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.
And I use curious in a positive way! Lovely story bringing to mind the adventures of Alice in Wonderland. The language was really something else, equal parts mystery and fairy dust. The author really has a gift with words, but she should have let someone else do the narrating.
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
Like Alice in Wonderland, only relevant. It's poetry without the pretense.
If you like a great bedtime fairytale read by a voice like spun honey on fresh bread from the oven. You'll LOVE the fairlyland series.
Cannot WAIT to to read the next one.
Everything about this story is perfect. I wouldn't want anything to change and if I could only read one book for the rest of my life this would be it.
Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on
Just for the descriptions alone I would recommend this wonderful story, however the title is misleading. There is only one section where she travels in a ship of her own making - not the whole story.
Going into the land of eternal autumn
No I haven't
The story meandered and was in need of tighter editing - but I loved the characters and the fact that inanimate objects also were described with character. Very rich with imagination.
Dear Catherynne M Valente,
I really meant to spend my credit on a more serious, grown-up type book this month. Thankfully, your wonderful book promised so much fun and silliness that it brought me right to my senses. What a great story with such charming characters (narrator included)! I'm hooked.
maybe, not sure
the ending scene when she fought with marid
Anyone honestly, with all do respect to the writer but she should just stick to writing. it was very hard for me to listen to hear voice.