I love books.
I'm sure I'll listen to The Scorpio Races again. I loved it when I read it, and I loved it again when I heard it told to me via audiobook.
I love all the relationships and characters in this story. The island of Thisby is a character all its own and has very different relationships with all who live on it. Sean Kendrick and Puck Connolly are wonderful protagonists who I came to care deeply about along with the other Connolly children, George Holley, and of course, Dove and Corr.
I thought both narrators were perfectly cast. Since I read the book before I listened to it, I already had an idea of what the characters sounded like. I felt that the voices in my head were just more realistically expressed when I listed to the book.
There were several lines in this story that made me tear up as I read them and again as I listened to them. Some just because they were beautiful expressions of a concept. Stiefvater's exquisite use of language expresses the character's emotions so well, that I would find it impossible not to feel along with them.
Another enjoyable book by Maggie Stiefvater. She paints a detailed picture of life on the fantasy island of Thisby where men race unpredictable, and often deadly, capaill uisce ( waterhorses) at the annual Scorpio Races. The book has elements of fantasy without going too far, so you can still relate to the characters in the story. Overall, a fun "read", well narrated, a good love story, and a well written, strong, female lead character.
I didn't read the book, just listened to the audio.
This was better than I expected!
As a mid-30's mom, I love the gentle fantasy style of stories, such as Twilight. I like the fantasy, a touch of romance, humor...but nothing that would be disturbing! As this generally falls into the category of young adult fiction, often the plot can be a little on the thin side.
Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised at the Scorpio Races. It kept me guessing, right up until the end of the book. There wasn't predictable romance, on every page.....the characters were nicely human (believable), but charming. I wondered how they would really solve all of their problems, and liked the fact that not every little issue had a tidy ending. Some were actually left, for us to ponder over, but not in a disturbing way.
We were left, feeling like maybe the big brother was a bit flaky, if understandably so. The younger brother had a mental illness, which was accurately depicted. (I have O.C.D., and can attest to this.) No one ever came out and mentioned it; it was just a part of their lives, and despite his flaws, this character was sweet and charming! So we are left with the idea that, while the family members were imperfect, they could all still be a family, and love one another. This was refreshing.
Also, I am so impressed by the author's musical talents! I was left, wanting a c.d., after listening to the music, that introduced and ended the story.:)
This was a nice listen, that I would recommend! I should offer a warning, that there are some not-so-gentle, bloody parts...I am very sensitive, but I did survive~ and it didn't outweight the nice parts of the story.
The story is interesting, mysterious and compelling. I also thought the narration approach was very clever (alternating between the male and female protagonists in the novel and in the audio). The narrators were spot-on and I enjoyed this audio book immensely.
deep. romantic. wonderfully terrible.
Loved the development of the relationship between Shawn and Puck. Their inability to recognize it in themselves made it even that more endearing.
First time, but look forward to more!
Totally cried at the end, not gonna lie.
I wasn't a huge fan of Stiefvater's Shiver trilogy. I liked that she took a different route w/ the mythology but some of the behaviors of the heroine got old after three books. There was none of that in this book. Both characters, heck, all characters have their strengths and their flaws but they're real, and true to themselves. No room for wishy-washy. I'm glad this was a single title, not sure I could have waited for a conclusion. I wouldn't mind revising these characters and the Island in the future though. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Coffee and a Book Chick
Fantasy and/or dystopian novels are just *that* much better on audio. With the right narrators, the tension is fantastic, and this story is no different. The adaptation of Irish mythology into this YA book was absolutely fantastic. Me hit the "stop" button? Nah, I don't think so. The Scorpio Races was one of those audio books I would made excuses to run errands so I could be in the car. I needed to know what happened next!
The remote (fictional) island of Thisby, off the coast of Ireland, has an annual event unlike any other. Each year in November, the elusive and dangerous water-horses, known as the capaill uisce (pronounced capell-ishka), are ridden in fierce horse races sometimes resulting in death, either for the rider or for the horse. There is a magic to these incredible beasts, who easily hypnotize a rider before bringing them back to their beloved sea and drowning them. Capaill uisce are flesh-eating horses: they will fight, attack, bite, and devour a human, but to many it can be worth the risk since the winner of The Scorpio Races collects an extraordinary amount of money.
Told from two perspectives, Puck (Kate) Connolly and Sean Kendrick are riding the races this year. It's the first for Puck, but Sean, a four-time winner of the races, has a bigger win on his hands. Nineteen-years-old with no family or friends, Sean Kendrick is the water horse expert, and can easily calm a beast down with his quiet and calm manner. His veteran winning status, combined with a mysterious and brooding personality, assures him to be the likely winner, but the win for him is even greater this year. His one love is the water horse he'll ride again, Corr. Majestic, tough, and most definitely still wild, Corr is only calmed by Sean Kendrick and their bond is easily felt throughout the story. Corr is owned by Sean's boss, Benjamin Malvern, and Benjamin's son, Mutt, maintains a deep jealousy that eventually corrupts everything around him.
Not only has Puck decided to not ride a water horse, but instead ride her own personal horse, she is also the first female to ever ride the races. She consistently presents the island residents with more reasons to attempt to bar her in any way they can, but a win for her could save her home for both her older brother Gabe, who has decided to fend for himself and move to the mainland, and younger brother, Finn. Losing their parents to a capaill uisce has made the races even more frightening but this is Puck's chance to keep her remaining family together.
Both stories for Puck and Sean are so compelling and the ending tugged at my heartstrings considerably. I ask myself, why have I not read/listened to any other Maggie Stiefvater story before? That'll have to change, and quickly.
This is an exceptionally well-told YA tale of despair, hope, adventure, and first love. Sean Kendrick was sexy and brooding, and Puck was petulant and feisty. At odds initially, Puck's horse causes chaos on the beach and it's up to Sean to calm all the beasts down, but it initially sets the stage of yet another obstacle to overcome for both Puck and Sean to become friends and ultimately much more. The setting of this tiny Irish island was brilliantly described, and in audio form, it was beautifully magical. It wasn't difficult to smell, feel, and breathe the sea air. Thinking back on the story now, I honestly cannot imagine reading the printed word since the setting and narrators were so mesmerizing. I fell in love with Sean Kendrick and found myself conflicted with whom to root for. My only complaint was I expected much more to be shared in the evolution of Puck's actual training, but it ended up being a bit quiet on that subject. Let's be honest, though. That's a minor quibble compared to the meat of this story, which was thoroughly fantastic.
An entrancing tale of adventure, family, hope, and love, Maggie Stiefvater creates magic once again in The Scorpio Races. This was my first Maggie Stiefvater story, and I'm pretty sure I'll be selecting more of her works, especially in audio.
As a fairly new listener of audio books, I couldn't have been happier with both of the narrators cast to voice Sean Kendrick and Puck Connolly. They were equally masterful in the emotions, the characters, and each event that transcended standard tension and crafted an experience that was extremely absorbing.
Additionally, Maggie Stiefvater plays the instruments throughout the audio which was wonderful, and her Afterword was a delight to listen to, particularly as she trails off with laughter in the end...
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I was determined to not read this story. I don't like fairy stories and I'm not keen on animal tales either, but so many good things had been written about this book I gave it a chance. I fell in love with the written story, so I had to listen to it as well. It is now an all time favorite of mine and I am always pointing people in the direction or this wonderful novel.
The story follows Puck (Kate) and Sean, and is told in their alternating points of view. They are both competing in the annual Scorpio Races; a dangerous, free for all race involving captured fairy horses. Puck is not only the first girl to ever compete in the races, but she plans on riding her non-magical island pony. Puck is trying to save her family home and Sean hopes to win the ownership of Corr, the sea horse he has won the race with in the past. Instead of becoming adversaries, they begin training together and learning from one another. The contrast in their personalities is sharply drawn. Puck is brash, irrepressible, and always willing to pick a fight; whereas Sean is a quiet but strong presence at all times. My favorite scene that shows the contrast is when they wish each other luck before the race.
The rest of the novel works as well, from the setting (an island with a distinctly Irish feel), to the supporting characters. You feel as though Ms. Stiefvater just took up residence there, sat around the pub and listened to local folklore.
The actors who read the parts did a wonderful job. They never tried to take over or overact the roles. They just let the story flow in it's own elegant manner.
This kept me surprised up to the very last line and had me thinking about it for days. It is Ms. Stiefvater's best work yet.
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
This is a wonderful story that really represents Ms. Siefvater at her very best. The narrative is very vivid and picturesque, accomplishing the author's goal of making you feel like you are there. It is very artful and lyrical, reading almost like poetry. There are some more dramatic scenes that stand out as they are meant to, but the overall style of this story is very, very subtle, and is all the more powerful and compelling for it. The characters say very little out loud but their actions tell us volumes about them, and the relationship(s) developing between the characters are understated but certainly not to be under-rated as the story conveys the growing strength of those bonds. The narration is excellent, portraying both the reticence of the characters and the emotion and excitement of the more dramatic scenes. The accents and narration overall seemed pretty much perfect for the characters. I'm not even a horse-enthusiast, and if I fell in love with this story in which horses play such a large part, you know it must be great!
I absolutely loved this story! The narrators, Steve West and Fiona Hardingham, did a fantastic job drawing you into the story. I'll definitely be listen this story again soon.
I've always been on the fence with Maggie Stiefvater. I loved Shiver but never have been able to get into The Raven Boys (although I haven't given up on it). I'm not really sure why I bought this audiobook but I am so glad I did. This, by far, is the best Stiefvater book I've come across. It's just a beautiful tale and absolutely magical. Stiefvator brought the island to life and I could feel the island air. Puck and Sean were awesome characters and their story was a real romance. It was funny because I wasn't sure how to describe the love story and then at the end of the audiobook there was an interview with the author where she described Sean as a "Mr. Darcy" and I thought that it was the perfect description. He was quiet and dark and brooding but in the end loved fiercely. I was sorry to see this story end as I wanted more. But it was also quite perfect.