This is the second of three audiobook reviews I have today and only one of the three was a worthy "read" I'm sorry to report! This one failed because while the premise was really interesting to me, the execution killed it! The story is of a turn-of-the-century (previous century!) young girl named Ursula, whom death seems unable to claim no matter how hard it tries or how easy it would seem to pluck this child off this mortal coil.
What a great premise for a story! It's all there: a young child growing up despite the obvious fact that she oughtn't to be succeeding. Death seeming to fail here, whereas everywhere else it succeeds, and what is this child going to grow to become? What will she do? Well, I lost all interest in the answer to that question because the story just took forever to get anywhere, and where it got was nowhere special by the time I quit reading.
There was no drama at all, and Fenella Woolgar's reading, while not awful did nothing to enamor me of the tale. I DNF'd it at about ten percent in because it was simply too boring. There was way too much detail getting int eh way of the intrigue. I'm sure the author was thrilled with herself for larding in all the period detail, but I wasn't. I didn't want Downton Abbey, I wanted an exciting supernatural thriller, but I guess the author and I will have to disagree on that, huh?
Audiobooks are much more experimental for me than other kinds of books because I commute, and listening to them helps pass the time. I take more risks with these and consequently have more failures, so your mileage may well differ on these books. For me, I couldn't stand to listen to any more of this. I do not want to find myself getting irritated when driving, and I certainly don't want to fall asleep, so perhaps I'm more demanding of, and therefore more critical of, audiobooks than of other varieties, too! Whatever it is, this one was not a worthy read for me.