I love Jane Austen, love this story, and love listening to Nadia May. So why couldn't I listen to this book? I'm not sure if it was the tempo (too fast!), the voices she chose for the characters (too sharp and high) or a combination of the two, but this audiobook was incredibly irritating to listen to. I tried several times but finally gave up. The only reason I could give this three stars was that I know the book itself was good.
The book was fantastic and the reader perfectly matched. I am tickled that Edoardo Ballerini was also chosen to read the other books in the series, he is spot on. My husband Jim recommended the book before it was available in audio but as an avid listener I'm glad I waited!
Robert McCannon quickly pulls the reader/listener into the story and continues to draw you in. His characters are fleshed out (and what characters!) , his story well crafted, and his eye to detail is delightful. Mysteries within mysteries abound. And what a picture Mr. McCannon can paint of a historical time! This is an excellent read both for lovers of character driven books and those who prefer plot driven. Readers who enjoyed Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth" will love this, I found to be even better. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.
So many to choose from! The Vaughan women were high on my list, along with the odious ratcatcher...
A couple of scenes made me laugh out loud - I will not spoil them- and a few definitely made me cringe.
Absolutely loved this book. So may years after the fact I found that it was still written with sensitivity and finesse. Lovely! And the narration was perfect.
The 3 main characters were all favorites.
This was my first Neil Hunt and definitely will not be my last.
This is my third Joshilyn Jackson book and my favorite. The characters are believable and well fleshed out, the story pulled me in, and I enjoyed listening to it from beginning to end. I laughed out loud a few times and actually burst into tears at one point- for the first time in many, many Audible books. Rare indeed is the author who can read their own work well. Barbara Kingsolver and Neil Gaiman are the only others that I knew of but Joshilyn Jackson has definitely joined their ranks!
I am definitely a Neil Gaiman fan, and this is one of my favorites! A fairy tale for grownups, with magic and wonder and wit. Very few writers can read their own work well but Neil Gaiman is the exception to the rule! Beautifully done, and I really enjoyed the interview at the end.
I have to admit it, the man can write! This one held me until the end. I loved all of the characters (loved to hate a couple of them!) and the plot had plenty of twists. My husband and I both listened to this one and both thoroughly enjoyed it. One caveat- please read the premise of the book. If you are offended by sex in audiobooks, or hate dark murder mysteries, don't download this one. If on the other hand you love well written dark mysteries well read by a pro, enjoy!
I really, really wanted to like this one and I listened all the way through hoping that it would grow on me. After all, it's considered to be a classic....Time after time I was annoyed by the main character - sweet, but what a victim she was! Perhaps an accurate picture of the times but annoying none the less.
Even though this story takes pace in the 1980s it rings true today....perhaps painfully so. Well written and truly well read- you may not like all of the characters but you will never forget them!
I had such a good time listening to this book that I didn't want it to end. After Neverwhere I was afraid that Neil Gaiman couldn't capture my imagination so well again....but he did! This is a lovely, well written book with just enough dark to it. And my, can he read his own work! Very unusual. Note: this is not a book for small children but it will appeal to the child in adults.
This book was my first introduction to Neil Gaiman and I absolutely adored it. From the very beginning it caught me and took me along for a fantastic ride. What an imagination he has! I loved the characters, the scenes, and especially listening to Neil read. This book was fun from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.
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