This book was an overall win for me. Not only was the story enchanting and engaging, but the narrator was absolutely perfect! It is an urban fantasy, but the setting and the characters are not your usual run of the mill. I also loved that the author made the characters so complex, no one is entirely evil or entirely good. I hated it when I had to stop listening and now I can't wait for the next book to come out! I hope that they keep Ms. Hvam for the series - her narration really added to the experience and I don't think they could have made a better choice!
It really is a young adult urban fantasy but it is so different that I can't really say it compares to the others I have read.
I loved the scene where she sneaks into the Chimera's world and gets caught by Brimstone. It was very emotional.
The author really makes you care about the characters. So there were times when I felt very sad for them and other times when it was comical.
What a great read! Once I learned it was a trilogy I quickly picked up book 2. Now that I've finished I just downloaded the last book. I have to know what happens next. Blake Crouch is a master of suspense. My only complaint is that he ended the book on a heck of a cliffhanger! Fair warning, if you get sucked into the story you will want all three books and you will definitely need to listen to them in the order they were written.
This is not a literary masterpiece by any means, but it is fun, fast paced and never boring, making it a great car trip book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes suspense or science fiction. It is a very enjoyable listen.
I have become a huge fan of A.J. Hartley and David Hewson. Having studied Shakespeare as a student I am familiar with the stories, but this is not just another rehashed version. They take the story line and while remaining faithful to the basics, add life and depth to it in a way that is never boring. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read whether you are a fan of Shakespeare, historical fiction, or mystery. Richard Armitage was the perfect pick as narrator. Definitely worth it! I can only hope they will continue their partnership and bring more of Shakespeare's stories to life.
If you like this - then you will love their version of Macbeth - don't miss it!
I would definitely recommend the audio edition over the print. I didn't have to struggle with pronunciations and could just relax and listen.
Er Lang - who turned out to be a surprise (at least to me). I really enjoyed his personality.
Yangsze Choo was an excellent narrator. I loved how she performed each character and made them different.
Li Lan, of course, being the main character!
The author does a tremendous job of drawing the reader/listener in to her world. I loved the way the author described each scene in detail, It made me want to learn more about why the author wrote it and if any of the portions of the book were based on actual customs or folk tales.
I love Stephen King and Peter Straub - Mr. Muller however was not my favorite narrator.
It is in some ways like Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" in that both include travel and alternate worlds.
No. His reading was so off it was distracting. I had read the book before and loved the story, but his narration really ruined it for me.
Yes. I am not sure -
No, unless it was a very young teenage girl. Not for anyone over 25.
This was my first Cassandra Clare Book
Unfortunately her performance made the material even more juvenile to me. I just couldn't warm up to her voice or her performance at all. She had an irritating way of almost slurring her words containing "s" in them that was very distracting to me. Audible definitely has better narrators!
I did. It was okay, again a little more juvenile than I enjoy-obviously I am a little too old for the material, but usually I can enjoy young adult fiction.
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