I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this is one of my all time favorites. The only drawback to listening to Jonathan Styrange and Mr. Norrell is that it is very hard to stop listening to it. Narrator Simon Prebble's plethora of voices bring the story's characters to life and Ms. Clarke's extensive research, knowledge and imagination envoke a world that I would love to visit.
I was influenced by all the positive reviews. However, after having D R A G G E D my way to the end .... I found the book very disjointed and I can't say that there is a real plot or story line. If it weren't for the treadmill and elliptical trainer at the health club, I venture to say that I would have quit it. However, exercising indoors is even more boring than the book. Alas!
This book made me remember the sheer joy of losing yourself in a story. The world that Susanna Clarke creates is complete and detailed and her visual imagery is amazing. She also writes with a wry wit and her characters are, though not always sympathetic, are wholly believable. She spins an amazing yarn.
I listened to it again immediately. The narrator is outsanding and I'm afraid this experience has set a very high standard for other Audible authors and narrators.
I couldn't put this one down. I stayed up far later most evenings than I should just to finish it. It is unfair to compare this work to others, although one can sense Ms.Clarke's influences: MacDonald in it's fantastic aspect, Dickens in it's intricacy of detail, etc. It was thoroughly engrossing, and I look forward eagerly to her next book.
Very clever old English dialog but the story meanders from situtation-to-situation, some clever, some not, with no plot or purpose or interesting reason to care what happens next. Some characters are funny, but the protagonists are too stiff to care about. I gave up half-way through.
This book just dragged on it seemed endless. At most times it reminded me of a dull history professor, giving a lecture of dates and names with no rime or reason. The story concept is good, but could be told as a short story. To much useless information is injected to give a real feel to a fictitious history. But the information dates and names just slow down the story. By the time you get to the end, your happy to be done with it.
The book was good, but the excess of foot notes seemed to get in the way of the story. This one might be better in an abridges form.
I like authors that spend time setting the scene adding ambiance but man does she spend a lot of time on describing things that are off in left field.
First 5 hours are pretty slow but after that it gets going.
There is a story in all the words, but it is quickly lost. An abriged version is needed that wouls remove 9 out of 10 words. Even then it may be too long. Pass it by.
Wow, I am more hesitant to rely upon others' reviews. I took a gamble hoping for a very long interesting novel about magic. What I got was a confusing mish-mash of bizarre conversation. I am about 8 hours in and find I am having a headache from the endless on and on. I pray for another long Gabaldon Novel. This long novel is just that..... long. No point - save your credits.