A lot of the book feels so monotone. I don't know if the narrator didn't connect with the story line or what but she reads so ...blah. There are too many of these: "Noah looked at me. I looked at him. We just stared at each other. Time passed by slowly."Short, non-descriptive sentences fill this whole book and the narrator doesn't bring much life to the characters. I was really intrigued by a genetically altered person type of story line. Especially after reading Dan Well's Partials and Fragments books. This book left me uninspired but it wasn't HORRIBLE. Just nothing to jump out of your seat about. Maybe if the narrator had a lil' more pep in her step! (lol)
This book series is not on my favorite list but is still an acceptable way to kill some quiet time. Wendy is a bit of a whiner if you ask me. Her response to just about everything is an exasperated "WHAT?" She understands nothing and doesn't even try to think for herself yet somehow she's revered as super powerful soon the be leader? I can't make the connection but maybe you will!
Listening and reading a book is ALWAYS time well spent!!!!!
The most interesting aspect is that the main character is moved from her own familiar surroundings to a new place. Not only is the character adjusting to a new life and cultivating new relationships she also learned that she has an interesting ability.
So, what I liked most about the narrator is that she has an English accent and the main character is from England. The character's voice is perfect however, when the narrator does an American males voice, they all sound the same and they've got an annoying, stuffy nosed sort of sound :( I honestly thought the story was pretty good but I stopped listening to the book because the narrator's voice was sub par.
..haha, read a different book? ;)
My advice to those who enjoy YA, Paranormal, fiction is to read this book on your own. I believe you would enjoy the story much better.
The only thing I noticed strange with this second book is that the book introduces a new character, Afa but the narrator all of a sudden started speaking Haru's lines like she does Afa's lines. I think Haru is Japanese and in this book he has a strange accent that's definitely NOT Japanese. Other than that little thing the books are great!
This production of the audio edition is LOADS better than the first audio production of Falling Kingdoms. I thought that I wasn't going to buy the audio edition of Rebel Springs because I wasn't impressed with the audio of Falling Kingdoms but the narrator did SUCH a better job on this tape! You can't hear his sharp intakes of breath as predominantly as well as, his hurried rush of words when reading character lines. In this production he speaks smoother, not so staccato. I very, VERY much like this series.
The wedding scene!!!!
I liked that he improved his performance from Falling Kingdoms to Rebel Springs. This audio is very good.
No tears but I'm not a crier. The end made me VERY much excited for the next book. We really haven't had an in-depth look yet to Lucia and I think Prince Magnus still has a lot of growth coming. Also Cleonia had a large undertaking stirring and I think the best is yet to come!
Lord Aron is a perfect addition to the cast. He's horribly annoying but brings a good dynamic to the circle of nobles. Same with Nic! He surprised me at the end, holy moly!CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE!
The story, love, betrayal, witches, cruelty of kings, all the good stuff!
Lucia. I feel like she has so much more to explore and she had a kind but strong-willed heart.
I don't understand why he read every characters lines with such staccato! Mostly what you hear is him taking a deep breath before every line. Then each line is delivered in a hurried rush of words. His narration of the book outside of characters lines is normal but when he speaks in character its harsh, short and gives no life to the character. I didn't connect with his performance at all, which was sad because I LOVED reading this book.
I liked the scenes between Cleo and Jonas. I think they both surprised each other. I also like Lucia's scenes because that's where you see her come into her powers.
I just wish there was a different narrator. I just purchased the second book to read on my own but I don't think I'll be purchasing the audio book.
I liked the story, I thought it was a neat reference to Cinderella. The author narrates the story however and she doesn't have very much energy in her voice. She sort of sounds tired. She doesn't do voices so it's just a person, reading you the book, as if you were at circle time in school. I think it's cool that an author would also narrate their own story but I think you'd need to be able to act or at least learn different voices. And put some emotion into it for goodness sakes!
No, I don't think it's a strong enough story for a movie. Especially because it's similar to the Cinderella story and that's been made over a few times already.
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