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Hild Audiobook

Hild: A Novel

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A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: Hild. In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying.

Hild is the king's youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby. But now she has only the powerful curiosity of a bright child, a will of adamant, and a way of seeing the world - of studying nature, of matching cause with effect, of observing her surroundings closely and predicting what will happen next - that can seem uncanny, even supernatural, to those around her.

Her uncle, Edwin of Northumbria, plots to become over-king of the Angles, ruthlessly using every tool at his disposal: blood, bribery, belief. Hild establishes a place for herself at his side as the king's seer. And she is indispensable - unless she should ever lead the king astray. The stakes are life and death: for Hild, for her family, for her loved ones, and for the increasing numbers who seek the protection of the strange girl who can read the world and see the future. Hild is a young woman at the heart of the violence, subtlety, and mysticism of the early Middle Ages - all of it brilliantly and accurately evoked by Nicola Griffith's luminous prose. Working from what little historical record is extant, Griffith has brought a beautiful, brutal world to vivid, absorbing life.

©2013 Nicola Griffith (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 12-29-13
    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 12-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Hild in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent historical novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Insight into how a "see-er" unraveled the patterns of the times.


    Any additional comments?

    Because of all the unfamiliar names, places and terminology, Hild was not the best candidate for an audio book. I wanted to see a reference map for 7th century Great Britain so I could understand where the various kingdoms were. I needed a glossary for all the unusual terms, and a genealogy chart would have been helpful, too. I wanted to page back to look at names, and couldn't do it. The story was lovely, engaging, well written and well read - but I think I would have enjoyed an e-book or hard cover edition of Hild much more than an audio rendition.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    David Woburn , MA, USA 03-27-14
    David Woburn , MA, USA 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I'd give it 10 stars if I could"
    Where does Hild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the best.


    What other book might you compare Hild to and why?

    It's been described as "Game of Thrones without the dragons" and that's fairly accurate. But the writing is just beautiful, and the women are richly realized.


    What does Pearl Hewitt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's got a gorgeous voice, and does a great job with choosing various contemporary UK or Ireland accents for the characters. I particularly enjoyed her performance of the narrator's ditzy friend Begu. She also reads like she admires and enjoys the prose, which is indeed worthy of it.


    Any additional comments?

    There's no supernatural elements in this book, just people who believe in the supernatural (Christ included), so if you're expecting a fantasy book, bear that in mind. Also, there's a lot of dynastic politics and geopolitical maneuvering, which can sometimes be hard to follow in audio format as one tries to keep track of names and places. Griffith's website has lots of resources, including maps and a family tree. The book felt real and vivid, totally immersing me in its world. What a place to visit!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Keefe France 09-09-14
    Susan Keefe France 09-09-14
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    "Incredible historical saga."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, although it is no light read. Loving history, I found this epic tale of the woman who is otherwise known as St Hilda of Whitby, extremely interesting. and am full of admiration both for the author’s attention to detail and the narrator Pearl Hewitt.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Hild, what a character!


    What about Pearl Hewitt’s performance did you like?

    I and am full of admiration both for the author’s attention to detail and Pearl Hewitt’s ability to pronounce the names and narrate such an incredible story.Pearl Hewitt brings Hild, and the other Nicola Griffith’s characters to life, the listener is able to become totally absorbed into life in the Dark Ages.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing saga which is set in seventh century Britain, at a time when the country consisted of small kingdoms, there was religious unrest and battles raged all the time. The sheer attention to detail of this novel, makes it an amazing story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 09-06-15
    Barbara 09-06-15
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    "Get the Kindle version too."

    This factionalized biography of a 7th century Anglo-Saxon girl who eventually became one of the most powerful and influential women in early Christian England, Hilda of Whitby, is difficult reading without the map, glossary and pronunciation guide in the Kindle version. Together, the book was wonderful. The author captures the natural world as well as the customs and material culture of that remote time. Highly recommended and worth the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chrissy WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US 10-04-14
    chrissy WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US 10-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hild to be better than the print version?

    I have read the print version and listened to the audio book numerous time. Though I love the story in general I will say that I enjoyed the audio immensely - trying to figure out how to pronounce some of the Anglo/ Irish/ Briton names was difficult in the print version to say the least!


    What about Pearl Hewitt’s performance did you like?

    Terrific narrator!! The ancient names seemed to roll right off of her tongue.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read - strong, female focused historical fiction. I can't wait for the rest of Hild's story

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Justdar 07-20-14
    Justdar 07-20-14
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    "Excellent book in all formats!"
    Where does Hild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details were fascinating, and as dense as it was at times, every detail furthered the story.


    Which character – as performed by Pearl Hewitt – was your favorite?

    Hild


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A picture painted by a thousand words."

    Buried deep within that cornucopia of rich, superfluous detail, there might have been a story. But if there was, it has utterly escaped me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-08-16
    Diana Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-08-16
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    "Excellent story!"

    Very believable characters so that I cared about what happened to them. I found it difficult not to keep listening all night because the narrator did such a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Car44roll 08-02-16
    Car44roll 08-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    loved it. rich in its surroundings. the Story weaving it's way through such wonderful research.

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    Katherine M. Hill Chicago, IL USA 07-27-16
    Katherine M. Hill Chicago, IL USA 07-27-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Eminently enjoyable"

    The novel and reader were fantastic. The work has a poetic and musical quality that lingers after listening. And to boot, I found the story engrossing.

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    "Escape into a past world"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if that friend was really into local history and enjoyed audiobooks.


    What other book might you compare Hild to, and why?

    Any historical novel but a lot more detailed.


    What about Pearl Hewitt’s performance did you like?

    Pearl Hewitt has the ability to transport you into the world of these characters. She has a very easy voice to listen to and convincing accents. She became a reassuring voice on my commute to and from work. I'll miss it actually.


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

    The loss of kyan's wife and baby was particularly moving and I had very mixed emotions at the end of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very ambitious first audio book and it took me a while to get into the story and follow who the characters were. It would've helped if the author gave a bit more description at the start of each chapter as to where the characters were. A little confusing at times.

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