I could have rated it as a 4 if they had mentioned the book was written for 10-year olds. It was just too silly/childish for me to enjoy. However I do enjoy books like Harry Potter, CS Lewis's Narnia adventures, Eragon, and L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series, so I am not a young-adult-fiction snob. So out of loyalty to my fellow Audible book listeners I felt inclined to warn you of my assessment of this book's intended audience.
It was a satisfactory listen and the storyline was interesting.
The combination of murder mystery and romance novel probably works for many readers. I am not a romance-novel reader.
It was well written and will probably well-received by those who enjoy romance.
Ask someone who reads romance novels.
I think the book was well written and has a good storyline. I think the author has written a story she can be proud of. I just don't care for romance novels. I wish there was a way for Audible to post whether a book is a romance novel, juvenile novel, young adult novel, etc. It would help me with my selections.
The narrator was difficult to understand due to unnatural pauses and odd emphasis (accents) on words. The effort it took to listen and comprehend exhausted me. But because it had been so well reviewed, I stuck with it and listened to the entire 30+ hours expecting it to be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The ending was so abrupt and so unimaginative that I felt betrayed by the author. I love long stories that immerse you in another world so that you never want to leave. But this story made me feel like I had wasted every second that I had spent listening to it.
This was pleasant to listen to, and kept my attention but is not particularly memorable. I could imagine the time machine and I could see that the humor would appeal to most listeners but I think I am perhaps humor challenged. I think history buffs would appreciate the intricate details of historical events and how they all fit together. Basically, its a good story but it isn't my cup of tea.
Wow, such a wonderful story! I am so grateful to those reviewers who rated the book a 5 in contrast with the few who rated the book a 1. Without their comments I would have missed this enjoyable experience. I loved the nostalgic use of fairytale language to craft a modern day mystery. Certainly for those of us who grew up loving fairytales, but still grounded in adult realism to need a believable story. I loved the process of listening, I loved the narrator's voice and the magical way she could spin a tale, and I am so grateful to Audible for bringing the story to life.
I love McCaffrey's dragonrider series and bought this recording to introduce it to friend. But I found the narration so uncomfortable to listen to (it sounded to me as if it were being read with someone not familiar with the story) that I just erased it. I think it would have convinced my friend not to listen to any more.
One of the best stories I have read (or heard) in a long time. I couldn't wait to listen each day but didn't want it to end.
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