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.
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.
The writing is superb, the story is completely original, and it is a nail biter. Rare to get all this from one book. But wait, there's more! Juanita McMahon is the best female narrator I have heard. She has an amazing arsenal of voices. This is a book not to miss.
I enjoyed the story and felt it was very much in the style of an old fashioned gothic romance. There is villainy, plots and surprising twists.
However, I've heard so often what a good book it is that I ways little disappointed but only a little.
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.