Nancy Goldstone's ability to tell history from a woman's perspective is spot-on. I was glad to see this offering. Nicely done.
I returned this book as soon as I heard Stockard Channing's Ramona voice. It was awful. Then, I got Neil Patrick Harris' reading of Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins. It was amazing. The whole family enjoyed his performance, but also re-learned to love the Ramona character. We gave it a second chance, and, while Stockard Channing's Ramona voice still annoyed me, I was able to get past it, and the whole family enjoyed the stories, so I re-purchased it.
This is a good book, read by the wrong narrator. Stephens wrote a good story with strong emotional appeal. The connections the characters have with each other are well thought out and accessible. However, I so strongly disliked his female voices, I had to stop the audiobook and buy the paper copy to scrub my mind of his annoying, airy, oh-so-bored intonation - ESPECIALLY his Kate-voice. And what's with the Brit accent throughout? And the Scottish dwarves? In Baltimore and Massachusetts? Using this narrator made the Potter/Tolkien derivations that much more pronounced.
So, overall, I liked the story (paper copy, not audiobook). Yes, it derived a lot of its themes from the overworked children's fantasy genre, but I enjoyed meeting a character who finds elves annoying and silly (yeah, Michael!)
The book had lots of detail and was very well presented. I listened to it several times.
Here's what the publisher's say: In the tradition of Carl Sagan, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Hawking, a new voice has emerged with the unique gift of translating cutting-edge science into clear, accessible language: Dr. Bruce Lipton.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm an English teacher; I've got freshman writers who can clearly articulate an argument. Bruce cannot. I expected actual science, not rambling self-absorbed anecdotes without a point.
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