Although fantasy, this novel is an excellent introduction for girls to understand the strictures of female life and expectations in Victorian society.
It's a real shame that Jo Wyatt didn't narrate all three of the unabridged versions. She brings such distinction and vitality to all of the characters. I love her energetic voice and wish she would narrate more audiobooks. I recommend her rendition of Alice in Wonderland as well.
I found this book to be a solid contribution to the New Thought Movement however, Grout should have left out the divisive political analogies and stayed more positive. These were very off putting. New Thought practitoners shouldn't need to convey derision or negativity towards others to reach people. There is too much of that in the world as it is.
I would only recommend this audiobook to someone who is interested in Oscar Wilde but incapable of grasping Victorian vernacular. Not only is this version abridged, words are rewritten to make it easier to understand for a twenty-first century American audience. Insulting. Part of the fun of reading, listening, seeing a play by Oscar Wilde is his wit with words. Changing them because someone might not understand undermines his work.
Some of the lines are emphasized incorrectly according to the script. Some of the actors are too old for their parts. Algy and Jack are performed superbly, as is Miss Prism and Cecily.
Tops. Hoover creates full, rich, well developed characters that keeps one listening just to learn more about them. The subject matter of childhood sexual abuse is handled delicately without losing honesty. This novel should be on the reading list for support groups.
This is a powerful and well-written story about domestic violence and sexual abuse. I have recommended it to friends who have endured similar experiences.
Bellair performs Callie flawlessly. Kayden needs his own male narrator. I could barely tell the two apart. Other characters are performed well. Overall the story is well read and Bellair conveys an emotional story without being slow and overly dramatic. For the next title though, dual narrators - please.
The narrator is very professional and clear. He keeps the lecture at a good pace but it is somewhat difficult to listen to without a book. I suggest listening to this audio to brush up on your grammar only if you are already familiar with and are a fan of the original Strunk and White.
This audio is worth the price. I'm glad I bought it although it takes a lot of concentration if you are behind on your grammar skills. This is not for the novice. I would not suggest it to my students.
Teen trauma, first love, emotional breakthrough
Easy by Tammara Webber. Both of these books are based on young lovers who need one another to conquer their demons and heal. I couldn't put either down.
Absolutely. Love the narrators, too.
All of the characters are relatable - full of weaknesses and strengths. They are all very real.
Good speed, full range of voices, nice performance.
Maysie is obsessed with being popular. She buys friends through the ridiculous college Greek system which is always demeaning and, in reality, should be antiquated by now. She makes me angry with her choices but this adds to realness to the story. She finds herself in the end but it is a long, interesting journey for the listener.
This is a suspenseful teen romance with many twists and turns. I never knew what was coming next.
Good, creative, too slow
The narrator is horrible! Skip this audiobook.
I like both Maggie and Clay. They represent a full range of teen emotions in the midst of mental illness and the first love experience.
The narrator is just a bad actress. I suggest reading the book on its own.
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