With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.
©2011 Maggie Stiefvater (P)2011 Scholastic Audio
They helped bring this story to life so much more than when I read the story myself. While reading the story it took much longer for me to get into it, but these narrators are incredible! I really enjoyed listening and picked up on quite a few things I missed while reading it the first time.
I enjoyed this book. I avoided it for awhile because I thought it would be too young, based on Audible's categorization. I gave it a chance since I loved the author's other series, The Raven King. The characters are (I think) in their late teens (17-19), and have to act as adults as their parents are dead and they have to take care of each other. It was a refreshing tale that was raw and to the point. So many other books are drawn out be be spread across a series, but this was a great standalone book.
I enjoyed the relationships between the characters and the emotions evoked by the book. I felt I knew what it was like to live on the small island, with the good, and also the bad of being stuck in the unfortunate circumstances of the characters.
The main character (Puck) lives with her older and younger brothers, after their parents die. She finds out that they will lose their house, and that their older brother is leaving them. She also has to care for her younger brother, and her best friend is her horse. She needs to win the race to save the house and her brothers.
The main male character (Shawn) has also lost his parents, works for a jerk who owns the island's main stables. He loves all the horses there, but one most of all. The owner's son is even more of a jerk than his father, and is jealous of Shawn. Shawn needs to win the race to have some independence and the horse that he loves.
Puck and Shawn build a relationship that is friendship and a little romance. It feels real, and when it comes time for the race, they worry about helping each other, knowing that only one can win.
There were also some great side characters, including a rich American that befriends both Puck and Shawn, a bunch of women that work with Puck, and her older brother's friends.
One more theme of the story was the fact that Puck is the first women to ride in the annual race, and she has to prove/defend herself against closed-minded men.
The ending was exciting, but ended a little abruptly for me. Overall, I was satisfied.
I was a little worried because I love animals and didn't want to read about them being exploited or harmed. There were some brutal scenes, but they were quick enough, and it didn't really bother me. Humans died as often as horses.
The narration was some of the best I've heard. One narrator for Puck and one for Sean. Kept it clear who was talking/thinking, and I wouldn't change anything with that.
This was clever, new, and not clouded with love stories, though it did have kind of one. It was very nicely cleaned up, almost unbelievably (yes i know it's fantasy), but it didn't match the brutality of the rest of the story. Still a great read, i really enjoyed it.
I was really impressed by this book. It is the first book I have read by Maggie Stiefvater. I was blown away. I loved the concept of water horses. It was really unique and refreshing. I listened to the explanation at the end of the audio and found it fascinating. I liked the narrators. They did a fantastic job reading each character. My favorite character and voice was Puck. Fiona Hardingham did a great job and I plan on listening to more of her audio books. The story flowed nicely and I look forward to reading more from Stiefvater. My favorite part was the race. It was fast and plenty of buildup. There was so much anticipation leading up to that two mile and it was epic to listen to it. I will gladly recommend this book to all of my friends.
I loved this book I started and couldn't stop listening. The performances where so well done I could see the entire story unfold in front of me as I listened.
I loved this audible book. I found the story mesmerizing, found myself driving several miles further than needed in order to reach a suitable stopping point within the story and longing for the work day to end in order to pick up where I had left off. I could smell and feel the brine of the ocean and the bitter grip of the wind. Thank you for the beautiful narration that fit the characters of Puck and Sean so well. One of the best stories I have had the discovery of finding in a very long time and one I will return to, time and again.
It took me forever to pick the newest book I wanted to listen to and was happy that I did. Maggie has amazing talent for description. Painting a picture, yet leaving just enough to the imagination. I liked that it wasn't a sappy love story. The only thing I thought was strange (might just be me) was that the male narrator sounds so similar to the man that narrated "The Silkworm" and "Cuckoo's calling" that if I became distracted while listening I would repeatedly think I was listening to another story.
This is possibly my newest favorite audiobook. I already loved the story - it's just my favorite, in general; but I hadn't listened to the audio version yet. It completely blew me away. My favorite characters were brought to vivid life by Fiona Hardingham and Steve West. I found myself laughing out loud at Fiona's delivery of some of my favorite Puck lines. I already know that I will find myself returning to this audiobook very often - I love love looooved it.
I don't think I could pick a favorite character; but I especially love Puck, Sean, Finn and Dory Maud.
First time listening to Fiona Hardingham and Steve West - and I can't believe I had never heard them before. They did such a phenomenal job - now I'll look for more of their work, for sure! I'm already listening to another book narrated by Fiona Hardingham and she's just as brilliant.
The very last line in the book is possibly my favorite. Though I think I fell completely in love with this story when Sean took Puck for a ride on Corr - and when they get off and he holds her wrist to feel her pulse.
This book is slow and steady and beautiful. I'll never get tired of reading it.
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