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I loved this book both in print and in audio. It is exciting, fast paced and has an awesome storyline filled with both adventure and some romance.
This is the first time I have listened to a full cast audio production and wasn't sure I would like it but it was excellent. I was surprised though that the narrator was a male voice given it is about a female protagonist.
Katsa is a strong heroine who because of her grace can hold her own in any situation. No she does not want to get married for the reasoning that in her society the men expect their wives to be the traditional housewife taking care of the kids, entertaining guests and serving their husbands. This is not what she wants for her life and there is nothing wrong with that - not everyone needs to marry and bear children to be fulfilled in their life (btw I am married with 3 kids).
Yes there is one pre-marital sex scene in this book where she loses her virginity - it is NOT graphic and is 3 paragraphs long. The second sex scene in the epilogue that has been referred to is non-existent as the sex is inferred and not described in detail. I would have no problem letting my teenage daughter read this novel.
Kristin Cashore has released a second book called Fire which is just as excellent - it is a companion book to Graceling - ie about the same "world" but there is only one character that is in both books and that is Leck so both books are standalone. I am very much looking forward to her third book Bitterblue hopefully coming out in the next year or two.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
I got this book because of the VERY mixed reviews.
First I believe that no book should be banned for any reason.
That said some books are not appropriate for all readers.
To the people that got hung up about the "sex" scene.
The characters in this book are ADULTS. And Katsa is an assassin!!!! She has the emotion of what she is. Death on two legs.
Poe is the First person to show her any feelings at all.
To those again that went on and on about the sex scene YOU ruined a very good book for me, I kept saying "so when is this going to happen?" And it must be graphic and I really was afraid it would be, the way some had it sound, it would be pornographic. It was not. When it did happen it was in very good taste and wright for the time.
The book is PREFORMED like a play with many actors. Some may not like this, I do. It was well written and well preformed, and the story is very good.
It should not be shocking to have a strong female lead as most of the rubbish on TV is so poorly done.
I recommend Garth Nix"'s Sabriel for more of the same.
34 of 38 people found this review helpful
'Graceling' is an excellent book - imaginative and fresh. In all, the best kind of fantasy novel, with a rich new world to explore...and i can't wait for the third one in the series.
This audiobook should have stayed on the same path and kept it simple - i can cope with a multiple voice reading and have introductory music by all means, then LEAVE IT ALONE.
Instead, we have a very annoying and repetitive musical narrative that intrudes, practically every time the story takes a breath, instead of leading unobtrusively, before fading quickly and delicately away. The heavy handed musical clout we have laid on us is something else again. In CD form, you might have a chance to edit this annoyance but it may be like that hideously annoying voice that tells you to change the disc. Luckily most companies have stopped doing this but now we need to campaign to have the music in-between chapters deleted as well! It is SO ANNOYING as it impairs the flow of the story and this is one that i love.
If you can handle that, do please buy this.
As you may have guessed from the title, this was my first purchase on Audible. Graceling had appealed to me to a while, but I don't have enough time to read in my life right now, so was thrilled to find this title here when I joined.
I loved the story itself. The plot was set out brilliantly, and the pace at which it progressed was beautiful. You started out getting to know Katsa and what her unique upbringing has done to her, but then the crises introduced into her life flowed together so fluidly that you feel her life overwhelming you too. Kristin Cashore is truly a brilliant writer. Personally, I felt the love scenes were only put in there for the necessity of the story (you do want Katsa to open her heart, but you knew exactly how and when it was going to happen anyway), but part of that is as a result of my own cynical attitude.
As for the quality of the reading, I was very happy. The narrator did his job well and the cast were all clearly very good voice actors. In fact, after this experience, I couldn't imagine returning to written books even if I gained enough time to fit it in.