Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Classic, I loved this story; it gave me goose bumps and left me wanting more, more, more. The character development astounding, the musical references absolute and the story line well...beautiful. I highly, highly recommend this audio book; it is an absolute pleasure to listen too on so many levels, a wonderfully written tale full of heart and soul.
I am an adult (thankfully not the only one!) who thoroughly loved this book. I enjoyed the combination of music and history woven into the story. Wish there were more of these!
I became interested in this book from another listener's review, and I was very impressed. Emily is a phenomenal narrator, as if she is just telling her story. The story itself has been one of the best I've listened to in years. It is in fact, the only book I've listened to more than once!
I'm a teen; my favorites series are Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Twilight by Stephene Meyer.
Lots of people complained about the narration, I thought it was wonderful. This is an incredible book and teaches you a lot from both Andi and Alex. I usually don't like stories with sad endings, even if it is only sad for one of the main characters. It was captivating from beginning to finish, and I wish I could come across audio books with this level of brilliant writing and narration more often.
I loved this story. When I listened to the "preview" recording, I was hooked. Ms Card did an absolute spot on job of Andi and Ms Donnelly was wonderful in her character development and gritty details of the scenes. I really cannot say anything against Ms Bering and her narration of Alex. I enjoyed her reading as well. It was different and imaginative! Brava, Ms Donnelly, brava!!
I've listened to over 1,000 audio books. I've listened to this one probably 20 times! It's an amazing story with rich character development and a very strong modern day story overlapping a historically provocative saga. To top it all off, the two narrators do am amazing job. They are extremely animated. Love, love, love it!
The characterization, historical details, and pacing of this book are very well done. The performances are stellar.
If you enjoy Donnelly's other adult historical novels, then you'll love this book too (even if YA isn't your thing).
The story was engaging and pulled me in. A little depressing at times but this helped me empathize with the characters. The only disappoint for me as a history buff was finding many of the best parts of the story were fiction. I know that shouldn't be an issue in a fictional book but I hoped that they would be true. Needed the music to exist so I could listen to it before I hear the story again. And I will listen to this story again and again.
I love historical fiction and this novel received great reviews so I began to read the novel yesterday (Sunday) - and it was a page turner! I download the audible version so that I could listen while I cooked and did laundry etc. I switch back to reading at the end of the evening and then finished the last three chapters on audio this morning (Monday), while I fixed my hair and makeup. The story did not disappoint.
Good narrators are hard to find and they can either enhance or ruin the story, that is why I always start with a printed book and then decide if the audio version is worth the price or audible credit based on its narrator. These narrators hit the mark! I prefer to read printed books because I am a faster reader than the narrators, but I was able to increase the speed of the audio to 1.5X without losing too much of the performance. This audio book was worth the credit I used! And, of course, the author provided a great story to narrate. I look forward to exploring more novels by Jennifer Donnelly and downloading them to audio if the story and narrators are just as good.