Oh, there was so much that was bad about this book that I do not know where to begin! Why do we even care about Ivy, as she is lying to everyone all the time? Stories of abuse are not what I call 'entertainment' and this one was certainly a dud. I did not even finish listening as I got so frustrated with Ivy's whining and constantly trying to run away.
I wish she had not written this book. Her first book was more entertaining. This one is not worth the trouble.
The narrator for Ivy had a whining voice, which, while appropriate for the character, grated on my nerves.
I would say I was frustrated and disappointed in this book. I had hoped to listen to it while I was in my sewing room, but I simply could not get through more than half the book before I gave it up as a waste of time.
Don't bother. It is not worth your hard-earned money!
Oh, I am afraid I am becoming a Neil Gaiman groupie! I am amazed at his ability to create a realistic portrayal of a fantasy world, through the eyes of a seven-year old boy. The unbelievable story becomes understandable in the simplistic wording of a child's perspective.
I adore Lettie Hemstock and her mother and grandmother. What wonderful characters! Gaiman said the Hemstocks had been with him for many years, so I hope we will see them again.
Yes, though I didn't allow myself to do that, as I wanted to savor it and enjoy the story as long as I could. It's kind of like a rich, dark chocolate; if you eat it all in one setting, you won't enjoy it as much.
The story is so intriguing and Gaiman's reading is brilliant, as ever.
This is a charming historic fiction novel, clearly created to paint a very rosy picture of Katherine. I mean, really, no one is THAT perfect!
Well, naturally Katherine is my favorite, though the inclusion of Chaucer was quite charming. I also liked her performance of John of Gaunt.
If you are interested in British historical fiction, give this a listen. While not an accurate recitation of this time period, it is an excellent escape from the 'here and now' and filled with interesting tidbits about life in medieval England and France.
You know, I think I would listen to this again. It was that good! I don't often read a book again, but this one would be one to add to a list of 'repeats.'
Gaiman's voice and modulation are the perfect pitch (pardon the pun!) for this book. He cleverly goes from one character to the next. I think a great deal of the tone of the book would be lost if one simply read the book instead of listened to Gaiman read his own novel.
The book is a coming of age story and, naturally, we all have bittersweet feelings with these themes. I was quite charmed by Nobody and wanted to walk along with him in his quest.
I am a bit confused by what category Gaiman's books should belong; are they children's, youth, or general reader? Well, it doesn't really matter, as I absolutely love his writing and will 'listen' to anything he writes. He has my ear and I look forward to the next 'read' from Gaiman!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a perfect escape from the drudgeries of daily life. I listened to it as I drove to and from work and found myself in New York along with the characters. I was riveted and found the narrator to be an excellent reader. The pace was perfect for the characters presented. If you like fantasy, fairy tales and mythology, get this book; you won't be disappointed. If, however, you are looking for adventure, danger and thrills a-plenty, look elsewhere. This book is a slow build-up to a fantastical time and place, with a miss-mash of folklore, fiction and fact. It was cleverly written and I look forward to more of the same from the author.
I suppose listening to it was not so bad. I was actually quilting as I listened. The plot was a bit conceived, though the characters were well developed. Having two narrators was interesting - I did like the switch back and forth. I don't quite know what other reviewers mean about the religious tones of the book. While there is a brief mention of faith and Christian views, I did not think it was overly done. Overall, the book was a pleasant escape while I was in my sewing room.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am a great fan of historic fiction, though I had never ventured into Roman subject matter. This is an excellent introduction. Vance's narration is nothing short of brilliant - I will be looking up other books which he reads, as he truly made the experience memorable. I look forward to 'hearing' other books from this series very soon!
I do not know as I haven't read the print version.
I absolutely love Gaiman's voices, he is so variable! Usually authors reading their own books is rather dray, but Gaiman clearly has a control of the use of his voice. I am hooked on his books and a large part of that is, I am sure, his successful reading of his own work.
I did not cry, though I did laugh quite a bit. He has a charming way of writing, especially about England (London in particular) and if you have spent any amount of time there (as I have - approx. 4 years while in graduate school) you will pick up on the subtle (and some not so subtle) nuances that make London unique.
What a charmer! I am always fascinated by 'underworld' stories and this one believably combined upper and lower London to leave me quite spellbound. I was terribly sad when it ended!!
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