Having just read The Shadow of the Wind (a novel this book was compared to), I was so excited to read this, but I found it to be just OK. The narration is excellent and the story is fine, just not excellent.
I do love Roberta Gellis, so I bought this despite the negative review about the narration. It's not Susan Duerden's best, but I found that it improved as it went along and I did enjoy it.
It took me awhile to get used to the narrator, he grated on my nerves at first. But after a few chapters, I grew to like, then to really enjoy his narration. The story was gripping and overall a great read.
I couldn't even get past the first few chapters. The narrator's voice and acting was really off-putting to me. I've decided to read a copy instead of enduring the recording.
I was looking forward to this book as I love the genre and the description sounded intriguing. However, the book was long, boring and repetitive. The subplot about Matilde was very unsatisfying to me. The narrator was very good, though, and kept me listening to the bitter end.
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