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Where does Under the Wide and Starry Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In the top 10%
What other book might you compare Under the Wide and Starry Sky to and why?
It was similar to Loving Frank because Horan brought a real person to life. It reads like a novel, but it is very interesting to read about the history of Robert Louis Stevenson (in this book) and Frank Lloyd Wright in Loving Frank. Of course, I think Horan says that it is a somewhat factionalized account... They are both excellent listens!
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Would you try another book from Nancy Horan and/or Kirsten Potter?
Yes I would. I felt this went on a bit long but that is more because of the lives these people led rather than the storytelling. Was pretty amazing to go from Paris to Monterrey to the south pacific. I knew nothing of RL stevenson's life at all and was really interesting!
Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I had just listened to Station 11 and the content was so different that it was an odd experience frankly!
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would because it's a really interesting book and allows you to look at that period in history, and the lives of the people concerned, in an unusual way.
What did you like best about this story?
I like that is is about travellers and thoroughly creates the world of this 19th century bohemian family. I also like that it is a love story, but a realistic one. Louis and Fanny's marriage is very loving, but it is not without problems. Fanny, in particular, is a very interesting character; it's nice to see a woman in literature who is a realistic character, not a saint, a victim or a femme fatale.
What three words best describe Kirsten Potter’s performance?
Can't do accents.
I don't hate the performance, but if bad accents are a turn-off for you then don't buy this book. She is an American and can do neither a Scottish or an English accent, which is not great as more than half of the characters are British. Her performance of Fanny is very good though.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. The book is fairly episodic (and long) and so suits the way I listen to it, which is mostly during my commute.