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Very good children’s story from the perspective of a 12 year old girl.
You could see how the storyline would ‘pan out’ but what made it really enjoyable listening was the psychologically believable portrayals of the characters and the fascinating insights into life in Vienna.
The narration was good and I will be listening to more books by Eva ibbotson.
This was a lovely story. I hadn't realised it would be aimed at younger listeners as I've only ready Eva Ibbotson's books with adult characters, but even so I enjoyed it. The plot developments were easy enough to spot, but the pleasure was in the characters and the narrative.
This book starts off a little slow, by quickly picks up, and you fall in love with all the characters the minute you meet them (well, the good ones, at least). I am very picky about endings, and for a while I thought I wouldn't like this book, but I guess that's what a good author does -- make you worry! And the ending was very satisfying. One thing I don't understand -- why is the book called "the Star of Kazan"? I mean, sure, it's mentioned plenty, but it is only one of many jewels. I think they should have called it "the Glass Jewels" or maybe "the Secret of Shpital (I don't really know how it's spelled)" or just "Annika". But I have absolutely no complaints other than the title. Even the narrator is excellent.
Don't be fooled by the mysterious description. This book is a flop. With a plot line as weak and terrible as cottage cheese coupled by the worst reader possible, I'm amazed this even got published
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