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Anna

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  • Arcadia Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (253)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Lenne says: "Decent book...horrible reader"
    "So-so storytelling, and annoying narrator."
    Overall

    I have enjoyed all of Carol Goodman's other audiobooks, so I was really looking forward to this last one. Unfortunately, this particular story was not as compelling as her others and ultimately fell flat for me. Within the first hour of listening I had pegged one of the big twists, and by the end- when there were twists on twists and so on- the story was just too convoluted. And the archetypes and themes of the Changeling Girl fairy tale are so heavy handed it's hard not to think Goodman thinks her readers stupid. I've always loved the dark, Grimm-esque storytelling of Goodman, but Arcadia Falls seemed more like a book written for the sake of selling books. Doesn't compare to the Seduction of Water!

    Part of my dissatisfaction (a hefty part) is due to the narrator, Jen Taylor. Her voices for most of the characters were ridiculous and distracting, and her overall narrative flow was awkward and overdone. I actually disliked characters solely because of their voices, regardless of the role they played in the book. I cannot imagine how hard it is to narrate a book with more than a few characters, but I was disappointed they didn't choose someone with more versatility for this character-heavy book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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