My mother, an English teacher for many years, impressed a deep love for the classics upon me. Dickens remains a personal favorite as I love the depth of his characters, the movement of the action, and the timeliness of his stories.
Tale is a perfect example of Dickens' writing at its finest. Weaving an intricate story of family and friends embroiled in the French Revolution, the author leaves the listener on edge at the end of every chapter; one simply cannot hit the pause button but instead must know what happens next.
When I was in tenth grade (many more years ago than I care to admit), my class read this novel, and we actually read it aloud. Suffice it to say, the narrator of this version has much more talent than my classmates and me. :) The narrator absolutely brought this book to life. The character voices were outstanding (although the one for Lucy was a bit odd, but it worked OK). You could not only hear but feel the passion of the marvelous text.
I hope you enjoy this lovely version. I believe it's one you'll want to turn to again and again.
Several friends had mentioned the Outlander books to me, but I just didn't quite get the concept. A time-traveling 20th century nurse who got zapped to 18th century Scotland?? Hmmm. Didn't sound like the most interesting subject matter to me as it seemed a little too science fiction-y.
Ah, was I wrong. Outlander is a delightful tale, full of rollicking action, menacing characters, spinetingling scares, and a few horrors. I enjoyed the book immensely, as the author's writing flows so easily. Best of all, though, is the incredible narration by Davina Porter. She voices a myriad of characters and all are easily distinguishable.
I am anxious to start the second book in the series now!
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