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The Not-World is a romantic fairytale type of story. The story itself was good, but a bit predictable. I do love the mythical creatures Swann uses in this story. What I enjoyed the most was the narration. The reason I chose this book was for it's narrator. Jem Matzan doesn't just read the story, he acts it out! He does an amazing job with each and every character. He is very versatile with his accents with both male and female characters. If you enjoy old classic fantasy books, you'll love listening to this!
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Jem Matzan did a fantastic reading of The Not-World and was the reason I agreed to listen to the book based on the preview. The tones were clear, the voices distinct and the animation of story telling was entertaining. Whatever issues I took with the book itself, it was always a joy to listen to with one exception: I personally dislike the editing choice of stacking layers of the reader's audio tracks to convey multiple people speaking/singing at once. Just read the words, we use our imagination for the rest of the book, we can handle imagining more than one voice at once.
While the story arc of the plot was fairly predictable (and let's be honest, most books do follow some classic formulas) the details within the plot points were unique enough to keep my interest. I liked that the heroine wasn't a spunky 16 year old with perfect hair; she was an adult with some physical problems. To compliment this, the hero wasn't a brooding underwear model in his 20s either. Dylan was certainly a tad self depreciating at times, but it never came across as darkly emotional about it.
There were a few unexpected (dare I say "ridiculous"?)scenes that I'm sure various listeners/readers will react to differently. I can think of a very specific instance where I know I had "wtf" written all over my face while listening, but I can just as easily see someone laughing their head off in response.
--I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.--
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