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L. Jagi Lamplighter wrote a great story and Shana Buck does a great job of voicing all the characters and catching the emotion. I really liked this book (I read it a couple of years ago and grabbed it when I saw in available on Audible), and it pains me to say it, BUT I can't entirely recommend this recording because of the poor sound quality. I don't know what kind of microphone Mrs. Buck was using, but her voice goes from tinny to airy to echo-y. From time to time you can hear air blowing across the microphone like someone just opened the door into the room, and it wasn't an intended part of the performance. The harsh reality is, given all the background sounds, the only way to fix the audio is to rerecord the entire thing from the beginning.
If you've read and loved the books, then you might consider picking up this, otherwise if this is your introduction to the series, I would advise you to read the books.
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If you could sum up The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin in three words, what would they be?
Entertaining, Inventive, Unexpected!
How could the performance have been better?
Unfortunately, a poor narration made is difficult to immerse myself in the story. The narrator reads as though she were telling a bedtime story to a young child, and frequently stumbles across long sentences. Finally, some of the accents are simply terrible, and it could become troublesome to distinguish one character from another.
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I was very pleasantly surprised by The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin. While the summary and some common tropes of the genre may remind you of another series about a school of magic, there are a number of significant differences. First, Rachel's world is not our world. While magic is concealed from the masses, this is a world in which monotheism never developed. Although this is not particularly important to this story, I suspect it will play a role in future books. Secondly, the magic system was given a significant amount of thought by the author. Magic is intricately tied to different studies. Math, for example, is a necessary course for students planning to specialize in Thaumaturgy. Finally, this book sets the stage for something big - and not just a group of wizards gone bad, although it has that, too.
Having enjoyed J. K. Rowling's works I thought I would give this a go but it is not in the same league. The story has the youngest child at the magic school rushing around solving world threatening problems and needed to step in to assist her professors as they battle dragons in the first five days at school. The characters were shallow and the narrator halting and irritating. Very disappointed.