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What made the experience of listening to The Core the most enjoyable?
Loved the general story and the fact that I liked the main characters (call me simple but it does make it easier to enjoy the book when you enjoy the characters). The narrator did a very good job. She was easy to listen to and nicely and subtly differentiated characters.
Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Phillips – was your favorite?
Ellie - main character - was great.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
It's just the beginning.
Any additional comments?
Book was a little slow to get to the paranormal bit but worth it. At about the 1/2 way point your learn how there are 5 parts to this and it becomes pretty obvious how the next 4 books will be structured. Checked the titles of the series and sure enough that's it. I'll be getting the next one because it is that good.
I do have a criticism about the narration - I liked the narrator a lot but there are at least 3 instances of repeated phrases. This is very distracting as a listener. Better proofing by the narrator and author was needed.
Would you listen to The Core again? Why?
Yes, I loved the story and it is an easy listen. I cant wait for future books in this series
What other book might you compare The Core to, and why?
I think the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. The stories are not the same but I got the same feeling towards and the same chemistry between the characters.
Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Phillips’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No it took me 5 days as I listened whilst commuting to and from work.
Any additional comments?
Kate Thomas is a new author to me but I was completely engaged with her work from the first page. At 60% of the way through I was that addicted that I purchased The Core in audiobook format so that I can listen to it on the way to work once I finished the book. Well I finished yesterday and have left it one day to let my thoughts percolate.
I love the characters, Ellie is intelligent, independent and I find myself envious of her relationship she has with her brother. David, it the strong, mysterious type. I love how at the beginning of the book I am wary of him and by the end I, like Ellie am enraptured.
The plot and its twists are exciting and kept me gripped. It has been a while since I have read a book I thoroughly enjoyed so quickly.
I find the secondary characters, the balance keepers, fascinating, I am looking forward to how they will come into play in the series.
The Core is an excellent read, which has good pace and believable characters and an intriguing ending. I have recommended to my friends.