The storyline was intriguing at the outset, and the characters were certainly interesting. But the unfolding of the story didn't quite live up to the expectation that was set with the description. Eventually, the story got to the point where it just went on and on, and I was wishing it would just wrap up and send everyone home!
The narrator spoke well, and with good enunciation. She was youngish-sounding, however this fit well with the book and I think she did quite a good job.
This book just left me cold. I tried to like the protagonist, I really did. But the narration and language just made me struggle with Sookie and I couldn't find whatever it was in her to resonate with and like. And I can't get into a story if I don't like the character. The writing is good, but it was absolutely unappealing to me, and I suppose that the narration was to align with the character's lack of education, yet it grated on my ears.
I was seeking another of Mary Stewart's stories, Thornyhold (which I am sincerely hoping arrives in audiobook form!) and picked up this novel. It is very like Thornyhold in the lovely simplicity of the story. There is something truly magical about how Mary Stewart can craft such compelling stories and yet offer them up in such a delicate manner, with just enough information to offer a depth to the characters without overloading them to the point of causing baggage. It is a very rare skill, and it is beautifully shown here. The story isn't complex, and if you are looking for deep intrigue you won't find it here, but it is a lovely listen and so very enjoyable.
The narration suited the story perfectly!
It took a couple of tries to get into this one, and I really didn't get absorbed into the story until well into the second-half of the book. The gothic aura of the book is very well done, and the pervasive sense of impending doom does pervade the story in undercurrents, but it was tedious at times. The underlying question of her sanity is well balanced to make me wonder at times which way it was going to go. The narration was good.
I couldn't help but like Claire's character right from the start. The story unfolded at a perfect pace, and Cynthia Holloway was a great choice to narrate. The roommates in the house are all unique and just as easy to like as the protagonist. This makes the unfolding story all the more enjoyable, and the writing really brought the scenery and characters to life. I immediately picked up the next in this series and look forward to the rest!
This truly spectacular book (and series) is so incredibly well-written and thought out that the story captivates instantly and rivets one's attention for the duration. The character is so unique and deeply developed that I couldn't help but walk along with her in the story. The world is so detailed it becomes incredibly easy to visualise the culture and society, but the political maneuverings bring a much needed intrigue that lays the path for Phedre.
Anne Flosnik was a pleasant surprise as a narrator. I haven't liked her in the past, but I can't commend her performance enough. Her telling of the story was superb.
I enjoyed this thoroughly as an audiobook, however I will say that I had already read the entire series (twice!) before picking this up in audio version, so I had no trouble with the complexity of the world and characters. I saw some reviews that mentioned it could be confusing, so I thought I'd add this caveat to my comments.
I was hooked on this series from the start. The storyline is well done, and well narrated. I stumbled across this book and had to get the rest of the series immediately. The character of Kylie is nicely developed through the series, and the push-pull of relationships contrasted with the supernatural elements draws the typical teenager / budding supernatural paradox is just captivating.
I am riveted by this series. It took a little bit to get into (mainly because I was at work when I started listening, which was a bad idea given the complexity of the cast of characters initially) Roy Dotrice is the most incredible narrator, and his ability to bring the character's voices to life make what would be a complex listen something that is easy to follow. I thought I'd heard good narrators before, but he blows them all out of the water, truly reminding us what an "art" storytelling really is. The series is beautifully written, bringing the scenes and characters clearly to the mind's eye. I hate it when I come to the end of each of these books, and can't wait to get the next!
I am riveted by this series. Roy Dotrice is the most incredible narrator, and his ability to bring the character's voices to life make what would be a complex listen something that is easy to follow. I thought I'd heard good narrators before, but he blows them all out of the water, truly reminding us what an "art" storytelling really is. The series is beautifully written, bringing the scenes and characters clearly to the mind's eye. I hate it when I come to the end of each of these books, and can't wait to get the next!
This was a lovely story drew me in from the beginning. While the storyline wasn't full of twists and turns, it was beautifully written, and left just enough to the imagination, while offering a treasure chest of herb and flower lore. Even better, there was an appendix of the flowers and herbs that provided a handy insight - I actually wish I had the written copy just for this!
The narration was lovely. Susan's voice was clear and crisp, the characters distinguishable, and she kept the story moving at just the right pace.
I would listen to this book again, I enjoyed it so much.
I was truly disappointed when it ended. A great story that brought an interesting blend of characters together. The narration was good, although there were times when I became confused as to whom was speaking due to overlap of accents and speaking styles. I would definitely get the next book in this series!
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