This is a teen age love story. While I am decades beyond my teens, I often enjoy adolescent literature. This was not the greatest experience. I thought about quitting the book a few times in the beginning. There are sound effects, and I found them kind of annoying - except I liked the rain. It took me a while to get used to the main narration voice, it was kind of dull, but he did a decent job with the different character voices. His voice is probably just right for a teen age boy. I could easily imagine him saying "Nuthin" when asked what he learned at school. But I stuck it out and found it to be a mostly enjoyable experience. There are interesting characters and plot details. My measure of a book is how badly I miss having the characters in my life when the book has ended. I missed these characters a little bit for a couple of days. My 17 yr old son is listening now and he's mostly enjoying it. He, too, thinks some of the sound effects are weird, but he likes the music (which I never did). I think it's a good "read" for teen boys. I probably enjoyed the interview with the authors at the end of the recording the most, and gained a greater appreciation for the story from the interview. In the end, I'm glad I listened, and I might listen to the next book.
I've read all the books that have come out so far. They are heart-throbbing and heart-stopping addicting. I've decided to listen to them as I prepare for the next book release. I was lukewarm about the narrator at first, but she did a good job. I find the musical interludes between the chapters annoying and eventually just plain corny. Annoying because the author likes to write cliffhanger last sentences to her chapters. Overall, it was worth suffering through the music to listen to this great story.
I'm decades beyond my teen years, but enjoy a good adolescent novel on occasion. This was quite entertaining. And only once or twice did I cringe at the teenager-ness of the characters. It kept my interest, and I really enjoyed all the characters and the story line.
I don't remember why I chose this book, but after I did, I found out the local book club had read and enjoyed it. Once I finally started listening, I wasn't so sure it was for me. It is a very melancholy story. I wasn't in the mood for melancholy. But I stuck it out and I'm glad I did. The melancholy eased up a bit, and my curiosity overran my need for cheery. Soon I was completely hooked. The narrators did a fabulous job. It is a unique kind of mystery. Quite intriguing and captivating.
I just finished my second listen in less than 2 months. I missed the characters and location so much, I had to go back. Wish there was a sequel.
In addition to being just what I needed - a book that isn't complicated or serious - The Winter Sea is also well performed.
I was beginning to wonder if I would ever find a book written for adults that could be fun, but not full of offensive sex and language. This book stayed true to Victorian standards consistent with its setting. While the intricacies and issues of the time travel in this book are still a bit fuzzy for me, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, to say nothing of the dog - and the cat. I loved the literary and historical references. It's a good, entertaining read if you want to smile and laugh.
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