There is nothing which produces fully developed characters quite like a Victorian novel. Drama, mystery, suspense. The characters within its pages are everything you could hope for.....those to cheer for, those to despise, those to pity. One which makes your eyes roll as soon as he is introduced in the paragraph. And, then, there is Fosco!! The narration for this character is superb!! I truly enjoyed this audio. It's a treasure!!!!
I began this book with great expectations because the first two in the series were so engaging!!! It started out well and then I found I was having to make myself keep listening to it. The writing, the style, the characters, they fall flat in this book. I can't believe this is the same author of The Shadow of the Wind. The last quarter of the book does improve but this book is a fleeting shadow in comparison to the first two books in the series.
I almost didn't purchase this one because of the movie. The book is very different from the movie. I really enjoyed this book!!!
I found this book disappointing. The narration was good but the story lacked depth. The only reason I finished it was because it was an audiobook....if I had been actually reading it I'm certain I would have never finished it.
Sci-fi is one of my favorite genre. This is by far the most boring Sci-Fi I have ever read.
One of those listens that is hard to put down. The characters were believable. The story was interesting. And the narrators were spot on. The descriptions of the glassblowing were of such that you could almost convince yourself you actually saw it!!
The only thing I didn't like about the audio was the instrumental between chapters. The instrumental wasn't bad but the volume was, irritatingly, louder than the narration.
Warning this book contains liberal propaganda.
I suppose in that light, it's actually quite amusing the book is written in stories that cut off (some of them mid-sentence) without any transition or connection and a new story begins (in the middle). Complete confusion which all pieces together into nothing (but don't worry, they will tell you, at the very end, what they want it to mean).
You don't have to be a gaming geek to enjoy this one. When listening to audiobooks there are always those moments of distraction where you miss things here and there--moments that I don't usually rewind to capture. Not this book. I wanted to hear every word. There were times that I re-listened to certain passages numerous times just for the sheer enjoyment of hearing them again. I've never re-listened to an audiobook before. I immediately started this one over at soon as it ended.
In one word: Wow!! What an amazingly well-written story. An excellent narration by Anne Miyamoto.
Heartbreaking separation, tragic loss and a chronic disfiguring illness all beautifully, and touchingly, interlaced with warmth, tenderness, love, compassion, forgiveness and most importantly, happiness!!! Happiness is a choice you make. Happiness is something you can have inspite of the circumstance of life.
This book definitely makes my list of favorites.
I had seen the movie dozens of times but never read the book. Why read the book when I already knew the story? Why? Because.....THE BOOK IS SO MUCH BETTER!!
Based on this novel Joan of Arc was nothing more than a self-centered whining child who was overly obsessed with the thought of all the men who wanted to take her virginity; her "voices" included Michael the Archangel who also had some sexual interest in her because he grabbed her crotch. If she was a prophet she's the first one I have ever heard of who threw a childish temper tantrum after the King wouldn't obey the commands her voices had given. If this is an accurate representation of the life of Joan of Arc I can't imagine why she is considered a saint.
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