The story flowed along as though the author had actually lived it. Her characters were very real and quite believable in both centuries. The descriptions of Scotland and the sea made me wish I was actually there.
The only other book that affected me in this way is the Highlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. The stories are different, but the moving through time plots, while handled differently, were both very effective.
The reader made more of the descriptive details come through. I frequently miss these when reading myself. Her voice effectively gives the characters life.
I too looked at this book as it was promoted for "someone who likes D Gabaldons" work and I'm happy I took the chance on this one.
The narrator did a wonderful job and I think she captured the essence of both Carrie and Sophie. I also think she did a great job with all the various male voices, so much so that I am actually on the Audible site double checking if there was more then just the female narrator and was inspired to write a review.
The story has just the right balance of Carrie's modern day tale and the historical story from Carrie's "novel".
Now I am greatly looking forward to Susanna Kearsley's newest book.
I actually adored this book. I enjoy audiobooks but it's not frequent that I found myself inmerse and lost in a story line, loving characters as well as a great narrator. Ms, Kearsley has that ability of transporting you to a different time and place that feels simply magical. The paralel romances feel authentic and porwerful without crossing a line into the tasteless.
I look forward so much to reading Ms. Kearsley new novel next(already downloaded it) If you enjoy romance as well as historical fiction, I am sure you'll love this wonderful book!
I was really looking forward in listening to this book. It was called the next "Outlander" (which I loved). However, it didn't come close. The book goes back and forth so fast and so often it's hard to keep up. Buy the time you figure it out, the story has switched back. I'm sorry but I wish i had the time back that I spent listening to it.
This book was recommended as a substitute for a Diana Gabaldon book,, sort of a snack to hold ya over until the next Outlander book comes out. Well, the story happens in Scotland, the main character is a woman, and there is something like time-travel going on. But that's it.
It isn't that Winter Sea is a bad story but if writing like Gabaldon is the goal (and I'm not sure the author thinks so) it would have to sparkle at lot more to get my vote. I just couldn't care about the characters and felt the romance parts were just added in because it was expected.
THIS BOOK TAKES A LITTLE TIME TO GET INTO, BUT ONCE YOUR IN YOUR IN AND THE END IS WORTH WAITING FOR. I WOULD HAVE LIKED A LITTLE MORE WRITTEN ABOUT (CARRIES AND GRAHAMS RELATIONSHIP OR ROMANCE BUT THE ROMANCE OF THE BOOK SHE WAS WRITING WAS GREAT.
I HAVE READ ALL OF THE OVERLANDER SERIES AND I ADORE THEM - THIS BOOK IS NOT THE SAME AS THE OVERLANDER SERIES WHERE I FELT THE CHARACTERS BECOME LIKE PERSONAL FRIENDS BUT I FOUND IT VERY ENJOYABLE - I CHOSE THIS BOOK BECAUSE I HAVE LISTENED TO THE NARRATOR BEFORE AND I LIKE THE WAY SHE PRESENTS. AT FIRST SHE IS A LITTLE SLOW IN THIS ONE BUT PICKS UP AND IS MOST ENJOYABLE TO LISTEN TO. OVER ALL I REALLY DID ENJOY THIS BOOK - LAUGHED AND CRIED
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I was anxious to hear this novel as it was promoted as an.."If you like Diana Gaboldonm you'll like....", but let me tell you, from the first 15 minutes I wanted to stop listening. The narrator was annoying as she had a melodramatic tone which combined with the clumsy prose to make a real stinker. In the "formula" of such a novel, it is necessary to introduce the inciting incident and the ensuing tension quite early; the crux of this novel got lost in the fog. Never had so much regret at wasting money on an Audible selection.
Yes, absolutely! I listened to the sequel first, then this. Loved them both so I went back and listened to the sequel again. At some point I will listen to them both again.
Speaks the Nightbird. First of all, the history. Both of these writers bring that era to life for me, as if I am watching a movie. The detail, and the narrators.
I didn't care for this narrator as much as The Firebird's.
Anna, of course.
If you like historical fiction with a love story (or two) woven in you can't miss with this one.
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I enjoyed this novel so much that I rushed to listen to her others, only to be slightly disappointed in the long run, though each is interesting in its own way. I will watch for further titles by this author.
If the story had a better author and reader it could have been much better.
The entire line of this story just sounded like a "chick" story. It was all so phoney and self-important mesh of garbage feelings - much like a soap opera.
Maybe if the reader had performed it without nay of the stupid feelings written into the script. It would have been hard to actually improve this tripe.
I was to disgusted to do anything more than sample here and there after the third chapter. By comparison, only the worst book I tried to listen to since I started listening to Audiobooks.
should have been much better