Maybe - I rarely listen to stories a second time, but I enjoyed Marguerite Gavin's narration so much, I just might, since I was so let down by what I started to listen to after finishing this book.
I always love Kate best and appreciate that Stabenow doesn't make her too good or too much without flaws, she grows and learns in a realistic way from her experiences, makes mistakes, all that.
No, but I certainly will after this one!
I've read all of Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak books and have loved each one. They always feel fresh, the interactions of the characters never feel forced, and the developments always seem natural and realistic but still quite fascinating. I"ve never felt she's just trying to crank the next book out or tie up loose ends, but keeps crafting each book, start to finish.
My daughter and I listened to this on the drive to and from school, as well as on a couple of weekend road trips, and it was a delight. Stockard Channing does a great job with all of the voices, and we enjoyed all of them, well done. I remembered enjoying Beverly Cleary's stories as a child, eagerly awaiting the last few as they were published. Now my daughter is having the same enjoyment.
While it took me a little while to get into the story and overcome my fear I had fallen into a slow-moving coming-of-age tale, once we got going, I was charmed and delighted and couldn't stop listening. What saved it for me are the Interludes. Normally, I'm really annoyed by shifts in perspective/time in a narrative, but here, just enough was revealed in the Interludes to make younger, more arrogant Kvothe a more appealing and rounded character. Had I read this in my teens or 20s, I don't think I would have appreciated that aspect so much. In my 40s, I can also look back at my teens as Kvothe has, with mixed emotions and a certain objectivity, rue, and amusement.
Nick Podehl does a fantastic job with the various voices and particularly with giving Kvothe what I felt was just the right attitude.
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