The story, although dark and troubling, is moving. The writing is a bit affected -- the author tries too hard to be expressive and insightful. The same over-effort can be seen in the production as well. The narrators?f whispery voice is too dramatic and the musical interludes remind me more of Public Radio's Mystery Theater than a narrated book. The overall effect is the feeling of someone trying to manipulate the listener?fs emotions. This is a book that I would recommend, but it could be much better if the author and producers didn't try so hard for the dramatic and theatrical.
Very disappointing. The book needed to be 4x the length to balance out the intricate descriptions of life in Italy to the huge gaps left in character and plot development. I continued to hope through the story that some of the intriguing characters (Tin Man, Rudolph, the Saudi, Neil, etc., etc.) will somehow reappear to take meaning in the overall book but they never do, remaining only apparitions in a plodding tale with the most hollow and anticlimactic denouement I have ever experienced from such a popular writer. The story telling was horid and left a bad taste in my moth. I wont even start on the preposterous plot.
I listened to this book not realizing that I had accidtentally bought the abridgement. The abridgement ruined the story: the characters were undeveloped and the plot moved too quickly leaving key parts of the story mis-jointed. Don't waste your credits.
This is a fantastic book. I was captivated by it. There are parts of the book that I can see would be slow or taxing for some who are addicted to the instant gratification of constant action. However, just as Tolkein's more detailed descriptions of landscape and character give that book the intensity of reality, so does Lawhead's descriptive style give depth and reality to this story.
Regarding the negative comments about the narrator, I both read and listened to the book alternately. I found the narrator?s interpretation provided depth to the characters and story that exceeded my own interpretation. I found myself returning and listening to sections that I had read just to hear how the narrator would interpret the section. I often preferred hers to mine. The only difference I would cite is that the narrator portrays the character of Charis as a little more rigid and cold than I had interpreted her to be.
For those who enjoy fantasy, I highly recommend this story.
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