I read the story several years ago and then say the movie. Obviously I was disappointed with the movie. Recently saw the movie again and decided to read the book again. What a great book, I love the reader, have listened to him with other books, he is wonderful. I encourage ALL to read or listen to this book.
I didn't read this as a child, or young adult, so when a friend said it was one of her favorite books, OK got to read, I guess. Yes I loved it, yes it was predictable in some place and I have heard possibly autobiographical, maybe. Lagging at times and so very exciting at others. It definitely worth reading and maybe even reading again to get ALL the characters in the right place. People you love to hate and ones you can't help but love, it was everything and more, maybe not my favorite but will probably read/listen again some day. Narrator was awesome, can't imagine anyone could have done a better job!
First of oll, Ms Rosenblat's character accents and definition was excellent, as the main character I was not impressed, kinda flat, uninteresting, the other accents and dialects for spot on... and that is where it ended for me. I read three other of Ms Kearsley's books and was enthralled, got to this one and waited to order, wanted to see what some of the reviews were, wish I would have save my credit! I'm still wondering what the point of the story is!
Just a fun story and a fun listen. I was a little disappointed with the reader I picked guess she just wasn't as good as my 5th grade teacher that read it to the class oh so many years ago. The story was great and took me back ;)
You hope you know how it is going to turn out, but the twists and turns are hard to imagine. Well read, well written, well worth reading.
You wonder as you start how can this happen, how can a family give up a child knowing it has happened before and the outcome. Some how you are drawn in by, "maybe not this time".... yet the curiosity gets you and step by step yout are drawn in. Great story, that's how you get drawn in.
Just decided this sounded better. Surprise was I loved this. Kinda glad I didn't go into the listen with some preknowledge. Made this listen really exciting. Will probably Read "Romeo and Juliet" now just to see if it is as good as Ms Caine did. Mr McCarley was excellent!
In saying that, I mean that this story is amazing, Well written and Very Well read. The personality of the characters, you come to know and love them personally. If you read Diaries of Anne Frank, this is a MUST READ!
It is hard to say what I liked best, I have been reading and learning about the slave trade and this sounded like it might be informational. WOW was it ever, the first hand accounts, the details, the trails, the shear honesty, and the pain. I couldn't stop, few books do I have going until it is done. This just kept pushing me on! I had to know what would happen next. Do I recommend it, YES! Is it painful at times to listen, YES! I felt like the reader was alive in the character. It was long and gruesome at times, I longed for something good to come of her life, well worth every hour spent.
When I started the book didn't realize it was a sequel so it was a pleasent surprise to find it was and what a great book to sequel.The Winter Sea read it twice before I could put it down and thought I have to read this author again, had read The Rose Garden first, so I am sure, you can see a pattern.
What a great story, the twists and turns to get to the knowledge of The Firebird. Ms Kearsley definitely knows her history and when she started talking about St Petersburg well, I have traveled there myself and I felt like I was right back to one of my most favorite places in the world. The depictions was so much like I remember and the things I loved about the city were in the book. It was wonderful! Definitely a MUST READ. Another word would be enthralling, I could barely put it down when I had to.
At first I thought Ms Kellgren was a little cold and matter of fact after reading the other two books. As I finished I warmed up to her, her accents were spot on I thought, but the narrative seemed cold. Just her way I guess, Really enjoyed the book, well worth the read!
I've read it twice since, I bought it. The intrigue is amasing. The details, the idea of sticking to the facts. Makes me wonder after I finished it, what is the truth? So convincing, so well written, you fall into the story, don't want to crawl out, even when it's over, LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!!!
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