The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

May 15, 2012

I read this book several years ago, and recently, I've wanted to read the other books in the series, but I couldn't remember this one well enough without re-reading it. I listened to the audio version this time. I still loved the story, but the audio was annoying. It was a full cast recording, so it had a different voice for every character. In my opinion, either dramatize it or read it, but don't try to do both. I would have much preferred one reader for the whole book.

Overall, I love Shannon Hale's writing style. She uses simple, vivid descriptions. I felt like the plot slowed a little in the middle of the book but picked up pace again at the end.

One of the things I loved in particular about this book was that she had me actually believing that Ani could communicate with horse, birds, and the wind. Unlike some fantasy novels that just seem a little over the top, this one just contains a few magical elements...just enough to make the impossible believable.

I wrote this review before I created this blog.

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