This story's plot and story line are not very original. Listeners will fairly quickly recognize that the author is recreating the story of Jane Eyre in 1950's and 1960's Scotland. That being said, I loved Jane Eyre and enjoyed this modern re-telling of the story with all the twists and turns that Gemma has to navigate. However, I was disappointed in the end as it was somewhat abrupt. Another chapter to fill out how life turned out for Gemma would have been more satisfying. Davina Porter's reading was, as usual, well done and pleasant to listen to with all of the different accents done quite nicely.
I was very caught up by the story of this young girl. However, his daughter, Grace's, narration was flat and uninflected, clearly showed a lack of ability to read with character. A professional narrator or actor would have made the story even more riveting.
I always try to finish listening to a book, but in this case finally gave up. The story was a mixed up version of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and the Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but not as enthralling as any of the above. A bunch of boring teenagers/young adults who can't get it together, whine a lot, drink a lot and occasionally they do some magic. Their ennui was infectious, as the book just bored me.
I almost stopped listening to this story due to the horrible narration by Ms. Kellgtren. Her Irish accent was so horrendous that she made all of the female Irish characters sound like Maggie Smith as Professor McGonegall, meaning they all sounded like world weary 70 year old matriarchs. I had a hard time picturing the characters as 20 year olds. The men's were almost as bad. The American character, on the other hand, sounded like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
The saving grace was that the story was good. I am looking forward to the sequels, but hope that another, more talented narrator is used.
Probably not. The main character was an incredibly stupid woman who continuously made error after error in her life. What is the point of reading about a weak and stupid character. I was looking for a story of a woman who overcame an adverse circumstance with intelligence and bravery, not stupid and pointless decisions.
Have someone else narrate. While I enjoyed Mr. Fuller's story, he should not have narrated it. His narration was tedious/monotonous to listen to and without the "acting out" or performance of the parts of the different characters. The story itself was interesting and was the only reason I kept going, but it would have been better with a good narrator who could have better performed the different roles.
No. He needs to stick to writing the books.
I am not sure that I would read/listen to another story by Erin Morgenstern. The story was too long and quite depressing. However, I give points for the highly creative world created in the story. I was listening half the time to hear about the fabulous circus which the characters lived in
Mr. Dale's narration was lovely.
This story started out well and I was looking forward to the twins learning and developing as they had their experiences in London and with the other characters. Instead, the story took a strange and disturbing turn which was, to quote another reviewer, "icky". I listened to the end of the story, but there was never any real redemption after the story took the strange turn. I would not recommend this book. A better choice and book I really enjoyed was The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.
I loved this book and didn't want it to end. Ms. Morton very cleverly interweaves the evolving stories of each character, slowly revealing the solution to the mystery which begins the book. I hope she continues to write more books like this one.
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