First, if you don't care for that Irish lilt in a narrator's voice, this book is not for you. For me, there was something too "theatrical" about the accent, but I persevered. Unfortunately, I didn't care much for the story, either. The author seemed intent on using lines from old Irish folk tales throughout a story otherwise told in present-day. There were too many coincidences and explanations for characters' behaviors that seemed to be simply convenient ways for the author to get out of the corner she'd written herself into. A lot of people will enjoy this book for its attempt to weave myth and "reality, but for me, the result was too heavy handed.
I haven't read the book, so couldn't comment but I did enjoy listening greatly.
When the damaged seal appears in the sea in Ireland.
I liked her accent and her emotion.
No extreme reaction, I just had to keep listening to get to the end. Of course I knew who had done it, but had to know how and why and the whole Selky thing was enthralling.
Get past the Gaelic etc at the beginning, it was too much and nearly put me off but I'm glad I held in there.
I enjoyed the audio book because of the accents of the Narrator. She brought the "Irish" feeling to the book!
Yes. She does a wonderful job in all her works yet this is my favorite.
I don't do many reviews, and usually only ones where I loved it. I'm glad I only paid $4.95, and to be fair this book might be a lot better read than listened to. It was really hard to follow at times, and made no sense at others. The people were not that likeable, not well developed. The underlying story was merely an annoyance and turned out to really have nothing to do with anything. I was looking for more of the supernatural angle, and the ending was just flat. It passed the time, but that's about all.
Rural Mail Carrier with an awesome husband and 3 fantastic kids!
I enjoyed this listen. The narrator did a good job with the characters and intonation which kept things interesting. The story had nice little intricacies and was woven together well.
I enjoyed the story of the book, although some pretty unlikely coincidences seemed to wrap up the story in some places. My biggest ick, however, was the fact that the chosen storyteller did not fit the story. I loved her way of telling and she would be a perfect voice for, say, Miss Marple or the likes. The storyteller's voice was in fact too old for the story, if that makes any sense. One guy, I will not say who so as to not give a spoiler, seemed to me to be around 50 years old, and I could not understand it when the book suddenly refered to him as "the kid". Same with the main characters; I thought this was a story about people in their 50-60's due to the storyteller's voice and performance, and even when I understood that they were supposed to be younger I could not "see" it due to her voice/performance. I'd love to her her voice in a different type of book, though.
I spent most of my time with this book trying not to figure out the lame whodunit plot (the author pretty much tells you who did it in the first chapter), but rather why the narrator used an Irish accent when most of the book took place in America with American-accented characters. A woman narrator's attempt to portray male voices is rarely successful but this was particularly bad. If you want an Ireland-based novel, go with one by Tana French.
I read so I can write
Each of the characters in this novel was well developed and believable. The story held my interest from start to finish and the secondary characters really fit. This narrator is one of my favorites and she did the story justice. Excellent read!
I love Elly Griffiths' "Ruth Galloway" series. "Nora Gavin" is a similar character and Ms. Hart's writing style bares some resemblance to Ms. Griffiths'. This book appeared to be listed as the first in the series but I suspect it is actually the second as I'm enjoying HAUNTED GROUND which is setting up for chapters in FALSE MERMAID. Since I have to wait a while for the next in the Galloway series, Ms Harts' series will do nicely.
The language is just discusting! Too bad. Won't ever listen to this author again.