By far, my favorite of the series. I love the addition of a cliffhanger at the end, it makes me crave the next in ther series. As always, Jayne Entwistle's Flavia made me laugh at loud!
I am an avid Potter fan, even at 35. I have all the books, audiobooks, and movies, and have read them, listened to them, and watched them multiple times. So have most of my friends.
When this book first came out, my group of friends and I snatched it up. I did not listen to it right away because I was in the middle of another audiobook. My friends read it and all hated it. So it sat in my library until I was low on audiobooks. I put it on my IPod and prepared for the worst.
I was wrong, oh-so-wrong. Although parts of this book seemed like JK was trying to prove that she could write something that was the opposite of Harry, that was ok with me. I love her new charcter-driven, not action-driven, story.
Other reviewers have made negative comments about her pitting two social classes against each other, but that is what I loved about the book; it was real. None of the books charcters are lovable, but they aren't evil either; they are real.
At the end of the day, I was sad that the book came to end, and I am looking forward to JK's next book, no matter what genre she chooses.
Kate Morton couldn't get any better, she wrote this. It is clear that Morton gets better with her slight of hand with each book, and her slight of hand was pure perfection in this book. When the secret is revealed in the book, which, as always was read expertly by Caroline Lee, I have to admit, I slammed on my brakes in the middle of the freeway, and yelled, "What the...!" I always look forward to Kate Morton's books, but now I am excited to see how she is going to knock my socks off next time!
The story itself is very slow. The only reason I kept listening was Kate Winslet. Her performance actually gave some life to a very dull and slow story.
I love the story, but I don't think I would enjoy the story so much if it weren't for Jayne Entwistle's spot-on performance of Flavia. My only problem with the book is that it is too short.
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