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© Cecilia Dart-Thornton; (P)2006 Books in Motion
Having already physically read this book and all her others I had looked forward to listening to it. I was not disappointed, I found the reader easy to listen to, I was also eager to hear how some of the words used were pronounced. I think Cecilia has put a lot of research into her storyline and takes the reader on a fascinating journey. Her descriptions may be long and boring to some but I find they enable me to picture in my mind what she is describing. They also put you there in the story. I hope that we will have all her books available on audible soon.
Audible I hope you will get the 3rd book in this series and also her Crowthistle Chronicles. Pure escapism for me.
This is a great audiobook, the narrator is not bad, she occasionally stumbles over some of the words but those tend to be made up by the author so nothing is lost in the interpretation.
In response to another review I just wanted to say she does actually pronounce those words correctly ie demesne IS actually pronounced di-mayn NOT de-mes-ne so when she mentions the 'di-mayns' of the stormriders she is absolutely correct. Gramarye ('grammerie') is the authors reference to magic and the occult.
For those that love celtic/scottish myths and legends you will love this book, it is a little slow to get into but once past that it is fantastic, I have listened to and read the books multiple times!
I did not especially enjoy this audiobook and will not buy the sequels nor printed versions.
The author's style is very prosaic, with long-winded anthropomorphic descriptions of scenery, weather, light, etc. I might enjoy those in a book of poetry or prose, but not so much in a novel. The entire plot could be covered much better in a short story and I found I was impatient to learn what will happen. There is potential in the plot, but it takes too long to hear how it develops. Also, this novel is much more a sequence of fairy tale stories and myths with lots of creepy, scary or disgusting ghosts and fantasy and fairy tale creatures.
The reader has a pleasant voice, but the frequent mispronunciation of words makes me wonder if she should be a professional reader at all. (For example: demesnes, not do-men-ses; mischievous, not mis-chee-vee-ous; and what is "grammarie"? - did the author write that, or is it grimmerie?) I found her mispronunciations to be distracting. Some of the heavily accented words as read for various characters were difficult to understand.
The sound of the recording had an odd metallic, "boinging" quality to it, as if it was recorded inside a stainless steel room or the microphone was covered with an aluminum pot. I tried various different earphones, earbuds and speakers but the odd quality persisted.
If you don't mind a lot of descriptive prose and not so much plot and character development, I would suggest you might like reading the hard-copy rather than listening to this book or its sequels.
This books' storyline is good but it gets bogged down by descriptive passages that seem to go on forever. Reminded me a lot of the "Clan of the Cave Bear" books... remember how by the end of them you could totally describe every edible plant in the northern hemisphere from root to tip and what medicinal properties it had? Same thing here. I just wish it had moved along quicker.
I almost gave up on this book, the first half was disjointed and wandering, full of overblown descriptions that lost me, and the author often mentions something foreign and takes her time explaining what importance it has--and when you're creating another world with new materials and customs, it gets confusing when you don't explain what the new things are for a while. The narrator as well drove me crazy--she mispronounced all sorts of words, and at first I thought "oh, it's just another British narrator using a less familiar pronunciation" but then I realized that only the characters had UK accents--the narrator herself was American! Dart-Thornton uses 100 dollar words too much. I think her true desire is to write poetry and so she inserts as much as she can into her writing. So that is why I gave it a 3 star rating. The second half got much better, although characters amazingly escape their unseighly wight foes without weapons or much forethought. It kept me entertained enough, though, that I am going to listen to the next book...
Being a fan of fantasy I was dissappointed with this audiobook, it is a strange story without much in the way character devlopment and a vague storyline...will not be purchasing the next two chapters in this novel.BM.
Loved this book until the very end. Would have given it five stars, but the ending was one of the worst . . . very disappointing. Especially after how well the story unfolded. Think the author just didn't know how to end it. With that said, I'm still glad that I read it.
The story is great and interesting, but the overly drawn out descriptions were soo long. The author spends literally 5 minutes talking about the color of water, and makes half sentance comments about the really important stuff. I would start to zone out and say "yadda yadda yadda get on with it" and then suddenly Id missed something important because it was just thrown in there. Uh it was the most frustrating trilogy Ive ever read. Once you get through it you tink, well that was a good story but it couldve been told Really well in about 5 hours ( And I hate abridged audio) I dont mean abridged- I mean put all the stuff that means anything to the story and you have 3-5 hours.throw in like 20 hours of NOTHING but the author wishing she was a poet describing CURTAINS and you have this book.
This audio book is a winner.
The dreamlike writing goes beautifully with Kris Faulkner's style of reading. The whole thing is a pleasure to listen to.
The story itself is not fast paced or simple - it is elegant, languid and funny in a wry and low key way(the narration brings this out well).
This is the kind of book that gives fantasy a good name - its not just swords and dumb names.
People might complain about the "slowness", however, personally, I was not bored.
I hope more Dart-Thornton comes out in this format!
I love Cecilia Dart-Thornton's novels so I'm not sure if this story was truly as slow to get into as I think or if it just took me a while to get used to the narrator.
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