This purchase was not planned - I had accidentally purchased the second book in hardcover thinking it was a stand-alone. What a great surprise to find the series on Audible and be able to get the first in the series.
I loved the narration; her performance was perfect even down to gorgeous regional accents. I especially liked that she moved seamlessly from Irish to northern to American. Flawless.
I'm not usually predisposed to alternate divergent history stories, but I was quick hooked in and in this case, it allowed the story to unfold without the burden of too much world-building; leaving more space for story and characters.
Grey book and great performance!
While I don't often go for the supernatural/ethereal type of stories this one sounded interesting, and the story was heading in a good direction. Unfortunately I cannot get past the narrator. The sad whispering monotone voice destroys any life to the characters. Her breathy indifference deflates the story and any interest or connection to the world. With a different narrator perhaps I could've enjoyed the story.
This was my first time experiencing her books. The world seemed interesting and the story moved at a good pace. Reading might be the best option in this case.
The depressed, disconnected and indifferent voice never changes. Eventually it just feels whiny and annoying.
Great narrator. It is a good story but with fantasy comes all that none familiar and made up vocabulary & definitions to remember and follow. p.S. I bought the sequel and am looking forward to it but I had to re listen to remember the jargon
I enjoyed listening to this story, but there was a bit of unsubtle foreshadowing, telling instead of showing, and unsurprising turns of plot. The portrayal of certain characters (or the main character's attitudes about them) seemed inconsistent, and again weren't always backed up by our experiences with them.
However, these critiques did not significantly lessen my enjoyment of the story. I think it's a personal thing whether you will just notice or actually be bothered by such things. I liked the narrator a lot, but she was rather subdued, so listener preference would come into play.
I really enjoyed The Bone Season and immediately preordered The Mime Order. The world Shannon creates is vivid and engaging. That said, there were times I wanted to throttle Paige. In that way, I guess she is a believable 19 year old. Kerr's narration was great.