Youngsville, NC, United States | Member Since 2011
I am SO glad that I listened to this! I was a little hesitant since it is in a "theater format" with several characters and voices, as it is a play and not a book. WOW it was WELL DONE!! This was a Great story! I adore the time period and was intrigued with the whole idea. I don't know why I had never read any of Oscar Wilde's work before, but I defiantly will now! It was short, I admit, but I was riveted! They players did a wonderful job! I felt like I was watching it in the theater. Bravo and Encore! Excellent!
I seriously WANTED to like this book. I love Julia Quinn, I love the Smythe-Smith Musicals but this book -the whole premise - is so utterly BAD! Iris, the Heroine, spends more time tripping and falling in this book than anything else. UGH! The whole story is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast story, only the beast is the unattractive girl. The Heroine has really nothing particularly likable about her, the Hero... YIKES, he is a total D.H. (and I don't mean Dear Husband) He marries her quickly because she is plain (ugly) and doesn't have much of a dowry so she won't make much of a fuss. Then -- He uses her (Spoiler alert! Stop reading here if you REALLY want to sit through this book) -- because he discovers his unmarried, virgin sister is pregnant, and he wants her to claim the child as theirs. Of course, the sister is not up for this plan. Poor plain Iris... She is milk toast and bland and barely stands up for herself. She thinks her husband finds her unattractive (and really...) but apparently she grows on him (like a fungus) and he discovers he is in love with the poor beast. It's really really dreadful. The Narrator does a wonderful job, as always, but UGH! Not Ms. Quinn's best work to say the least. I would recommend skipping this one.
I had expected a version of the Dickens story, but this turned out to be a horrible mishmash of people talking about the story (often over top one another). It was weird and difficult to listen to. There was also some strange and distracting "mood music" in the background that made it even more difficult to understand. I am WHOLLY disappointed!
It's true, I am head over heels in love with this book, the characters and the story!!! I want more! LOVE IT! OMG!
The first book was good, but this one just BLOWS ME AWAY!
The narration is wonderful and the story, well it's almost 3 am, and I just somehow decided that to justify continuing to listen, I had to cook. Now, one steaming pot of fresh chicken noodle soup later (homemade including cooking the chicken) I am now trying to find something else to justify my late night - and my run-on sentences, but WOW! Good book!!!!
This book tries really hard to be dystopic but they take normal words like "Child" and makes it into "childlings" which is somehow supposed to make us believe that society is that far away from our reality that it changes the venacular. Sigh...
There is also the problem with believing that these people can do magic, but then there are people who prefer not to do magic and want to live without it (WHY?) and then there is the whole problem with re-writing history and making the founding fathers magicians... Double sigh....
There are a whole lot of holes in the plot and even if you can suspend your disbelief, you still have to get through the book, which is alright, but not wonderful or transforming. I woud say it would be wonderful for a 7th grader. No major love interest or plot twists except that it is a BIG DEAL that she is the 13th child, until suddenly it isn't... IDK
This was a very good book that focused on a retired police officer who is taunted by a serial killer who gets his kicks from killing random people. The only major criticizm that I have is that the narrator ALWAYS makes women sound like brainless air-heads who take a little too long to speak. That bothered me a little, one of the major players was named Holly, which is also my name, so I hated for her to sound so out of it, but all in all it was a very good listen. It was intriguing, but not scary, IMO, like some of the old S. King stuff was. This is a thinking book and it does have the potential to seem very real, which is scary in a different way. I liked it a lot and I recommend it, but it isn't a "sleep with the lights on" kind of scary.
I thought this story would NEVER END! Seriously, it was interesting in the beginning, but it quickly went to redundant and then just kept on plugging away. I lost interest after Alice grew up, but the story carried on. After reading the rave reviews, I tried to stick it out, but I never did see the hidden jewel that other people seemed to see. What I saw was a girl who's life was ruined by a pedophile and he went on to be loved and respected and she was a heartbroken little girl. It raised my hackles because I was molested for years and I am VERY protective of children. In the book, he never touhes her, instead he simply takes naked or near naked pictures and shares them with his pedophile friends and leaves her to the ruins of growing up in Victorian society. UGH! Not my type of entertainment at all!
This book was marvelous! I just love love love it! The story is so fun and there were totally Laugh Out Loud moments! There were also sincere and heartfelt, painfully beautiful moments. Imagine that Harry Potter were based off a real boy, and that boy (or girl in this case) was YOU. That is what our sweet and intrepid Heroine is suffering from, that and a total lack of funding for -- well, living.
I am SO IMPRESSED! I did not want this book to end! Why did it have to end??? Wow! The narration was brilliantly done and with such great character voices and imagery, it was like watching a movie in my mind. I literally stayed up ALL NIGHT to listen to this story. The only criticism that I can say about this truly amazing, wonderful book is that the ending seemed a bit rushed. There was SO MUCH build up and such wonderful things going on and then, it seemed like it ended with a bit of a whimper Seriously though, it is SO worth the credit, SO WORTH IT!!! YES!!!
This book is cute! I would never have picked it out myself, but Audible had it on a Valentines day free list, so I bit, and I am very pleased that I did. Overall it was a sweet and charming listen. Not bad for a free book. Plus, the author is the exact same age as me, so I felt a kinship as I listened. It did jump around in some strange spots, for instance, I have NO IDEA what ended up happening to her teacher. I figured one of three things happened, 1) I either didn't pay enough attention (it happens),2) my phone didn't download it properly so it missed a section, or 3) the author just expects that you understand what she is getting at without her actually saying it. I am not sure which is the case, but none the less, the book was sweet, quirky and charming. You could definitely do worse!
I really enjoyed this. At first I thought I might not, but it took a wonderfully sweet turn fairly early on and it had me wrapped from then on. I consider it a good book if I drive a little further or clean a little more because I am wrapped up in it. This one hit the mark! A sassy heroine and a flawed but essentially SWEET Hero!
What could have been a good story is ruined by a whiny self- aggrandized heroine. The plot is very good and the writing is good. The narrator does a great job, but the heroine is just abysmal! She includes herself in the plans of others (Whether they want her there or not) and then whines about it for the first 1/2 of the book. After she finally gets to Blackmoore, the story gets MUCH better and the romance and sacrifice become exident. That being said, the Mother is just a little TOO much to be believable.
It is a good book once you get past the whining and the childish behavior. I actually loved it in the end, but you have to get through the first 1/2 to get there. It isn't bad if you find it on sale.
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