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and the moral of this fairy tale is "Never accept rides from strangers". A very interesting book which will stick in your mind.
Every time I think of this book, I remember another aspect of the story/performance that I love.
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about John Lee's narration, but as I continued to listen, the tone seemed to be a perfect fit for the story. Somehow simultaneously mundane and other-worldly.
Some of my favorite scenes that I don't think have been mentioned by other reviewers include Richie's interactions with Peter's family and the relationship that develops between Peter's son and the elderly next door neighbor (probably my favorite character).
As I'm writing this review, I'm realizing this book deserves a repeat listen.
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Hard to believe. Or, Leap of faith.
My favorite character was Tara - a young woman who went with a stranger on a six month journey only to return home and discover that 20 years had passed in the world she knew. Everyone she loved had presumed her dead. Upon her brother's urging, Tara consults a psychiatrist. The question of her mental health is compelling. Is her story true? There is no doubt that Tara believes her story. But just because Tara believes it doesn't mean it's true. It's fascinating to watch all the characters in this novel, including Tara, struggle with this question.
John Lee delivered a fine performance, but it wasn't a stellar performance. Personally, since the story is about a young woman, I would have preferred a female reader.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
It reminded me a little of Neil Gaimans Ocean at the End of the Lane. Where the person telling the story was an unreliable narrator. It was a story that was either made up or remembered that way through a child's perception. In this story the person was an adult which suffered a trauma as a child or young adult (15 yrs old) and so to protect herself she remembered being in some kind of fairy tale world. When she disappeared 20 yrs earlier it affected the people around her and their stories are told as well. The story kept me interested throughout and it was one that makes you think about what you might have remembered as a child that didn't quite happen that way.
The entire plot has one wondering if it is truth or fiction about Tara. Hauntingly well written , one finds oneself wanting it to be true or maybe not? I listened to the book last week but it has a memorable presence in my mind. I am not a sci-fi fan and this is not strictly that. Listen and understand how a tale can be woven of complex fabic.
First, I loved the gentle accent and then the plot with its twists and turns. Not every aspect is spelled out such as how Yarrow can survive a death blow and were Tara and Yarrow lovers? so it kept me coming back for more.
Nice accent and gentle words.
No suggestion. Perfect name
Never written a review before but had to do so with this book.
While there was some obvious things, I really liked some of the twists and turns. The quotes from all different sorts of people plus the "historical" account of the wife was supposedly switched with a fairy. I don't know if it was true or not but it was a nice detail and added believability.
The most memorable moment was the ending, both the ending and the epilogue ending.
I admit I thought I was getting a bit more of the fairyland than the book presented but I liked how grounded it was in the human world.
I will admit readily that the superior reading and wonderful accents were one of the main reasons I bought the book, and both did not disappoint.
I've never been a fan of the Fantasy genre but decided to give this book a try and I don't regret it. It's the perfect mix and you get multiple points of view. It also doesn't tie everything up in a nice bow but really leaves it up to you on what to believe.
there were also story lines and characters that were brought in, then at the end didn't seem to relate back. I felt the ending didn't pull back the characters and mini stories. Kind of left me feeling like - "hmmm what about...."
sure - I enjoyed the read and never thought about stopping and starting something else.
not sure I have a favorite
seemed like the "F" word was somewhat gratuitous in some parts of the story.