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What made the experience of listening to Devil on Horseback the most enjoyable?
I like novels set in the period of the French Revolution.
What other book might you compare Devil on Horseback to and why?
What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?
Davina Porter can be a prim English schoolmistress and a dissolute French count with equal persuasiveness.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Maybe because the story is told exclusively from the point of view of the main female character, the Count is a remote figure who never came to life for me, especially since he is away through much of the book. However, that turned out to be fine, because the relationships between the various female characters was much more compelling and complicated than the love story was, and I ended up enjoying that aspect the most.
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What did you like best about Devil on Horseback? What did you like least?
I was initially very excited when I began listening to this book, but as the story wore on, I found it extremely redundant. Minella is almost insufferable with her agonizing thoughts of The Comte, and is constantly going against her gut instincts. She then blames others for holding her captive of the bad decisions she makes. I found myself arguing aloud and practically pulling my hair out when she would go on long-winded and repetitive ruminations. I also found her constant and vocal self-deprecation in social settings to be annoying. "I'm just a poor girl from a poor family" Well, then go home, Minella. Go. Home.
The Comte was so one dimensional, I could not imagine why she felt so oddly attracted to him. He was mostly horrible, with one or two charming qualities, but not in the least redeemable.
Davina Porter is the only saving grace. She is magnificent in all of the narrations I've heard, and "The Devil on Horseback" is no different. Her ability to carry several characters throughout a novel is incredible, and her use of accents and intonation are, seriously, more than any listener could ask for. I absolutely love her voice. It's comforting and beautiful. I could listen to her all day.
Overall, I was disappointed that the story was not as exciting as it could have been, and the characters were so unlikeable, to me, that I found myself aggravated and thankful when it was finally over.
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