I have been listening to books about the history of NYC and this was a great addition. The story is engaging and it was interesting to learn how a railroad centered in Philadelphia could have such an impact on Manhattan, but maybe not as much as it would have liked. I do wish the narrator had done a bit more homework on pronunciation of place names like Haverford and Bala Cynwyd. As a native of that area, I found the mispronunciations jarring. A very small complaint.
I am a big fan of books that incorporate the undead, mythic monsters, etc. But this one does not make the grade. It is neither smart enough nor well enough structured. I think maybe it's fine for teens, at least teen girls, although the language is carefully borderline vulgar as a way to make the characters sound youthfully cool. But it gets boring and verges on trite at times. The best part was the winged bunny slipper karate kick above an Atlanta highrise.
Not at all, but I will be more careful about reading reviews.
The narrator did a respectable job working with all the characters.
The author provides a fine window into a wonderful time in horticultural exploration at the same time that she provides cultural and political contexts. I found the book fascinating. Unfortunately, I thought the author should not have narrated the book. While her narration is professional, I do not feel it suited the story.
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