George Guidall is the perfect narrator for The Orphanmaster! His deep voice, pace, obvious literacy with several languages, and just plain story-telling abilities, renders this a totally enjoyable audiobook.
The Orphanmaster is historical fiction, heavy on both history and fiction, residing in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam (what would be come lower Mahnattan). I remember getting a slight feeling of Jack The Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, Dances With Wolves, and The Winter Sea, not in the story-lines, rather a tinge of understory.
George Guidall, the narrator, nailed the characterization of the Orphanmaster!
I was particularly moved by the scene where the Orphanmaster... Well, that wouldn't be nice of me to divulge, lol!
The author has pulled together an amazing amount of historical information and coupled it with just the right amount of political intrigue, superstitious myth (or is it really?), romance, and even a sort of feminism of the time period. It's a read to be savored for it's informative content, sub-stories, and implications. I loved the character development and the way the characters (there are many) are carefully introduced. The novel is beautifully paced and structured. You can tell I loved it, I gave it 5 stars.
Yes, I would recommend Arcadia Falls to a friend! I'm particularly interested in faery tale renditions and love the variety of possible interpretations of the Changeling story. Arcadia Falls is an uncomplicated story about complicated issues and the layers of sub-stories effectively highlight some social issues as well, in a non-judgemental way. Even more, it's a sweet story and a lovely read. Descriptions are wonderful.
Nice preview of the rest of the story and narration style.
Jen Taylor's performance sounds fitting for this day and age.
I've been reading more-so historical-fiction, but always intrigued by Changeling stories. I'm excited to read Arcadia Falls.
Reading is one of my favorite things to do and I loved the audio version of Winter Sea!! I'll read it again, I'll listen to it again, I'll listen while I read again!! I own both the paper and audio versions.
I am not able to name a favorite character; all of the strong, loyal, ethical, and humane characters are my favorites, The Winter Sea is loaded with them.
The vision of the small girl running on the beach at the very end.
How far would you be willing to go for those you love?
The descriptions are magnificent. The historical references are magnificent. The storyline is magnificent. The characters are magnificent. It's all magnificent!!
Three words to sum up The Secret Scripture? Well, endearing, shocking, graceful.
I sincerely loved dear old Roseanne.
I had not listened to Wanda McCaddon's performances prior to this, but I won't hesitate to purchase any audiobook narrated by her. She is a fantastic narrator, switching up dialogues seamlessly, speaking at a steady pace, pauses and inflections were perfect. A true delight to listen to Ms McCaddon perform The Secret Garden.
Roseanne was the most memorable character, although it was easy enough to develop a fondness for (almost) all of the characters. To find out why, well, you'll need to listen!
This is a true keeper. So glad I purchased The Secret Scripture.
I loved Susannah Kearsley's descriptions of Cornwall, the landscape and ocean in particular.
Divulging the most memorable moment would require a spoiler alert, no spoilers here.
I loved the narrator's use of English, Irish, and American accents in her storytelling, it served to make the experience realistic and fun.
For me this was a light and enchanting novel. There are plenty of plot surprises with the occasional sadness. Overall, it's a feel-good story with a magical and happy ending.
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