Took a chance on this one, and heartily regret it. The narrator's "female" voices were so insipid and annoying, I could not take it.
And, I'm sorry to say, it was boring.
Just my .02.
This book has so many things wrong with it, it is difficult to know where to begin. Here is a summation:
--Poor Plot Pacing: Everything happens at once, than nothing happens. Hero kisses heroine, and heroine discusses kiss with BFF for one entire chapter. BOR-ING.
--Poor Plot Elements: Some of the more horrific plot devices seem as if they were lifted directly from a 1950s "B" movie like "The Bride of Frankenstein Meets the Evil Mad Scientist".
--Poor Character Development: The characters are strictly one-dimensional: the abusive mother and sisters, the bumbling fat guy, the alpha male, etc. Other readers have commented on how tiresome it gets to hear about the heroine's "big nose"....and yes, by the 33rd time, it does.
--Narrator: Well, she does the main voice OK. She sounds rather like Bridget Jones but I can live with that. The problem is her secondary characters, especially the males. One male character sounds EXACTLY like the Martian in the Looney Tunes cartoons. Even the hero's voice is not that well done.
--Inconsistant references: The author keeps calling the Earl and Countess Woolsy (sp?) by Lord and Lady xyz. Um, no, a Countess would not be referred to as "Lady XYZ" unless she were the DAUGHTER of an Earl. The WIFE of an Earl is referred to "Alexia, Countess of Woolsy". Editors, where are you?
--Stereotypes: Could she make the gay Vampire any more stereotypical? (Reference, also, poor character development). The bashing on Americans also became tiresome very quickly.
I CANNOT believe all the positive reviews this book has earned, and furthermore cannot believe that it is the beginning of a whole series. It is trite, boring, and poorly done.
Don't waste a credit on this one.
The reason I LOVE Audible is because somehow they have sales on wonderful books I would never choose just left to my own devices. "Enchantment" is one of those books. I found it by turns funny, imaginative, original, informative, romantic, and even enlightening. The pace was mostly very good...only a few parts lagged.
The narrators were excellent as well, and handled the numerous characters deftly. And even though this is a longer book, I got through it quickly and was in fact sorry when it ended. I only wish I had more books like this one to listen to.
Enchantment | [Orson Scott Card]
* By Orson Scott Card
* Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
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