It's a fun story and the characters really grow on you, but they all:1) arch an eyebrow (a pale eyebrow, a heavy eyebrow, a disdainful eyebrow ...2) lift their chin in defiance/resolution/determination3) ball their fists and grind their teeth in fury4) notice or keep people from noticing their hands trembling.
Kate Reading is an inspired reader. One of the absolute top out there.
As unbelievable as the premise sounds, you will grow to love and understand these extraordinary characters. Chava is a golem, made of clay to be a biddable stepford wife and Ahmad is the Jinn, made of fire who values his freedom above all. Their lives intertwine in the melting pot of immigrant life in New York City at the beginning of the 20th century.
Their journey of self discovery, the description of immigrant life in New York, the mythical aspect of the Arabic and Jewish cultures, the believability and depth of the supporting characters, the taut build of the conflicts and the satisfying resolutions make this an outstanding book. One of the best I've read in years.
George Guidall's performance is outstanding. He never over emotes or over acts yet he manages to convey the emotional senses of every character.
Oh goody! A book in and about Scotland! Oh goody! If you like Gabaldon you'll like the Winter Sea.
Except that Galbaldon can WRITE and poor Susanna Kearsley hasn't a clue. Her stick figures pratter and chirp away about history like they are reading from their junior high textbook.
I'll give her this -- she can really title a book. When I saw The Rose Garden offered I almost put it on my wish list until I saw who the author is.
Narration doesn't do anything to help this along, but don't think even Barbara Rosenblat could rescue this one.
... it's a place of magical delights and both the writing and the narration give you the experience of being there. OK OK ... sometimes the story seemed to forget where it was and got lost in its love of its details ... and OK OK ... sometimes you could see the author imagining which actress was playing Celia ..
But if you are drawn to this type of novel, you will not regret buying this one.
this is some wonderful writing and even better narration. I can happily recommend it to any who love a good yarn and especially those who like historical fiction. My only quibble -- and I'm particularly persnickety about this -- is that at times it was a big TOO dramatic.
it starts with terrible abuse and goes downhill from there. I have loved many of Alice Hoffman's novels and was excited to listen to this one, but where was her deft light magical touch?
And the narration was so over the top dramatic I wanted to send all of the narrators off to English boarding school.
I can't recommend it to everyone ... you have to be a fan of this kind of writer, e.g., Jasper Ffjord, Terry Brooks, etc. But if you are (and obviously I am) this is a rollicking, funny, intriguing piece of writing and the narration is spot on. I hated for it to end.
Not the greatest listen but far far from the worst. The narration was just fine and the characters were believable and often intriguing. Just be prepared that this is not a light listen -- it's often very dark -- but it held my interest all the way through.
Some of the other reviewers had problems with the language -- I felt the use of the "F" word was simply dialectical and took no offense at all.
I thought Middlesex was just wonderful -- rollicking and boisterous and thoughtful and totally captivating.
This book? Meh. I'll try to finish it because I am devoted to finishing books, but I've had to move over to a more entertaining listen just to take a break from the depressing self-serving characters.
Laurie R. King is one of my favorite writers and I love this series, but I was seriously disappointed in Pirate King.
So what happened to the plot? That's the real mystery of this book.
It just rambles on and on with one more antic of a 2-dimensional character after another. They all get captured & held for ransom, but I didn't even care! Oh my, there goes Mary picking some locks again. Oh goodness, there's the short director wearing lime green. Oh my, the star actress wants a feather bed. Hark! Could that violin playing be ... Holmes? HO HUM.
Sniff. I was really looking forward to this.
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