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Interesting idea, but so-so storytelling

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

Reviewed: 2020-07-25

As much as I've loved Nick Podehl as a narrator for other audiobooks, I was disappointed with the performance of this book. This is a story set in Canada and based on Canadian history, but a lot of the characters sounded like they were from the American South. Also, it seemed like he didn't pronounce Métis properly, which is not great considering one of the main characters is Métis... a quick Google search could have avoided this problem entirely! The premise of the story seemed really interesting, but I didn't like the way it ended. And using brown-face to disguise a character? In a world where sasquatches exist, I think the author could have come up with a more interesting/creative way to disguise his character than with brown-face.

Not as good as the Paper Magician series

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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: 2020-02-23

I loved the Paper Magician series so much, and had hoped to enjoy this series too, but I just couldn't get into it. Sometimes a great narrator can rescue a so-so book, but not this time. Sadly, I think I'm officially giving up on Charlie Holmberg: aside from the Paper Magician series, I've ended up being returning all her books :(

A Gem

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

Reviewed: 2019-12-21

I think this is the best audiobook I've listened to all year. The story is fresh, interesting, whimsical, and steam-punky. The characters are charming and impossible not to love. I bought the second book immediately after finishing this one, and I'm so excited to see where this series will go! I rated the performance a bit low because I felt the narrator made some of the voices sound way too goofy, but I found it improved significantly in the second audiobook. If you liked the Harry Potter series, or His Dark Materials, you'll likely enjoy this one too.

Enjoyable, but not my fave

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

Reviewed: 2019-12-07

I love the Royal Spyness series, but this definitely wasn't my favorite installment. The set up for the mystery seemed very long, and the big reveal of the killer felt kind of anticlimactic. The narration is really well done, Jasmine Blackborow, is doing a pretty good job replacing Katherine Kelgren. Overall, it was an enjoyable audiobook experience, but I don't think I'll be relistening any time soon.

Surprisingly Terrific

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

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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.

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Exciting Fantasy Story with Problematic Romances

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

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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.

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Consistently excellent writing and narration

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-21

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

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