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Having been on something of a nonfiction binge lately, it is possible that I have been spoiled by the other titles I have listened to lately. That said, I felt The Queen of the Tearling left a lot to be desired.
First and foremost, the story feels like a draft. Either the people of Tearling try their best to act their perceived societal archetypes, in which case they are all deep, layered geniuses fooling the queen, or the characters never made it past those archetypes in the author's, and thus the queen's, mind. One of few characters that experienced any sort of growth was the gate guard. Why does the gate guard's side story seem more transformative than the queen's story???
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Where does The Queen of the Tearling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's up there. It definitely starts out slow--I have seen super mixed reviews about this book, and in most cases people cite the slow beginning as a negative. Don't stop there! It picks up once she arrives in Tearling.
What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Kellgren's performance is excellent. At first her accent was too much for me, but by the end of the book, I wanted to listen to more of her narration. Her voices bring the characters to life. I was pretty impressed with her range.
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