Near the top.
I loved North Archer for his generosity and felt deeply sympathetic toward him for his "stuckness" in his own life and what it had cost him. But Alice is also terrific in the way she stubbornly resists Andie, only to eventually succumb.
Her characterization of the different personalities made each clearly distinguishable - and brought out the humor of their individual quirks, in an affectionate way.
I loved when North finally showed up and he and Andie began really working together to solve the problem.
The combination of a desire to write about Alice as an adult and the difficulties of developing a Gothic atmosphere in an age of ubiquitous cell phones caused Jennifer Crusie to set this in the early 1990s - which totally worked for me, as that was when I was a similar age to her protagonists.
I was deeply engrossed in this story and want to know what happens next for the protagonist(s). I didn't know what to expect, but then didn't want to stop!
A satisfying classic.
Insight into the differences between Victorian and modern attitudes. Sometimes I liked theirs better! Loyalty, honor and patience were so highly valued. And people who behaved badly mostly reaped the consequences.
His voice suits the subject matter perfectly - measured and modulated, but capable of intensity, while it is possible to distinguish several versions of accent and tone to represent the various characters.
It is a long book, which can be a detriment for reading - it's hard to find the time. But it makes the audiobook great value: many hours of entertainment for a single credit!
I'm sure that there were things that I missed - but, despite the lively, updated language and frequently entertaining characters, quite a lot of medieval attitudes came through and I probably will not listen again. I'm glad that I listened to it once, though, to know what it was about and get a feeling for the time. I was intrigued by the degree to which the seeds of the Renaissance were present in the extensive quotations from the classics - I had not realized that was already occurring at the time in England. But so many of the characters went ON and ON quoting the classics that I suspect that I will not feel the urge to return to it.
The Franklin, I think. So many of the characters were spiteful or otherwise ungenerous that his Tale was a pleasant relief (if I am remembering correctly).
The Franklin's Tale.
Not an extreme reaction - some of it was quite funny, but I don't think I laughed aloud.
It was, I'm sure, far easier to listen to than to read and I do feel better informed for having heard such a classic work of literature. The excellent performances made many of the tales very engaging.
I enjoyed the voice, characters and story very much and would like to revisit them another time.
Andrew visits Aidan's foster family and discovers that the story is more complicated than he had realized.
While I liked most of the characters, Andrew - a person of magical talents, but not seeking after power, with, instead, a sense of responsibility and a passion for history, definitely engaged my sympathies the most.
This is a delightful story - suitable for children and adults.
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