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Would you listen to Widdershins again? Why?
I will probably listen to it again in about a year. It's the kind of story that will reveal additional depths after one has fully absorbed the first reading.
What did you like best about this story?
This is a wonderfully complex story interweaving European and Native American mythos which makes you really care for many of the characters.
Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not heard this narrator before. The overall performance was great.
Any additional comments?
Pay attention to the tag at the beginning of each chapter and those points where viewpoint shifts. It's important.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I keep wanting to call this book 'fun', but it deals with some incredibly dark issues. It does that well, and balances the dark elements out with quirky characters and fantastic, surreal imagery. The concept of friction between the native magical peoples of Europe and the America is an interesting one, as well. There are a lot of things in this book that could've been hilariously bad or offensive, but were very well dealt with and made it better for that. Good narration, too.
The only negative is the constant, overwhelming fuzzy-wuzzy 'friends are family and we look out for each other, and together we can get through anything'. It's a nice moral to the story, sure, but it's just constantly forced down your throat. The book also felt like it was maybe the second in a series (that or the characters all just have immensely rich backstories which get referred to a lot). I'll have to look into that. It's not a negative, just something to note.
Overall, great fairy tale.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
brilliant story well read. charles de lint is a superb crafter of urban fantasy novels and this keeps you listening from start to finish
0 of 1 people found this review helpful