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Hands down the best narration I've heard!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-02

Geeat story, but even better reader. Quick and consistent through many characters. I'll be looking for the second book in this series - as apparently this one ends in a cliffhanger - and other titles read by this narrator as well!

Irreverent and self-serving

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-13

This setup was supposed to be funny, but it turns out it was not for me - maybe because I care about people.

Absorbing

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-24

I loved the chatter development and the quirky twists of plot. Great narration - subtle yet effective.

What a great ride!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-12

Loved this book, and I couldn't listen often enough. Strong character voices by the narrator kept me impressed, and the surprisingly fresh and current nature of the narrative made me want to share it with every 20-something I know, even though I'm 40-something myself. Great fluently casual narrative style, which made me laugh out loud at times. When describing this book to my peers, which I found myself wanting to do frequently, I heard the comment "sci-fi isn't my thing", to which my reply was, "mine neither, but this is something different!"

It took me a while to like it, but I did

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-06-21

Very nicely detailed descriptions of Alaska, but somewhat overdone and repetitive at times; the length of the book seems to drag on longer than necessary. A great plot line full of twists, but with rather convenient fixes sometimes. Characters are well rounded and likeable. Julia Whalen's performance is easy to listen to, with subtle but believable characterizations.

Full of art and masterful too

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-10

This is a wonderful epic family story. I love the characters, so detailed and emotional and true. Careful descriptions of English gardens, food and life are so vivid, I feel like I've been there! The narration is flawless, with subtle yet unmistakable vocal variations between characters, male and female roles both read consistently and with ease. Have already recommended this book, and will continue to do so!

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Somewhat eye-opening to the Thai culture

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-02-28

I really enjoyed the use of Thai terminology throughout this book, and the narrator did an excellent job with them. I thought the narration otherwise was slightly distracted at times though, and as for storyline, I felt it started strong but ended weakly. The characters were likeable but rather static, and the outcomes of the several nicely-interlaced subplots were all too clean for my taste. Enjoyable, but I will likely not be purchasing the next in the series.

Truly beautiful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-02-19

Great narration of a wonderful story! I did not want it to be over...I will look for more from Erin Morgenstern.

my best recent read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-01-09

I had not expected to like these stories as much as I did. He is a strong writer as well, it turns out; a bit science fiction and a bit nostalgic historical fiction. These stories stuck with me, and continue to. they're not all perfect, but they are varied and funny and touching and strange. you won't regret diving in!