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Karen

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  • Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (217)

    Set in the pre-Christian world of Glome on the outskirts of Greek civilization, it is a tale of two princesses: the beautiful Psyche, who is loved by the god of love himself, and Orual, Psyche's unattractive and embittered older sister, who loves Psyche with a destructive possessiveness. Her frustration and jealousy over Psyche's fate sets Orual on the troubled path of self-discovery. Lewis's last work of fiction, this is often considered his best by critics.

    Stephanie says: "One of a kind."
    "Gripping, emotionally jarring, and elegant!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Till We Have Faces to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Contrary to my normal opinion, I was able to become more intrigued by and absorbed in the story as I heard it as if from the lips of an old traveling bard, spinning a web of a story for me in vivid detail and yet piercing opaqueness.


    What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

    Her depiction of Orual is unmatched. She is able to embody the hollow desperation of Orual's life, and the intensity of her love for Psyche, without making it overdramatic or cliche. Her distant and almost stern tones accurately convey the fear and pain Orual's endures, and her voice sounds sometimes harsh and human, sometimes fiercely metaphysical.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene in the forest when Orual finds Psyche for the first time after Psyche's sacrifice is particularly moving to me. The eeriness of the surreal situation sent shivers through my mind, and almost made me begin to question what was awake and what was dream, what was delusional imagination and what was hard reality. Orual's fearsome almost possessively protective love of Psyche was well portrayed in this scene as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this story, and the performance was superb!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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