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What made the experience of listening to Madapple the most enjoyable?
Christina Meldrum's style is very descriptive which lends itself to world-building and setting the mood of the story. She is perceptive and subtle in her construction of her characters which are very 3-dimensional for the most part. Although, far-fetched, the narrative and character-behaviour felt realistic. I really cared about the heroine, Aslaug, and was completely drawn into the story.
What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?
Her pronunciation of the Danish words sounded authentic. Also, I feel that she accurately portrayed Aslaug's voice - her naivete and intelligence.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were several moments which touched on emotions, however, the 'tender' moments in the story such as the love scene between Aslaug and Rune, and the points when Aslaug gives birth, and when she is kept from her child were also particularly emotional. Also, during scenes with Sara and Sanne, I felt anger and incredulity.
Any additional comments?
I really enjoyed this book, although it was a long book, and slow moving for the first half, and at times, fraught with confusion and injustice. However, the ending felt slightly abrupt, and I would have appreciated more explanation around Aslaug's paternity, why her mother was as bitter and reclusive and as obsessed with religion and myth as she was, and Rune's thoughts and feelings, particularly towards Aslaug and the two pregnancies he fathered.