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!
I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books
Excellent escape fantasy. I have not had so much fun since I was a child. Well developed characters and great suspense. The humor was delightful.
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 drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
I was pleasantly surprised with "Enchantment." Based on an array of old versions of the fairytale of sleeping beauty, Orson Scott Card was able to create a powerful story that pulls you in.
Vanya and his parents lives in the USSR. One day when he came from school his parents informed him that his real name is Yitshak Shlomo and that they are going to immigrate to Israel. As they are waiting for visas the Shlomo family stays over at one of his mother's cousins on his farm. It was here that he discovered the sleeping beauty in the woods. But soon they immigrated...
Card sets up the characters in such a way that they find themselves often enough in humorous situation, maybe to soften the dark side of this Americanised fairytale. It seems that the seed of many of the ideas in 'the Gate Thief'-series are found in this fairytale. Card balances the humour successfully with the darker parts and like any fairytale (tarnished by the brothers Grimm) it has a happy ending.
I am not sure if I am getting tired of Stefan Rudnicki's voice, but I don't think that he is the best voice to match with this story. Having listened to a view of Card's books, almost all read at least partly by him, I find it difficult to picture new characters in Card's stories as the writer's style and Rudnicki's voice makes it feel as if some characters are just the same but with a different name. Danny in 'The Gate Thief,' Ender of 'Ender's Game' and Vanya/ Ivan/ Yitschak could just as well have had the same name, except that the libido of Vanya and Ender Wiggins is more subdued. So by the way, there is a woman also reading parts of the story (I didn't catch her name, but she sounds familiar), which did quite a good job.
I would recommend this book to both die-hard Orson Scott Card fans as well as someone who has not heard or read any of his books. It is an excellent, vibrant, humoristic and at times dark story with the power of a fairytale.
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.
I love a funny story that doesn't take itself too seriously, but I can get caught up in a good mystery or a romance too. And of course I feel obligated to pay my respects to the classics, no matter how sleepy some of them make me.
I really enjoyed the meshing of magic and fantasy and reality. I enjoyed the villain and the support characters. I didn't care for the main characters though. Something about the lack of self-confidence the male lead sometimes displays and the feeling of defeat throughout the book was just really depressing. I understand it's not exactly a happy book, but it just made me sad. I also disliked the long build up and planning that took up 90% of the novel. When the action came it felt underwhelming after all of that.
His narration was good, not great, but good. I liked his ease with the pronunciation of foreign words.
If you like the narrators on Orson Scott Card's Enders Game and Enders Shadow, you will enjoy listening to this tale. The tale is a unique take on an old tale everyone is familiar with and has a good pace throughout.
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.
The reading was well done with allot of attitude thrown in here and there, especially by the female reader.
My real complaint is with the wordiness of the story. Card wants you to understand all 10 reasons that made a character do what he/she did. 10 seconds of action are often surrounded with 10 minutes of expaination. But wait, that's not all, later he goes back over the action revealing yet more reasons that the character themselves didn't understand at the time.
I enjoyed the odd twists, the look into another culture, the peek at magic that could exist all around me, and the characters.
Would I buy it if I had it to do over again, probably.