I was interested in purchasing this book for the mystery and Edinburgh scenery. However, I was disappointed on both accounts. The book starts off well enough, but then goes nowhere fast - ending horribly. I would skip it.
I enjoyed the story. I felt the ending could have wrapped up a little better - perhaps been a little longer. The characters are interesting and entertaining. There are some funny bits. I felt the 5 y.o. in the story was wise well beyond her years - she was interesting but seemed like she should have been much older. I like the garden, the couple of town characters and the woman who brings gifts.
I am not a fan of the narrator. She ended sentences with a rising inflection/tone. Her handling of the words make it seem like more of a romance novel than what it is. Her narration felt patronizing, somehow.
This is the first time I've listened to this author and I will likely listen to (or read, depending on the narrator) more by her.
I will try not to give anything away and simply say that I'm not as enthralled with this one. I cannot believe in the story, in the decisions of the characters, in the logical progression - I expected more sooner, or if not more, than an explanation of why the characters would choose the way that they did, especially the main character and the rest of the tributes.
The story is nice, but the narrator is a big distraction. She does not read with appropriate inflection and she uses the same voice throughout - for every character. I recommend a different version of this book.
I was very unsure about this book in the beginning. But after the first few chapters, it was difficult to stop listening. The characters are excellent, the story intriguing. I look forward to reading more by the author.
The story was very dull and the narrator was completely distracting. I managed to listen to the end - and it becomes a completely different story. I do not recommend.
I first read this book without having read the first 5, so I thought it was well done, but perhaps not great. However, after reading this as part of the series - I find this book to be fantastic! And the characters are amazing! Read the whole series, if you can - so it will make more sense. Audible is missing 2 of the series, currently, and they are well worth a trip to the bookstore! Great book!
Really excellent! I love the characters in the world Ms. Gaskell has created. They are engrossing, some are devilishly clever, some are very flawed, some extremely kind. And, even though she was unable to finish it, we all know how it ends. Lovely
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