- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: ListenUp Audiobooks
- Audible.com Release Date: July 11, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I5FWLF8
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Queen Mab: A Tale Entwined with William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Audible – Unabridged
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Much of the novel centered around Queen Mab and the consequences of her actions. She wasn't the only demi-god that meddled with the lives of the people who went went about their normal lives in Verona. Faunus, the pipe-playing demi-god with cloven feet, sought win Mab's realm by coercing her into a wager. Each would chose a champion from either the House Capulet or House Montague. This champion determined which of the houses would fall and by proxy, which demi-god would win. Familiar characters from the original work danced through the novel to their intended ends. Romeo and Juliet, Mercurito and Tybalt - all of them followed the trajectory of the original, but the author of this book gave all the characters an emotional depth. With the primary focus on someone other than the couple, it allowed the secondary characters to come alive in a way that differed from the original.
It took a little while for me to become hooked by the story, but within a few chapters, I kept wanting to read more than the time I allotted myself. Because Queen Mab was a demi-god and ruled the world of dreams, she affected the lives of the people for centuries. Once the first betrayal revealed the players, the game was afoot. Wheels of time began turning at a quicker pace when Romeo met Juliet during the masked ball thrown by her father. The multi-layered designs that both Mab and Faunus put into play rushed the downfall of both houses and ushered in the rebirth of said houses with a deeper emotional connection. For me, the book's pace became steady the moment that Faunus stole something from Mab and lasted until the very last word.
Overall, I found this book quite entertaining and an interesting way to look at a work that I first read in middle school. It presented the tragic love story in such a way that the reader experienced the full gamut of emotions. From anger, lust and betrayal to love, acceptance and empathy - all these made an appearance at some point in the book. By using a feud between two demi-gods, the author explored more of the cause and effect of decisions made in haste. I enjoyed the transformation of Mab as she learned the lessons through experiencing some of these same emotions herself. It made the story more intimate in a way that I enjoyed. If you're looking for a fresh take on a beloved classic or need a dose of political intrigue among supernatural beings, then this is the book you should be reading!
Kate Danley's vision is most imaginative. She sets the Montague-Capulet feud amidst a struggle behind the scenes between Mab and Faunus, a satyr. The tale takes some interesting twists, yet along the way Mercutio is inevitably killed by Tybalt, who is in turn slain by Romeo, and once again the best-laid plans of Friar Laurence prove insufficient for the challenges at hand. Or are they? Where is the dream, and can this immortal tragedy nevertheless resolve with a happy ending?
I enjoyed Danley's re-creation of the story, and I am happy to recommend it. The narrative holds the reader's interest, and the treatment is certainly original. I might append a few reservations, notably with the language and focus, but these would merely echo commentary already posted by others. Moreover, they did not significantly diminish my enjoyment of the unfolding drama. All told, this is an enjoyable read!