I read the reviews that said the first 8 hours were slow. For me the first 27 hours were slow mostly because I couldn't seem to care about the characters. I can't explain it but I felt only frustration through out most of the story. Frustration at missed information and opportunities. I usually enjoy slow paced books but usually the pace picks up and the emotions get stronger and I grow fond of characters. But this narrative style was more like a historical biography. A fictional account of certain events. May be this book requires more attention to details that would have tied up all the seemingly loose ends. Some were and others seemed like dead ends to me without purpose. Don't get me wrong, the story was well written and the narrator amazing (as always) but it lacked something for me. I was surprised at the end when I finally found myself emotional and actually cared about so many characters I had felt nothing for before. I nearly cried but it was too little too late. And don't get me started on the lack of strong female characters. Don't say to me that the weak women were a result of the time in history. This was fiction! And I can't believe that one strong female character couldn't have existed. Also, women silently enduring is not courageous to me. So try the book if it sounds interesting to you. Perhaps like the other reviewers you'll enjoy it more than me. I won't be watching the television series either. I can't imagine how they'll make it interesting if it's based on the book.
I loved this book. I got the audiobook because it's narrated by Simon Prebble and he always does a fantastic job and I wasn't disappointed. The BBC is doing a TV series of it and it got me interested, but Susanna Clark's style is a lot like Neil Gaiman and is what ultimately kept me listening. I loved the story. I would recommend it to pretty much everyone I know. Although, I tend to get a little over-enthused, so this might just come off as rambling.
I found this book to be an wild ride! An amazing story! I agree with several of the reviewers that it was a bit hard to get into at the beginning, but my advice is to stick with it, it is well worth it.
The performer, Simon Prebble, was fantastic! He captured all the characters so well, even the ladies. I really enjoyed listening to him.I heartily recommend this book, it well worth the 36+ hours of audio.
I'm a professor who's interested in online communication. I also like Greek food.
This is a long book written in a 19th century style (think Dickens or Austen). The book builds to a satisfying climax but could stand more concision.
This is a book that I wanted to read but always seemed to get pulled away from in print form. I'm so glad that the audio format worked out so well for me. This is a staggering creation! The footnotes alone are a whole history unto themselves. I found the journey to be very much worthwhile!
The dry British humor might not work for some people and the length of the story can cause some difficulty for some people.
However, if this doesn't deter you, this book is wonderful. The elements portrayed combine a little history and incorporate magic and Fairie into a thorough narrative. I've enjoyed the story several times and find it unique among the genre.
The narrator did a great job representing the different characters and their manners.
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Love the book and Mr. Prebble brings it alive. Amazing job he does giving voice to so many characters. FANTASTIC
I've had this book for years on CD, and loved it so much I bought the hardcover just to have a more "tangible" copy of such a masterpiece (that has a few charcoal drawings as well). I bought it again on audible just for the convenience of enjoying it again on my phone. Simon Prebble's reading is one of those that is so good, and each character voiced so well that I hope in the upcoming BBC America mini-series the actors sounds as good as Simon Prebble's impersonation of them. Especially The Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair, where his acting takes one of the most interesting characters in literature to an entirely new level.
The story itself I have listened to 3 or 4 times, and there is so much density to it I get something new out of it every time. The world Susanna Clarke has set up, through fantastic backstory and detours via lengthy footnotes (which work surprisingly well on audio), is a stunning alternate history so real feeling it almost seems it should be true. It's not quite George RR Martin or Tolkien in its complexity, but that level of quality.
For anyone that might enjoy a story of magicians in an England that didn't quite exist, I highly recommend this.