This is a fairy tale romance, great for young teens. The narration suits the story perfectly- a young sweet, easy to listen to voice, with excellent attention to and portrayal of the different characters.
Gail Shalan's voice is soothing, yet animated. She brings great definition to each character (male and female) The multiple characters go through many emotions and personality development, which are subtly yet powerfully evoked by the narrator. The tone used for the main character made me sense Mac's underlying strength - which emerges as the book progresses. This was a very enjoyable recording.
This is a well written, intriguing book. I love the way the story glides slowly towards the para normal and then bursts into it head first. At this turning point, the narrator moves from doing a very good job portraying three young women's contrasting personalities to an outstanding job transforming a complex cast of characters into unforgettable demons, angels, friends and foes. Along with the writers ability to create memorable characters in this action packed story, the narrator succeeds in bringing them to life. Gail Shalan's various foreign accents and her well defined development of each character, as they transform and grow in complexity, enrich this story. The successful narration of this novel creates a vibrancy that allowed me to see this story in my mind's eye as if it were a movie....many of the characters vivid personalities remain in my imagination days later. This audio book is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it, especially for teens.
The narration brings the story to life! The well defined voices the narrators bring to the many colorful characters make this account of the civil war a joy to listen to.
It is very interesting to hear the Confederate view of the Civil War, especially through the eyes of a young smart and brave women, Belle Boyd.
I would love to recommend this audio book to many of my friend's children as it would be an excellent fast paced and historically informative story for the many youth interested in the Civil War. However, due to the explicit and overly detailed sex scenes I, unfortunately cannot. I believe the pornographic scenes are a distraction for adult readers as well and would be more effective with more subtlety. I hope the author considers releasing an edited version so that this wonderful audio book can reach a wider audience.
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