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Although, I liked this book better than the first in the series, there are still things that continue to bother me as a listener.
The story finally managed to engage me, and for the latter half of the book, I wanted more. The narration is just bottom rung though. Words are still mispronounced, all the men sound the same, like dim-witted, slow-talking morons. Also, I still have issues with characters from the Study series not having the same voice, or for that matter accent. (Irish, British, English, etc.)
The story gets a 4, but I recommend reading the book itself rather than listening to the audio version.
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Sea Glass is basically a coming of age adventure. Although Opal has literally been to hell and back from the age of 14 to her present age of 20, she has still not quite shed her mental baby fat or fully realized her own self worth as the story begins. Rest assured, she will be lean and mean in every way that counts by adventure's end. There are magical twists and turns that you will not see coming, so pay close attention. It's a wild ride.
I read the book before I listened to this audio production and I would recommend that any serious fan of the series do the same. The book carries a much higher impact and will hold your interest from cover to cover. Due to Opal's magical condition at stories end, which I will not spoil for you, I have no desire to read anymore stories in this series; you may feel differently when you get there.
Narration is the weak point in this audio production. In spite of Maria V. Snyder's best efforts to write powerful and inspiring dialog for the new and improved Opal, Jennifer Van Dyck insists on whispering Opal's words in choppy disjointed sentences. The girl ends up sounding like she might have some firm convictions but, then again, only if the listener agrees with her. Even when Opal nearly shouts, Van Dyck whispers. I have no idea why she down played the part that way, but she certainly spoiled the story for me.
I give the story 4 Stars, but can only give the Audio Production 2 Stars.
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