Both Memory and Fyrefly have been doing sort of “retro review” posts and I find that HIGHLY inspiring. As in, I wanna do it, too! My older reviews occassionally get a bit of love (mostly from Google searches) and it might be interesting to drag forth my early reviewing efforts into the spotlight. Especially now that I’ve been blogging for four years! I’m planning on doing one of these every week or so.
As I was strolling through my archives I found this: a review of Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher, originally posted January 29, 2009. It’s an audiobook, and guess what? IT’S READ BY JIM DALE! I guess it’d been so long since I read/listened to it I’d forgotten completely that Peter Pan wasn’t my first Jim Dale narration experience.
I really enjoyed listening to this. Jim Dale’s an excellent reader– I hadn’t ever listened to anything with him before, so I had no idea! But yeah, I liked that he changed voices for each character (and he’s so good at it!) plus the different accents were done well, too (er, at least to my American ears).
The story itself was a little slow, but at least it was a steady pace. The characters were marvelous, and the plot was full of intrigue and all sorts of exciting things. The moving statues themselves were, of course, one of the most exciting things, but I also enjoyed getting a little tour around London. While fearing for various characters’ lives, of course.