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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Absolutely gorgeous in language and performance

I'm amazed at the depth and introspection of the main character in the story, and the narrator's gorgeous tones add incredible richness to the voices of the characters, and the poetry of the narration and descriptions - a perfect marriage of words and voice. To me, the story is about learning to love deeply not to possess a loving relationship, but to become more whole and alive in oneself. It's the kind of book that I will probably read several times - first for the story, and then for the symbolism.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Underwhelming - more of a YA novel.

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I get what the author was going for - creating a world where relatable family dynamics are played out in noir private eye style with high energy characters and banter. But it fell short. Writing wise, I often thought that the author over explained her points, dissipating the mystique, and the same goes for the dialogue. Plot wise, it lost a lot of momentum by starting in an interrogation scene much later in the story, backing up and then taking way too long to rejoin the action. Wouldn't read the others in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-16

Best book, good reading.

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Jane Eyre is my longtime favorite book, and it's a classic which I'll come back to again and again. Newton was a great narrator for the most part, but her characterization of Mr Rochester wasn't particularly animated. I usually read Mr. Rochester as having a dark sense of humor, but her portrayal of him was a bit more monotonous it in this version. Nevertheless very good!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-15

Excellent Vampire Story

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I didn't read the story, but I don't imagine it could be as engaging as this dramatization. The acting and theatricality were perfectly executed and the suspense was well developed. In terms of plot it's probably typical for the genre, but the distaff characters and the blurred lines between life and afterlife, between love and vampirism make this a great piece.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-15

Excellent interpretation of the book!

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The story is not as complex and philosophical as the Dark Materials trilogy, but it unfolds with the same sense of drama and the same richness of characters. Seriously, the characters are some of my favorite of all time. Philip Pullman is just masterful in creating the world and the story. And Anton Lesser does a PHENOMENAL job with the delivery. Especially when he voices Mrs Holland the old villain - so much texture and personality in his voice! It gave a whole other dimension to the story.

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