Combine Elizabeth Peters story telling abilities with Barbara Rosenblat's performances and you get Magic! I have listened to all these series and Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody mysteries performed by Barbara Rosenblat and you just can't miss. It's addicting....I highly recommend it.
Beautifully written. Great and interesting Story; however, it was way too repetitive with many irrelevant details. Never thought I would see the day when I would have preferred an abridged version of any book. At one point, I had to answer my phone and didn't turn off my ipod. When I returned to the story, I hadn't missed much....need I say more? To finish the book, I took one reviewer's advice and sped up the narration. The narration was very well done and kept me interested--even with the increased speed!
If this is your first book in the historic novel genre, then you will enjoy it. For me, it didn't contain anything new. I'm also at a point in my life where I don't want to listen to detailed and graphic torture/violent scenes and this book has a couple of these scenes--which is hard to skip over in an audio format. I wish someone had mentioned that, I wouldn't have listened to the book. Depressing overall but beautifully written.
Barbara Rosenblat can make any listening experience wonderful. I'm a fan of hers and admit that I enjoyed this book because she read it! Light and fun listening experience. Although I admit that I don't know if I would have liked reading the book.
I enjoy this author and have read many of his books but I must admit that after listening to this book, I realized that the book was written to be read out loud. I found it very enjoyable and was disappointed that audible only carried one other book--"the alchemist"--by this author. I loved it!
I enjoy reading books with Hero/heroines who are vulnerable but strong--naive but not useless. This book had these elements. I felt I got to know the characters in the book and I didn't get tired of them. It is also very easy to follow and listen to. I recently listened to a book named "the Observations" by Jane Harris--if you enjoyed that book, you will like this book.
This work is beautifully written and more importantly, it was mesmerizing to listen to. If you enjoyed "Shadow of the Wind" you will love this book. I highly recommend it.
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