I have not read the print version but - after this most effective reading - I will definitely consider it.
It is difficult to right about saints. Goodness, when depicted, often comes off as bland - somehow less interesting than evil. Not so for this book. Xenia's turn towards the disadvantaged of St. Petersburg, while surprising at first, has a logic of its own that the book does a fine job of developing.
Her voice had lovely modulation and convincing Russian accents. She was able to make each character sound distinctively.
though the story would go nowhere without its narrator, Dasha, its beatingheart is beyond doubt the character of Xenia.
Calming and thoughtful, I found The Mirrored World to be the perfect commuter listen. Xenia's attitude was a welcome corrective to hectic traffic. Listen and you'll know exactly what I mean.
Edith Wharton! In her excellent novel, Fields delicately traces the sexual and sensual blooming of a mature woman, revealing both the immense joy and the inevitable complications of such a journey.
I love the Wharton character because I love Edith Wharton's own fiction but Anna, the unassuming secretary, may be the real heroine.
a variety of voices though the men who are supposed to sound Bostonian sound more southern to me
Morton Fullerton - a lover and a cad but also a man capable of appreciating sensuality in all its forms
Someone should have coached the narrator on her German! The pronunciation was way beyond incorrect. It's a quibble but there are quite a lot of German phrases in the narrative- one actually key - and it would have taken no time at all to explain how to say them correctly. jarred my enjoyment every time!
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