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 have listened to hundreds of books on audible but have not ever taken the time to review one before. Never has a narrator killed it for me more than this. I found it so hard to focus on her voice at times, several minutes would pass and I would think "I don't know what just happened?" Then when I could focus I would find myself irritated by her voice, pronunciation, prosody and inflection. She sounds like a combination of Amy Sedaris and Charlton Heston. I am not saying it to be mean as I am sure she is a lovely human being but her voice would be much better suited for a comedy than this genre. She was hot right for this story, a younger voice would have been a better choice. I am not sure I will be able to finish this book. I want my credit back.
Beautiful organic worldbuilding resides in this book, a story told by a wonderfully complex and completely natural protagonist that is unapologetically honest about everything including and except herself.
The reader gives wonderful, complete character to a first person narrative, and Laurel Merlington fills the world and everyone who resides with real color, while Robin McKinley's words details every nook and cranny of a unique and somewhat scary world worth exploring.
This is a fresh, brilliant, extraordinarily well-written book. I read it first, and received such a strong sense of the characters that the narration doesn't bother me, though I agree that it doesn't do the book justice. Sunshine is one of my go-to books. I have read and listened to Sunshine more times than I can remember, and found more with each retelling. I strongly recommend it for an intelligent and fascinating urban fantasy experience.
I listen on my long commute to work.
I love this story I have the book and audio book. I am disappointed with the narrator I expected a young vibrant voice yet she sounds older. It is a mismatch for the story. It is still one of my favorites yet I cringe each time I hear the narrator.
I just love to read but seems like I'm always driving. Audible made it possible to do both. Now my poor radio in my car hasn't been used in a long time. More outrageous the story the better. I read to take a brake from life not to start thinking about it.
Just loved the book. just wish she would write a sequel!!! I seem to come back to it every time I seem to be down.
I normally love Robin McKinley books and yes I will try others, but I wish she would stick to regular fantasy with knights and dragons and not do vampire stories. It seemed to be just another teen vampire book and that is getting borrrrring.
Perhaps I would have liked it better with a different narrator. I doubt I would have purchased the book at all had I seen who was narrating.
Yes, yes, and yes. It is a mesmerizing tale - in an alternate world of vampire and others. It is stark and sensual, sexy yet innocent - an interesting story that makes me wish for more...
It's one of those stories that stays with you, lingers in the back of your mind, and calls to be reread and enjoyed periodically. The words, the voices, and relationships combine into a wonderfully complex tale. The vampire/human relationship begins due to extreme circumstances, and slowly develops over time. It is not instant love or lust, as in so many vampire books today. In some ways that makes it more haunting.
I like the way she read Con's words...think she had the tone just perfect. On the other hand, it often sounds like his name is 'Kahn', not 'Con' (for Constantine).
So many choices. When he asks 'Who ARE you?' When he heals her? When she travels to meet him after she calls him? When he asks her to come with him for the evening? When they are in SOF headquarters?
Why oh why doesn't this book have a series following it.
This is a little dark, very inventive, alternate-universe/vampire novel
Ever since I first picked it up, I re-listened to Sunshine every few months, and it never ceases to enthrall and delight me. It has become one of my favorite books of all time.
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.
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