©2007 Laini Taylor; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
Don't turn away because this is a kids book. What an awesome story! I absolutely loved it and read it straight through.
Davina Porter is a MASTER at the narration. This is a perfect book to read with your kids AND for those into fantasy. And fans of D. Porter will most definitely not be disappointed.
The story was very original, but what made this listen sing was the narration by Davina Porter. Maybe I am just in love with Scottish accents, but she was able to give each character a personality and emotion. I can't say enough about this book. Loved it.
I've never read anything similar.
I have read both Blackbringer and Silksinger and loved them so much that I bought the audiobooks. Davina Porter captures the spirit of Magpie Windwitch and the crows perfectly. Not only is this a wonderful story it is also superbly narrated.
Brave, fierce and loving.
I loved the relationship between Magpie and her Crow Brothers and I thought the dialog was excellent.
She was perfect as every character. I loved her when she was playing one of the Crows.
Yes, but it took two.
This was my favorite fantasy world since I stepped through the wardrobe into Narnia.
Definitely. The story is meant for a younger audience but it was wonderful to listen to.
The characters and their personalities. They all had their quirks and the narrator did a wonderful job at bringing that out.
Red hair with a big head and an even bigger ego.
It's one of the best performed I've ever heard. Davina Porter sucks you into Laini Taylor's world and carries you along. It's easy to get swept away as if you've got your own set of fairy wings.
I like the crows, Magpie's companions, but I can't choose one specifically. They add a little extra bit to Magpie's character since they practically raised her; they're her flock, her friends, her parents and each gives a different thing in their relationship with Magpie and the other Faeries of Dreamdark.
There are many, many funny moments! I often laughed out loud. There are also many emotional moments that had me choking up. These sorts of books are often painful to endure, but they're also the best when you come out on the other side better for having experienced it.
Humans are basically not even a part of the storyline (they exist, but only briefly arise and go away again), so we see everything from the Faeries' points of view. The main characters are fun and witty; there are all sorts of Fae creatures involved, and animals that talk, specifically birds.The bad guys, or Djinn, are interesting creatures, and the magic used to (try to) defeat them is very cool. I've never read anything like it.The plot flowed, the characters were developed, humor was in all the right places, the danger was severe enough that it kept you on your toes (or rather, kept you turning pages)... It's a really fun read, and I can't wait to read the next one.
I am writing this review having read the second book in the series already so I can look back with that perspective in mind. I enjoyed this book, although I've already read Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and this was not as good. It did set up an interesting world of fairies, though, and the second book builds on that. So if you enjoyed this book, go ahead and get the next one, it's even better. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
I'm very particular in what captivates my attention in an audiobook. This telling of this story did it for me... Enrolling my attention so that I am lost in the story... I enjoyed the story so much and loved the narration especially. Davina Porter rates a ten for the creation of each character vocally.
Great book!! Saw some reviews that did not like it. Sorry, I disagree. I've been listening to recorded books for 15 years. This ranks toward the top. Can't wait to listen to the next one.
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