The movie is a favorite of mine, but even with being that familiar with the story the book is great and still holds many surprises. There was one section that I felt was a bit slow and repetitive though; I'll write what that was below, but to avoid any spoilers I'll write it backwards.
As for the reading, it was absolutely top-notch. I highly recommend this book, either in printed or audio form.
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It took me a several hours to get used the way the author chose to present the story. If it had been anyone but Simon Vance Narrating the story I can't be sure I would have listened through to the end. He is an incredible story teller. My overall feeling is that it is a strange but intriguing story. The Author uses a unique combination of mystery, suspense, and science fiction written in a classical style that put me in mind of Jane Eyre or Frankenstein. The ending left me a little dazed and surprised and I feel like there should be more. Overall I recommend this audio book and I feel it is a book to listen to and I don’t think you will be disappointed.
OK in that you get an insight of the days when magic was,well magic.BothScience and magic were entwined in the public's perception in the days before television and cinema.
Competition between magicians and vaudeville acts was fierce.Everyone competed for the spotlight on stage and in the press
.Somehow I just didn't care.
The gradual revealing of the secrets of both magicians aroused some curiosity but by the time everything was explained I felt that there were too many other GREAT listens on audible to bother with this one.I didn't like either magician or care about them.
The only good thing,as I said,was the insight you got into the period of Victorian England.
The writing and reading was adequate but the talented Simon Vance can only read what's in front of him.
I liked the premise of this book, but the execution turned out to be slow and unexciting. The story is conveyed through a few monologues, by the two contemporary protagonists (the great-grandson and great-granddaughter of the two magicians), and then (and these are the far longer parts) by the supposed diaries of the two magicians. This makes for quite a monotonous experience, which I found tiring at times. I often felt like saying "just get on with it already!". The big secrets aren't quite as exciting as I might have thought, and the ending just doesn't feel right, leaving some things strangely open.
The narration is good, which helps a great deal, but on the whole, this was just average - I don't regret buying this, but wouldn't have regretted not buying it...
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
Complete let down as a poorly told story.
I had hoped for a more elaborate telling of what had been an entertaining and creative movie. This was a tediously overwritten recitation of two diaries, purposely obscure in their revelations, with nothing of the tantalizing interactions between the protagonists - just their own self serving versions of a petty feud. No twists or surprises and no real character development. Badly done, was glad it over.
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
I liked the movie...LOVED the book.
Wonderful atmosphere...constant viewpoint shifts and breath-taking plotting. One of the best audiobooks yet.
One you'll sit in the driveway after you get home just to keep listening.
It DOES have an older style narration. But if you like that sort of thing, you'll love this book.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I thought this book was a bit slow and boring. The subject matter was pretty interesting and it was very well narrated. However I kept expecting to be "wowed" after reading many of the reviews and just never was. the plot just moved slowly on and its final "climax" was sort of like opening a giant box at christmas only to find a pair of socks.
This book is slow to get started but so worth the time. It is uncategorizable and therefore a really enjoyable surprise. The author does a fantastic job bringing period characters to life. You won't be sorry! I agree with the other reviewers - the narrator is also excellent.
I've never written a Review before, although I've listened to many, many books. But this time I just HAVE to do it, because The Prestige is such a wonderful book, and extremely well narrated.
This book has everything a book should have. There's an original storyline (which is refreshing when there is SO much more of the same these days), it's beautifully written, there's suspense and some horror, the characters are interesting, and it's the sort of story you want to hear again right after you have finished it.
Okay, the first half of te book can be a bit slow for some people. This book is not a glass of beer, but a wonderful glass of excellent wine. It has to be savoured. Sit back and let the magic do it's work!
I absolutely loved the movie version of this story. And I typically enjoy books more than their movie counterparts, but not in this case. The movie refined the book's plot, and made it an overall more interesting story.
The book does add plot not included in the movie (naturally), but in few cases does it make a considerable difference in the overall story. I believe that the plot twists and tension was presented best in the movie's format. The book (written in diary-style) had a wandering feel to it. And the big reveal that makes the movie astounding seemed significantly less important in this version.
I do admit that knowledge of the plot contrivances beforehand may be coloring my perception of the novel, but I came into this book with great love for the story, and I was not impressed by the presentation.
Simon Vance was a great narrator, however.