Yes. I always had a judgmental opinion regarding the People who were Jewish that assisted the Nazis efforts and this book opened my heart regarding their experience and reasons. In some ways I am able to hold more peace as a result
The writer and narrator for having the courage to tell this particular story
This book, for me, is a classic that is easy to read/listen to, over and over. It ranks up in the top 10% because it's a beautiful written (and perfectly narrated) children's book that can also hold the interest of adults as well.
The Golden Compass because it too is a story about children overcoming great odds and moral issues. Good overcomes "evil". And the cast of characters is well developed, interesting, and includes villains to superstars.
I love the movie Inkheart and always wondered how the book compared. It is a very close translation and lovely to listen too.
This is such a beautifully written book, paired with a narrator that absolutely matches the voice of the character with whom the story is told; equals perfection. This book captivated my imagination and heart from the start and never let go. It's written and performed in such a way that felt as if I too could smell and experience the different environments that the girls were in as they traveled with the tigers. One of the most beautiful audio performances I've heard, I couldn't put it down!
Hanna is the most obvious answer because that's who's perspective the story is told. Perhaps it is also because she is the youngest of the 2 girls who through a flash flood are separated from Hannah's parents on an outing. I also appreciated how Hanna was able to "adapt" to challenges after the girls were "caught" (or found). Her voice rang true to me and she seemed wonderful, haunting, and believable.
The writer did such an outstanding job at conveying the sounds, texture, weather, and animals of the various places, combined with the girls emotions, behavioral changes and challenges, and relationship that I easily became invested in the story; caring about the characters, their experiences and their perceptions. I cringed, laughed, was saddened at times and shocked at others. I became tense at pivotal moments, and feared for their recovery.
I loved this book and will listen to it again, and share it with others. Thank you for an amazing experience that captivated all my senses.
Yes, it's a great little story, but too expensive. The ending wrapped up an adventure so could be a stand alone book
I enjoyed her voice and thought she did a fair job at differentiating between characters, but about 3/4 th's into the book (for a few chapters) it seemed as if she read instead of performed
I thought the fairy exchanging needle work for a "ride" in Abigail's coat was sweet and endearing.
The books summary is an accurate depiction of the story, although there are additional characters that really add to the enjoyment of the read. The characters demonstrate a tolerance for others that don't fit the norm, and a kindness which I found refreshing. It's a light read with no unnecessary detail to guts or gore.
Yes. This story is enjoyable for YA+ audiences, but in no way compares to Sherlock Holmes mysteries which is okay since I didn't want anything that intense.
I'm not sure there was any one memorable moment for me, although I was surprised with the vampire aspects, and I liked the steam-punk bits.
No. For such a beautiful voice, the narrator doesn't demonstrate any range! As a result, the story runs together without differentiation between characters and events. It's easy to listen to, but I kept loosing track of who was talking or thinking.
Yes and No. I am glad I listened to the book because now I know I like the story well enough to go back and actually read the book. No because it's was a frustrating experience to continually be lost or confused about the characters due to the manner in which the book was narrated.
Note to parents: Nothing too intense or inappropriate with regard to romance, vampires or criminal behavior (although we are to assume girls are being murdered).
Because the narrator and book are a perfect coupling, this ranks up in the top 10%. I've never really been that curious about Egypt, and other than an occasional documentary, have steered clear of books focused on that geographical area. But Elizabeth Peters makes it accessible, believable and fun. The characters are quirky, the romance is appropriate for all ages and never uncomfortable, and the mystery's have twists, but don't make me so worrisome that I want to jump ahead. I like that, I'm old.
Barbara Rosenblat is perfect for the book. She has a marvelous range for both male & female, and young to old (very Rare) Outstanding performance
This is the second book in the series that I've listened to, and am surprised at how much I enjoy these books. I will be purchasing more from this series
I enjoyed the narrator and wanted to listen to the story because it's a classic I had yet to read. But was wholly disappointed and heart-torn with the racial slurs and degradation. I'm really at a loss as to rating the book. It is a classic, and probably true to the period, but in my opinion, that's no excuse to write in such a blatantly prejudiced style. Maybe I'm just too old and soft for this, you must be the judge of what's right for you
I will definitely listen to it again because it is so well written and narrated, and now I want to go back through the story to really give it a "new perspective" listen. When I started listening I expected it to be the same old fantasy story that moved along at a predictable palatable pace. Was I pleasantly surprised.
The scary parts really are terrifying, not because they're frightening but because the play on our fears which make them terrifyingly wonderful, and it is unpredictable! I didn't expect the characters to be so endearing, and when their gifts begin to show up it makes them all the more beautiful. I really enjoyed the opportunities they had for making choices, and the follow though with the consequences (even though my heart ached more than a couple times)
My favorite character was Kathrine because I thought she had a generosity and strength of spirit that seemed natural and full of grace. But I was also taken aback by the Thorn Beast..it was scary
The story centers around Edmond, Katharine and Tom (kids about 13-14), and Katharine’s father who a generation ago was one of three survivors who fought the Nethergrim. The characters are well developed and the children have believable angst, idealism, and dreams with just the right amount of heart and soul. The adults run the gambit which makes the scenarios believable and at times nearly unbearable.
I just like the character of Mrs Pollifax. She's perky, sneaky, and kind to others.
Yes, but sometimes the narrators voice it too high pitch and distracting for me, and that's why there is a 3 star rating. I do think the narrator has an above average range and I love the voices of most characters, so I think it must be an editing issue?
I've thoroughly enjoyed all the audio books in this series, but this read the best for me. Jonathan Stroud's style is smoother and I had less moments where I rewound for clarity. It's a delightful tale of Bartimaeus in the time of Solomon with a Sheba coming across as sly as ever. It's a stand alone book or could be read before or in-between the other books. Sheba's assassin reminds me a lot of kitty, determined, courageous, and good moral character that shines grace in all the right parts.
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