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This was my first Kristen Ashley story and "wow" it was amazing! She did an wonderful job creating such a unique and fantastical world, where both the plot and characters were well developed. I loved Finnie and Frey! Finnie was something else.
Tillie Hooper's performance ROCKED! She did an amazing job on the different characters, and delivered the witty dialogue flawlessly. I will definitely be on the lookout for more stories narrated by her!
Well worth a credit!
23 of 25 people found this review helpful
...but I was so annoyed that I couldn't finish it. Maybe the ending is stellar and will redeem the bad writing and vapid lead, but I got a little over half way through before being too revolted to keep listening another 7 hours. The narrator did well enough, considering how little she had to work with. So...here's the laundry list:
Problem 1: the writing. "Soooo coooool" and "frickin awesome" would be acceptable in moderation, but those are the main adjectives. Kristen, get a thesaurus! Also, the dialogue is inauthentic, and her descriptions of emotions and emotional growth are ham-handed. Her descriptions of places and sex scenes are good, but that is not enough to support the plot.
Problem 2: Finnie is horrendous. Aside from the choice to go to the parallel world, she doesn't make any major decisions or assert herself; things just happen to her. That is absolutely not in the spirit of an adventurer, so her primary motivation immediately falls through. Her other motivation, grief, is treated superficially, so there's really no other motivation to make her interesting or sympathetic. However, it's awesome to see a female protagonist who chooses to be domestic and really owns her femininity, given that so many female protagonists take on traditionally masculine traits, so hooray! There is a redeeming quality!
Problem 2(a): Whenever Sjofn is discussed, she sounds much more interesting than Finnie. Why aren't we reading about her?
Problem 3: this book is surprisingly anti-woman. I expect women authors to know better than to write so many women who are motivated only by the need to impress men. Most of the women are shallow, irrational, don't make their own decisions, or all three. The relationships between the women are completely unrealistic, and there is a conversation where Finnie's other mother actually tells her that she just needs to sleep with Frey more and then he'll be faithful. Ugh. Finnie is not responsible for Frey's behavior, period, but Finnie doesn't seem to realize this. For the author to claim that women are responsible for men's actions, especially when the women don't actually make many significant choices, is both ridiculous and medieval.
Problem 4: Frey is boring. He doesn't respect women, as shown by his conversation with his second-in-command right at the beginning of the book, and he's never willing to meet Finnie halfway; she always has to accommodate him. He is emotionally two dimensional and magically overpowered to boot. He's basically an anime hero, or something you would expect from an adolescent male writing a wish-fulfillment character.
Problem 5: Plot? What plot? The only plot points that I was trying to stick it out for were a) dragons, and b) Finnie's response when she finds out Frey has bound her to the parallel world. Maybe then she will grow a backbone.
So, in conclusion, bleh. Don't waste your money.
55 of 63 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Wildest Dreams again? Why?
I have listened to this book at least 5 times, understanding the small details and twists. I really enjoy the ups and downs of the characters.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Wildest Dreams?
Chapter 5, titled Welcome home. The moment the main characters really talked
What about Tillie Hooper’s performance did you like?
She is amazing, her male voices are impressive.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I was addicted to this everywhere I went it was playing in my ears.
Any additional comments?
I think this is one of my favourite books in my audible library. It was beyond my Wildest Dreams.
Due to a recent problem with migraines i decided to try an audio book.
I really enjoyed the narration and have already bought the next one.
I am already a fan of me Ashley 's books I am happy to now add audio books to my collection.
Couldn't take it, after the 20th "freakin' awesome" in 4 chapters I just started feeling nauseous and dropped it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
amazing. a book like no other. very entertaining from start to finish.. i loved it