This is one of the worst books I've listened to in a long time. I don't usually write reviews, but i felt compelled to save others from wasting their time if I was able. The main character is a pathetic, schizophrenic woman and I can't imagine what a football star would ever see in her. The character development is flat, the plot moves at a snail's pace, and the recounting of the character's thoughts is repetitive and obvious. Plus, they seem to think their faith in God will make them bullet-proof. Please. God helps those who help themselves and all that. Please don't waste your money or your Audible credit on this audiobook.
The main character in this story is one of the most annoying, pathetic characters it has ever been my misfortune to read about/listen to. She is weepy, whiny, incompetent (she finds English coins "too confusing"), and wants to return to a boyfriend who consistently criticized and disparaged her. Apparently she can not find a shred of independence or confidence within herself, but has to hook up with another (albeit nice) man to gain some much-needed self-esteem. Shame on you, Jude Deveraux, for creating such a spineless female character.
It's interesting that the reviews of this audiobook are so polarized: many 5's & many 1's but not much in between.
I somewhat agree with the 5 star ratings that this is a pretty good fantasy series. However, my 11-year-old son and I have listened to many, many kids' Audible fantasy audiobooks, and there are many more out there that I would recommend over this series (the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix is my personal all-time fav, His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman, Ender's Game, Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart).
I also agree with the 1 star ratings in that the narration of the book is extremely off-putting. The tone, cadence, uneven volume, and the bizarre and affected accent of the narrator make this extremely annoying to listen to. Furthermore, bad editing occurs when the story shifts from one character's storyline to the next, and there is no pause in the narration to clue in the listener.
If you've listened to all the audiobooks I've recommended above, this is a good purchase. If not, give one of those a try first.
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