I loved this one and it got me hooked to find out what will happen next in many cases.
The are slow moments and stages where the story turns too romantic and mushi but that's OK as there are not too many of them.
After listening to the Ender's saga and this one I can say I'm Orson SC fan.
I was not disappointed. The plot was great, the characters were great and the narration was great. Enchantment was a Russian fairy tale based on Sleeping Beauty. The Princess Katrina bewitched by Baba Yaga; kissed and awoken by Ivan; a man from the present; and then what happened after she was awakened! Ivan had to prove his worth in Princess Katrina’s home; and then Princess Katrina had to learn how to adapt in Ivan’s modern day home. The mixture of ninth century Russia and modern present day America was enjoyable to read and compare. It was a fun and believable read.
The narrator, Stefan Rudnicki, did an excellent job. I loved his accents!
Not what I expected from the author who gave us Ender's Game. Stefan Rudnicki while an excellent narrator just isn't who'd I'd have picked for this particular type of story. Some of the parts could have been abridged without taking away from the overall message. In fact I think shortening it would be a vast improvement.
Immortals After Dark
Great narrator. Just not right for this book.
I would have expanded on the scenes of baba yaga and cut away from the whole real world aspect almost entirely until the last half of the book.
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