Rowling excels at providing the reader with complex characters - almost as if you are first looking at the shadow from a cardboard cut-out, a shallow cliche that slowly grows in complexity for good or ill. I came into the story with few pre-conceived ideas as to what I would find - other than there would be no magic.
Indeed, there was none. There was life, in all its hard brutal reality, starkly painted and unforgiving.
A book to enjoy for its difference.
Tom Hollander provides an even pace and warm tones that do not distract from the story.
This was a book I remember well from my childhood. It was never read to me as a child, it arrived after I had already commenced reading for myself so it is a new experience to have it read to me. Hugh Laurie is superb as the narrator of the tale of Moomintroll, his family and friends. This is a highly recommended book and a wonderful rendering of the book into audible format.
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