My thoughts on the audio:
Please forgive me, Kendra Hoffman, but I did not like your accents. I'm not a fan of accents unless they can be done really well. In this book Hoffman did a New Yorker accent, a southern accent, and an English accent. I completely understand and appreciate that Hoffman tried to give the characters their own 'voice' by differentiating between their geographical regions. It just fell short to me. At times the voices were irritating. I did like it when Hoffman read in her own voice. I think she has a very pleasant and easy to listen to voice, but the accents need work.
My thoughts on the book:
When I first started to read this book, I had no idea it was a sequel. I guess the allure of a time-travel book involving Jane Austen was enough for me. It was halfway through the first chapter when I realized my mistake. I was a little confused as to what was going on. So if you haven't read the first book, I suggest that you do before you start this one. I continued reading and after the first few chapters I begin to understand the story better.
The famous Fitzwilliam Darcy is real! Though he doesn't live in England. He lives in the United States. But if he's real then how is it that Jane Austen could write a story about him? That's where the story begins. You see there is this portal that can transport Fitz into Jane Austen's time. And that's exactly how the two met. Jane falls in love with Fitz but knows it will never work out. Fitz goes back to his own time and meets Eliza. Eliza is a New Yorker who recently purchased Jane Austen's vanity and found letters in it addressed to Fitz. This find leads to the two meeting and sparks fly between the two. Eliza finds out that she has some competition But how do you compete against Jane Austen? To make matters more complicated, Jane Austen's groom decides he wants to work for Mr. Darcy and goes through the portal. However in doing so, he could change history, including Jane's.
This is an enjoyable read. It's a twist on Jane Austen inspired novels that I haven't come across before. I do wish I would have read the first book, The Man Who Loved Jane Austen first because I feel like I came into the middle of the story, which I guess I did. I did like the characters both old and new. Fitz is very much like Austen's Fitzwillian and Eliza and Elizabeth are similar as well. The story line is cute and an enjoyable read. Great for the Austen lovers.
My thoughts on the audio:
Shades of Milk and Honey is read by the author, Mary Robinette Kowal. She has a very pleasant voice that makes this story come alive. She reads each character with such care it makes it easy to visualize each scene. The audio length is 7 hours and 33 minutes. I enjoyed each minute of it.
Shades of Milk and Honey is a delightful book. It has intrigue, hints of romance, and great characters. So many of the characters in this book reminded me of some of Jane Austen's characters. This book was like sitting down with an new friend that you feel like you have known forever. I absolutely fell in love with this book. I can't wait to read more by this author.
I had read and reviewed Soulless by Gail Carriger previously on my website. Even though I loved Soulless I had not continued on with the series right away. Since a year had passed I decided I wanted to 're-read' this book. I downloaded it from audible and was not disappointed.
Emily Gray narrates this fantastic book. She really seem to capture the wit and humor of Alexia Tarabotti. Listening to this novel brought to life the words of Gail Carriger. Gray reads how I imagined Alexia to sound in my head. I especially liked hearing the heated exchanges between Alexia and Lord Maccon read aloud. There are some blush worthy scenes in this book. Gray does a fantastic job with giving each of the characters their own voice. This is definitely one of the best audio books I've come across.
If you've not had the chance to read Soulless yet you need to. It has mystery, romance, werewolves and steampunk. It's a highly enjoyable book.
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