Besides the witty banter, the emotional interplay between individuals, the biting humor, and the fantastic mystery woven by Robert McCammon, the narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, brings to life a whole cast of lively characters in the most believable way. One finds oneself plunked right down in early America of the late 17th century, authentically slogging through the grime and filth and alternatively enjoying the benefits of a gentleperson’s life. It’s impossible to choose a favorite characterization, as Ballerini so adroitly expresses personalities, but as much as I felt incessantly irritated by over-the-top preacher Exodus Jerusalem, I couldn’t help but enjoy the portrayal of him. Likewise, though Bidwell was a vociferous bully, his conversations with protagonist Matthew Corbett often elicited a chuckle. I cannot reveal here without ruining the story the most touching moment for me between Matthew and his mentor, magistrate Isaac Woodward, but it brought me to tears. Never since reading Aztec by Gary Jennings have I experienced an author so skillfully weave the graciousness with the savageness of human nature. McCammon is a new favorite, and I was thrilled to be brought to an ending that hinted at a continued story. I will also be listening to everything Ballerini has ever or will ever narrate. Bravo!
J.K Rowling's prose is wonderful. She has the gifts of creating the clever turn of phrase and weaving a complex, multi-layered story. This book is a far cry from the Harry Potter series, though. My teenage daughter wanted to read it, but I've asked her to wait a few years.
My favorite character had to be Krystal Wheedon, a troubled girl caught up in a cycle of poverty, sex, and drugs who, nevertheless, has the reader rooting for her. Rowling can see through the eyes of teens so brilliantly, and the teens in this book are no exception.
A film of this book would be way to depressing and would never sell in America, but it would probably be critically acclaimed in Europe for its unflinchingly honest look at the seedy side of life.
I loved the story for its grit and emotion, but I was left feeling, despite the surprising ending, that it was tied up a bit too neatly. Specifically, the parallel actions of the teenagers involved in the plot was a bit too coincidental. Overall, however, a good novel.
After hearing this book, I bought the print copy as a reference manual. I've been following this diet for 2weeks and have seen incredible changes in my health. I wouldn't have had the time to read the book in print and probably wouldn't have finished it because it's somewhat repetitive. I don't really like the author's inflection when she's trying to make a point (sounds fakey), but I love the content of the book!
No, but I like the idea of the story enough that I will probably read the sequel.
I can already hear the objectors screaming at the idea of a young girl who starts out independent and strong falling prey to a system that objectifies women, but Kiera Cass does an excellent job of taking us into the process and seeing how easy it is for girls to get caught up in the idea of being a princess, wearing lovely clothes, being chosen.
I highly recommend this audiobook. The reader, Jennifer Ikeda, is one of my favorites, an expert at accents. Bad accents is a pet peeve of mine, but she does at least five perfectly, probably more. The story itself is expertly weaved, but I would definitely tell you to read the first book before this one so you can get all the nuances.
Time travel is possible. YOu'll believe it.
The surprise ending is the best (and most frustrating) moment of the book!
"What's real and what's true aren't necessarily the same." - Salman Rushdie
Fairy tale mystery
It was beautifully written, a tapestry of lives woven together over a century. It was full of pain and discovery. The story unravels itself slowly, becoming more and less complicated in turns and coming to a shocking end.
I've never listened to this reader before, but she has talent, a voice made soft or gruff as required. She made me envision an old man and a little girl and everything in between.
There's no question that Eliza was the most memorable character. She was strong yet vulnerable, alive yet always unfulfilled. Like Nell she never reaches her goal, but in the end it doesn't matter.
The character of Sage was so lovable I dreaded the inevitable moment of revelation. For the first time I understood how transgendered people might feel, and I learned something from living through Logan's doubt and rollercoaster emotions about my own prejudices.
Sage was my favorite even though we experienced everything through Logan's eyes. Vulnerable yet strong and always lovable. could she be realistic? I don't know.
Logan was the best performance. I think every girl wants a boyfriend like Logan.
I think it was when he was driving her to the hospital and realized he was overcome with emotion.
I highly recommend the audiobook, because the narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, has an amazing grasp of accents and beautifully reads in at least seven, making the characters come alive.
Harkness evokes a fascinating world where these three species live alongside humans. It's a love story, an adventure, and an historical novel. When this book ended I felt an empty space and a desperation for the story to continue.
The accents and voices she used for the characters were never forced and somehow she made each and every character distinct.
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