I fell in love with the charming, quirky characters of Guernsey as easily as the heroine did. This is a historical fiction gem.
Perhaps I've just gotten too used to the wonderful narration of Jonathan Cecil, but I was very disappointed with Frederick Davidson. I found his voice irritating. Sure Bertie is a bit of a fop, but he doesn't have to sound annoying. Cecil brings a charm and affection to the Wodehouse character. Davidson seems to subtly ridicule him through verbal characterization.
Wodehouse's writing never fails to please. His comedic writing is unparalleled.
The author has done a terrific job creating characters worth caring about. They are improved even further by strong vocal performances from the readers. This historical novel gives readers great insight into the realities of the Jim Crow south through interwoven stories that are alternately poignant and amusing.
One might consider this a book for young adults, but it is extremely dark and includes cavalier violence against women and a pointless murder. It definitely isn't for "kids." I'd recommend that any child or young adult reading it have an adult or mature and thoughtful person with whom to discuss some of the issues it raises. While it is a literary classic, I'm giving it a lower rating here than I would on the regular Audible site for adults.
This book reminds me of some of Piers Anthony's books that I read when I was a kid. He personalizes death in a very funny way. My husband and I both enjoyed it a lot. It would have made a great novel for the whole family if it weren't for some significant profanity and adult situations. I'm not sure that they were necessary to the book, but some of them were very funny nonetheless. Perhaps an expurgated version for the younger set and those who are put off by some of the harsher language? Then we all could enjoy it. I'll be picking up another one of Moore's books soon.
My 11 and 9-year-old kids (a boy and a girl) have really enjoyed this series and I have gotten caught up in it too. The story is fun and engaging. There are a series of battles and challenges and plenty of suspense, but it is all laced with humor. The books have also gotten my kids very interested in learning about Greek mythology-- bonus! The reader is pretty good with voices and does a convincing teenage narrator. I'm glad they've chosen to go with the same reader for both books in the series so far and hope they continue. The first book in the series is called the Lightening Thief.
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