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It's like a fan fiction crossover, between Lord of the flies and Peter pan. I think one of the biggest things that kept bothering me with this is the ages of Michael and therefore Wendy, her daughter and granddaughter. Michael states he is 80 making Wendy at least 88 I can't remember how old they were in the original it would make a lot more sense if Madge was a Great granddaughter. I can't say more about it without spoilers and I hate spoilers. But the way it stands the time line just doesn't make sense.
Reasons I enjoyed this audio book: Great world building, Unpredictable, original, Action-packed, Twisted, Haunting.
This Audiobook was given to me at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.
What made the experience of listening to All Darling Children the most enjoyable?
Although I've picked up several books about Wendy's daughter, Jane, I had not read any to completion. I'm not sure if this picks up any information from those.
And that brings me to what I loved most. I loved how this spanned three generations. Wendy, Jane, and Madge only had their strong nature in common. But the similarities end there. Madge was an angry child who was emotionally stunted, a clear teen rebel who ached for love and acceptance. The original characters were brought back with grace and the backstory was brief yet thorough for all characters (except Michae's) .
The first 95% was captivating and very well written.
I don't feel the book ended with complete satisfaction. It felt loose ends were dangling. The epilogue didn't resolve the questions nor bring contentment, either.
Michael didn't make sense. He was the only character who was underdeveloped and shallow.
Who knows why he is called Uncle although he was Madge's grandmother's brother. Who knows why Peter wasn't enlightened of his relationship to Madge?
I don't think Jonathan's life span was clear either, come to think of it.
Neverland had changed since the original Peter Pan story and fit beautifully with events and the plot.
Jane was the perfect narrator for this book. She offered the voices for each character that complemented their age and mental status.
Any additional comments?
Ireview all ebooks and audiobooks. However, my disclaimer per Aubiobook Book:
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."