I had to speed up the narration. Both the story and the narrator were slow. The narrator had the perfect voice for this story though. It was intriguing and different, but not something I would read again or recommend.
loved it. I was never bored with the story. the tragic twists of it made it even better. I loved how the point of view changed but was so effortless that it didn't break the story weirdly like other books and stories do.
This book offers the readers insight to the suffocating trap of being a woman in a culture and time when women had no rights. Like "Shakespeare's Sister," Stella makes dangerous decisions forced to compromise the morality imposed on her by class and her gender. Lots of good twists and Sir Ian McClellan is outstanding.
Fascinating story read most beautifully by Sir Ian McKellan. Intriguing from beginning to end. I could hardly put it down, I must say.
At first I was a little bit disappointed by the slow movement of the story, but as I listened it became more intriguing and involving, and I found myself unwilling to turn it off and listening more avidly. It was not because it is thrilling with a lot of action or unexpected turns - in fact, virtually the entire story is told in retrospective analysis by the friend and psychiatrist of the protagonist - but because of the psychological suspense. It kind of creeps up on you and takes you by surprise.
Narration, by the great actor Ian McKellen, is terrific, and no doubt adds to the subtle creep of the suspense.
I purchased this title on a whim during a sale - I probably wouldn't have found it otherwise, and I'm glad I did.
This book was well done...only 4 stars because it ended so abruptly. I think a lot of people are missing the point here...the doctors "treating" the patients can be as obsessed and dangerous in their thinking as their patients, given the right circumstances...that's what was so engaging. Peter's faulty treatment of Stella, clouded by his desire for her rather than her successful recovery, made him as dangerous as the other inmates which ultimately resulted in her death. Very interesting premise and subtle which can make it seem at first like a simple case of adultery.
This is a powerful, gothic, macabre novel that is enhanced greatly by Sir Ian McKellan's performance. Sir Ian played the role of Dr. Peter Cleave in the forgettable film version of 2005. Don't bother with the movie; this audiobook reminded me of why I loved this book. The story is an intense study of the madness of lust/love when one gives into it with utter abandon.