no exception. I am glad I listened to this book, but kind of think I would have processed it a bit better had I physically read it or listened to it a bit further out from having a baby (I am super sleep deprived which means not processing things perfectly). Still, this book was really good and I do recommend it.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. The cover is gorgeous! I’d read it for that alone. (It helps that you enjoyed the book, haha.)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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