The narrator was excellent, the story, not so much.
Actually, it started off good, had some interesting ideas, but totally bogged down in the neverending middle. The hero was too good to be true, a paragon. I struggled through the first few hours and was about to give up when there was a spark of interest, an unexpected twist, but then more blah, blah, blah had me skipping chapters and hours of the second half of the book until I listened to the last 30 minutes.
This was my first (and probably last) book by this author. When I enjoy a book in a series and meet characters from a previous book, I often get that book to learn their stories. In this case, I am mildly curious about those characters, but won't be getting the book as I don't have confidence that I could listen to it, fearing another boggy middle.
This is the second book in a really fun series. The characters are very likable, the stories are good, the little elements of witchcraft are interesting and the mysteries are good. The reader is good with the voices as well. The books are a fun listen and are excellent brain candy.
I'm doing a 24 endurance event in 5 weeks and I'm thinking I'll download a few more of this series to listen to during the race as they make for a great escape and easy entertainment.
I bought this on a whim and a sale, so without much review or research. It was interesting, but I won't be getting any more of the series, I just didn't like the lead character that much so I don't really care about what happens to her or the unresolved elements of the story.
I liked that the author did not spend time on explaining how the 'reality' or 'world' of this book came to be, just accept that there are humans, vampires, werewolves, witches, and other creatures that all exist and many have interesting powers. If you are the sort who needs explanations, this might be bothersome. It didn't seem to be necessary, just go with the flow so to speak.
I'm thinking this might have been listed under romance, but I'd put it under fantasy/sci-fi. There isn't any romance but there is sex.
It took several tries to get into this listen - the narrator is beyond dreadful! Speeding up the audio as another reviewer suggested helped a little, as was spending a day clearing brush from an acre of land - something so mindless that any audio was better than listening to the locusts and the flies buzz.
I like history and I am very interested in food and nutrition, yet the minutia of this book is too much for me, I feel as if the author is trying to bury me in it. I found skimming by fast forwarding 10-20 minutes here and there to be helpful.
The story improved a great deal once we got to the 20th century, perhaps it is because I can better relate to what the author is describing as far as how we think about food and nutrition, how we came to shop as we do, and our considerations about food production.
I just reread the description of the book thinking I must have misread the summary the first time. Hmm, no. I just don't find the book to be as described and cannot recommend the book as is.
I like Amanda Quick and the Arcane series. I like the paranormal concept and ideas of the talants, so I tend not to judge these books harshly even when not great. This one really is pretty good. I didn't have me dying to get back in the car to listen or regretting when I got to a destination and had to stop, but when I was listening, I enjoyed it (I drove 800 miles around AZ on a business trip while listening).
I enjoy some of the clever ideas the author comes up with related to the paranormal talents of the characters. I appreciate that the women tend to be a little bit feisty and that the men appreciate that about the women. While I'm not listening for the sex scenes, I appreciate it if there is some passion there, and in many books this author is a little bit... um, perfunctory. In this book, there was something good between the characters.
Worth the half-price download (or credit) - can't remember how I got this one.
I had high hopes - I've always been a sucker for stories with women who masquerade as boys/men. This one just didn't seem plausible (and I've very willing to accept a lot of silliness). Maybe it was the narrator - the voices weren't too good.
The bad guys became good with no real reason to change, and I just didn't get why the 2 characters would come to actually fall in love, and the Duke would not have married that girl.
I've only listened to 2 of the Wallflower books, #2 and this one. I felt this one had more, hmm, integrity? I mean the story was well contained within the book and the loose ends wrapped up. The hero redeemed himself for past misdeeds, and our little Wallflower found some confidence and started to bloom on her own, not just as a result of having a man come to love her and take care of her. I also enjoy getting to know some characters outside of the 'ton'.
Pretty good story but I didn't like the modern phrases - they yanked me right out of the listening experience because it was jarring in an historical novel - 'head games' - really? Quite a bit of sex in this one, so if you don't like that sort of thing, pick something else.
The hero gets to be heroic and the heroine is plucky - I liked that.
This was my first novel by this author - I don't believe I'll look for or buy anymore as based on reviews on another site, the language problem is common in her work.
At first I was excited that Jim Dale was the narrator as I loved the Harry Potter audio books in large part due the way he made them come alive. Yet, when I started listening to the Night Circus, it was really distracting - as more than reviewer noted, the voices used for the Night Circus were similar to HP character voices.
It took a while to get past linking current characters to HP characters, but as soon as I did, I really got into the story. Too bad this is in the Romance category as I think many would love the book, yet won't see it for the classification. Enjoy it for the really excellent story that the book offers. A bit of magic is good for everyone!
Enjoyed the story and the writing. Pretty good dialogue and characters. The narrator was not so good - I don't need full dramatization, but a little more distinction between voices, particularly in the midst of a conversation without 'he said' and 'she said' would have helped. Sometimes I lost track of who said what.
This was my second Victoria Alexander book and I will look for more.
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