I'm not really one for stories that involve fates and true love, but everything about this flowed in a way that felt too real to succumb to the stuffy traps I'm used to. Steifvater has a beautiful rhythm that worked quite well with Patton's narration, and though some of his voices were questionable, it all formed a cohesive work of art.
I'm incredibly glad I have this a chance.
I'm literally speechless with my love for this story! It's was beyond beautifully woven and exceptionally delivered. So much love for this book, these characters and every wonderful word!
I had been sceptical about the male narration but I needn't be. It was perfect!
My name is Irene and I'm a lifelong bookaholic. A few years ago, I started adding audiobooks and I'm so happy I joined Audible in 2015 :-))
With this series, I would definitely rank Maggie Stiefvater as one of the best YA writers today. I'm writing this review after relistening to the first 3 books in the series -again-x3?- and just before #4 comes out. Can't wait!!! Book 1: the group is complete with the addition of Blue. Backgrounds on Blue, Gansey & Adam. Revelation about Noah. Things start to happen with the discovery of Cabeswater; Nemesis #1 dealt with. Ends with a surprise by Ronan, which starts Book 2.
I have no idea, as I've only listened to the audiobook lol
Is "all of the moments" a good answer? If I had to select just one, I think when they discovered what happened to Noah, and how it actually affected Noah's presence in the book, affected me a lot and will always stick with me.
Wow, that's hard. But I might have to go with Adam. He really, really makes you "feel" Adam, ya know? It's amazing
YESSSS!! I practically did, save for needing to sleep at one point. Finished in less than 24 hours
BUY THIS. IT IS AMAZING
After reading the first book in the series, I can't wait to download the rest of them! The premise of the story is really different, really fascinating. I wouldn't have imagined, from the description of the book, that it would be this impressive. The combination of fact & fiction (and the fact that I am not SURE which is which) is wonderful. The characters are so well conceived, backstories revealed, and the dialogue grabbed and held me. The poetic descriptions of places and moments are truly beautiful. It unfolds slowly, thoughtfully, yet never drags. AND, it has encouraged me to do some research into a number of topics that are central to the story, which is the true evidence of how drawn into this story I have become. Looking forward to the rest of the series, hoping it will continue to be this fascinating.
There are other books/series I have loved AS MUCH....but I can't really put my finger on anything in this genre that is quite so nicely written.
He always gives a good performance, he is subtle, and has a very nice range of dynamics to suit characters, and, even more important, the MOOD of the scenes. I am usually not aware of him changing gender, it's done very subtly, unnoticeable, natural. I like him quite a bit.
The scenes that involved the character of Noah....when his identity and nature were revealed. That gave me goosebumps!!!
Low-key "epic fantasy", if there is such a thing....historical, heroic quest, supernatural, ghost and romance all rolled into a lovely package. Very likable, hate-able characters.
I only took one star off of performance because Ronan's voice sounded corny and it annoyed me. That aside, I am not too fond of Virginia accents but I have to admit it was the right choice for this novel.
Regarding the story, this is exactly the kind I like best: a bit of fantasy, a bit of real life, a bit of humor, a bit of romance, and a fantastic circle of main characters. I loved all the boys and I loved Blue, which was good because I am picky about female protagonists.
I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy, as well as to those who might be wary about the quality of writing. The most difficult thing about finding a good YA book us finding decent authors who really know how to use words, and this author does but without going over your head. The author is obviously intelligent, because you can see that reflected in her character development. Always a plus.
To other Christians or people who might be concerned, yes, some witchcraft is in this novel, but I didn't find it to be on a concerning level.
It's thoughtful, clever and reveals itself in it's own good time. I loved the way it made its bases and embroidered them effortlessly and intricately. The characters were compelling and the narrator is one of my all time favourites. I'm glad to have found this series.
Actually I would like to read it this time. I'm so in love with Will Pattons voice he can make any writing sound like poetry. This isn't my normal genre but I'm glad I listened. Such beautiful writing.
I loved the interaction of all the boys, that's my first choice. My second is the readings of the "mediums". Entertaining all the way around.
If this isn't your favorite subject matter please don't let that stop you. This will stay in your memory a long long time as a great listen. I promise!