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I will occasionally buy audiobooks of novels I have read, because this way I know I have a good chance of listening to something I will like. Robin McKinley is one of my very favourite authors, and I'd like to say this is my favourite of her books, but in all honesty I can't choose between them. Whimsical, magical, gently humoured but not without tension and threat, I love all of her novels. Spindle's End is a wonderful retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, filled in and fleshed out with history, magic and fairy godmothers galore.
Of course, some narrators have such total disregard for punctuation, characterisation and consistency in their accents that the can ruin even the best-beloved novel. This is utterly, utterly not the case here. Stephanie Daniel has a crystal-clear voice, crisp characterisation, including the animals, and a delivery that perfectly complements the novel's own dry humour.
An absolute five-star listen in every way.
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