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.
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When reading the publishers summery it said that it was a modern day sleeping beauty which I really had no intrest in. However I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to it. Other than a couple points it is a very different and interesting story.
This audiobook is road trip tested and approved. It's a wonderful, modern fantasy that has something in it for everyone. I listened to it on a trip with three friends who have very diverse interests and we all thoroughly enjoyed this one. I don't know why other reviewers are so bent out of shape about some of the more 'deus ex machina' parts of the story. It's a fairy tale, guys. Such plot devices are part and parcel for the genre.
An additional note, Orson Scott Card describes the mindset of a graduate student brilliantly in this work. If you want to know what life as a grad student is like, this book is a great place to start.