I've loved this story for a long time. Perhaps it is the fact that this is a favorite that I found the performance a bit - lacking. Not that the performance wasn't well done or professional - but "wrong" for this story. The reader sounded like an older woman and the story is very much that of a girl. I would have liked someone closer to Harimad Sol's age reading her story to me.
I've had a paperback copy of this since the 80's. I love this book - it's the sort you can re-read and revisit. I was excited to see it in audible format - because hearing the book often gives a different perspective.I'm not sure I would have chosen the narrator. She was great - but didn't quite match the story. Aerin is a young woman and the narrator is an adult. I think I would have preferred a younger voice to match the protagonist.Again, the narrator did a lovely job - but I had a little disconnect between the voice and the tale. I'd still recommend the book - in any format - to lovers of fairy tales.
The story itself was interesting - incorporating many "princesses" of the fairy tale dynasty. The Woodcutter - who never chops wood was brilliant.
And I realize that repetition, especially in fairy tales, can be a stunning tool. However, repetition must be used with care. When absolutely everything in the story is subject to heavy repeats it gets a bit dull. A few well placed pronouns would have sped the pace along.
the narrator was a great fit for the tone of the novel and the character of Josh.
Having read this book in both a "work in progress" phase and in a final published phase I was quite happy to hear it would also be available in audio format. The narrator is a great fit - adding yet another layer of enjoyment. The story itself is a glimpse into a simpler time, both because Josh, the main character, lives a simple life and because the novel was written to reflect ideals like: personal responsibility, honesty and dependability.
I read this series several years ago and enjoyed them immensely. Recently I saw they were offered as audio-books and I took a chance - hoping they were as good as I recalled.
The voice actor is PERFECT for Marid - just the right blend of accent/age/humor. He manages to differentiate all the other voices/ethnicities of the book as well, so there aren't any moments of wondering "who said that".
So glad I gambled on this
Mass Effect - the game, is a mulch-layered universe - featuring multiple alien societies striving to co-exist. The book is somehow less deep than the game. While I enjoyed the story - it focused mostly on human characters and didn't delve too deeply into the alien races - though it did touch upon some (and at times seemed to be at odds with the information available in the game).
Also - one of the main characters in the book had a small part in the game, however her name was pronounced differently in the recording - which drove me crazy. The voice actors in-game were of such superb quality the narration of the book seems to suffer because I can "hear" how different characters "should" sound. Not that I expect one narrator to be capable of reproducing all those voices - it just felt a bit shallow
as this was a non-fiction lecture series - the helpful review questions don't really apply.
The lectures were short enough to listen to in one sitting without being overwhelming. Each built on the previous, but could stand alone should you be more interested in one play/type of play than the others.
I found the lectures to be useful in understanding how the plays are structured - and what elements I should pay attention to in order to understand the story line. Often there are multiple stories within the play - being able to sort them out for comparison/contrasting helps grasp the overall theme.
I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn more or better appreciate Shakespeare.
This is a weird combination of spoken play and synopsis - not a recording of the entire novel. HUGE gaps in the narrative and badly portrayed characters marred what could have been a lovely listening experience.
Yes - provided it is a recording of a novel and not a mishmash of snippets jammed together with random background noise
there was no narrator. it was a bunch of actors speaking parts
the book itself is FANTASTIC - the recording was not
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