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.
This historical fiction/ fantasy delivered a compelling, quasi-plausible accounting of ancient magic of the British isles. The story covers more than ten years in the lives and societies of two English Magicians move between different levels of acquaintance and dependance upon each other. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has action, humor, heartache, triumph, with fun takes on alternate history of the first 17 or so years of the 19th C. . You'll like this one very much or your money back, not really...
This came highly recommended and I really wanted to love it, but I just never got into it. Maybe it was because I listened to it as I was falling asleep so I only listened in short segments, but I do that with a lot of books.
Simon Prebble and his amazing ability to channel 20+ characters.
I started listening and couldn't stop. I had absolutely had no idea where it was going and couldn't guess the ending.
Love the opening chapters, the descriptions of the Man with the Thistledown Hair and the satisfying ending for many of the characters, especially Stephen Black and Lascelles. And the stupendous footnotes!!!!! After a few hours, I actually started to believe in the "golden age" of English magic and the Raven King.
You can pick just about any chapter at random in it and enjoy. If you love Jane Austen or Patrick Obrian, give it a try. After 100+ audiobooks, it's still my hands down favorite.