The development of the plot was initially Intriguing. The book even kept my attention through about the first hour of the incarceration and exploration by the blind. Then it became as stale and reeking as their living environment. I wish some of the negative reviews had been available before I had purchased this sad book. It is simply too tedious to slog through the second half.
I would probably not try a book from either.
Perhaps books from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series, but only for the "road trip" aspect.
Her scarecrow voice was particularly irritating, and all of the voices were a bit too cunning, like an adult talking down to a child.
I will undoubtedly watch the movie again.
Tthe story is a classic, and different from the movie, of course, and well worth enjoying again. I think a child would find the narration acceptable, but I'm not entirely sure if the story isn't a bit scary for younger listeners.
I have read the book many, many times since the paperback Scholastic book I bought with my own coins almost 50 years ago. I lost myself then and now in Greta's world and found comfort alongside her in her discoveries. Even though the book is appropriate for children, it was impossible to put down, and I will listen and read it again.
The ending was ludicrously implausible and scant reward for plodding through this clunker. The characterization was well done and interesting, and the narration was wonderful.
I first read this book when I was 17. That was a very long time ago. I recently re-read it to see if it was still amusing, and it was indeed. The mores of different times and places cannot help but fascinate. The book has a freshness and innocence that is surprising, considering the subject matter. I highly recommend.
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