About five chapters in and I just can't stand the narration performance. Amanda Plummer sort of sings all the dialog and makes every character sound like they're high on some sort pharmaceutical. I'm liking the story so far, I just think I'd like it better without hearing crazy Amanda read it. I also realized that by not buying the actual book, I'm missing out on some beautiful illustration work by Ellis Carson.
This book was described to me as a supernatural play on historical fiction, which sounded great considering I'm also really interested in Scotland and Scottish history. IT IS NOT. Simply put, is a soft-core romance novel for prude, religious types. There's lots of earlobe touching and tops-of-breast caressing, so if you like that sort of thing, you're gonna love this book.
There's also some rather blatant homophobia/sexual prejudice which would be hard to ignore in a great story, much less, a pandering, mediocre one. Again, this book seems really tailored to a certain audience.
As far as the audible version, I believe the main character (the first person voice of the novel) is in her late twenties, but the narrator is in her sixties, and though she does elevate the writing with her dignified and staid read, there is a disconnect between the character and the voice. Especially during the countless, PG-13 love/spanking scenes.
One more thing I just can't let go: You would think the characters all have a nasty case of rosacea or inflammation based on the number of times the writer leans on the word "blush" to describe embarrassment or really, any type of strong emotion. While I realize we're dealing with some really, really white people, it is SO irritatingly repetitive.
Wecker seamlessly weaves history, folklore and well-developed, interesting characters, creating a magically immersive experience that will leave you smiling. And the narration couldn't be more perfectly suited to the story.
The story is well-written and satisfying. I couldn't stop listening and can't stop thinking about it now that it's finished. It's one of those.
I had never heard of the book before I came across it on audible.com. I love everything about this story and the way the book is read.
I'm glad I listened to this narration by Paul Ansdell, as I don't think this book would have been half as scary if I'd read it myself. The tremors in his voice at select parts gave me chills!
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