This was a charming and fun listen. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that Book 2 is available at Audible soon.
I liked this book when it started out but as it progressed I almost didn't finish it. So depressing and I have a difficult time with books where I don't like the main characters and it was very difficult to like the parents in this book. In my opinion, they were horribly abusive to all three of their children in different ways. It was unforgivable.
Yes, I enjoyed some of the writing and the prejudices the family experienced was enlightening and troublesome but realistic. But, overall I did not enjoy this book.
I loved this book with all it's twists and turns. So entertaining and the narration was excellent. I listened pretty much non stop. Highly recommend.
Audible insisted that I put in a rating for the story so I put in one star but because I didn't finish the book, I can't really say. The narrator put me off to the point that I couldn't continue. When narrating a women's voice, Christina Traister did just fine but when she was narrating the main character's potential love interest I wanted to tear my hair out. It was done in a low monotone that made the character seem like milk toast. I wanted to shake him. I listen to so many books that it has become more and more clear to me that if the narration is not good, it doesn't matter how good the book is. It is ruined. When I finish a book and really don't remember the narrator but just the story, I think they have done their job. Occasionally, a narrator will be excellent at the opposite sex's voices or in doing accents and I will have to acknowledge a job well done.
I loved this book. It is well written, well paced and the mystery aspect intriguing. Narration good. I highly recommend this book.
As the author said at the end, this book is "Historical Fantasy." And it is that but also very entertaining. Definitely a light listen but engrossing and the author's use of famous people who lived during the era that Dodger takes place makes it even more fun. And the narration is wonderful. It is a joy to listen to a book that is so well narrated. It just shows me how important the narrator is. I personally don't think many narrators do the opposite sex well and shouldn't try. And then there are some narrators like Scott Brick whose voices are so distinctive as well as their intonation and phrasing that it actually takes away from the book.
I read books that are well written and tend to have more depth to them but I listen to audiobooks for entertainment. And this fits the bill. I loved it. The reader was excellent, the characters interesting and well developed and the story engrossing. I definitely recommend this audiobook.
If you're in the mood for a delightful listen about Victorian, England, I definitely recommend this. It was entertaining and fun and light. Prunella Scales is probably the best reader of any book I've listened to. She moves from person to person so easily that you glide along with her and she never sounds forced.
I was disappointed when I read in some reviews that she died before she could finish the book, but the ending is there just not in her voice which of course would have been preferrable but did not spoil it for me.
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