This is one of my favourite books and it translates very well into audio form. I thought the reader was excellent on narration, but found that her voices for many of the characters were a little off. Overall, a good listen.
I took another reviewer's advice and listened patiently through the first 8-9 hours. then something drastic happens and the whole story changes. I struggled through the beginning, but after that I couldn't stop listening! Good stuff!
I struggled to remember all the names and people in the story. I did really enjoy the story but I'm not sure I will read the rest of the series.
I listened to this long book twice - in a row. The plot was complex enough that I wanted to catch a few more details the second time around and I also had a chance to notice the narration and not just the story. Anne Flosnik is the main character - and all the rest. I have listened to many Audible presentations and this is without question the best. No distracting mispronunciations to draw my attention from the story, no voices that don't ring true for the characters. I don't see how anyone could have done a better job.
there is a lot going on in this story. The author does a decent job of tying things together, but a lot is left unsaid. I enjoyed the read. I will give the second book a try.
I didn't want to stop listening. I have read the book before just once, but listening to it is also a great experience. The characters and descriptions are fantastic.
Had I but known that the author knows only one device for creating suspense -- foreshadowing -- I probably wouldn't have bought the book.
The reviews seemed pretty positive, from readers with similar tastes, so I gave it a try.
In fact I gave it three separate tries.
I guess its just not my cup of tea.
Neither the plot or the characters captured me.
This truly spectacular book (and series) is so incredibly well-written and thought out that the story captivates instantly and rivets one's attention for the duration. The character is so unique and deeply developed that I couldn't help but walk along with her in the story. The world is so detailed it becomes incredibly easy to visualise the culture and society, but the political maneuverings bring a much needed intrigue that lays the path for Phedre.
Anne Flosnik was a pleasant surprise as a narrator. I haven't liked her in the past, but I can't commend her performance enough. Her telling of the story was superb.
I enjoyed this thoroughly as an audiobook, however I will say that I had already read the entire series (twice!) before picking this up in audio version, so I had no trouble with the complexity of the world and characters. I saw some reviews that mentioned it could be confusing, so I thought I'd add this caveat to my comments.