Cayce, SC, United States | Member Since 2002
I LOVE to hear Ms. Jackson's narrations of her books. I think her voice is PERFECT, and would hate to miss her performance. That said, I don't think the print version would have been BAD. This is a great book all around.
Hmmm... I think all of Joshilyn Jackson's books are sort of comparable. They are based in the South, they involve female protagonists that aren't perfect and have to find themselves, and they aren't perfect-Hollywood-ending sort of books.
Her voice just fits the book. She really changed her intonations just a touch for each character, and I really felt that she WAS that character.
The whole book was pretty moving. I think it is a book that many, many people can empathize with. There are three generations of women in this book, so something for daughters, mothers, and grandmothers!
While I didn't particularly like Mosey in some parts of the book, I felt that she is very well captured. I imagine that she acts much like a Southern teenage girl would. I don't have any teenage girls, nor am I friends with any, but I do hear that sort of slang from girls at the mall, etc. I think she is a solid character. My favorite character, of course, is Big! She is truly a great woman, and I found many (though not all) things about her to be admirable.
How exciting to listen to a historical novel based 1000 years ago that is so vibrant and real! I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this book. I learned a lot of stuff about Henry II, the Crusades, and the Fenlands from the book, and was so interested that I researched all three topics more!
Just about every scene is very memorable, but I really enjoyed the scene where Adelia wins Prior Geoffrey to her side at the beginning of the book.
Every time the book touched on the children, I was sad. What terrible crimes, and the first was based on a true crime, as the author's note explains. I am just amazed to think that people really may not have changed that much in 1000 years.
Yes - Simon Vance is an awesome narrator and did a good job keeping me involved with the story as well as bringing the characters and circumstances alive.
Yes, as long as they aren't avid Holmes fans. I don't think this book is really on par with some of the other Conan Doyle follow-ups out there. The action was plodding, Holmes and Watson just a shade off, and I didn't actually find the story to be that engrossing. I love the idea of Jack the Ripper being investigated by Holmes, but in the end the story was just a touch boring.
Simon Vance always does a great job narrating! He really brings native flavor to British books, and his voice is perfect as Watson.
No extreme reaction. As the book wasn't too great, I did put it down multiple times. It was still good enough to enjoy, but not good enough to read again.
Dark, crisp, alive
I don't think there is a book that compares. The Night Circus is a stand-alone book.
He did a great job for all characters and really brought the book alive.
Poppet! I just find her
This book is very rich in sensory information. The story is built into the scenery and background. If you like short, to-the-point stories, this isn't something you would enjoy. If you want to be able to picture the entire story on the backs of your eyelids, you will love this book!
Bittersweet, fireside fairy-tale.
Hmmm... that is a toss-up between Keturah and Lord Death. I liked both characters, and I guess I will have to go with Keturah because we get to know her better than Lord Death. Keturah is a really sweet girl, generous, loving, and she is clever, too.
Since this book is in story form (told around the Common Fire), I think it is best read aloud. The narrator did a great job, and I think her voice really fits the story.
The end scene, of course!
I actually bought this audiobook in 2008 but I don't remember listening to it. As I went through My Library a few weeks ago, I came across the title and decided to listen again to refresh my memory. Well, this story is definitely not something I would forget, so I don't think I ever listened to begin with. I highly recommend the story for anyone who loves fairy-tales, whimsical stories, and love stories that are safe for even pre-teens.
While I did mostly enjoy the story, I found the narrator to drone on monotonously. What I found most interesting about the story is the fact that it was written and based in the 80s... really a flashback to be reading this book 30 or so years after publication. I couldn't decide if I liked Kinsey or not. If you are looking for a perfect heroine, this is not your book. I think I will check out some more books in this series in the future, but not sure if I would listen if they are read by the same narrator.
No. I found the writing style to be boring, drawn out, and hard to enjoy. The narration was monotonous and boring as well.
She was monotonous and made me dislike the main character. I feel that with a better narrator, I could have had some sympathy for the main character.
Anger, mostly. I felt that the main character was contemptible and I couldn't find any single place where I empathized with her. She was racist is a backwards way, terrible as a wife and mother, and although she acknowledge these traits, she whined and made it seem like there was some huge government conspiracy out to get her all the time. Everything was about HER, and her whole attitude sickened and repulsed me.
Despite hating the main character, I did feel that I learned something from the book. I learned about Liberia, its history, etc. That was the only redeeming quality in a book that I feel was a waste of time.
I really like the firm resolution to the story.
The ending. That was the best part of the book. Also, I enjoyed how some of the background was explained in more detail.
Yes, but I don't think he was the most effective narrator for this book.
Probably not. There were definitely some boring areas that made me want to put it down for a while.
I think the book could have been a little shorter. Some parts seemed a bit forced and long.
I loved the narrator, the imagery introduced in the book, the characters.
It had a certain dreamlike quality that was very nice.
Her voice is mesmerizing... goes well with the story.
It's a short story... while it is good, it would have to have a LOT more plot to make me laugh or cry. I did really love the story, but nothing extreme about it.
I would have enjoyed this story a little more if the ending hadn't been so obvious. While the story was creepy, it was creepy in a old-guy-fantasy way.
Well, while the premise was sort of interesting, it really went no where. I think the whole story could have been done in 5 minutes. It sounded like something kids would tell around a campfire to scare each other, except for the old-guy-fantasy twist.
He sounded incredibly bored and monotonous. There was absolutely NO life in his narration. Maybe he hated the story more than I did!
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