I loved this book, it's dark and magical, a wonderful mystery through generations and time. The prose and the pacing is excellent, and you really sympathize with everyone. It's a bit on the dark and morbid side, so if you like that, I would highly recommend it to you.
It wasn't a bad book, but it seemed lengthy to me and at times difficult to get through. Its written much like its movie counterpart yet has several large discrepancies, including the ending. If you liked the movie the book could be worth a read for a similar yet different story.
The narrator is terrific in the telling of this wonderful story.
Simon always does a great job. It's even moe noticeable when he has good material to work with. This book allowed Simon to shine!
Very good story.
I have not physically read the book, rather have only listened to the audio.
Good mystery. Reminds me of Poe in many ways.
I think that the speaker provided a more authentic setting with his voice that I would have conjured just reading the book, as I do not have a point of reference for this time.
I was moved by the times that the characters tried to apologize to the other and stop the feud.
I would highly recommend this book. I will listen to this more than once. I think that hearing it again will illuminate the ending for me.
This is one of the top books I have listened to so far.
It is a fast paced story with a good plot.
He did a great job with all of the characters. I enjoyed how he gave the men different accents, and he is very good at reading aloud as a female.
The ending blew me away. I made my husband listen to this book just so I would have someone to discuss it with.
This is a fun book that dips into a couple of different genres. It does not appeal to just one group.
There are a small number of instances in which the narrator has need to describe things, labels and such, which would probably make more sense in text. But, the distinct voices throughout, and the multiplicity of 'speakers' each in their own style, might make them easyer to hear than to read alone. Unusually for me, I found this narrative to be one I had to often focus and close my eyes to fully appreciate. Descriptions, especially as the book is full of magical spectacle, are often so complex in their workings that nothing but careful and deliberate mental construction can make them fully understood. A necessity which can prove tiresome and difficult when attempting to multi task...
The novel is unique in my experience in its exploration of multiple viewpoints so that, in the end, most characters can be seen as having been good And bad in turn...
That said however, I dig Tesla in general and had to smile at his mad scientist fun coupled with a flair for skipping out on debts... seems like fun in a way... victorian rock stars... of a sort... :)
As I mentioned, the book is broken into several different sections with different narators often purposefully placed on opposate sides of an issue, I appreciated then the reader's ability to subtly alter intonations to make identification of each voice easy to achieve. Sometimes narrator changes are quick and tricky, I appreciate the reader taking a lot of the stress of remembering which character was speaking out of the read.
After spending so long in other people's memories and characterisations, I found the ending of the novel particularly visceral. Moving from memory to the present in that way, and to That Present was, I thought, particularly effective.
I think this novel is a Must for anyone with a love of performing magic. I had an interest myself as a kid and found the whole inner art and struggle very inspiring and evocative. The work and the narrative Feel Old in a historic and ancestral way and the sense of life as a magician during that time was particularly strong. A trip back in time at its best to gaudy theatres and turn of the century society; a fitting scene to set...
....and both happen to be great!.....The characters, Borden and Angier are basically good people that let their passion for magic basically turn them into ugly monsters.....they ended up ruining their lives by wanting to ruin each other. Jealousy and hate are ugly emotions to deal with. I think a movie that went by the book would have been just as fascinating.....I really liked the mixing of current day with past experiences.....I just wonder why they did make the movie so different?....Anyway......the ending is just plain ole creepy and much more so if you happen to listen to the audio book like I did.....Great read and very fascinating and intriguing story.
It is very easy to get interested in series or books with very similar styles and themes. But I love it when I find a good book that is (at least for me) completely unique and original. This is what this book was for me. The story was good and very original. The presentation was different and the narration was excellent. As a matter of fact Simon Vance is one of the reasons that I decided to take a chance on this book and I was not disappointed.
I would recommend this book.
I thought it was interesting, but a little slow at times. Also I loved the movie and the book is very different. I did enjoy the movie version more but this wasn't bad.
It wasn't bad just make sure if you loved the movie you realize that it is very different. I feel you're better off listening to this as though it was a totally different story that has nothing to do with the movie.
I loved how this one was structured, with some traditional narrative framing the main thrust of the story, which was told through the journal writings of two rival magicians in the late 1800s, early 1900s. It gave interesting insight into how stage magic works, as well as using speculative elements to push the story to a new level. The narrator did a great job of changing his voice just enough to give the characters even more life. Overall, I highly recommend this one.