I love this series and I love everything by Fforde! It makes me laugh and it's honestly too bad the rest of my family just doesn't get it :) Great read - good twists and I can't wait for more.
I needed something in the car for camping road trips I take with my kids - ages 7, 14, 17, & 18... see the problem? My 7 year old loved it - even though I don't think she was actively listening she picked up on stuff (the shadow - we now check to make sure we have ours) and she wants to know what happens in the next book. The rest of the kids listened on and off - yet when they came back they would feel left out and like they "missed" something and bummed! So I will be getting the 2nd book to continue as we go camping a lot! As an adult, I loved it... I listen to audio books constantly and was happy that this "fairy-tale" captured my attention to the point I wanted to drive again.
but once you get into it - you need to know what's going to happen next. I think my main problem was with the narration as it she sounded bored to be doing this reading which in turn made it SOUND boring. I wouldn't say mono-tone but close - so serious inflection changes.
As far as the story line goes - I liked it. I liked the world she described and could "understand" it.
Will I jump for the second one? No, honestly I won't - but I may listen but it's not on my must-have list.
I got this book during one of the sales thinking "What the heck". I now love the series and will be sad when I am finished with it. I also figure it will be perfect for my boys (ages 14 & 15) as well - still action/adventure without the bad language that seems to permeate so many books and movies today. The narrator is perfect for the book and I am glad he is continuous in the series.
However, I wasn't paying attention and saw it was abridged and I really wish it wasn't. It made me stop downloading the audiobooks in this series because 1/2 of them are abridged! I plan on reading the rest traditionally vs. listening which is too bad as I listen constantly to books while I work and don't have as much time to read as I would like.
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