Charming Captivating language
The writing and language.
Narration by the author can be over done especially for a book that depends so much on the language but she does not over do the reading. She remains playful in her reading making the word play and stylized language part of the story and part of the fun.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
2009 Nebula Award. A marvelously original, lyrical fairy tale that captivates and awes. September’s adventures through Fairyland with Ell the Wyvern and Saturday the boy marid. It all starts with the Green Wind and ends with a missing shadow. Shoes and laws, choices and love are main characters in this magical erudite journey sure to delight and wonder.
I shared this with my 6 and 8 year old children as we traveled to and from school each day. They would always say, "Mom, don't forget your iPod!" because they didn't want to miss out on this story....and neither did I. I'm sure I enjoyed this book as much if not more than my children. It was beautiful in every way: great quick moving plot, unusual and well-developed characters, fantastic imagery and great narration (read by the author). I'm going to have to get the print version now as well because there are parts I want to go back and read over and over again.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
Nothing would have made this a great listening experience for me. I think this might be a book that is better to read than hear particularly if there are good illustrations. I had hoped from reading the reviews that this would be a children's story that is also pleasant for adults in the vein of Harry Potter. Instead, although the language was pretty and some of the imagery was interesting, it was dull listen. I listened to the book to see if it would be good for my budding avid reader 8-year old niece, but I think the story is just not interesting enough. It does sound much like a traditional fairy tale but it is far too long for that so I think it would be difficult to keep a younger child really interested also.
Maybe - she has a pleasant voice for this type of story, but she is clearly not a professional.
I would cut the dream scene - boring and confusing. I would cut much of the narrative. Fairy tales should rely on imagination and imagination does not require so much detail. The detailed descriptions often slow the plot down too much.
This might be an OK experience to read to a young child over several days, but older children and adults will find it rather slow and not terribly engaging.
Valente successfully captures the length and breadth of Fairyland in this clever, arresting story. It is both dark and delightful, cruel and kind—just like Fairyland itself. I appreciate that the tale is not afraid to engage children with deep and sometimes scary themes, while still spinning bits of beauty and love throughout. In addition, Valente narrates the tale with calm empathy, drawing us into the world with her subtle voice. Like any good children's story, adults with find much here to enjoy and think on.
This review is specifically for the audio version.
Unfortunately, this book is read by the author, who is a genius writer, so inventive, playful, brilliant--but a terrible, horrible reader. It is like nails on chalkboard--vocal fry on every sentence, a snarky bored tone, terrible diction, inability to differentiate character.
I am trying to make my way through this but I may have to give up. I either lose interest because the reading is both boring and muddy, or I grit my teeth because the reading is so dislikable. Either way, I'm pulled out of the story.
The second book in this Fairyland series is read by a wonderful professional actor. It is marvelous.
Bad idea to have the author read her own book. Most authors cannot be both gifted writers and gifted or even competent readers. Reading is a highly honed craft requiring years of training, with a person who is already a trained actor. It's not something the casual person can do, and certainly not in this case.
By all means, buy the book. It is brilliant. But don't buy the audio version.
I was expecting a fun adventure full of magic and fairytales. I got a girl made of soap explaining how courage and wishes work. I got a benevolent queen and an evil marquess who made me cry. I got a Panther who was just too tired. I got a little lamp who just wanted to be worth something. I was not expecting to be sobbing in my car.
I don't know how this is a kids book. It sounds like a kids book. It looks like a kids book. It even feels like a kids book. Until it tears your heart to pieces and then expects you to join in a party with an utterly shattered heart and aching soul.
This book destroyed me.
I need another.
I'm going to give a guarded 'yes,' on the grounds that having the author narrate worked out -beautifully-. She has a the perfect voice for this series, and I really think that hearing it as she thinks of it adds flavor that the print edition couldn't possibly have. That said, I'm sure some of the verbal play is more apparent in the written edition.
The discussion of Queen Mallow's history. I adamantly refuse to spoil it further, but this was one of the most moving sequences I've listened to in an audiobook.
Everything. Absolutely everything. My favorite thing, if I'm getting specific, is the inflection she puts on 'no' at times. That sounds silly, but it really helped sell the character for me. The whole performance is -fantastic- though.
Absolutely. I found excuses to take long walks at work and listen to this book.
This is a book I recommend to my friends -and- will absolutely read to my children. I don't know that I have -ever- found another book that hits both of those notes quite so well. It is incredibly clever, legitimately moving, and terribly imaginative. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy.
Pages flying everywhere...
I dearly wish I had been lucky enough to grow up with this book. I recommend it for everyone, always.