This is a nice book to read/listen to for its adventure and fantasy. It has all the elements - potential love, fighting, mystical creatures and a coming of age. However, when coming to the end of the book, the reader/listener finds that there are many unanswered questsions, i.e. it is book one in a series (if the writer continues it) and so one is left hanging on some basic questions that have been posed since the beginning of the book. My personal feeling is that this was a great deal of time spent listening to a book that is not completed but only hints at a possible book to come. The ending is something like a teaser for a new movie...stayed tuned to what happens next. I find myself feeling a bit cheated. It is worth the read/listen as long as you know there that this is a serial story that is not concluded with this book.
This appears to be an entertaining book. The problem is that I cannot listen to the narrator. She adopts such exaggerated and annoying accents for her different characters that I have to stop listening for a time. The narrator's voice is not one that is condusive to an audio book, I believe. It really gets under my skin after listening for longer than 30 minutes. This book is also too much of the current time. There are too many modern phrases and expressions. It is almost as if the writer is trying too hard to make it sound current so that it will contrast with the Austen fantasy. I am sure reading the book will be less irritating to the ear, both figuratively and literally.
The actors in this dramatization are excellent and bring the characters to life. The sound effects are not too distracting and only added when necessary to the story. This was a pleasant two hours of listening.
The plot is rather far-fetched and Sue, the main character makes one brainless move after another. She is supposed to be an intelligent woman from Illinois but she places her trust in good looking men who are absolute strangers with little more than a passing thought to her saftey. She also tends to lecture whatever male happens to be around, sounding more like an excerpt from a history text than a young woman excited by history. There is little sense of reality in this plot, Susan stumbling from one unlikely situation to another. As for the narrator, she does well for some of the plot but she mispronounces several words and her Scot accent tends to come and go like the tide. If you are a real fan of the author, go ahead and get this but otherwise, give it a pass.
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