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This was right in line with the quality of the previous two. Not sure why each book has had a different reader. This reader is quite a bit different than the first two, but once you get used to her, there's lots to like. And the book, really, is the star. Creepy, compelling, completely annoyed that I can't read the next one yet. J.S. is going to throw us all for a loop, I think. I hope it's a nice, long series.
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If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Stroud before, how does this one compare?
I think this is the best book in this series. Overall the story had a good momentum, lots of unpredictable moments, it has really scary parts where it's difficult to figure out whats happening (always good in a mystery), the supernatural elements are amped up (in a good way) and really add to the story and suspense. It was nice to see different factions working together, but in someways not enough character development on key people outside the group to be invested in them or their contributions. So sad to learn the bones were burned, and left wondering what that means for the future?? if anything??
However, what a missed opportunity to develop Lucy's back story and character in the scene where she goes home for her first visit since the series started by basically saying:" Lucy went home, didn't relate, left early. If there hadn't been great narration, this would have been the point where I stopped and re-wound because SOMETHING is missing! My last "what the Heck" moment came again at the end of the book, with another "cliff hanger" that is unnecessary. It didn't add suspense, it didn't make me pee my pants wanting more, it is irritating.
What about Emily Bevan’s performance did you like?
Ms. Bevan's narration has been the best of the three books, and was thoroughly enjoyable. She is able to convey subtle nuances with her lovely voice, and it is very much appreciated. I listen while cooking, and never got lost or had to re-wind. She elevated the story.
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