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.
I loved this book with all it's twists and turns. So entertaining and the narration was excellent. I listened pretty much non stop. Highly recommend.
Fingersmith is an excellent historical novel by one of my favorite contemporary writers. Juanita McMahon does an amazing job of narrating both of the main characters and sustaining them over a long book. Really excellent.
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.
Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.
This novel was surprisingly captivating. I will listen to it again with pleasure. I purchased this book in an effort to break out of my literary rut, and am glad I did. It was heart-wrenching and entertaining, covering the full range of human emotions.
I was moved by the reunion with the condemned. Also, the inside look at a madhouse provided me with prurient interest. The choices available for survival were so much more limited during this time of history -- a primitive level of mankind's social development, with only the choice to victimize -- or become a victim yourself.
Miss Lilly, in all her permutations.
This book provided a look at the plight of women in previous times, where they operated without their own power, money or freedom. At the whim of the men of their lives, women could be protected and provided for, or deprived of all manner of freedoms, such as liberty, education, movement, decision, childbearing and love. Women today may read this book and be thankful for the progress we have made, and wary of the scoundrels who would seek to deprive us of exercising these hard-won liberties.
I was surprised at the versatility and captivating narration. The accents, the temperaments and the characters were well-conveyed, and very pleasing to the ear.
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.
No. The book needed to be edited. There was so little action and so much agnst it seemed as if it would never come to any type of climax. And when the climax finally does arrive, it is so predictible that it is as if no climax ever occured.
The pace and the characters. I understanding that the initial scenes at Briar were written to demonstrate the boredom and frustration of the character's life there, but the pace was so slow that the reader just ends up being bored and frustrated. The same thing happens with the scenes in the madhouse. Instead of being horrified, the reader is just plain bored. None of the characters were very engaging. By the end of the book I did not really like any of them.
I enjoyed parts of it. The hatching of the two schemes was interesting and intriguing, but the details became long, heavy, dreary and laborious. By the third segment, I was fast-forwarding through whole chapters.
No, unfortunately not. The story could have been told in a tighter, more succinct manner. The plot line was actually good with some neat twists. But it just took too long to develop.
No it did not. I'm sure the narrator is a fine theater actress, but I grew very weary of all of the East London accents and the soft, spooky way she portrayed Maude. Way too many long pauses for effect. At times, I just wanted to scream "Just read it!!!!"
No. I was happy to say goodbye to the characters.
This would be a great read as an abridged novel.
The narrator was trying too hard to put on voices and accents for the characters - it causes her to read the book painfully slowly. I have heard that the story is wonderful, but I couldn't get through the first couple of hours to find that out! Probably better for me to read it than to listen.