Perhaps I expected too much after seeing the many five-star reviews. I liked this book but did not love it.
Somehow I wanted more. More depth, more from Sarah, more of the relationship between Sarah and Handful. Perhaps because this is based on the lives of two real life sisters, the author did not want to presume or invent too much. For whatever reason, I was a little disappointed.
I did love the narration of Adepero Oduye. I felt she portrayed "Handful" with just the right touch.
This is written from the perspective of an 18-year-old male, and when I first started listening I was thinking perhaps I wasn't going to enjoy it because it was too geared to young adults. I was wrong.
I have to say, though, that with most books I enjoy the entire journey. With this book, I particularly appreciated the conclusion. I loved that all the information and clues were given to us throughout the book. There were no missing pieces of the puzzle that had we had we could have figured everything out earlier. Everything was there; we just needed to put it together.
I thought the narrator was spectacular. He handled all the characters very well, sounded realistic and believable as a young male, young female, Epic, whatever.
All in all, a totally satisfying listen!
I really liked this book until the end, which for me was inconclusive. I felt too many of the lives in which I was so engrossed throughout the book were left in limbo. I still liked the book a lot, just felt a little let down by the conclusion. It seems a book should not have to end with the words "The End."
I also felt sometimes the switching back and forth in time was confusing. Other than that, I enjoyed the book very much. I read mainly for entertainment, but when I can learn something at the same time, it's a big bonus, which this was. The narrator was wonderful, switching between characters smoothly. Her male voices were entirely believable. Her performance made me think I enjoyed this audio version better than I would the printed version. The characters were so vividly portrayed that I had to be emotionally involved.
All in all, a very engrossing and informative listen.
This started out like a fanciful tale, the kind I've come to expect from Mr. Gaiman. He shook things up a bit, though, and this seemed a little darker than the books I've read before. Not sure I like it.
I still found his narration very good, well-suited to the characters. I still enjoyed the characters -- the unnamed little protagonist, his friend Lettie and the rest of the Hemstocks. I wish his parents had been given more backbone and common sense. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and am willing to try others by the same author.
I enjoyed and would recommend this book. William Landay makes it easy to see how one could end up in a situation similar to Jacob's parents, and he makes you wonder what you would do in their shoes. Landay makes each character and his/her actions understandable. And the narrator is very good at capturing the inflections of each character.
One plot twist is perhaps a little contrived (thus the three stars for the story), but I still found the characters believable and the book interesting and enjoyable.
The unfolding mystery held my interest throughout. I thought the narrator did a very good job.
One thing I found a little disturbing was that characters/events were mentioned but not satisfactorily explained or resolved by the end of the book. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading about and liked the character of Inspector Lucas Rocco -- not enough to immediately get the next book in the series, but if it goes on sale will certainly consider it.
This book switches many times from when one of the characters, Nell, is a little girl to a mature woman to an elderly woman, and because of the frequent switches requires somewhat closer listening than is sometimes my preference.
That said, I was completely absorbed in the mystery of Nell's past. I like that we are given all the clues and just need to put them together. The secondary story line of Cassandra putting her life back together is a little predictable but pleasant.
Can't give this book a 4, but would give it a solid 3.5.
I really liked this story of three generations of women and found myself pulling for each of them, even though they sometimes seemed to be at odds with each other. Underneath it all, they love each other and that comes through. I like that the characters are intelligent and have common sense and for the most part behave in such a manner.
I thought the author's narration was delightful, that she captured the Southern accents and flavor of each character.
I was a little disappointed that there was not more of a concrete, line-in-the-sand resolution to the situation, but I guess if the characters can go with it, so can I!
I liked this book very much. The characters were consistent, believable, and wonderfully described. The narrator was great. He made each voice distinguishable, did not over dramatize.
There is, however, one detail that keeps niggling at me. I even went back and listened to sections again, thinking perhaps I’d missed it. Why were the “treasures” kept? Other than this, I thought everything flowed beautifully. Despite my missing the explanation for this, I liked this book very much and found it a compelling listen.
This book was originally published serially in a newspaper. I don't think I would have liked to read this book in that way--I would not have wanted to wait for each installment!
I’m glad to see that there is a second book for I, like the author, have grown attached to the characters. I have also read a couple of the books in the author's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, and although I also liked those characters, I feel that this book somehow has a bit more substance and is, therefore, more interesting.
I used to say that I’m not a fantasy fan, but perhaps I am. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in Shai’s plight and marveled at the Sanderson-created world and its possibilities.
Maybe because this is a novela, I felt less time was spent on the minute, stage-setting details of the "world", which allowed us to get to the heart of the story sooner. I like that aspect of this being a novela; at the same time, I would have loved for this to be a series. I want more Shai!
I thought the narrator's voice was ideal for Shai and that she did very well with the other characters as well, making each one distinguishable.
A very enjoyable and engrossing listen - even if it is fantasy! ;)
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