They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion -within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight.
She knows that he is a vampire. She knows that she's to be his dinner and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet, as dawn breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her. And now it is he who needs her to help him survive the day.
©2003 Robin McKinley; (P)2008 Tantor
"A gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature." (Neil Gaiman, New York Times best-selling author of Anansi Boys)
"McKinley knows very well - and makes her [audience] believe - that 'the insides of our own minds are the scariest things there are.'" (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
I enjoyed this. It was an interesting world with lots of different kind of supernaturals and an interesting way of blending them together with humans. it was pretty well written, though I'm not sure I've heard the words cinnamon buns, breast, and vampire quite so many times over and over again. It was almost a compulsive listen because I wanted to know what happened next. I did think the narrator was terribly well matched to the story. I normally like Laural Merlington but her male voices, especially the ones for the vampires, were especially bad and I'm not sure that I liked the way she pronounced some words. Also, I didn't really care for the tone she gave to Sunshine. However, even with my reservations about the narrator I would listen to this again.
Each time that Sunshine and the vampire worked together.
How they helped each other escape from the house.
Different worlds can work together.
I get tired of all the books that are continued in other books. This book left me wanting more of the story.
Confusing listen: I'm not sure if it was the actual novel or just that this novel needs to be read in print so that you have more time to concentrate... some writing is just not "audible" friendly in my opinion.
Yes, she a great voice.
The story is one of the best I've heard! The narrator (reader) does grow into herself as the story progresses, but she was difficult to listen to in the beginning.
I would place Sunshine up against any fantasy book I've read and it would home out ahead of most. Author Robin McKinley also blows any other vampire book I've read clearly out of the water. Her writing is nuanced and compelling, a pleasure to hear.
After some initial rockiness, the narrator gives the listener a good range of voices for the characters, and creates a cool composure for Con while creating a more vivid voice for Rae, helping to provide counterpoint for their different, er, lifestyles, so to speak.
Rae's discussion with Yolande about her difficulties was very well done.
Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors. She has an incredible (not to mention all to rare) gift for allowing the reader the freedom to use their own imaginations within the story. She creates a beautiful framework, and while telling the story does not begrudge a few moments off the path.
I don't like Laural Merlington's voice as a rule but about ten minutes in it didn't bother me at all and about an hour after that I was finding myself actually very pleased with the presentation and approach L.Merlington and Audible took with this version.
The fact that the majority of secondary characters are men is just a really difficult thing to deal with but I embraced her voices for Con, Pat, and Mel enthusiastically within a few chapters.
Sunshine is One of my favorite books and Audible and Laural Merlington have brought it to life with the same happy cuddle up under blanket and read feeling that I got when I read this book the first five times in print! Thanks guys!
The story is great and has a bunch of interesting twists. It was definitely hard to hit the 'pause' button when other things came up. The only downside.. the narrator, however, over plays the whiney tone on the female protagonist. All of the male voices sound almost exactly the same as well. Despite that, the inflection and energy the narrator brings to the story got me past those hiccups, with only a minor thought of 'enough with the whining'.
I do not write reviews, this is only the second time in 3 years but I hope to save anyone else from wasting a credit and your time on this book. The Narrater was BAD and even if you can get passed that the story is terrible! Way too much detail on everything not ever related to the story. It could have been a 3 hour book, but it just drags on and on and on. Very hard to finish and glad that it was over!
Looking for a good read....
But it's never quite fleshed out. The narrator stumbled with the conversational tone of the author, which was very disapointing and rather annoying. There were several good stories started in this novel, none of which were ever thoroughly pursued and I had to go back several times to get the details which were often hidden in a tangent conversation in the herion's head. I suspect these might have been funny and may find a hard copy to explore some other time, but again the narrator was not able to do justice to this type of writing and came accross more cynical and whiny than comical.
I knew I was going to love this book when one reviewer stated they were envious of anyone reading it for the first time. High praise for a book and completely deserved in this case. Hard to see why anyone would not be enspelled by this book. Not only were Sunshine and Con weirdly and deliciously good together, but the other characters were terrific as well. And best of all, McKinley seemed to find the perfect balance between giving us what we wanted with the main characters and 'just enough' of the secondary to make us want more of both. Wow, I'lll repeat what the other reviewer said - I'm totally envious of anyone about to read this book for the first time.
Say something about yourself!
I got about 2 hours into this book and knew it sucked but, sadly I couldn't stop, I had to finish it. If there is a place that baking doesn't belong it's in a vampire novel. And the voodoo wars, where the hell did that come from? If anything this book needs a prologue or a dictionary.
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