Kostova's description of the turbulent emotional landscape in her characters is beautifully written (Kostova) and conveyed (Justine Eyre et al.). The age-old story of Dracula is indirectly and tastefully retold through a historical journey that intrigues even the history-dunce, namely me. This story makes me want to travel to ancient secret libraries in Central Europe and leaf through one-thousand-year-old onion skin texts!
As mentioned in other reviews, there are long stretches of extensive description that may not appeal to some, and at times it is difficult to believe that the character, in his urgency to escape or chase imminent doom, would write such descriptive, lengthy letters to his daughter. As a reader (and, more frankly, a consumer), I would have preferred a different literary structure to convey the details of the landscape in Central Europe and its beautiful, ancient monasteries. The reading by Justine Eyre and company made the book mysterious and enchanting and melancholic. Beautifully told.
Fowler's story told from Zelda Fitzgerald's first-person perspective is captivating but made even more so by Jenna Lamia's reading. I could not stop listening. I was enchanted by Zelda's "southern gentility" (made perfect by Lamia's interpretation of Zelda) and for the first time sympathized with a typically misunderstood character in the drama that is F. Scott Fitzgerald's life. Zelda's "villianized" character in literary history finds a little redemption in Fowler's story that certainly sympathizes with its female protagonist. As a listener, I was helplessly drawn into the glitz and glamour of the "Jazz Age" as Zelda and Scott must have been -- even as I knew what the ending of the 20's would bring. A convincing, throbbing portrayal of the woman and the times. A must-read, a must-listen!
Familiar story but great reading by Hathaway keeps listeners engaged!
Hathaway keeps the listeners (mainly my children, but me too!) engaged. Our favorite parts of the story, thanks to Hathaway's characterization of each character, are the stork's rescue of the Scarecrow in the river and the indignant Queen of the Field Mice as she responds to the Tin Man's unintentionally demeaning response to her after he saves her life. My daughter could not help but keep rewinding those parts to listen to it over and over again -- giggling and laughing at Hathaway's excellent creation of these characters' voices. Hathaway's performance made revisiting this book a delight.
Please record more books, Anne Hathaway!
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