ASHEVILLE, NC, United States | Member Since 2013
I've only listened to 3 so far, and this would rank as #2.
Most interesting- the emotions tied up in why people in Blad Slope act as they do. The psychology behind Margaret's actions is particularly interesting, and made her a more likable character. Least interesting might be Josie herself- she seemed more of a slate for the story to run itself on, rather than a focal point sometimes.
Brilliant narration! She gives the characters believable voices, doesn't over-act. Perfect, really.
When Margaret's former lover finally spoke to her again.
Something was lacking in this one for me. I adored Garden Spells, and wanted more of that magic. I found myself irritated with most of the characters in this book, especially the situation with Chloe. I didn't think there needed to be so much pressure for her to forgive a man who cheated on her- I think it was a poor message to see her give this person another chance. The characters were a bit weak in spirit and seemingly naive to life. I would have liked to see more of the tension unfold with the issue of Josie's fathers' affairs and his offspring from that, but the book ignores this issue quite a bit.
Overall, still a good story with an interesting twist near the end, but I don't think any of it was very unexpected. It's worth a listen, but take it as light entertainment.
I'd been looking forward to getting to this book in the Vampire Chronicles for a long time, and it did not disappoint. It is indeed much more philosophical than many readers might be prepared for, but I was sitting there with rapt attention, jaw hanging open, fully absorbed and fascinated by every word Memnoch had to say! Honestly, this might be the best book I've ever experienced. I'm already listening to it a second time so my boyfriend can experience it. He's the type to roll his eyes over anything involving vampires, so it was a hard sell, but he's just as entrenched in it as I was.
Memnoch delves into the fascinating origins of life as we know it and the evolution of religion on a scale that is difficult to encapsulate in a short review. If you want a true Vampire Story, you really won't find much of one here, but what you will find is a haunting, mesmerizing tale that is unlike anything you've ever heard before.
YES! I normally listen to my audiobooks while driving, and found I was just so engulfed with this one that driving became difficult. I gobbled it up with lightning speed!
Like I and other reviews have said- if you just want a Vampire Story, skip it. If you are a fan of physchologically introspective, philosophically compelling tales or find the subject of theology fascinating (I'm not Christian/religious at all, but find the origins or religion to be a very compelling subject) you must give this a try. Just embrace the story for what it is and you will find yourself questioning everything you ever believed, thought you didn't believe, or were told to believe.
It's in the top rung! I loved listening to this one with my boyfriend and would highly recommend it as a road trip book or something to listen to with company. We had a great time dissecting the plot and stopping it every once in a while to throw our theories out as to how everything would be resolved.
She did such an excellent job of switching voices for characters that I honestly forgot this wasn't a full cast production. So many female narrators give male characters awful, unconvincing, or flat voices, but not this lady. Very impressive!
*POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT* There was a line near the end where Georgina comments that there was a greater reason she could never be Frederick's wife, beyond their relation, and it was that her love for Rosina had revealed a deeper truth of herself. I don't think even my boyfriend picked up on the fact that Georgina was saying she digs ladies and not men!
That's not a "moving" moment, really, but a notable one that is pretty subtle and easy to overlook.
This is the second Harwood novel I've listened to, and I'm fascinated with how immersive his worlds are, despite being bound up in a relatively small scope. Everything is lushly detailed and character driven. You will find that even if you don't particularly care for a character, you are still listening with rapt attention and eager to find out more about them.
It's a good series, but a little too YA level for me. My boyfriend and I (both 27) tried listening to the series together. He's still into it, but by this book I got very bored with the story.
I had to return this one. I got through about two hours and just couldn't handle the narrator any longer. Some of the accents she does (mostly for the children) were just like nails on a chalkboard and drove me absolutely up the wall! I can't even stand to recall them in my head as I write this, they were so painful to listen to.
Not particularly. I loved the first book. As a former resident of Savannah, GA, hearing about the places I used to frequent (and the pub I used to work in- pretty sure it has to be the inspiration behind the one in the book) was very exciting. I loved listening to a story that seemed to evoke the feelings I had while living there and bring to life the innate magic that is daily life in Savannah. The second installment didn't possess that same sort of magic for me though. Too many plotlines emerged and as a result, the story felt chaotic and I didn't have much emotional connection with the characters anymore. Their emotional responses made sense, but seemed forced.
I will probably give the next book in the series a go, just because I want it to get back on track and feel loyal to it because of my Savannah connection, but I am not expecting it to be anything riveting.
So far as the Southern Gothic supernatural genre goes, this is by far the best I've listened to. At points I had criticisms of the way the plot seemed to be leaning, but was pleasantly surprised when things went drastically different from how I expected! Any complaints I had about seemingly vapid characters and useless influences wound up being cleverly tied up in the story and had a purpose in the end. The writing is nothing superbly spectacular, but it is above and beyond anything else I've read in this genre. J.D. Horn adds some dark, gritty elements to this story that are lacking in other series of the same ilk. As someone who considers Savannah, GA, home, I also may be biased in my love for this book. The author does a fantastic job of ensnaring the essence of Savannah, and I was so excited that he included so many real places that I am very familiar with. It made nearly every scene in the book come alive for me. I am shocked that the author is not actually a Savannah native!
Bailey Cates' Southern Bakery series, the Sookie Stackhouse series, Anita Blake, Charley Davidson...though on a higher caliber of plot development, I must say.
She did a great job of switching to distinctly different voices for many characters. I didn't like the complacent, whiny element she added to the main character though. It came across a little Valley Girl-esque at times and didn't seem to fit.
This is NOT cut-and-dry chick-lit fluff! It's much better, and much darker! Give it a chance!
Definitely! This is, by far, my favorite book by Neil Gaiman. The others I have read by him are often entertaining and the stories are interesting, but they lack a certain depth. Not so with this story. The tale is more introspective than anything else I have read by Gaiman, which is something I'm always left craving more of from his characters, it seems. So often he creates a character with interesting, quirky surface aspect, yet we never know much of their personal thoughts, motives, and emotional impetus. Gaiman weaves a subtle thread of magic throughout this tail which leaves you with questions at the end, but in this case, I believe the loose ends make it all the more memorable. My boyfriend and I listened to it while on a road trip and it enjoyed discussing it afterwards for a good while.
I can only think of The Giver, for some reason. It has that same sort of vaguely unsettling, delicate magic and mystery to it.
If you have been unimpressed with Gaiman in the past, give it a chance!
Sure! For me, it was a good mental break from the intense epics I've been listening to (Game of Thrones, Outlander, etc.). It wasn't life-altering, but it was fun, and a series I would like to see expand. Also, as someone who lived in Savannah, GA, for years it made me terribly homesick! But it was nice to listen and think, "I used to go to that place all the time!" The essence of Savannah was captured beautifully.
She read INCREDIBLY fast. So fast I felt like I was listening to an auctioneer. It was so terrible that I didn't think I was going to be able to listen to the book, until I tried slowing it down to half the original speed. That made it much more enjoyable!
If you were a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series, it seems like this series might be a good way to recapture the magic those books had in the beginning.
For the most part, yes. I felt myself wanting the book to continue in more detail at certain points, yet other parts seemed very drawn out. It could have been much better if the storyline had not meandered quite like it did. It felt a bit rushed, and I wonder if it wouldn't have been better as several books- one for each era of Bess' life.
The fact that there was actually some hard-core Satanic worshipping going on was a bit shocking...most books about witches make it a point to avoid that subject. Bess' upbringing was probably the most interesting storyline to follow throughout the saga. The way the villain shows up eventually in every era became very redundant, and I would say that is the biggest flaw of this book.
I HATED the voice the narrator used for any male character. It was a terrible, drab, creepy sort of voice that didn't suit the author's intentions for some of the character's, I felt. It took away from Gideon's character a great deal, I felt. If I'd been reading the book to myself, he would have had a much more sultry, seductive voice, which would have made me understand his allure and power over Bess.
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