This is a tale that you need to read when you are ready to suspend belief in reality and let your mind drift like a dust mote in an empty room of a summer lake cabin. This is the first book I have read by Neil Gaiman and will try some of his other books when I am in the mood to wander in an alternate world. The plot is a murder mystery, a romance, an urban sci-fi, and any other plot you want to imagine. I enjoyed the cast of readers and felt the variety of voices added to the experience.
I enjoyed all of the stories. I have started listening to Jim Butcher's Furies series as a result. These collections are a great way to meet new authors!
Atticus is a wonderful character - very human and paranormal at the same time. The blending of all the different mythological gods and creatures could have been overwhelming, but the author (and the narrator) made it easy to follow the entities and personalities.
And then there is the dog Oberon who is so wonderfully canine. The relationship between Atticus and Oberon is a special spice in this mixture. It is both touching and LOL funny. I read/listen to a fair amount of fantasy and paranormal stories, but few of them have a druid as a major character. I enjoyed the descriptions of the art/religion/life of a druid in Hearne's world.
While I think I would have enjoyed the book in any format, Luke Daniels made the book absolutely delightful! I didn't have to think about the pronunciation (or spelling) of all those weird names and places. Each character's voice is so distinctive that it is easy to keep up with the individuals. He varies the pacing and the tone of the narrative so naturally that I never noticed it - until I decided to write this review.
The story line does contain a fair amount of violence, but it is more of the comic book type (in the nicest possible sense). It isn't the gruesome stuff that lingers in your mind for hours. There is less sex than one might expect, and the author spares us the steamy graphic descriptions while getting the message delivered. There is plenty of profanity, and it is used in keeping with the characters' personalities so it doesn't get in the way of the plot.
Between the author and the narrator, I feel like I have a new friend riding to work with me. I am now on my 3rd book in this series
The plot was predictable and pleasant enough which is what I want when I download a historical romance. I just didn't find myself wrapped up in it. The narrator did a good job of communicating the shyness and inner turmoil that accompanies those sections.
I enjoyed the book - no it is not as complex or intense as the time travel in an Outlander or Time Traveler's Wife stories.... and yet between the narrator and the author I found myself engaged throughout the book. My American ears enjoyed hearing the language spoken in keeping with the book's location. The plot managed to take me by surprise at least twice.
I listen to books on my daily commute to work and the characters in this book were excellent company for the drive
My book club is a fairly diverse collection of people ranging in age from 35 to 69 and preppy to reformed hippie. Without a doubt this book struck a chord with all of us.... the plot takes you to a place that you just don't expect. I enjoyed this story much more than I did Bel Canto. The characters develop throughout the book and you begin to care about even the least likeable of them.
Half of my group listened to the book. They agreed with me that the narrator was great. The audible version allowed me to immerse myself even deeper into the strange jungle land of the story. I enjoy listening to books that contain scientific and medical terms without worrying about how to pronounce them.
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