Kate Sutton is all arms and legs. She possesses none of her sister Alicia’s honey-eyed beauty, but is intelligent and willful like her grandfather. It is an injustice, then, when Kate is falsely accused of Alicia’s wrongdoing and is banished to remote Elvenwood Hall. But the world Kate encounters in Derbyshire, England, is so strange and otherworldly that she has little time for regret. Elvenwood Hall has another, secret name - the Perilous Gard - and a mysterious history to go with it. It isn’t long before Kate has a hundred questions about her new home. Who are the Fairy Folk? What is Master John’s dark intent? And who is the Lady in the Green? Soon, she is deep in a terrifying adventure and a daring attempt to rescue Christopher Heron from strange and unimaginable forces.
©1974 Elizabeth Marie Pope (P)1992 Recorded Books
I am an avid reader of YA books - being of the opinion that they are generally better written and edited (being aimed at younger, more malleable minds seems to mean editors are more diligent about searching out typos - which throw me out of written books like a catapult. There are certainly exceptions to this rule, however.), and am always on the lookout for those books that contain female protagonists. Especially ones that don't fall into the typical damsel tropes. Here Elizabeth Marie Pope succeeded incredibly well. I adore Kate, and her pragmatic and logical view. It might not be the most in character for the typical girl her age, but it worked for me.
The book on a whole is very well written, and the atmosphere is very well-crafted. This is a WELL WRITTEN and WELL RESEARCHED book, and the category shouldn't chase off anyone. Truly, it's that good. The plot is slow to start, but the book is well - if deliberately, paced.
The reader is quite fitting and suits the style of writing very well. Kate doesn't sound like a flighty kid, and I was never jarred in my listening of a book I already knew very well.
I can't recommend this enough - although, to be honest, I think the print form is slightly more of a winner here, the audible is wonderful as well.
I've been listening to audiobooks for a long time now, but I rarely listen to one more than once. This is an exception. I could listen to this over and over again (and I have). I love this story. Kate Sutton is an excellent heroine. She's strong and smart, but she makes mistakes. The author spends the perfect amount of time on description. Her characters and her settings spring to life in my mind. I own a hard copy of this book, too, because I love it so much, but Jill Tanner's narration is so good. I had listened to this book before I read it for the first time, and I was afraid I wouldn't like the book as much as I liked the audio because the audio is so fantastic. Oftentimes for me, great audio covers up flaws in the writing, but this book combines a fabulous book with a wonderful narrator.
This book is a classic that I enjoyed back when it was on cassette, and now I can finally listen on my iPod. Jill Tanner's performance is strong, and her character voices are all distinct without being over the top. If you like historical fiction, romance or mysteries this story will hook you in- although it is considered a children's book it can b enjoyed by all ages. My one concern is that in some places the audio seems to go fuzzy for a few seconds at a time, but I'm not sure if this is a result of conversion from a less clear original recording.
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