Lirael takes too long to grow the character into adulthood. But its a necessary read betwewen Sabriel and Abhorsen. Listen and move on - Abhorssen is better - moves faster and all the plot lines started here resolve.
I love this story and I love Tim Curry, so I thought I would love this audiobook. Wrong! He does a TERRIBLE job with the voices, especially women's voices. Almost insultingly bad.
He does Lirael's voice in an awful whiny falsetto. It's unbearable. Would not recommend.
This should have had a female narrator as most of the characters (Lirael, Disreputable Dog) with dialog are women.
I love the reader for this book! I love the book too! But combining this awesome story with that awesome voice is just enthralling. As soon as I started listening, I was hooked and I was finished in no time at all.
I wasn't a big fan of the characters, which made the book a bit rough, but that's probably personal preference. Ultimately, the character development helped though. Probably should be considered more of a prelude to Book 3, rather than it's own individual story.
My favorite books are when rational characters are put into an interesting world and let go. Favorite narrators: Bronson Pinchot, Tim Curry
Lirael is a solid "set up" book, a middle book of a trilogy whose main purpose is to get the storyline up and running so the third book can bring it home. I still really liked it, even for its own sake, and I'm very much looking forward to the finale.
It's more clearly a YA book than the first book, Sabriel, was. The main characters act younger (in Lirael's case, she actually is younger at the start) and go through a more typical angsty teenage phase before (mostly) growing out of it. However, I still think the book and series can appeal to all audiences.
The plot is somewhat of a rehash: being thrown into this world of Abhorsening without much preparation and having to face down a dark creature who has been laying the groundwork for his master plan and wants to bring an even greater evil into the world. Pretty standard stuff. Nevertheless it's a very interesting (and unique) magical world, and I really liked the characters. I was happy to see Mogget back, and really like the addition of the Disreputable Dog, both masterfully voiced by Tim Curry (and I totally agree with a previous reviewer-- I could raptly listen to him reading a cereal box).
I was somewhat surprised when the story abruptly ended with a "To be continued..." but I immediately downloaded the third book and am already listening away (review coming soon).
Another great addition to the series. The whole world is so interesting and new, yet familiar. I can't wait to listen to the next one! And it makes me so happy that Tim Curry narrated all three. Something I will be looking for in other series because I really think it makes a difference having a great narrator for the whole story.
I would highly recommend to others!
the only problem with this book is I did not know it was not a stand-alone novel similar to the first one so when it finished with to be continued I died can't wait to get and read the second one
As the sequel to Sabriel, it ranks better than the predecessor.
Everything in it, the magic, the dead, the surreal feeling of being in that world so effortlessly imagined in the mind.
The Disreputable Dog. By Far. Along with Mogget.
Tim Curry's narration of these books is great-- such a good match between material and vocal style. The story is excellent and it introduces a lot of fascinating concepts but it's not very self-contained-- without reading Sabriel and Abhorsen, too, it's hard to imagine connecting with this one.