Wonderful blend of romance and history.
The book within a book. The wonderful scottish accents.
All the scenes between John Murray and Sophia.
The title is perfect as it is.
I so enjoyed it that I listened to it twice.
I was drawn into the story right away. Susanna Kearsley writes a story that is easy to listen to and makes you want to come back for more. I enjoyed it so much i am now listening to another of her novels.
The novel is basically two books in one. How the two intertwined was interesting and natural. Modern day and historic rolled into one!
Rosalyn was amazing with changing between men and women but different accents. Loved listening to her read the novel.
Born 1949, living in outback New South Wales, Australia.
Just a few cringes in the text and in the readings pulled this from a five to a four. It is exceptional, nevertheless and I recommend it to readers of a range of genres, particularly readers of genealogy and historical fiction.
I loved the parallel narratives. The protagonist of The Winter Sea is a character-writer of historical fiction in the present. The fictional protagonist of the character-writer is an adult orphan girl who lived three hundred years earlier. Genealogists will enjoy the searches for ... our place ... in time ... and in location. And what a location - the coast of Scotland! Winter! The line is not sharp between then and now. 'Then' is always in the author-character's mind until the book is complete. Her mind will be peopled by present day folk and those from hundreds of years past. I thoroughly enjoyed the feeling that I was making discoveries as they were made by the author.
Rosalyn Landor's reading is exceptional. She does the quick laugh of a man taken by surprise, better than any of the male readers I've listened to. Her male, Scottish voices are thoroughly convincing. I will look for other books that she has read. And I see there are a lot of them!
This book carries all of the emotions from chaotic fear to calm resolve. I was angry, frightened, happy, grieving, resolved, thrilled. It's all there.
I loved almost everything about this book, in particular its style. The parallel narratives gave clear contrasts and allowed the blurred edges of human nature to translate through hundreds of years.
I love historical fiction. This book carefully and skillfully weaves history, romance, and revelations about the skill of writing. The characters were wonderful, and the listener becomes vested in them immediately.
The story was very entertaining but the performance was outstanding. The characters were so distinct it was shocking to think this was the same artist performing all the voices.
I enjoyed the trsnsitions from present to past, the character development, and decision making by the author. The performance was wonderful.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good love story and is a Diana Gabaldon fan. It's a story within a story. Clever and entertaining.
Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series
Rosalyn Landor did an excellent job bringing life to all the characters with their varied accents in American English, Scottish and British English.
It was great to learn about the history of the Jacobite uprising.
This was a top notch performance! I love a voice actress who can uniquely portray all of the characters. She does an amazing job with the various accents and male and female characters. I loved this story (or stories :) ) and the narration was top notch. Great experience!
I just finished my second listen in less than 2 months. I missed the characters and location so much, I had to go back. Wish there was a sequel.
In addition to being just what I needed - a book that isn't complicated or serious - The Winter Sea is also well performed.
I've already gotten my book club to read Winter Sea, as well as my daughter. I loved the reader and the story grabbed my attention and made me look forward to my long drives so I could visit with Sophia again. The introduction of the Jacobites was a little difficult to get through at first, but once I got the gist of the history it brought the story to life and made me want to learn more about the Scottish kings.