Well, we are biased. Who doesn't love/worship Orson Scott Card in the first place!
You take his spin on a "coming of age" story, mix it with Russian-style Jungean archtypes, history, cultural implications of another age and influences, delightful character depth, wit, prose, and tight writing and his material is almost certain to rank high on anyone's list of favorites.
Enchantment is a classic coming of age story which is Card's forte. His humor and wit and empathy with the human condition is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis - but portrays' much deeper character development - which is audience appropriate - since Card's material is adult oriented.
Stefan Rodnicki's performances always manage to capture Card's irony, character relationships and tensions - without over acting or pandering to stereotypical interpretations of the prose.
Of course you don't want to leave rush hour if you are listening to an Orson Scott Card's book and a Rudnicki performance!
We have insatiable appetites where Martha Wells and Card's books are concerned. More Please. (Right Now???)
I like most of O.S. Card's books and I wasn't disappointed. I normally enjoy the narrator's voice - we hear him in a lot of OSC books, but it didn't quite work with this tale. Not as captivating as Pathfinder and Lost Gate. We can't wait for the next in those series.
I absolutely loved Cards spin on Sleeping Beauty! I've never read such a good fairy tale novel that was not written for children or teenagers. I was enthralled the entire time I listened to the book. I liked it so much that i listened to the book three times in a row (of course i was recovering from surgery and couldn't do anything else...).
I also loved Rudnicki's Russian accent while narrating the book, it made the Russian characters in the book come alive much more believably than if anyone else would have narrated the book.
However, whenever the book is told from the point of view of a female character, the narrator changes to a woman, who is awful at narrating believable male characters. the woman narrator does not have very good male character voices. In her voice, all the men sound like they are yelling, or if not, they all have exactly the same voice. I would have preferred the whole book narrated by Rudnicki.
Overlooking the second narrator (which fortunately is less than half of the book) I recommend this book to everyone who loves fairy tales!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first few chapters were a little hard to get by, but then you are swept off your feet waiting with baited breath for the next words. This book ended too soon. Completely a fairy tail that keeps you wishing…
I haven't read a lot of OSC in recent years, but was tempted to try him again by the price and the reviews. It was wonderful!!!! I have listened to it almost non-stop. It reminded me of reading the book "Wicked" in that OSC takes a very well known tale and tells it with a new twist and details while remaining true to the story - in this case Sleeping Beauty. The story is fun, if predictable at times (yeah we all know the story). I enjoyed the tongue in cheek humor while the characters are well developed. The narrators are excellent. They give the emotional content of the words the right weight and help maintain the tempo of the story. I think that due to their skill I enjoyed the text more than I would have reading the words.
I love Orson Scott Card's work and Enchanted is no exception. It's a wonderful mix of fairy tale, love story, coming of age & time travel. This is probably the best interpretation of 'sleeping beauty' I've come across - he really makes it his own. I also loved that it was primarily set in Russia since I don't read many books in that setting.
Card's work, be it sci-fi, fantasy or war, is always entertaining.
this is a very good fantasy book. I recommand it !
This is truely an enchanting tale. Both well written and well narrated. This book is a great read.
The reason I LOVE Audible is because somehow they have sales on wonderful books I would never choose just left to my own devices. "Enchantment" is one of those books. I found it by turns funny, imaginative, original, informative, romantic, and even enlightening. The pace was mostly very good...only a few parts lagged.
The narrators were excellent as well, and handled the numerous characters deftly. And even though this is a longer book, I got through it quickly and was in fact sorry when it ended. I only wish I had more books like this one to listen to.
Enchantment | [Orson Scott Card]
* By Orson Scott Card
* Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
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