Older adult who has been reading all my life. Started listening to audio books on a long commute. Now listen because I can multitask.
This is one of the best that OS Card has written I liked Enger's Game but after that the books got more and more weird. The Gate Series is good but still in development.
This one is pure fairy tale but mixing "real" life with fairy tales. I think the narrator underplays it a bit, but overall, I think the performance is good. The story line is good, paced well and really invested me in the characters. I've listened to this one at least 4 times and it doesn't get old.
I first read Enchantment more than a decade ago. I picked it up on vacation for a bit of summer reading, and despite being different from my usual sci-fi, loved it from the start.
After, for several years, before the era of the Kindle or other e-readers, I'd always pack two books when traveling: some new book to try, and this to reread again if the first book didn't catch my interest.
I probably reread Enchantment in part or in whole more than a half dozen times. But eventually my ability to travel decreased and use of e-books increased and my old paperback copy was put away.
Then I found this here, some months ago. I think it was part of a sale or promotion, I don't recall looking for it to buy it, but whatever the case I did buy it. I remembered that this had long been my standby, and saved it for the same purpose as my paperback copy. A few days ago grew bored with one of my new audio books and decided to listen to Enchantment.
In some ways this is like returning to old friends. There were so many details I'd forgotten, but the characters and overall story was still there in the back of my memory, welcoming me back. I'm so very glad that I did get this from audible, and certainly will listen to it again in the future.
One thing to note about audio book itself, I was surprised that there are two narrators for this, as only Stefan Rudnicki is credited here on Audible. The book shifts perspective between several characters, and while the male characters' perspective is narrated by Rudnicki, the females' perspective is narrated by Gabrielle De Cuir - per the credits at the end of the audio book. Overall I liked this, however this does mean that for each character has a voice from both Rudnicki and De Cuir depending on which perspective is up at the moment.
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.