I'm a Mom listening to my kids books...I think if I read this book, it wouldn't have kept my attention. The narrator, however, added color to the story, and I can see why it's a hit with the Youngsters :) It's no Harry Potter, but it's a great introduction to Classical Mythology. Just don't tell the adolescents that. They'll boycott the notion.
The narrator was perfect for this book, and made the story even better. It doesn't have the passion of the Valdemar stories, but it's a good yarn, and a fun read. My only criticism is it took too long to get to the meat of the story. If this narrator reads any of the other "Elemental Masters" books, I'll be sure to buy it.
I enjoyed the story until the end. Is there more to this? I think the author had a fever, and wrote the end. The story may be free, but my time is too valuable.
I think this story was better told with the original Bram Stoker's Dracula. Without much preamble, the vampire naturally falls in love with dinner, and does what all of her vampires do when they fall in love with a human. It had none of the originality of her vampire chronicles. A colorful short story, but lacking in substance. You're better off to re-read, or re-listen to one of her older books.
At last, someone finally took the time to assemble significant primary documents to tell the early life story of TJ with more fact than opinion. Perhaps this book is better read than heard, so the footnotes & references are at hand. My only complaint is the narrator mispronounces several prominent names,which made me cringe over and over again. At least she got Taliaferro correct, although Fauquier & Burwell are butchered. This is still a great listen and the narrator does have a pleasant & interesting voice. I'm looking forward to the last two volumes.
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