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review 2018-08-24 18:45
THE BELL WITCH by John F.D. Taff, narrated by Matt Godfrey
The Bell Witch - Matt Godfrey,John F.D. Taff,John F.D. Taff

THE BELL WITCH was an entertaining historical fiction novel about America's most well known witch.

 

The tale itself was interesting enough, (I was familiar with the basics going in), but here the author fleshed everything out quite a bit more, and the moral angle played a bigger part. All of which worked perfectly.

 

What didn't work for me were the characters, (other than Betsy). I just didn't connect with them. Because of that I found my mind wandering a lot and at about 60% through, I was ready to abandon my listen. However, at that point a thing occurred that kept me listening on to the finish.

 

As mentioned above, I listened to this book on audio, narrated by the excellent Matt Godfrey and if I could rate his performance separately, I would give him 5 out of 5 stars.

 

The issues I had with this book are my own, and it seems that I'm the only one that had them, so as this review is a reflection of my opinion and mine only, I refer you to Mark's review here: Mark's review  or to Kimberly's review here: Kimberly's review.

 

They obviously read this book right!

 

Overall, THE BELL WITCH is a good story, it's just that I could not connect with the characters. YOU probably, can!

 

*I received the audio of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2018-02-06 19:39
Jack (of Beanstalk fame) and Rapunzel save fantasy!New York
Calamity Jack - Dean Hale;Shannon Hale

This second entry keeps all the fun, humor, action, and social commentary of the first but shifts the setting east for an urban makeover. It's the late 19th century and giants are pulling the strings of the city in this revolutionary spin on Jack and the Beanstalk. Art continues to be appealing, funny and a little manic.

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review 2017-12-29 02:59
A tale of two sisters. And monsters.
Odd & True - Cat Winters

Odette is the storyteller and warrior. Trudchen is the psychic, finding portents of monsters in the tea leaves. Or, Od is the wild, ruined runaway, and Tru is the frail cripple. There's more than one way to tell a story, and the lens you look through can make sense of an impossible world. Winters succeeds in a masterpiece of a historical fiction adventure told in two alternating timelines and perspectives. Great historical detail, with care taken to avoid anachronism and the perspectives of the time informing the plot and character development. Feminism and freedom play into the plot. I would have liked more monster hunting, but it's a bit more origin story-oriented. 

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review 2017-10-15 16:32
Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Carmilla - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

 

After my re-read of this classic, I  give Carmilla 3.5 stars. I loved the atmosphere and the language, even if I thought it was a bit too flowery at times.

 

I know that it's wrong to judge a work of this age by today's standards, but man, everyone in this book seemed stupid and too naive to be believable. The whole time, I was thinking "My God, man, wake up!"

 

I'm glad I re-read this one but I think that shall be it for me with Carmilla.

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review 2017-10-05 19:00
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, narrated by Elizabeth Klett
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton

 

I loved the story, but I didn't care for the narrator very much.

 

I can't add to the reams that have already been written about this novel. I adore Edith Wharton, at least-what I've read so far, and I admire her powers of observation and her wit. I wouldn't have lasted five minutes in what passed for high society in New York City in the mid 1870's. There was so much gossip, so much repressed emotion and so much...phoniness. UGH.

 

I enjoyed this book even though I saw the movie many years ago, because as usual, the book has more depth and in this case, more scathing commentary hidden between the lines. As compared to The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence at least has a happier ending, though I guess it depends on how you look at it. Society was definitely happier, but I'm not so sure that Newland Archer or Mrs. Olenska were.

 

Recommended for fans of Edith Wharton's work, stories of the gilded age and high society, or just plain fans of a good story.

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