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Surprisingly Terrific

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

Reviewed: 2019-09-10

I probably wouldn't have purchased this book if it hadn't been a "Daily Deal," but I'm glad that I did.
The story was exciting, and had me wanting to keep listening. The main characters are flawed but still very likeable. The narrator did a wonderful job bringing the story to life. I've always assumed that Western genre novels weren't my thing, but if they're all as good as this one, I have a lot more reading to do!

Like A Painting, But For Your Ears

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-05

I am really, really enjoying this series and can't wait for the last book! Stephanie Garber describes Tella and Scarlett's world so beautifully, and listening to these books is like a mini escape to a world full of parties, magic, and beautiful dresses. There were enough twists and turns to keep the plot moving along nicely, and Rebecca Soler's narration is excellent.
This series reminds me a lot of The Night Circus in the best possible way, so if you enjoyed the Night Circus (and enjoy YA fiction), you may enjoy Legendary.

Pretty Good, but not Rosamunde Pilcher's Best

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-05

Wild Mountain Thyme had all the elements I love about Rosamunde Pilcher's audiobooks: beautiful descriptions of the landscape, a soothing narrator, and a bit of romance. I was not as captivated with this story as I have been with other Pilcher stories... the plot seemed a bit thinner than some of her other books.
If you love Rosamunde Pilcher's books, you'll probably enjoy this one. But if you're new to this author, I'd suggest starting with Coming Home, Winter Solstice, or The Shell Seekers over this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Exciting Fantasy Story with Problematic Romances

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-04

Overall I think this is a really great audiobook: Holly Black did such an amazing job building the Faery world, that it was easy to get immersed. The plot was interesting, exciting, and full of twists. The narration was excellent. But the romance elements were problematic for me. I don't want to veer into spoiler territory, so I'll just say that the whole "boy is mean/abusive to girl, but only because he really likes her," is an outdated cliché, and that the young adult readers that this book is marketed towards deserve better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Formulaic and Kind of Gross

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

Reviewed: 2018-11-21

Although I bought this book for roadtrips with my kids, I'm glad I listened to it on my own first. The descriptions of troll guts and gore are pretty intense, and probably not appropriate for most kids under 10. Also, the author shouting the character AARRGGH's name constantly got old real fast. Other than that, the story is ok but not spectacular.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Consistently excellent writing and narration

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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: 2018-09-21

This was hands down my favorite audiobook of 2018. This entire series is excellent. #audible1

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

A great Rosamunde Pilcher Novel

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-16

Rosamunde Pilcher is one of my favorite authors. Under Gemini (like most of her books), is a lovely, quiet story set in beautiful British scenery.
The only issue I had was with the "slap" scene... it was slightly problematic for me, but I gave it a pass due to the fact the book was written in the 70's. In general, of you like Pilcher's other books, or if you're a fan of Maeve Binchy, you'll probably enjoy this book.
The narrator's calm voice was perfect for a Rosamunde Pilcher story, and she did an excellent job of expressing the characters's emotions, without going over the top.
#Audible1

A good choice for fans of Uprooted

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-07

I've been a fan of Naomi Novik for a while now, and this latest book does not disappoint. Her take on the Rumpelstiltskin story is so fresh and original, but still feels very much like a fairy tale.
Although I like the narrator, I found that it was sometimes hard to figure out which character was speaking. The story is told by several different characters in the first person, and the voices used by the narrator were very similar. It was easy enough after a sentence or two to figure out who was speaking, but it did cause a bit of confusion for me at certain points.
For me, the best audiobooks are the ones that you want to listen to over and over again, and I think that this story was interesting enough and the narrator was enjoyable enough to re-listen to this audiobook.

Y. (Eh) Fiction

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-11

I'm typically a fan of post-apocalyptic YA fiction, but I couldn't get into this one (I gave up about halfway through). The narrator was excellent, and the writing was good, but the plot and the world of this book just wasn't interesting to me. It seemed like a slight variation of every other post-apocalyptic teen novel, and didn't seem to bring anything new or exciting to the genre.