Ms. Carey has created Terre d'Ange as an alternate France lost to the mists of a time when magic and gods still walked the land. Her depth of detail coupled with just enough familiarity so as not to lose the reader makes a truly enjoyable experience. Ms. Flosnik's deft handling of many foreign names and accents, along with sensitive yet relaxed delivery of the exotic scenes from a world of a romanticized sex-trade is done with grace.
If only I had known that this author was incapable of escaping the first person, past tense narrative; or that she possibly misplaced her thesaurus that day, would I have still read this novel? I do not know; I cannot say.
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.