No deep lessons learned here, but fun and easy to listen to. This is a good 'listen' for those who are dealing with a failed romance through fiction.
Initially, I spent about 2 hours trying to engage with the book's material, and then actually bought the book, thinking that it might work better in written form -- that didn't help either. Part of my difficulty involved the subtlety of language and social commentary, which, in a Jane Austin book, is wrapped around a very clear plot that emerges very early in the telling. Instead, it took me several tries, but one day, I think I relaxed, and waited for the plot to kick in, and when it did, this book progressed from a relatively amusing but dull social commentary, to a wondrous and fantastical tale intertwined so cleverly with historical references that sometimes I wondered to myself if this tale were actually true. This book is an absolutely brilliant masterpiece! If you love Tolkien, Harry Potter, & Jane Austin you will be enthralled. Don’t miss this book. This is one rare case where patience is rewarded.
Just to clear up the confusion, Susan O'Malley stinks at narration and Barbara Rosenblat is the one who does this series justice with appropriate accents and inflections. Make sure to miss O'Malley's American dribble and catch Rosenblat's superb performance.
In the literary realm, this book is not great fiction. But in general Margaret Weis delivers an interesting story with good characters and does what she tends to do best: makes the reader want the happy/neat ending but deliciously disappoints by not delivering one. If you are an avid fantasy reader, this book is great fun and is a wonderful reprieve from more linear transparent fantasy storyline.
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