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By Amy on 09-16-09
Better than the First Book
Although, I liked this book better than the first in the series, there are still things that continue to bother me as a listener.
The story finally managed to engage me, and for the latter half of the book, I wanted more. The narration is just bottom rung though. Words are still mispronounced, all the men sound the same, like dim-witted, slow-talking morons. Also, I still have issues with characters from the Study series not having the same voice, or for that matter accent. (Irish, British, English, etc.)
The story gets a 4, but I recommend reading the book itself rather than listening to the audio version.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By M. Eglestone on 09-08-09
Strong story, weak narration.
Sea Glass is basically a coming of age adventure. Although Opal has literally been to hell and back from the age of 14 to her present age of 20, she has still not quite shed her mental baby fat or fully realized her own self worth as the story begins. Rest assured, she will be lean and mean in every way that counts by adventure's end. There are magical twists and turns that you will not see coming, so pay close attention. It's a wild ride.
I read the book before I listened to this audio production and I would recommend that any serious fan of the series do the same. The book carries a much higher impact and will hold your interest from cover to cover. Due to Opal's magical condition at stories end, which I will not spoil for you, I have no desire to read anymore stories in this series; you may feel differently when you get there.
Narration is the weak point in this audio production. In spite of Maria V. Snyder's best efforts to write powerful and inspiring dialog for the new and improved Opal, Jennifer Van Dyck insists on whispering Opal's words in choppy disjointed sentences. The girl ends up sounding like she might have some firm convictions but, then again, only if the listener agrees with her. Even when Opal nearly shouts, Van Dyck whispers. I have no idea why she down played the part that way, but she certainly spoiled the story for me.
I give the story 4 Stars, but can only give the Audio Production 2 Stars.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Andrew Stone on 06-27-14
Any additional comments?
The attraction to this book is the strong female character.
Fantasy genre books for young girls is very important. Ones which shows the "heroine" having independent thought and self direction.
No explicit sex scenes, but main character is fine with casual sex with various men.
So, I classify this book for adults 18+, but the gook is targeted at 11 and 12 yr old girl readers..
Regardless, the plot progresses pretty slowly and the reader does not help.
In light of so many other better books choices, this one is a waste of time.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Garry on 03-25-11
I listened to this story because of the narrator but was about to buy the previous because I liked the story. Then I listened to the critics and real wonder. I love Jennifer Van Dyck reading style because the emphasis is on the story not theatrics. She puts feeling into the story but the authors story is what she is relating.
I love this story Maria V. Snyder has a good story and I think Jennifer Van Dyck does a great job of delivering it.
Now I am going back and buying the other books in the series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Just so you know on 03-21-11
Love Love Love
When I first readed the summary of the book it interested me. When I started it I could not stop listening. You love the story the narrator and the characters. Its full of adventure.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 09-29-09
A Promise that Disappoints
I have to agree with Amy: it is very distracting to listen to a narrator who mispronounces common words and has the tendency towards making some characters sound so much like others that it's difficult to distinguish who is who.
As far as the story itself, this series is a poor relation to the first (the Study series). It's almost as if the author reworked the Glass series from the Study series.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful