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Winter

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  • Deathless

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Catherynne M. Valente
    • Narrated By Kim de Blecourt
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to Western European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories that have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the 20th century.

    Robert says: "My Favorite Fantasy Book of the Year"
    "Beautiful and sad"
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    What did you love best about Deathless?

    This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful and sad pieces of writing that I have ever read, and I hope everyone else loves it as much as I did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character of Baba Yaga was with out a doubt my favorite character in this book. She is crass and powerful and wise and sarcastic. Everything that you would expect from an immortal sorceress that has lept from the pages of Russian myth.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sparrow Hill Road: Ghost Stories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Amy Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross - a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn't ask Rose what she thought of the idea. It's been more than sixty years since that night, and she's still sixteen, and she's still running. It's been more than sixty years since that night, and she's still sixteen, and she's still running.

    Sires says: "A Series of Interconnected Stories"
    "A Love Letter To The Highway (in a good way)"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sparrow Hill Road to be better than the print version?

    I could *not* get into this book in print, but the audio version transformed it into easily one of my favorite audiobooks of all time (out of about 160 I've listened to).


    What did you like best about this story?

    There's a beautiful romanticized nostalgia for an America never really existed, but we like to pretend that it did, underpinning the whole book. Seanan's writing and Amy Landon's narration transports the listener to a different world. A shadow world that rests just beneath the one we live in, and that stays with you long after you're done listening.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Landon – was your favorite?

    Easily Rose. The book is written in the first person, and Ms. Landon brings Rose to life in a way that made me feel like Rose was talking to ME personally, not just the faceless audience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily, no. The book is really a collection of connected shot stories, and I loved that I could listen to as many or as few as I like, and pick things up again with ease.

    That said, I pretty much did. Listening to it over the course of one day.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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