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Loved the story---fascinating stories juxtaposing recent & not so recent events. I really liked the characters. Nice contrast of the rational & superstitious ways of seeing the world. It was a hard listen though. While the narration was competent, every word understandable, Duerden did not, to me, seem the voice of the character who was telling the story. Subtle but disturbing. The grandfather's voice was worse--an old man who needed a drink of water.
The characters are so well drawn, that you would think you were living
in their towns with them.. The symbolism is so absorbing and
so multi-dimensional; the story provides an enormous amount of food
for thought...This is what you call a good read!
A compelling, fantastical fable for our times. The splendid narration captures the wonder, fear, awe and poignancy of this brilliantly written tale. A must listen!
I found the story to be beautiful and carefully constructed, however I was distracted by the lack of tonal change in the reader's voice. Would not choose to listen to her again.
I imagine this book is a pleasurable reading experience, but I had a very difficult time listening to it. The narrator uses so little variation in pitch that I found that I needed to rewind often to catch what had happened. I finally gave up about 1/3 of the way in as it was getting too confusing to follow.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Recommended for the folk tale quality and good narration. the character development was well received the plot enjoyable.
This has been one of my favorites of all time. It's hard to believe such a young person wrote it and that it's her first. It's quite magical and the readers are superb.
I hate this book. It is one long digression. Whenever something threatens to actually happen, the author enters some long barely relevant background story, which in turn often leads to another background story, and so on. Who would have thought that a story that involves the undead and tigers could be so dull? But it is. I am going to stop listening.
Wonderful story, told so expressively and with so much skill that you can't believe the author is only 25. Beautifully read by Susan Duerden. Highly recommend. I will probably listen to this one again.
I really, really enjoyed the book. Interesting, moving stories, well developed characters. Story like a dream slowly unraveling, bitter and sweet, tragic and inevitable.
Both readers did a superb job.
I understand that for some people it might be confusing, drawn out and unnecessarily complicated. But I wanted it to never end.