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Each chapter left me wanting to learn more about the main characters, as their stories were being told throughout the book. I was fully engrossed in how everything played out and wanted to know more about their backgrounds. When Andrew is finally revealed for what he is, I was in awe.
Jiraiya Addams is a fine narrator, who's reading really brought the characters to life and made me want to listen to the book again and again. I definitely look forward to hearing more books read by him.
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I'm kind of a stranger to books of this genre, but this was a fun read despite the occasional super maudlin aside. Gillentine's take on this old idea is unique and intriguing, and hints at a much larger mythos that I'm looking forward to exploring in future novels. Unfortunately Addams, the audiobook narrator, sometimes passes over small opportunities for dramatic expansion, especially during scenes of internal conflict, but that is his choice as narrative interpreter. Generally, internal monologue itself is confusing and difficult to write, especially split personalities battling for control, but Gillentine pulls it off well. He is a gifted writer and I really enjoy the vivid imagery his word choice inspires.
Addams does a good job with the narration, imbuing the characters with distinct voices. There is occasionally some confusing overlap in dialogue where characterization blends together, but it does not detract from the story too much.
The recording quality is good, but not excellent. Editing irregularities and strange compression artifacting occasionally interrupts the storytelling.
All in all, an exceptional first novel from Jimmy Gillentine, and an above average first narrative effort by Jiraiya Addams.
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