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Would you consider the audio edition of Petrella, the Gillian Princess to be better than the print version?
Not better, (not worse!) just different. I really enjoy audio books and being read to. Audio is the perfect forum for a children's story. But books offer imagery that the audio does not. I felt the pacing of the reader was fast and I found myself missing elements of the story. With a book, you can read at your own pace.The BEST part of audio is they pronounce the hard words for you, and I felt like there were words I may have stumbled over if I was reading the book myself. :)
What did you like best about this story?
I'm a sucker for fairy tales. The author did a nice job creating the worlds and characters. It was familiar and engaging. I thought this was a children's book, but some of the subject matter seemed aimed at older ages. For an upper middle grade/YA it could have been longer with more conflict and resolution. Who doesn't like a happily ever after ending? But I thought it odd that there was no reaction to her father's death or mention of her leaving her home world.
What about Jo Nelson’s performance did you like?
The narrator had a lovely voice and I thought the accent contributed nicely to the fairy tale but as I mentioned, sometimes the words seemed rushed.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was only an hour long, but it took me three sittings to listen through.
Any additional comments?
I would recommend that the information following the story be in another voice. The vocabulary, questions, and author's notes were a nice addition and would stand out better if they were allowed to stand alone. Again, the questions seemed rushed. A pause (not too long) for consideration would be effective before hitting us with another question.Overall, I thought it was a nice fairy tale delivered in a nice way.
Petrella, the Gillian Princess was a beautiful story that captured my attention from beginning to end. There was never a dull moment, and I never saw the ending coming! This is going to be a favorite for all Time for all ages a beautiful fairytale to share with your family and loved ones.