To tell you too much about the plot of this book would rob you of the suspense that it so beautifully builds up as you listen. By adopting Maud, the 3 spinsters she comes to live with have made her a vital part of a conspiracy. Maud clearly understands that if she does not comply with the scheme they have developed, she will likely be sent back to the orphanage she was so happy to get away from. Will the scheme work as planned? Will Maud dutifully carry out her part? I was so anxious to get the answers to these questions that I regretted having to stop listening to go do other things. And along with the interesting twists and turns of the plot, there is a wonderful current of emotion flowing throughout the story – the longing of an orphan for a loving mother and caring family. But please don’t think this is some soppy tear-jerking tale – Maud is a smart, spirited, strong-willed girl and not a meek wallflower. The characters have distinctive personalities and are well defined. They are also all excellently voiced by the narrator, who is a perfect match for this story.
I hope you will give this book a try. It is so well written that I was completely invested in it and couldn't wait to find out what happens next! It was clear to see why it had won 2 awards when I finished my first time listening to the complete story. I have already listened to it twice now and am sure I will listen to it more in the future. I want to keep company with these characters again and again.
It's tied with the Anne Hathaway narrated version of The Wizard of Oz as my favorite Audible purchase so far. Both have wonderful fantasy stories with exceptionally good narration.
Hmm. Can't narrow it down to just one. Jake Sullivan, the main character, is an interesting tough-guy with lots of smarts and a true commitment to fighting for the things he believes in. It's a very good thing that he's almost indestuctible. Faye Viera is a lot younger than Jake, so she doesn't know nearly as much as he does, but she's a fast learner. She's also a real hoot and sometimes makes me laugh out loud! I can't wait to get the other two books in this series so I can find out which one learns the most about using his or her magical abilities.
Never listened to him before, but I was greatly impressed by his talent! He does a wonderful job giving each character a very distinctive voice. It was if I was listening to a cast of people doing a radio show. I'm glad he narrates all 3 books in this series, since I'm looking forward to hearing all the voices again.
It's too long for me to do in one sitting, but I did look forward to my listening time every day. I was never bored and always wanted to know what was going to happen next.
I'm a fan of superhero comic books, and one reason I loved this book was because the "magical" powers the characters had made them seem like superheroes. I'm surprised no comic company has bought the rights to do an actual monthly comic based on this series. It would make a great comic book! (And a great movie, too!) This was my introduction to Larry Correia's work, and I will definitely be buying more. He's a nicely "visual" writer who lets you easily picture the settings and action going on. (Which is especially good since there is a LOT of action in this book.) He creates some really interesting characters and lets you know why they are acting the way they do. (I even liked the villain in this book and came to understood his motivation.) Reading/listening to HARD MAGIC was the most fun I've had with a book in a long time.
I feel for any narrator who has to read Lovecraft's wonderful but archaic prose. Jim Donaldson did a great job with it, though! I enjoyed his reading, and appreciated the addition of some musical touches and sound effects of moans and shrieks during dramatic moments. It really made listening to the story a better experience than reading it would have been. I will be looking for other horror works done by Mr. Donaldson.
From what I've read, this was one of Lovecraft's early works, and I think that shows. The story seemed to go on longer than needed. I thought that HPL's xenophobia was showcased more than usual in this tale, which was off-putting.
There are some good creepy scenes in the story, which I enjoyed.
After the end of the story, there is a short piece giving some background on Lovecraft and his influence on modern-day writers. I thought this was nicely done and appreciate the effort to show the significance of HPL's works.
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