The story was not a problem, I enjoyed it well enough, but no comparison comes to mind.
Her characters were inconsistent and her attempt at being diabolic when reading the murderer almost made me want to stop listening.
I enjoyed the author's obvious love of dogs, as well as her knowledge of dog behavior.
I haven't read the print version. I've enjoyed the story, which is clearly written for a younger audience, but still with a very good and imaginative story. But I really had a hard time listening to the narration as every time E.B. Stevens spoke for the main character, he stuttered a bit, or hesitated, or sounded as if he wanted him to sound humble. It drove me crazy, like waiting for a drop of water to fall on my mind. I don't think I can finish listening although I did deal with it in the first two....but can't overlook it this time.
Oh yes I would recommend this book although I realize not everyone loves fantasy. But if you do, it's perfect.
I have so enjoyed this book....the sort of fantasy I loved when I was younger, but obviously I haven't outgrown a great story. The magical world of wizards, heroes, villains, elves, etc. Not a bit corny, all the characters are believable and memorable.
Have to classify it with Tolkien, The Narnia books, Harry Potter.
I had more than one favorite, but the ending, though somewhat predicable, is compelling.
Epic Fantasy of the Highest Order.
Can't wait to begin listening to the second book, Rise of Empire and then the third book. I'm already sorry it will have to end after that.
In the top 10.
I have been a fan of Chef Marcus for a while anyway. I found his story extremely interesting and so heartfelt and honest.
Personally I loved his reading it himself. It made it very personal and I intimate, I doubt anyone else could have read it better.
I was simply immersed in his story and very interested to learn about both of his families and all the help and attention he brings to his original people. I also loved his relationship with his adopted family and their strength and warmth.
Loved his attention to food, and food fusion. I made the spice mixture myself and have become interested in Ethiopian food.
Personal, intelligent, powerful.
Sonia, of course. Her courage and determination to achieve and yet remain grounded in her own humanity. Her objective memories of her family and background. Her loving memory of her family while still being honest about their flaws.
There were many scenes I was very moved by. Very much enjoyed her relationship with her grandmother.
Yes, but I also wanted it keep it going as long as possible.
Rita Moreno did an exceptional job narrating and sometimes I forgot it was not Sonia.
Loved the continuation of the first book, with the characters and the plot development.
He was agile in voices and believable even when portraying girls and women.
Not one only, I was moved (impressed?) with several and did appreciate the easy way life lessons were conveyed.
Looking forward to the next book in the series. My granddaughter will love it, which says something about my age, so I did not find it too immature for me. Thoroughly enjoyed
this imaginative story.
As an audio book, the amount of recipes read by the narrator was very distracting from the plot and it took too long to get to the premise of the story. Enough already about the clothes. LIsa retelling the murder was silly and the audience reaction was phony.
No, not at all.
It was ok, but changing voices didn't come off smoothly all the time. Not so sure anyone could have been better considering the shallow story.
It was the first of this series I've read or heard so my attachment to the characters was not strong, but I thought they might be more interesting in another book about the same people. The plot was sort of interesting, but somewhat predictable.
Hannah is too wishy-washy about the two men in her life. Yuck.
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