Jim Dale is an fabulous narrator........I wonder if he was as bored performing this book as I was reading it. So very disappointed. Listening to Jim Dale's truly amazing voice was the only thing that got me through this book.
This book was really hard for me to get into and I can honestly say even at the end of the book I still wasn't into it. I finished this book because I felt since I purchased it I needed to listen to it, but it took me several months because I would only listen to it when I didn't have anything else to listen to. I thought the narrator was very good, I just did not think this story was for me.
Jim Dale is incredible...as always! Nothing to complain about regarding the narration. It was spot on!
The story, however, got bogged down in nothingness. I got so bored toward the end I didn't care how it ended. The premise dazzles but fades in the execution. The purpose and conclusion of the "competition" did not satisfy--and that one little fact sullied the whole endeavor.
I have to say that a book that has this much buzz makes me automatically suspicious. I usually prefer to wait it out a couple of years and if trusted friends still think it's wonderful then I might be willing to give it my time. That aside, the buzz about this is rightly deserved.
It is a remarkable, visceral book that is very difficult to categorize. It is not a vampire paranormal cliche yet it is magical. It is not a character/plot driven novel yet it has a story that drew me in. It is a unique book full of fantasy and imagination and whimsy evoking a strong sense of place yet it is a place you've never been before. Erin Morgenstern does a wonderful job of enveloping the reader in her setting drawing us in with the luscious smells she so beautifully articulates to the sumptuous feasts she dangles before our longing eyes. This is a very difficult book to describe and others will do a much better job than I at sharing plot details, but if you're looking for a magical escape to a rather mystical world this just might be your ticket.
Jim Dale does a simply amazing job of narrating this story. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this one in paper form or listen but I must say that Dale's narration made this experience even more magical.
In all honesty, I love Jim Dale, but not even he could help me understand this book. All the flipping between people and time periods left me unable to follow and sadly, I couldn't bring myself to actually care about the main characters. Possibly if I read a hard copy, I'll follow better.
More focus on the main characters and less on the sides.
Possibly? Depends on the cast.
I personally would not recommend.
I love Jim Dale's narration of the Harry Potter series, so I thought it a slam dunk that I would enjoy the narration of this book. As it turned out, it was very distracting for me to hear the same voices he used in that series applied to the different characters in this book. In particular, I really disliked the voices that he used for Poppet and Widget. He made these pair of teenage male and female twins sound like wizened old elves.
If I really cared about any of the characters. The plot was weak.
I went ahead and read this book based on the hype. I was hesitant because I read several reviews that made me leery. The story never really grabbed me, and I did not become involved in it or care about the outcome of the challenge. I didn't really care about the characters, which is a must for me. The endless description of black and white circus became boring and tedious. I was hoping that it would be a magical tale that would accompany the advent of the holiday season, so I read it during December. I wasn't looking for a gripping read, but I did want something magical and special, augmented with a great romance. It was neither. It might have been a good story for children, but there is just enough bloodshed to make it inappropriate. Sad to say, but this is a very disappointing read.
I kept waiting for something to actually happen in the story, but it never did.
The narrator was actually pretty good in my opinion. The right voice inflections, although the accents were sometimes curious
This book kept me right at the edge for something to materialize, but it never did. I finished this listen with a deep sense of fulfilled expectations.
Fantasy, magical, vivid
The twins because they were so innocent and sweet
It made the fantasy so vivid
The first time the circus was introduced.
The performance was good, but little could save this story. I could not relate to or sympathize with the severely underdeveloped characters. There was also no real climax to the story... or even a plot... blech...
It was OK. Interesting towards the climax but I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. Plus I couldn’t get into the narrator. All the voices sounded like old men even when it was supposed to be a young woman. I didn’t like the “voice” sounded pompous. I wouldn’t listen to it again.