I loved this book ! Admittedly, there are a few over-long sections ( part 2 was a bit slow, but having a second perspective on the events in part 1 was intregel to the dynamic of the story ). The discriptions were almost cinematic, placing the reader in the scene. And, of course, the narrator ! Fantastic performance ! If you enjoy atmospheric stories set in Victorian England, similar to a Charles Dickons epic, this is for you.
It didn't need to be 23 hours to tell this story....
I expected it to be a great book due to the reviews, but I was really disappointed in general. It is too long and quite boring at times.
Juanita did a fantastic job narrating the story. She is the best part of it!
hmmmm....not sure I would cut a character, just some of the content.
Just feel like I spent twenty-three hours on a book that should have been ten.
This story is compelling, well written and well performed but there is not one kind or loving character in the book. It is filled with hateful people, cruelty, and horrible situations. I finished the book because it did manage to keep me interested in the outcome, but I personally did not like its darkness and would avoid other books by this author.
I am a huge fan of plot twists and being totally surprise by story lines. This was an excellent turn of events and I loved it.
It's a toss up between Maud and Susan. I enjoyed the inner struggle both of them were dealing with throughout the book.
She did the character voices very well. You could always tell who was speaking during the book, which isn't always the case with some of the performances I've heard.
I would have to say again, it's a toss up between Maud and Susan. There were so many intricacies in the book and with the struggles they were going through. I felt the story was one of the finest I've ever heard.
If the characters had been at all empathetic I may have cared. This book has gotten such good reviews, am I missing something I just could not get into it. I gave up half way through part two.
That was the only good thing about it.
If you like dickens you will probably like this. If you need to care about the characters and feel like at some point in history they could have been real then don't even try.
Married "mom" of 3 crazy dogs and 1 cat! I developed a love for reading just after college & only recently for audio. Loving it so far!
This was a 23 hour listen!!! There was really no need for it to be. The story is basically told twice by two different people from 2 perspectives. I think there were probably more timely ways to do this. I read this book because it was in a list of books with the best plot twists. It does have a good one, but I'm not sure it's good enough to listen for 23 hours! So, while it's not bad, it is difficult to listen to for such an extended time.
her performance was fine
The book begins intriguingly enough with the plot to rob an heiress of her inheritance.
However, with all the plot "twists" and "surprises" it remains a dull story with thin characterization. And none of the plotlines really make sense as it plays out.
The author does a great job describing Victorian England. But so did Dickens. And, frankly, since he already did it, I don't see why a contemporary author should write so voluminously about that era. This book was much too long. You could take away half the pages and not lose anything essential. I realize, of course, that not everyone feels this way. So, if you love that time in history, you'll most likely love this book.
As for the story, this was more a melodrama than a mystery. I wanted more twists and turns. The villain didn't seem villainous enough. I thought he would be a charming, devious mastermind, but he came across as bland. I don't know how he was able to achieve what he did, except for the fact that the plot required him to. Also, things don't build to a climax. There's no big event that triggers then end of the story. And I didn't buy the motivation of the person committing the act*.
I'm glad others enjoyed this. It just wasn't for me.
* SPOILER ALERT: If, in fact, there was motivation behind the act.
The story is overly detailed but the most disappointing thing is: there's really no chemistry between the two main characters.
This could've been a 2 hour story
Wonderful prose, beautiful writing. This could have been a five star book for want of a ruthless editor. The first part (of three) was captivating, but this gave way in part two to tedium. By the time I'd reached part three I only wanted it to be over.