Can't quite relate to the bad reviews. I was very touched by this story. I want to scratch him under the chin. I've read WICKED and this one and like this one just fine. The lion is endearing, pitiable, likable, sympathetic and finally heroic.
This is one of my favorite Barbara Vine novels, the other being THE MINOTAUR. This is a very good reader, which makes it a good story well-told in every way.
The story became increasingly more unbelievable till I ceased to care for the characters because I found them so unreal. Found the CIA/priest character almost silly because he seemed so unbelievable (and not very interesting). Lots of stereotyping, as well.
Nobody could have written these books but Gregory Maguire. However, someone else should read them. His narrative voice is frequently monotonous and robotic. It's a good story but difficult to listen to, unlike the recordings of WICKED and A LION AMONG MEN by a different narrator.
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