This novel was original and made me laugh. I loved the characters, and the manner in which the author wove the underworld and the "daylight society" together to create her version of Victorian London. Her writing was fluid and witty. She even built in some Victorian hang-ups for the werewolf and vampire set. The characters were especially engaging, with clever dialog. I thoroughly enjoyed the blatant stereotypes because we were all in on the joke. Because she doesn't take herself so seriously, any lapses could be forgiven, even relished. A bit of sex thrown in for added spice. A very clever novel made even better by the flawless narration of Emily Grey, who alternated between drama and dryness as called for, and gave each character a unique voice. Everyone needs to bug Audible for the next installments. Write in and demand more!
This is an okay novel. Some of it is awkward, even lame, but mostly a workmanlike effort. The narrator was hard to take, hamming it up and creating a couple of characters that spoiled my listening experience. I had given it 3 stars but tried to listen again and could't take the over-emoting and had to stop, so now it has 2 stars from me.
This was, indeed, for a younger audience the Soulless books. It seemed more over the top (if one can say such a thing in comparison to a steampunk supernatural comedy of manners) and a bit sillier. I appreciated the backstory of a certain Scotswoman - that was fun. For those who read Jane Austen, Etiquette and Espionage is to Soulless as Pride and Prejudice is to Northanger Abbey. If that helps.
After struggling along I realized I was reading a computer game. First, this barrier, then that barrier to overcome, then out pops the monster to fight, blah, blah. Where is the novel? All populated with a bunch of dislikable characters. I finally got tired of trying to like this audiobook and stopped struggling. I feel pretty ripped off. If I wanted a computer game, I would play one, not try to read one.
Yes. It is a good story, though not as compelling as the first one.
He seemed to read most of the story with less expression than the narrator of the first book. I wish she had been able to read it this time, too. He had sort of a monotone compared to her. Perhaps that is why I did not like this story as much as the first book.
Rescuing the nephew and the other people. It was touching and suspenseful.
Please get the first narrator again for sequels.
The idea for the story. Ms. Willis has an amazing imagination.
I much preferred Blackout and Doomsday Book. And I thoroughly enjoyed To Say Nothing of the Dog. But this endless tome went on and on. After the first couple of parts it was all gloom, with scene after scene in the same pattern. It should have been cut a good 50 - 100 pages.
When doing Maisie (sp?) - annoying. Otherwise, she was fine.
Only if it got rave reviews.
Maybe if I read the book it would have been a better experience since reading is much faster than listening. But I would love a word count on the word "no." It seems the protagonist said it constantly.
Probably not. I had to stop - none of the characters were very good people, and the constant sordid nature of the plot and motives got to me after a while. The author has talent and writes very well. The construct was imaginative. But ...
Liked her accent.
Obviously this appeals to others much mor than to me. I have been disappointed in my recent choices and will stick to known authors or reread some of the ones I have enjoyed in the past for a while.
Probably not. I found the opening scene disgusting - like they were trying to pack as much repulsive stuff into one scene and one person as possible for the shock value. I read plenty of fantasy w/tough scenes but this struck me as gratuitous. And something about the repackaging of the male dominated world abusing women, in this instance, was annoying.
A British accent
I've read better.
Young readers. I think I might have outgrown this one by 14 or 15 at the most.
Her male voices were pretty odd. And she did not have much expression. She mispronounced a couple of words.
I found the whole first part to be a bore - middle school rants against parents rules went on and on and on. Not much of a plot all that time - no action. Should have condensed it. I did not listen past the first hour and a half. And I like YA books most of the time, if they are good ones.
Author doesn't understand what irony is - misused it. At that point, I shut it off.
I loved this whole series, and was sad that there were no more books in it. The charming, eccentric, humorous characters as seen from the kids' point of view were great. Plenty of suspense and scary stuff broken up by the fun and funny. Lots of magical goings on in a world dreamed up by a very imaginative author. I recommend it highly.
This is a unique story, told from the point of view of a young girl in Nazi Germany. It takes talent to grow a fresh tale from ground that has been turned over by so many before. I truly cared about the characters, who lived their convictions the best that they could and took the consequences. The narrator was great.
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