Tight plot, great characters, very Neil Gaiman, some are definitely warped and disgusting, the bad guys/good guys interplay is clever, the spiritual journey personified, America is mocked in an offbeat way and as always Mr Gaiman, thank you for the magic.
The rich layering of relationships, Kafka and his journey- the symbolism of the sanctuary of the library and the fluid transistions across time and space; the gender bender osimo, and characterisations of all. Sweetly and clearly narrated. A great Listen.
Don't really like the ranking thing. Can only really comment on this book. Does it remind me of other books? Yes. In similar style of cleverly woven stories which travel across time, secrets and cross generation mysteries.
The Garden lives in the narrator's voice, the descriptions, the colour, the textures brought alive with the author's words.
Not so much a scene, but the stories within stories....Eliza Makepeace's fairytales are stand alone fairy tales but the skill with which Kate Morgan has woven them into the present and past is commendable. I loved the fairy tales which show a depth of insight into the spiritual and the exploration of human frailties.
Why rename it?
I recommend this book, each hour a joy to listen to. I did the dishes, polished furniture, had afternoon naps, painted my hall and Caroline Lee read me to sleep at night. Perhaps more of a woman's listen but hey.....some men would love this book too. Its gentle, yet raw in parts. The characters are well developed, perhaps some sections are not as tightly written as could be. But........worth a credit.
Robin Miles has pulled off a coup with this read. She has handled the many colourful characters
in this audio book with an impressive array of accents and interpretations, sometimes including 3 or 4 characters in a conversation. As a relatively new Brit-aussie listener, I have found some of the American Narrators difficult to listen to...personal taste. But Robin Miles I would look for again.
I'd listened to Outlander and was quite captured by Diana Gabaldon's descriptions of Jamie Fraser whose "hair catches the sun and looks like flames" as he rides. In other more risque scenes which are frequent through Dragonfly in Amber, we spend long moments considering the golden hairs on the back of his wrist. At times rather an enjoyable thought. I must be a middle aged single woman! I like it that she is explicit and honest in her writing. I enjoyed the Herbal Lore, the Magik and History, both Scots and French. She somehow made a romp with King Louis sound like a normal event!
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