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've been deeply in love with the Old Kingdom series since I was 11 years old, and after 17(!)years of reading it over and over as it evolves, it still amazes me at how thorough and uncondescending the writing is, especially for a young adult series. Every detail is important, and every character is a fully fleshed out person. The fact that Little is a socially awkward teenage girl who has experienced enormous interpersonal trauma is clear and an important part of her characterization, but the author doesn't hammer away at it or make her helpless and indecisive. It makes her likeable and relatable.
Tim Curry's narration is pretty much perfect. He captures the humour and the sinister undercurrent that I loved so much as a kid and can appreciate even more as an adult.
Definitely a fun adventure, this being the 2nd book of this trilogy really pushes the story up and beyond what I expected. Already I've downloaded the next one and am getting ready to dive into it!
This second book in the trilogy is absolutely fantastic! It builds on everything that the first book created, and add to it in ways that I did not expect. I was enthralled with the story, and Curry's performance is nothing short of delightful. He brings to life every character with such panache that it is almost like I am living it myself.
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.