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.
This book transcends age categories. I'm so happy I read the reviews and thus did not dismiss this book as for YA.
Is there teenage angst? Yes, but only that which we all recognize as being a typical teens rebelliousness.
I'd read two other books by this author & was so impressed with her writing style, I decided to buy this one.
Gotta close, I'm going to see what else Audible has by her!
and......I am not sorry I did. It was well worth a credit. I tend to stay away from "dark" stories but this one touched my heart. The lead character had "problems", but her telling of her story was heart lifting.
I am a library media specialist at a middle/high school. I love classics, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, YA books (especially dystopias!) and picture books.
I really enjoyed this fantasy/historical/realistic fiction mash-up. I especially liked all of the details about music.
I don't normally pick up books that are directed at "young adults" but because I was looking for suggestions for students I was taking to Paris and having the recommendation from another book group on this one, I went for it.
This one was difficult for me to review because there were some things that I loved so much about it and some things I didn't. This is a dual story told from the first person during two different time periods. You can read more about the plot from numerous others so I won't belabor that point. I loved the entire portion of the story that takes place during the French Revolution. I thought it was well told, well researched (I've done quite a bit of study on the French Revolution and I learned some things I didn't previously know) and was relayed in a manner that made the reader care about the events and characters from the Revolution. I was completely fascinated by this line of the story and kept wanting to return to the 1770's every time the story switched back to modern time. For the story that takes place during the French Revolution, I would give this 4 to 5 stars; for the modern storyline, 2.5 to 3 stars.
I was proofing this as a possible recommendation for some of my teenage students. When I am proofing a book for teenage readers, I tend to be doubly cautious and ultra critical, looking for any possible language or issues that may be inappropriate subject material for younger readers. While there was little or no foul language and no sex though the modern-day character was a troubled young lady. In reading about the troubled young lady, we also are introduced to a number of her troubled young friends and some of their troubling activities that tend to be very common these days though not admirable - drinking, drugs, bad attitudes, etc., while certainly not foreign to modern teens but subjects that as a parent recommending a book, I want to make sure are presented appropriately.
I think if I had not been proofing this book for younger readers, I may have been able to relax and enjoy the modern storyline more. However, as I have recommended this book to other teens or parents because of the historical subject matter, I always preface my recommendation with a, "but be aware that there are some inappropriate situations and reactions going on." There is nothing happening here that our teenagers aren't already well aware of, and even though Andi, the troubled young lady who is the main character, is a sympathetic character and not acting out for sheer rebellion's sake, she is acting out all the same and I hesitate to put forth sympathetic characters who are making poor choices to impressionable young people. I don't want to give them any more reasons for rationalizing poor choices.
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
maybe the plot .. and the romance between Andri and Vergil , but the story has a strong back bone and I commend the author for that
maybe I would make Vergil travel in time with Andi , it would make the story much more interesting
yeah they get the characters and I like their narration
yeah it would make a nice movie .. with a little changes of course , Maybe Demi Lavato as Andi LOL
the story is very strong and well researched but it wasn't for me , but I'm glad that I listened to it .. thank you audible for your Excellent work
I didn't care for this story much. If I had it in print, I'm not sure I would have finished it. I don't think I would try another book by Jennifer Donnelly. It wasn't bad, just not might type of story.
I don't remember the ending which probably says a lot.
Boring. Try as I might- I just couldn't get invested enough in the book to continue listening after the first few chapters. I would avoid this book!