Having established itself as a landmark of contemporary fantasy, Giants of the Frost finds itself a worthy suitor in the haunting strains of performer Edwina Wren - at once forceful and sensuous. After settling in at a remote Norwegian research station, scientist Victoria Scott soon begins to suffer an uncanny sense of déjà vu, followed by nightmarish visions. The source of these disturbances is steeped in centuries-old Pagan religion - its divine workings beyond the grasp of Victoria’s scientific sensibilities.
Wren’s voice-acting style is refreshingly unique and strikingly convincing, as she personifies stuffy Norwegian scientists, coarse yet mystical deities, and the incredulous heroine, chased by ancient demigods. Moreover, Wren’s lilting, ethereal airs heighten the chilling atmospherics and ancient echoes that haunt this tale at every turn.
Victoria has chosen career over love, but starts to question this decision when she finds herself working at a remote weather research station on a tiny island off the coast of Norway.
In this world of midnight sunshine, the Old Gods still watch the affairs of humanity - one of them has become fixated on Victoria, certain that she is the reincarnation of a woman he fell in love with over a thousand years before. It was a love affair which threatened the very existence of Asgard.
Dangerous love and desire are soon running out of control, as the spectacularly supernatural obliterates Victoria's refuge in scientific rationalism.
©2004 Kim Wilkins; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"A page-turning supernatural romance/dark fantasy novel with lashings of brooding Norse mythology." (The Age)
"Beautifully rendered....Quite possibly her finest work yet." (The Courier Mail)
The story is well told, if a bit long, but the main problem that I had with this book is that the ending (without disclosing details) is abrupt and unsatisfactory.
I came away very displeased with it.
I enjoyed reading this book first and listening to it later. Some of the "magic and romance" of this novel is harder to visualize through the reading. I think that is due to the length and slow parts more then the reader through. This book is not for someone looking for a bodice ripper or the perfect ending. I enjoy how it mixes enough of reality to make it believable and that life doesn't always turn out as we want it to be. "Autumn Castle" by the same author is better, but this book was still enjoyable.
I took a chance on this one - fearing it would turn out to be unbearably soppy and clich?d - but I don't regret the credit I spent on it. I enjoyed the story, the mix of the modern and the ancient, of technology and mythology, of the love and the suspense elements. In terms of the story my criticism is the fact that the great love, to me, was just not believable. But that didn't ruin it for me. Much more annoying was the narrator: the voices she gave to the characters (mainly the male characters) did not do it for me at all, and throughout the book I found myself imagining how much more interesting and likable the cast of this story would be were it not for the narration.
This title was enjoyable enough, but I'm sure that reading this book rather than listening to it would be doing yourself a favour.
I really loved this book, more than I expected to. The author blended epic story telling of the old gods seamlessly with a modern twist. The way she characterized the Norse Gods and explained their existence, and their place in our mortal world, was very well done. Their characters take what we know of the gods, Odin the All Father and Loki the Trickster and the rest of the gang and turn their archetypes on their heads, making them fallible and almost human in their desires and weaknesses. This type of story is a classic in itself, a love story based on past life experience, and Wilkins brings everything we enjoy about the genre and adds her own elements besides. Despite the subject matter, I didn't feel it was cliché.
The narrator was quite enjoyable as well. Not only is her posh british accent melodic, her Norwegian accents aren't bad either. She does a very good job of assigning a different voice to every character, I was impressed by her range.
All in all, well worth the credit.
At first, I hated the main character therefore I wasent enjoying this book so much but It really became good. The writer captures the personalities of the old norse gods perfectly and weaves a tale involving their mythology and our world. Edwina Wren reads this with perfect emotion and pace. She has a brilliant norwegian accent. If you like Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs or even Neil Gaiman or if you enjoy romance novels you'll want to hear this one. I do not like romance novels and I still loved it. Now my only problem is finding another book like this one!
The narrator Edwina Wren was supernatural herself in the reading of this book.I just loved all 477 minutes of this lovely story. If you like romance/fantasy this would be a great audiobook to listen to over and over and over again. I did!!!!
I picked this up on a whim and was so surprised at how great it was. The story and characters are fabulous. The writer has a wonderful, literary turn of phrase and captures the essence of the worlds very well. The narrator is incredibly good and keeps you completely engaged. A must for your library!
This was a very good book. there are a couple times it seems to drag a bit but then it always picks up. The story is good another Modern day person runs into things old and beyond there understanding. If you enjoy that sort of fantacy this really should be read.
I liked the story but disliked the narrator. It is a pity that the narrator was unable to match the described characters and fearures of some of the key characters with their voices. Very disappointing! The right narrator would make this story so much better. Nevetheless it is a god story even it does not end with a happy end.
As an avid romance fan, I loved the premise of this story. However, as an obsessive romantic, I don't suggest listening to this particular audiobook if you want a bubbly, happy ending; even though it is a nice ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a fantastic tale of love and fate, with very believable characters brought to life by the narrator who uses many different voices and accents. I found this book whilst searching for more from this narrator, having heard other books of hers and in doing so discovered an author who I shall definitely keep an eye on.
My wife and I listend to this together. We both found it a compelling story, well told. We kept finding excuses to listen just a bit longer because we didn't want to stop listening. The washing up became a chore of choice because you can listen and wash up...
Good narration, reasonable range of voices, great story concept.
"I found it addictive"
I found this an addictive listen. I felt totally drawn in as part of the story as I listened and Edwina Wrens reading with the use of character voices really does enable your mind to totally visualise the story unfold. Kim Wilkins has clearly done research in to different areas to make the story convincing. I found it a pleasure to listen to.
"Didn't grab me I'm afraid"
I know this book is highly rated, both here and on Amazon, but I struggled through about three quarters of it, and after leaving it for a few weeks, realised I had no interest in returning to finish it. My quibbles? Why does Vidar speak with his cousin, brother, maid servant and anyone else from his world in a foreign accent? I'm afraid I kept getting flashes of 'Allo 'Allo, which didn't help given the sombre nature of this book. Why did the narrator, who does some brilliant accents, read Vidar in quite such a monotonous, depressed tone - I got to the point when I wanted to tell him to just lighten up, sh*t happens, get over it and buck up for heavens sake. If I'd had the actual book in my hand, I'd have skipped to the last chapter by half way to decide whether I could face the other half. I might, if I spot the book in a library or charity shop, skim through the rest of it, and I suppose I might give it another try, but be warned, I found the narration too downbeat, the story too slow, and what I presume has to be a not-happy ending too obvious. This can only end in tears!
"Imaginative but not the right ending"
I thought this was a clever plot and kept me interested throughout, but I wish the ending was different!
"beautifully written tale of love and destiny"
I really loved this story and was engrossed from the start. It was very different from anything else I have read or listened to but it didnt disappoint. Thought the plot for the story was really original and i enjoyed the narrators style. Give it a try.
"Beautiful and Haunting"
I loved this book. The narrator is fabulous making you feel like you are listening to many different voices rather than just one. This draws you into the story making it very intimate.
Its increadibly easy to loose yourself in this book - its quirky in the way its wrote in both the first and third person, but it works perfectly to convey the story from its dual perspective.
Read wonderfully with a decent attempt at acents and characterisation you feel drawn into the story in a way you rarely feel with an audio book.
The book works as a ghost story, a thriller, mythology and a romance equally well.
I would be hard presed to find a way this story could have been bettered and certainly an author I'll look for more from and a narrator I will add to my search list too.
If you are not drawn completely into this story mind, body and spirit then I would say you need to check your pulse to ensure you're still alive :)
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