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Christine

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  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2641)
    Performance
    (2212)
    Story
    (2215)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Bad narration detracts from light read"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story fine, but the bad Scottish accents by the narrator were incredibly distracting to listen to, so I only read the book the old-fashioned way. There goes my monthly credit. :-( Like many others, I was recommended this by audible because I had just listened to the Outlander series. That narrator did such a fine job, not just with the Scottish accents but also with the characters, that I was able to listen for hours while cooking, driving, you name it.

    The novel itself is a nice light mixture of historical fiction and romance -- not up to the caliber of the Outlander series certainly, but enjoyable enough. Just stick to the print version and you'll probably enjoy it too.


    What other book might you compare The Winter Sea to and why?

    It reminded me of Nora Roberts' Donovan Legacy series more so than Outlander.


    What didn’t you like about Rosalyn Landor’s performance?

    In contrast to the narrator for Outlander, Rosalyn Landor was so awkward with the Scottish accents and male characters as to sound almost mechanical at times. I tried a couple of times to listen to her, but I had to turn it off after 10 minutes.


    Did The Winter Sea inspire you to do anything?

    It's just a light read, not inspiring.


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