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This novel had me questioning the plot and story's structure from the very beginning. I was often confused and unsure what the story was about with it's odd mix of future and past. Once I finally got a grasp on where the setting was it made the main characters more enjoyable/relatable but made it all the more disconcerting that it was little children reading it. I liked the ideas presented in the novel, I just don't think they were written well.
The narrator, Sally Downing, was superb. She had the perfect reading voice and her tempo was spot on. I even enjoyed her choice of vocal nuances in the novel. I look forward to listening to more of her work.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
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What did you love best about Once Upon a Western Way?
I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this audio book for a road trip. What drew me to this book in the first place was the beautifully designed cover and then the description. What I found interesting is the time setting. It is set in the future, not in the past as I expected.<br/><br/>I was enthralled with this book and the narrator did an excellent job. I loved how she was able to distinguish the characters with her voice. My favorite voice was Mac's. <br/><br/>The story line itself was very engaging. In fact, when one of my favorite characters dies, I almost cried. I was driving so I didn't but I wanted to. For an author to expel that kind of emotion out of a reader then you know the reader connected to the character. <br/><br/>The ending wasn't what I expected and I can't say more without giving spoilers.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Mac - his accent and the way he inter-related with the Queen.
What about Sallie Downing’s performance did you like?
I enjoyed the way she made all the characters come to life. She used different voices to do this.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I loved this book.