I am only giving this story three stars because I did not love it and I did not hate it, I was sort of in the middle. I love fantasy books and was really excited to listen to this book, but it did not live up to my expectations. For me, the story of the changelings living in the forest and the power struggles that existed in their community was the most interesting part of the story. Henry Day's story was rather dull and got more interesting as he began to explore his history (pre-changeling). I thought the narrators were good, even though it was hard to distinguish their voices.
I had a little trouble getting into this book, but after about 45 minutes I was hooked. While I thought that Miss Mapp could be petty and gossipy, her little rants, plottings, and schemes seemed familiar and realistic. I even found myself laughing out loud at some of the conversations that Miss Mapp had with Diva. For me, the competitions between Miss Mapp and Diva were the best part of the book and I thought the book lost momentum when it followed other characters.
This book was interesting and I enjoyed the author's explanations of how language families came to be and how they can be traced based on genetics. I also liked hearing the theories of global population migrations and how genetics has helped to shed light on these theories. I did get a little frustrated with his lack of support for some of the theories presented.
This book was very well read by Phillip Pullman and the full cast made the story come alive. I was intrigued by the idea of parallel worlds and thought the author did a good job of creating Lyra's world. I can't wait to start listening to the next book in the series!
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