i had started listening to this book last year but couldn't finish because the reader was so convincing when he read the parts of the bratty temper tantrum children that it grated on my nerves, i finaly finished it this year because i am making myself listen to all the unfinished books i have before i let myself buy new ones. I still didn't like the lead character, i liked the sub plot , his mother was an author who wrote fairy tales and so they were read into the story, but i just couldn't deal with the whiny selfish lead character, and i found the main plot to predictable. The narrator i think captured the character, and the fairy tales were interesting so i gave it 2 stars, but overall it was boring and kind of annoying.
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If you can embrace being exasperated by the main character and his aggravating manic behavior then the book will pull you in. As a Brit living in California I find Amanda Craig writes extremely intelligently about the transatlantic experience. And I love her continual exploration of the magical within the mundane.
I first heard this as a library loan a couple of years back- it is a dark tale beautifully told (and narrated). Hands up, I'm a fan of Daniel Hill, the narrator, he not only narrates older readers books brilliantly, but his work on children's books is astonishing! His character voices and energy are terrific. he inhabits the world of the book totally and give life to everything he reads. Amanda Craig's book is a must-read\listen.
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