Lisa Tawn Bergren
I'm a time travel fan, so this "genetic memory" story was a hit for me. Multiple voices, rich brogue, great history and setting, and intriguing tales in both the present and the past made this a perfect listener-escape.
I couldn't recommend this book.
This could have been a great book. The story was too long to develop. The characters were lacking soul.
a different story would have been great. I did not like it, it started off well but the development felt flat. I did not like the ending or the lack of romance and sex in this one. Put it as a historical fiction and not romance.
I did not understand what is all the hype about. Granted the author put a lot of work into developing the area the book is set in but I am more impressed by the characters in books rather then the houses they live in.
something not written by Susanna Kearsley
Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators. She is exceptional whatever book she reads. All the characters are portrayed great.
I do not know if I would cut rather then reform the book. It felt as if parts of it were missing.
Do not listen to this book if you expect romance and HEA for everyone. A mother will never separate from her child if she wants and have raised the child to the age of 3 or if she does it is with every intention of getting that child back. Sorry for the spoiler but that rubbed me very wrong.
Given it some sort of hook - I found myself tuning out for 30 minutes at a time - none of the characters were all that interesting.
I couldn't get past the first few hours of the audiobook because I liked the narration the least. I was not fond of narrator's American accent for the main character. The words were rounded and sounded forced. Also, she has a mature voice and I think it required someone with a younger sounding voice.
Her English/Scottish accent was beautiful but the second main character is young and needed to be in a much higher voice.
I couldn't finish listening to the audiobook but the story still seems good to me so I'm going to try to read it instead.
no read one you have read them all
I was disapointed ... another old lady romance novel with a little history ,,,, it follows the script of the books like this..... diffent pople , diffrent setting... but same old story line... nothing intresting .....
I've had to go back numerous times & listen again because the story or the combo of the story & the narrator is so boring that my mind wanders & I loose track.
Huge disappointment & some sadness. Anger that I wasted my money on it.
The story sounded interesting but I'm so sorry I bought it because it's a huge disappointment & so boring that I'm not going to continue listening. It's so much easier to tell if a physical book is going to be good.
All I need in life is my family and an inexhaustable supply of books.
Ms. Kearsley writes a very interesting, intriguing story in the "The Winter Sea".
The heroine, Carrie, is writing a novel about a young woman named Sophia who lived during the 1708 Jacobite uprising in Scotland. Carrie has written other novels, but this one seems to be writing itself! Carrie seems to actually be living the story as she writes it!
There are two love stories in "Winter Sea"; Sophia's in 1708 and Carrie's in present day. Sophia and her lover run into problems centered on the events happening around them. The love scenes are not graphic, which I appreciate.
The premise of this story is different from any I have previously read and I found it very interesting and enjoyable.
Rosalyn Landor is, as always, amazing! How one person can perform so many voices, I don't know, but am glad she can. I know I will always hear perfect narration when I see her name.
Ms. Kearsley is a very good writer and I plan to listen to her book, "The Rose Garden", next.
I highly recommend "The Winter Sea". It is historical fiction at its best!
It is hard for me to decide if I disliked the writing or the performance more. The writing was junior high, and the performance that of a 7th grade English teacher reading aloud. A shame - the premise is intersting, but don't bother.
Ratings Guide: 5=Loved it; 4=Liked it A Lot; 3=So So; 2=Didn’t like it; 1=No
I’m finding it hard to believe I am the only one that figured out how this book was going to end. It ended just the way I wanted it to! The historical fiction was interesting and I will seek out more of Susanna Kearsley’s work. The narration was excellent. The two plots were well intertwined and the end also leaves the possibilities of another story; if it comes that would be nice, but if it doesn’t that would be ok too. The romance was very well done and not graphic. There were some twists but all in all the bad guys were the bad guys, and the good guys, the good guys. I don’t understand the seemingly explosive genre of Scottish Highland stories but now I do want to visit some day. Is it a new tourist attracting gimmick?
I would have liked more development of Carrie and Graham’s relationship since it seems to have just begun and developed with little reason. Ok – stunning good looks and a non-abrasive personality would get things started for me too, but I didn’t catch the sudden reason for the love match… Possibly Ms. Kearsley was more concentrated on the history part. I’ll have to listen again.