Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.
Nice twist on a fairy tale. Kept me interested all the way through. The narration was good and story flowed nicely.
This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, the Russian version. It goes far beyond the kiss to wake up Sleeping Beauty and then living happily every after. It takes a while to get to the happily every after part. It's also a time travel book because you jump back and forth between modern day and the 10th Century. You have Katerina, who is Sleeping Beauty, and Ivan, a Ukrainian-American linguist who wakes her up. You also have other characters from other folk tales. There's Baba Yaga who could be considered a very wicked witch. She's married to a bear who happens to be a god which she had bound to her so she could also use his power. There's other deities and magic and lots of fun and adventure.
Both narrators did great jobs.
This is my first time with Orson Scott Card, and I like it.
The modern take on Sleeping Beauty is done well, balancing modern day considerations within a fairytale. It's funny and wry sometimes, as the modern Prince Charming isn't at first the ideal prince for this princess from a time 1000 years ago.
The narration and accents are great. The story is well done, skirting the edge between a good old fairytale and a modern logical world in a believable way.
Bravo to OSC! Once again he pulls off another engaging fantasy filled with extraordinary characters and of course a powerful captivating storyline to boot! Listen and enjoy!!
The narrator. I love someone who can voice foreign accents and words properly. That gives it such authentic flavor. Plus, the story by O.S. Card has such a wealth of cultural and historic background seamlessly flavoring the story, to give such a different viewpoint. It's not just another "going backwards in time" story. It's fleshed out.
The versions of old Russian/Ukrainian folk tales. I love folk tales!
As previously mentioned, Rudnicki's mellow baritone voice pronouncing foreign words well just adds to the overall authentic experience.
Would your life make a good movie? Live a good story.
Probably haha. Since I never read it, the audio is great though.
Speaker for the Dead. Just bcuz the author has a unique sense of humor.
Emotions and tone and ... audio. Haha
4 stars bcuz it wasn't as good as the 5 star books. Didn't keep my interest all the time. Steelheart is amazingly 5 stars!!
I've read Enders Game and loved the sci-fi classic, read the reviews for this book and tried it.
It was a clever version of Sleeping Beauty, but not what I expected from OSC, more of a teeny-bop love story
Fun and light with princesses and evil witches and magic. Not the classic "sleeping beauty" but a nice change from the heavy Sci-fi Card usually does.
The whole book was good. Stefan Rudnicki is always a good story teller.
No. Fully satisfied the first time,
The growth of a romatic relationship between spouses.
Yes. This one is superior.
Absolutely. Card's storytelling is compelling. The cast was great. I couldn't wait to get back into my car so that I could start listening again.
Intriguing storyline. Great characters. Imaginative settings
This was right on par with the other Rudnicki performances I have enjoyed. I looked specifically for a performance by Rudnicki. I really pleased when I found Rudnicki and Card together again. They are a winning combination. Emily Janice Card is also a joy to listen to.