what a wonderful story, magical, and funny. I enjoyed the story and the narration. It was easy to follow and there were quite a few laughs and historical facts mixed in. An enjoyable escape into quirky fantasy.
This is the perfect book for an audio version, especially with the separate characters and the different voices for each. I love the accents and lively perspectives. Orson Scott Card has again combined history with fantasy and romance in a tale that ranks up there with the Alvin Maker series.
Even if you are not a science fiction fan, do not pass this one up. This is an absolute delight that brings to life the fairy tale residing in all of our memories from childhood. Grand fun!
More vintage Card, although at times some modern colloquialisms sneak in that I would not have expected from OSC. If you are a Card fan, you will undoubtedly enjoy it, for the reasons stated below. Similar to the process by which one can distinguish subtle flavors in fine wine, you may notice a hint of American Gods by Neil Gaiman (old gods losing power because no one believes in them any more), and a not too faint scent of Card's own Hart's Hope (young boy overcomes evil witch with simple magic). But the time travel aspect of the tale gave it a curious blend of both the real (to us) and the fantastic (or at least the unfamiliar). The characters are developed more fully than Card's more recent novelllas, Homebody and Treasure Box, as might be expected with a longer work. The plot was well devised, the setups well timed, and the action nicely paced. I may not know any more about the human condition from this work, but I hated to hear it end. If you are new to OSC, I suggest you start with the Ender saga to get the true feel of his tremendous gift for fiction, but this story should not disappoint either.
When I was downloading this book I wondered why on earth I had bought it, a modern take on sleeping beauty indeed.
What a pleasant surprise I got, it is a wonderful book, and one I will listen to again and again .
The music in the background during Baba Yaga's narration was strange. It was also weird that the male reader would use different accents while the female reader used virtually the same voice for all characters but Esther.
Excellent narrator. Had such a fun time listening to this! The plot flowed very well and kept me intrigued. Really wish I could find more books JUST like this.
The best way to describe this book.
You’re determined to drive this car so you twist the key a couple times and nothing happens. When it finally gets going it plods along for abit then kicks in and you’re gliding. You suddenly run out of gas and have to go through it all over. When you eventually reach your end destination, you’re glad you got there but disappointed you wasted your time on this car just to get to a place you’re not quite satisfied with.
Yeah I know, it sounds like I didn’t enjoy this book but the truth is, I did. I’d recommend this book as a good night time reading before sleep. While reading enchanted, I had a couple weeks of awesome sleeps as I wasn’t in any hurry to finish it. I was contended to leave the next chapter for a another day and happy to pick up where I left off. However it took a long time to get into it and to know the characters because of the continuous switching point of views.
I was also disappointed by the end. There were still questions which went unanswered. One of the reasons I kept reading. To see what happens but it just fizzled and it was like what? Is that it? What bout…? What happened to? Or what about?
TO sum up, it’s an interesting enough epic adventure read and worth hanging in there.
The characters were sympathetic and interesting. The readers were excellent! But the ending was so weird and unsatisfying that it left a bad taste in my mouth.
Make Katarina more likable in the beginning. Not until Part 3 did I start to like her and then I didn't really care at that point.
Loved the Dad and the uncle--Can't decide which.
On the fence about that one. Got it because of all the high accolades, but had a hard time liking it, but then I reached a point I wanted to know what happens, and it took a long time to get there. Left feeling unsatisfied. On a strong note, however, I LOVED the multiple voices (male/female) and the music.
Keep up with the male/ female voices. It helps tremendously.