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The highly anticipated standalone from the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of the Graceling Realm series - a kaleidoscopic novel about grief, adventure, storytelling, and finding yourself in a world of seemingly infinite choices.

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia - an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash - a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or, rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.

Listen to Jane, Unlimited and remember why the New York Times has raved, "Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both."

©2017 Kristin Cashore (P)2017 Listening Library

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excellent

this book was delightful. I really enjoyed the different tracks that takes depending on Jane's decisions. I'm not sure which one was my favorite, I'll have to listen to it again and will do so happily.

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Gave me a headache

Struggled to finish. Sorry I paid money for it. Found the narrator annoying. If I ever hear the words Aunt Magnolia in that time again, it will be too soon.

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Not what I thought...

I honestly couldn't get my head around this book. Even when all I was doing was listening, I couldn't focus and clearly understand what was happening. It dragged...which made it hard for me to get through and finish.

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Like, not love

I liked this book but didn’t love it. I’d describe it as unique, interesting, quirky, experimental—not moving, heartbreaking, fascinating, or immersive, which are all words I’d use for Cashore’s Fire and Bitterblue. To be honest I would never have guessed the author of this book had also written the Graceling trilogy, if her name wasn’t on the book; it has SUCH a different voice and structure.

I assume Cashore is trying something new here, and I liked it okay. It won’t be joining Fire and Bitterblue on my list of perennial re-reads, because it did have some glaring issues (a couple times it dragged pretty badly, and more than a couple times it fell into kitsch or cliche). But I’m still giving it 4 stars overall because even with those issues, there’s something about it that I can’t quite get out of my mind. I finished it days ago and I’m still thinking about Jane’s umbrellas, and frog rain, and Jasper the Bassett hound, and the rest. From a writing perspective, it’s an imperfect but impressive feat, wildly creative and intricately knit together. I doubt I’ll re-read it for pleasure, but I will still be thinking about Jane, Unlimited for a long time to come.

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never captivated me

I loved cashore's previous trilogy but I found this a little hard to get into. the five different narratives were a bit repetitive and, although interesting and unique on their own, my attention wasn't focused on the book enough. I struggle to finish this book when I normally would want to devour it. I will still buy any book that Kristin cashore writes in the future however. Maybe you would like this more than me. ivy, jasper and Ravi were the best. and umbrellas are something new for sure.

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Not what I was hoping for

The story was slow and then exceedingly strange with a disjointed and off-putting narrative line, not at all the Calibre of Cashore's Graceling trilogy. On top of that, I found the narrator's voice to be grating. The way she swallowed her R's every single time kept pulling me out of the flow, and she is not very facike with different voices for different characters.