Taina Rodrigues (the reader) was spot on for the voices and personalities in the story.
Emma, by Jane Austin. Okay, not the obvious comparison, but Mr. and Mrs. Ali are playing matchmaker with various levels of success in their business and personal lives. There are funny, quirky and heartbreaking scenes, so that we found ourselves rooting for the group of protagonists, even when they made silly choices.
While her tempo was slow, she made the characters distinct but not over-the-top. her phrasing for the dialogue was also very good and brought out the individual personalities.
We listened to it while in the car on a road trip, so we pretty much heard it all at once.
Alethea Kontis spins a fantastic web of fairy tales into this retelling of the Frog Prince.
Papa's story about the cat that gave a wish to the little girl was so funny that we listened twice before listening to the rest of the story.
Yes! Katherine Kellgren was up to her superb reputation as a top reader.
Can't wait for the squeal with Saturday's story.
I already have! Susan Duerden's performance was spellbinding.
The best part of the story was how Franny Billingsly wove the landscape into the story, allowing it to intimately definer her characters.
Rose. although she is not the main character, her relationship with Briony shapes the story and humanizes their story.
I particularly liked how Briony finally realizes how she and Rose are alike when Rose speaks up in the courtroom. The dynamic of Briony as the defender and Rose as the protected is finally turned on its head. Rose only sees her role as necessary and matter of fact, but this moment is completely life and character changing for Briony. This is the part of the story where Rose is the hero. Fantastic.
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