I have read this story over and over in the course of my youth, and I happily anticipated hearing it again. Sadly, the narrator had almost no inflection, and did not modulate her voice to indicate when different characters were speaking.
If I were to recommend a better narrator, that would be Amanda Ronconi, who did a wonderful job with the Thirteenth Child series, also by Patricia Wrede.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Not the audio version with this narrator.. Maybe print version.. I enjoy Patricia C. Wrede's books.
How could the performance have been better?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The narrator was the worst I've ever listened to. I literally thought I was listening to text-to-speech.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The world-building was good, but the entire book feels like a summary of a much more interesting series of books. You know the old writing adage, show don't tell? This is a great example of what you should NOT do.
Would you be willing to try another one of Nicole Greevy’s performances?
Do you think Shadow Magic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I respect Patricia Wrede as an author and have read many of her books. This one should have been heavily reworked to bring it up to her current standard of writing. It's obvious that this was an early novel by a promising beginner, not the product of a seasoned writer.
Any additional comments?
Skip this one and listen to some of the author's later works, but not if they're read by the same narrator. I will NEVER listen to anything by this narrator again.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Hard to listen to, although I enjoyed the book. Hope the next book is easier to hear.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful