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I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was well paced and wonderfully entertaining.
My one gripe was that the narrator wasn't as good as I hoped. Her reading was halting at times and every character was the same, I had a difficult time figuring out who was talking sometimes. I usually listen to everything on 1.5 because I'm impatient, but with this one, I think it needs to be listened to a little faster to keep it engaging.
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Loved the story, but the narrator is awful. No difference in the characters voices- and there are many so it is hard to follow at times. She is also monotone and sounds like she is reading to children. I listen to a lot of books but this performance was so bad I gave up and bought the kindle version. I've heard worse but this was surprisingly bad for a best seller. The story itself is great- strong heroine,magic powers, love, intrigue. Excited for the next book- but only once I started to read the book myself. Narrator almost ruined a good book for me.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Overall, I wanted to like this story. The premise is original, but more then once the plot, (especially at the end) is unsatisfying and leaves the story unresolved with no real value. My biggest bugbear is that this does not make use of the rich emotional material that is at hand from telling Arabian Nights from our heroine's perspective beyond punative, teenagery rebuttals lacking any true depth. Any conflict in this book just ended up sounding unexplored, angsty and lacking the sardonic notes it was trying to hit. I struggled to get to the end 5 chapters in...
The narrator was monotonous. The story (a retelling if 1001 nights) was enjoyable barring some terrible dialogue, lazy descriptions and poorly developed characters.
Through out the listening I was left wanting someone with a richer voice more suited to the tapestry of story and cultural to take up the narration.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The narration was really awkward, no change in tone or pace or inflection depending on scene, and a weird habit on emphasizing every 4th or 5th syllable. All these elements together meant there was little tension, an attempted kidnapping scene was read with the same intensity as the protagonist brushing her hair.