This was the only Jane Austen book I hadn't read yet, and I loved listening to it. . I was concerned that I would get less out of an audio version of the book, but this experience made me wonder if I should listen to the others she wrote as well.
The point when Anne and Wentworth are finally able to speak freely about their feelings for each other is beautifully done. This is quite a bit more thorough than her other books are when the hero and heroine work out their differences, so it was very satisfying.
It was quite enjoyable and Michael Page did a fantastic job creating distinct and recognizable voices for each character that added to my sense of them as people. I also felt his fluency with the somewhat archaic language of Austen's time was easy to understand and made it feel very fresh and contemporary. Someone who doesn't like classics might even enjoy this book given his abilities.
Better late than never, Patience is a Virtue, or Don't Succumb to Persuasion.
After listening to Katherine Kellgren's expert narration, I cannot imagine reading the print edition of any of these books. The voices and the characters were so wonderfully brought to life it would feel like a disappointment to read this series rather than listening.
I love Belinda- her accent and approach to life is priceless. Having listened further in the series, I can say she keeps getting better and better.
I'd have to say Belinda as well- her vocalization is fantastic. Many of Belinda's comments made me laugh out loud.
39th from the throne, your life is still on the line.
Or- No pantsuits for amateurs.
A total delight. I have been savoring these, and only listening to Her Royal Spyness books once I have worked my way through the others in my queue. These are a wonderful treat and a great reward.
I thought the sense of the place and the community was pleasant, but the overall story was quite bland. The situation was quite intense, but the way it was told was quite distant and I didn't feel engaged.
Probably not. It was a perfectly pleasant book, but nothing grabbed me about it and I find that it hasn't lingered with me in the month or so since I finished it. I can't remember exactly what happened, which isn't a good sign for me with a suspense book.
Formal, low, and slightly odd
I don't think so. It didn't have enough to it to warrant a full film or TV show. It felt a bit like a short story that got stretched out and then was a bit thin where it was filled in.
Absolutely. I love the narration, which is a bit stylized, but in just the right way for the story. The plot is complex and I very much like the characters, so I can see getting even more out of it the second time.
The character has amnesia and is gradually learning about her world through letters from her former self. It was incredibly effective to move through her world with thorough explanation from the former-self character, so I felt I was carried right along with the story. It was a brilliant way to include exposition without it feeling heavy-handed.
I haven't yet finished, so will have to report back later on this.
It is very witty and has made me laugh a number of times so far.
this book is subtle in the best sense of the word. the author doesn't come out and beat you over the head with imagery, emotion or adjectives. i found the writing clean and precise and thoroughly enjoyable. those who like a lot of swashbuckling and people coming right out with things and emoting all over the place probably won't be happy, but those who are drawn in by poetics and like to reflect on th events as they pass will be enthralled. i had trouble getting out of the car, like others have mentioned.
i found the narration excellent and well paced. the male voice was perfect for the character and the voices he intorduced for other characters blended in and added to the story. the woman's voice was slow and measured and had an almost meditative quality. i enjoyed this since i was able to take in much more of the story than i normally do with an audiobook. i felt the tone of both voices was excellent for the setting and events of the story. i would listen to other books either of them had read. i think this might be at the top of my list at the moment for favorite audiobooks. enjoy!
i love anne lamott and once drove twenty miles trying to find a bookstore with anything she had written in it while on vacation. i was very excited to hear this selection, but i cannot stand the narrator. her voice takes up so much room that i cannot concentrate on the story. lamott has enough voice just on paper that whatever rosenblat adds is far too much. i wish lamott had read it herself
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