i think this book must have been designed for a "young adult" audience; i was a little disappointed that the themes and plot weren't a bit more mature. it's a fun story about group of kids in a magical school environment trying to solve a mystery; NOT an "epic" fantasy novel (as audible identifies its genre).
Charles Dickens writing magical realism for a modern day audience. smart and elegant with lots of dry wit and ominous, mysterious happenings.
it's worth a read for the quality of the writing alone; the enchanting plot is a bonus.
the narrator is perfectly matched to the text and gives a flawless performance.
wonderful narration of a wonderful story!
this is a really excellent little novel. the narration is very good, and the story is intriguing, well-paced, and has some real depth. i would highly recommend this one.
wonderful narration. it takes a little getting used to, and it's tricky due to the ambiguous gender of the narrator, but it's really been pulled off here. well done!
the novel itself is a real treasure.
this was a really fun listen; the narration is quite good and the story is a pleasure. a superb bit of light but interesting fiction.
not a wonderful book to begin with (the writing and plot both leave a lot to be desired, though the concept is fair)...but the narrator pretty much kills it dead.
the presentation is pretty much lifeless.
this isn't my favorite Gaiman story, but it's very good, and the narration is EXCELLENT.
GET THIS BOOK!
it's smart, funny, complicated, earthy and rich with meaning; it has magic and mystery and romance and intrigue; the narrator is talented and refined (and gives a flawless presentation) and the author is one of that rare breed of modern authors who has found something TRULY NEW to write about, and a distinctive and artful way to write about it.
this is one of those books where you just don't want it to end, and when it does, you wish you could erase it from your memory just so you can repeat the pleasure of listening to it.
i would give it 10 stars out of 5 if i could.
I listened to this on vacation and the beach, and it promised to be pure, guilty-pleasure ear candy. I was not disappointed by the writing, the concept, or the reading (the narrator is fanTAStic).
However, I would put a warning label on this that the whole second half of the book is (vague spoiler alert) sort of a sinkhole of depressing events. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone looking for a "pick-me-up" or a happily-ever-after type story.
I guess a book about the plague wouldn't be a typical candidate for that anyway, but for history buffs like me, taking a time machine back to the Middle Ages sounds like such a "fun" idea...and this just isn't a "fun" story.
Still, DEFINITELY worth a read...when you're in the right mood for a downer.
This is a really fresh bit of literature, hard to peg into any particular genre.
I highly recommend it anyone who likes fiction that is whimsical, brainy and a little mystical.
The reader gives an excellent performance of the text. I highly recommend this one!
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