First, the audiobook version was at times quite confusing to listen to. I am not sure if this is due to a lack of intelligence on my part, or the audiobook format, or something entirely other. I enjoy Neil Gaiman's writing, and thought perhaps that I would enjoy his suggestion, but now I am sure that I was quite wrong.
I suspect that most of the reason that I did not enjoy this book was because of the complicated twists and jumps in the storyline. It jumps from century to century, character to character, and planet to planet with little notice. This format might be enjoyable in text version, where a reader can flip to and fro, looking back upon the previous pages for reference, but I was just confused.
I do believe that some people will enjoy this book-perhaps writers themselves, the readers of dark poetry, and eccentric scientists, perhaps.
The book just didn't flow smoothly enough for me.
I began with the first Princess Academy book and I loved it. Overall, Shannon Hale, with her other books (Enna Burning) is a great author.
The second book is a nice continuation of the first.
-I enjoyed the cute narration and musical quality that comes with Shannon Hale's audiobooks. The whole thing is a sensory experience and drew me into the story. I enjoy Full-Cast audio, multiple voices and sound effects. If you do too, then you will probably like this version.
-Cynthia Bishop, the narrator, emphasizes in the right places and shows that she really understands what she is reading.
-Teaches good morals for young girls (there is talk of muscles and dancing and kissing, so take that into consideration before letting young girls listen to this : ) *
-At times, the story felt boring. There is action, but it felt a little forced and I was left wanting more.
-Sometimes the music in the beginning was a little cheesy, even for me, because the songs at the beginning of some chapters sounded almost ridiculous (like someone imitating an Adam Sandler's Opera Man!)
-Many times when I thought the story would end, it kept going, as if the author couldn't decide on how to bring everything to a satisfying conclusion.
Overall, this was not Hale's best book (try Enna Burning), but it will not stop me from listening to her other titles. I enjoy the light-hearted purity of all of her stories. *It would be great for 6th graders to listen to.
Unlike my other reviews, this is the first audiobook that I actually completely loved! I like the purity of the story, and the lack of overt sexuality is relieving to me. I hope that there are more and more Shannon Hale books like this, read in this manner. (I also loved Princess Academy and Enna Burning). Listen to Enna Burning after Goose Girl if you find that you like it.
Goose Girl itself is a great story, adapted from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
Each of Shannon Hale's stories seem to exist in a common place, and this gives depth to any audio or text experience.
Remember to listen to the audio sample so you get a feel for The Full Cast Family.
They do a great job with narration and the voices are young and lively.
This is a great audio rendition of The Bible (NKJV). I have no complaints there.
My one complaint is:
As a student, I am assigned different chapters and different books. Because each chapter covers about 1-4 books, it is so difficult to find a book without pressing every chapter and scanning the description. (I use the Android, iTunes, and iPad versions).
If only each chapter were labeled, sectioned, and titled, I would be a happy rater with five stars. But because of this one fault, I have decided to rate the overall with a mere three stars.
The rest of the book is great and the music is beautiful. It sounds like something out of Stargate (the TV series).
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