The Spirit Ring is clearly early Bujold, but loads of fun anyway - except that this reader is so over the top in her reading that I found it hard to listen to and may not finish it in spite of my loving Lois Bujold's work. There are odd pauses and cadences to the reading that seem to have nothing to do with the actual sentence being read. At one point a character wails something, and it's read like an Old Testament prophet thundering, rather than being the voice of terror and despair.
Bernedette Dunn, who read The Sharing Knife books by Bujold would have done a better job of it.
no, it's complete in itself.
Fantasy lovers should find a copy of this book to read - it's very good - but I'd appreciate any other reviewers who might have found different things in the narrator than I did.
I always enjoy Roberts' romantic suspense stand alone novels, and this one is no exception. It's got a twisty plot (I didn't see who dunnit coming, although in retrospect I should have), and a nice, slowly developing relationship between the protagonists. Whiskey Beach doesn't have Roberts' usually well-defined cast of secondary characters, and the family relationships that make Roberts so much fun mostly take place off-stage - all the book focus is on the two main characters, really, with even the antagonists being mostly off-stage.
It's not as good as Blue Smoke, but it's better than Chasing Fire.
anyone. Peter Berkrot just reads the book, makes no real attempt at differentiating voices, even of the male characters - this makes it sometimes hard to follow, given that Roberts usually avoids the "he said, she said" style of dialog.
The lead character and his family are an old Boston family, and there's no attempt to sound East Coast at all - it's all read pretty much in a midwestern accent.
The very beginning when a hear-sick and weary Eli first comes to the Bluff House, his retreat from a life in Boston that had become intolerable.
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