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.
it was poorly written; characters seemed thinly developed and she included nearly every Dickensian nasty person type she could think of.
the references to the uncles misbehaviors with his niece by exposing her to the pornographic materials he collected were rather poorly written. it was almost like the author wanted it to really feel dark and twisted but he just couldnt figure out how to make it so.
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.
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.
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.