I very much enjoyed the book - excellent writing and pacing, and I didn't even mind that Collins clearly borrowed from many popular film plots as well as reality tv culture. However, the narrator was the wrong choice. She wasn't bad (although she certainly wasn't great either), but I found her reading of the book "wrong" enough to keep me from really getting immersed in the story. I think this was because she simply wasn't the right narrator for a 16-year-old first-person narrator.
That being said, don't let that stop you from listening to this one! Looking forward to the sequels.
** spoiler alert ** Started off very well - I think the world setting/races have great potential. However, the characters failed to develop. Also, the main character is introduced as a would-be assassin of the Hawk Lord, but this rather intriguing detail is never explained or referred to again after he decides to make an "early education" experiment of her in the Hawks law-enforcement unit. Too much was left unexplained by the end of this short book, though I think the author's ideas for it have some promise. I might check out subsequent books in the series.
Juliet Stevenson might be my favorite audiobook narrator - she does such a fantastic job, giving each character a distinctive and appropriate voice.
The book itself, though maybe not as popular as Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility, has a very nicely designed plot and offers just as much enjoyment for the Jane Austen lover.
What a great story - full of twists and turns, and unexpectedly bring all the multitude of characters and their story lines together by the end of the novel. The narrator did a great job with the dual narrative voices, and a very admirable job of giving each character their own, distinctive "voice." Highly recommended for Dickens fans.
Juliet Stevenson does a fantastic job narrating 'Emma'. I didn't like 'Emma' much when I read it myself a couple of years ago, but I think that's because it book features a much different sort of character development compared to most of Jane Austen's other fabulous novels. This second experience, hearing it read, really brought out the fine points of the book, and highlighted the masterful depictions of 'polite' conversation. Really, I can't say enough about the narration - Ms. Stevenson has a very pleasing voice, and she modulated admirably for various characters.
Though this audiobook is quite pricey, even with Audible.com membership discount, I'm convinced it's worth every penny.
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