I had read it many years ago so this time I listened to it and it's till a good story.
I love the druid and his dog. It's easy and fun to read and get lost in. The narration is especially enjoyable.
Liked it alot but parts of it seems a bit weak but I'm no expert, just a reader/listener.
I enjoyed the book as it was a slice of real-life (if only from a celebrities point of view).
I like chesea and I loved her book recounting her one night stands but in this the story isn't as good and her narration is just not enjoyable.
Anyone with an interest in the after life would enjoy this book and even if you don't believe it might be worth your time.
I liked it very much and wish he could of gone on longer.
Well it was a 5 star listening experience. Craig Wasson is fantastic and joins Simon Prebble as one of the masters of narration.
All 3 and many more.
It was memorable and the narration just brought the story to perfection.
Yes. It's a great book. It won't appeal to all but I believe most anyone will enjoy it if they can get past 2 things: That it's written in an older prose style and it's about magic in England in the early 1800's (magic instead of the historical class struggle between north and south).
While the book is about magic it's not the biggest part. The character development is great fun and although it's a big book it's the kind that once you get into it you never want it to end. So don't let that it has magic in it scare you off. It's not a juvenile "potterish" copy. It's about people and their trials and tribulations during a very troublesome time of the Napoleanic Times with the two main characters and their entry into pubic life as 'magicians' after the usage of magic has all but vanished for the last 200 years. So much so that all magicians did was talk about it and study the history of it. Most didn't believe it worked any more.
One more thing, I read it and loved it via the kindle so much that I bought the hardcover book and then the audio version (which I have now listened to so many times I've lost track as to the number) and it never gets old. The narration by Simon Prebble is amazing and he does all the voices himself (even the female ones which are so good you actually enjoy it like a woman is speaking but it's not corny at all and smoothly fits in like it belongs). which you kind of forget very quickly that he is doing them all. I have no idea how he keeps them all straight and on the right sound. I now recognize character voices in other books he does (over 200) from Strange and Norrell which sends me back to that book as soon as I finish what I am listening too. (he did a great job in 'The Day of the Jackal' as well).
So, give it a try. It's more about the history of the time (author deftly weaves in actual history and actual historical figures into the story).
There were so many but I'll pick one of many favorite moments. The confrontation between a certain fairy and Jonathan Strange is one part I really like but I can't go into detail without maybe ruining the story for someone else.
You feel every line written as it was intended. I believe that I (as a habitual skimmer) missed over half the book (or forgot it quickly) and I'm continually surprised by sections as they are read because I feel I didn't absorb the writer's intent at the time.
Arabella Strange. She's smart, patient, and very classy as the wife of JS who is no picnic as a husband.
If you can..buy the audio version and don't waste your time reading it.
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