Note: Don't know if I would have liked story because reader ruined for me so that I could not continue. Reader has a Irish accent that is thicker than I like but that is not worst part. She doesn't have any pause at the end of sentences so a whole paragraph seems to be one continous one. She also doesn't use different voices for different characters so it is hard to know which character is talking.
I would try the book again if there was a different reader but I don't think that is going to happen.
No Pink Ponies
This is a diary form of a tale, told in first person by Morwenna, who survived a car accident that cost her her twin sister. But the accident is no ordinary accident; magic is involved--and witches, and...Morwenna's mother, who is apparently trying black magic to become the Dark Queen and be empress of the world--or so we are led to believe. We follow Morwenna as she's reunited with her absent father, goes to a posh but dull boarding school mandated by her three rich (witch?) aunts and she matures as a teen, gets a boyfriend, and battles magic. All through the book there is a running thread of the books Morwenna reads and loves, most of them science fiction. It's fun to hear her (abbreviated) opinion of the classics of sci fi but ultimately, there is less here in this novel than meets the eye and and the ultimate showdown is a bit of a let-down. The rest of the novel maunders on in diary form--interesting enough but not really gripping. Katy Kellgren's Welsh accent gets a bit on my nerves after the first section, but it's well-done and she's a good narrator, though she sounds a bit mature for the role of teenager. I've read worse, but didn't think it deserved a Nebula in the least.
Katherine Kellgren, the reader of this audiobook, was so delightful to listen to. Her voices, her pace, her animation was absolutely delightful and drew me in, really coloring the story for me.
There is no comparison. A book full of magic and, well, other books!
She read it perfectly. Her tone, her different accents - she was very good at switching between characters during their dialogue. Absolutely magnificent job.
Of course, but my life/job makes that impossible unfortunately.
The best audio book I've ever listened to. I give as much praise to the writer as to the reader on this one. A brilliant story line that was brought even more to life by the narration. Bravo!
Easily in the top 2. Just a wonderful work and performance. I'm a huge Charles de Lint fan and there are strong similarities.
Morwenna's first time at the book club, really resonated with me. I would have loved to have that experience as a kid.
Just flawless. The performance elevated an amazing book to new levels. Often I hear a character's voice in my head but Kellgren's performance was so much better than I could have possibly imagined.
So much of Morwenna's childhood feelings if isolation and otherness mimicked my own growing up in the same era. Certainly, there could have been pandering to a like-minded audience but this never felt like anything other than authentic.
Nothing. This was not a book for me. I didn't like the narrator. She made the character sound stuck up and bored. The story had so much philosophy that I could barely stand it! Just too long and weird for me.
Yes, she sounded stuck up and bored. It really controlled the tone of the story.
My review of this book was going to be blah blah blah geeky sci-fi lit comment blah blah blah teenage girl angst. Blah blah blah geeky sci-fi lit comment. Blah blah blah WTF!
There are times when this book feels brilliant. But at about halfway through I started to wonder how in the world this book won both the Hugo and Nebula. I can only imagine how weak the competition must have been for this book you have won.
I'm giving this book 2 out of 5 stars. I feel that is being nice because there are times that this book tries really hard shine and has really cool references. But its lack of plot development kills everything else that it does cool.
Katherine Kellgren has a wondorful range and her reading of this is the best part of the book.
Maybe this book is better for reading than hearing. I need to give a try to a printed copy to decide whether I would by a book buy them since hearing it was such a bad experience.
Katherine Kellgren was so hard to understand that I doubt I'll buy another performance by her.
Someone looking for titles of old scifi books they would like to check out.
write a different book.
her accent got very annoying after awhile (that sing songy welsh is just so annoying)
BORING with a CAPITAL B. I got through about 6 chapters and literally nothing happened but the character read a bunch of books and stated she liked them a lot in various verbaige. BORING.
Katherine Kellgren gives us a wonderful performance of a book that is a love song for bibliophiles. In the course of the story Jo Walton references some 150 SF and Fantasy books. Each reference gave me a little thrill of recognition or made me want to go out and read that book. The main character of the story, Morwenna, is a strong, sympathetic, and compelling personality who made me want to keep reading even though the plot is somewhat sparse. Another strength of the book is the magic system which is unique and self-consistent. This was a magnificent use of a credit!
Among Others is a book made alive by audio- reading the book could never bring alive the various accents.
The book won both the Hugo and Nebula, though it is much different in style than previous winners. The ambiguity of the book title reflects the central question(s) for the teenaged protagonist: are the Others that she should live among other human beings or fairies? Do you live among or with others? How do you live among either or both set of others without going insane or even dying? And the real question that she cannot know she is exploring is: how to do this at that very tricky time of life of being a teenager when just living with yourself is pretty tough?
The one weakness to me of the book is that in the middle it becomes more of laundry list of science books that the protagonist is reading at the time at school. While it was a delight to see that Jo Walton liked the books I did and to make a mental list of what I should add to my reading list, at some point I was wondering if we've ever get to back to the intriguing plot line started in the opening.
Power through- Walton does get back that to it in a compelling and emotionally satisfying way.
Great read and share with your teenagers.