In the spirit of A. S. Byatt's Possession, with dark echoing overtones of A Christmas Carol, Lost presents a rich fictional world that will enrapture its listeners.
©2001 Gregory Maguire; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"Maguire...makes the supernatural chillingly real." (Library Journal)
"A deftly written, compulsively readable modern-day ghost story." (Publishers Weekly)
"A brilliant, perceptive, and deeply moving fable about loss and a storyteller's ghosts." (Boston Sunday Globe)
This is one of only few books i have given up on. I am 4 hours into the book and absolutely nothing has happened exept from a knocking sound from a wall. The narration is no good either. Everyone exept the leading character sounds like evil goblins and it gets annoying after a while.
It took me about three weeks to finish listening to this, and I'm someone who usually devours an audiobook inside of a few days. The story is utterly, blisteringly dull, and the narration is often unpleasant. Maguire is on his game as far as the writing goes, but the tale itself feels pointless. The ghost story gives the impression of having been tacked on so the characters had something to do, and most of the large cast is ultimately uninteresting and irrelevant. If you want to good read a book by Maguire, get 'Wicked'. Only the sleep-deprived and masochistic should purchase this one.
I finished this book through real determination. If you are expecting something on the level of Wicked you really need to look some where else. The story keeps flipping from Now to the past and the character of another story they all bleed together with a minor ghost story thrown in. If you really like stories that flip from Character t imes and events without warning this is what you want.
For starters, a narrator who doesn't sound like she just awoke; and a plot.
I was four hours into it and still waiting for it to go somewhere.
Some voice inflection, maybe a difference between characters.
Anger that I wasted four hours and happiness that I didn't try to finish it.
It's not a book to listen to for enjoyment and/or entertainment; more like something to listen to if you want to test your stamina and patience. Way too tedious for my liking.
S. J. Swan
I didn't like the narrator at all! She slurred her words and seemed overly dramatic. I also didn't like the way the book ended. What happened to the other characters besides the main character.
"A good story, spoiled by a poor interpretation"
I believe I might thoroughly have enjoyed this book if not for the inappropriate stresses and accents employed by the reader. The tale itself with its allusions to Dickens and Victorian fantasies is intriguing, but the reader seems unable to exhibit any empathy with the characters or the narrative. I would be most interested to hear this book given a more sympathetic reading by another narrator.
"strange but enjoyable"
this was an odd one, took me a long while to get into it and i was a little disapointed with the way it ran away at the end but the bulk of it in the middle was very good .
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