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Troubled Waters Audiobook
Troubled Waters
Written by: 
Sharon Shinn
Narrated by: 
Jennifer Van Dyck
Troubled Waters Audiobook

Troubled Waters: Elemental Blessings, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The author of the Twelve Hours series welcomes readers to a new fantasy world, where the elements rule.

Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river.

It's there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime, ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right. But as Zoe unlocks more of the mysteries of her blood - and the secrets of the royal family - she must decide how to use her great power to rise above the deceptions and intrigue of the royal court.

©2010 Sharon Shinn (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This entertaining and suspenseful story is full of lively characters, and the intriguing new system of magic and politics provides plenty of potential for sequels." (Publishers Weekly)

"Filled with vivid characters, beautiful scenery, sweet friendships, surprising destinies, political intrigue, mystery, a slow satisfying romance, and an interesting take on personality types, Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn is a book that just feels good." (Fantasy Literature)

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    Marie 07-25-15
    Marie 07-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Half Way Through and Nothing Has Happened"

    I usually enjoy young adult fantasies but Troubled Waters is so dull I stopped listing. I gave it a fair shot, hoping something would move the story forward but finally decided I didn't want to spend further time on it. I lost interest in the outcome. At the point I stopped listening, more than a year had passed since the story opened. The book read more like an outline than a completed novel. The characters are lifeless and lacking in emotion. If Zoe mourned her father's passing, the reader did not get to share in her grief. If she was afraid of what would happen to her when she was forced to marry the king (which didn't happen), the reader could not sense her fear.

    When it was revealed that Zoe was 23 years old, I was shocked. At no time does she express interest in men, in marriage, in what her futures holds for her. In most societies, a young woman of her age would have some sexual thoughts and desires. Zoe is a blank. When Zoe escapes from the man taking her to marry the King, she casually goes on her way and life go on. She never wonders if they are looking for her, and if they are, the reader does not experience the search. When her long lost relatives discover she lives and is the Prime, not of them plot against her. They help her and welcome her. It feels false. There is no tension or conflict.

    This could be a perfect family book because it contains (at least until the half-way point) no sex, no sexual innuendo, no drugs, no cursing (not even a "darn"), no racial tension, no evil, no conflict, no violence. Unfortunately, there isn't much to hold the interest of listens.

    I enjoyed the narrator and would listen to her again.

    Several reviews have mentioned how Trouble Waters does not compare well to the author's other works. I don't know if I will try another and compare or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie San Diego, CA, United States 10-09-12
    Carrie San Diego, CA, United States 10-09-12
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    "Gotta love a strong woman"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Troubled Waters?

    I personally love when an author creates a new social structure within the story. In this case, the world the characters reside in is dictated by random fortunes that are drawn when a child is first born. These fortunes don't necessarily reveal themselves in obvious ways, but definitely play a part in creating the personality of their recipients.


    Any additional comments?

    One thing I don't particularly like about this story is how obnoxious the main character starts to sound. I think she stops being all sensible and strong, and instead starts to sound downright bossy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 07-09-12
    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2016

    avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.

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    "Light listening"

    It's pretty typical fluff. Zoe is an interesting character, and this was a pleasant enough listen. It made good background listening at work because I didn't have to fully pay attention to understand the story. The narration was great.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Jackson Hyannis, MA USA 02-21-16
    J. Jackson Hyannis, MA USA 02-21-16 Member Since 2015

    Wave Rider

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    "Amazing book!"

    I read this on recommendation by author Gretchen Rubin and am soooooo glad I did! The fantasy and story of a made up land was captivating!

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    Lanie Louisville, KY, United States 02-14-16
    Lanie Louisville, KY, United States 02-14-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not good."

    Story seemed very young adult fiction focused, simplistic, with very unrealistic plot development. I've enjoyed some of the author's work in the past, but this was not a good representation. The narrator mispronounced many words and names, and her accents were very inconsistent.

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    Deb Glass 02-04-16
    Deb Glass 02-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Too bad"

    She messed uo and put Foley with the wrong princess in the following books. wonder how she'll fix that mistake in her writing. I want a temple with a blessing container to help guide my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Adams Vermont 02-02-16
    A. Adams Vermont 02-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book!"

    A great performance and really good writing. My first listen for this author, do glad I found her!

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    Maggie Zadikov 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating book!"

    An avid reader of fantasy fiction, I have held author Juliet Marillier in high esteem. Sharon Shinn now shares that high standing. I loved Troubled Waters! I was excited by the theme of the 5 elements throughout the story. I loved Shinn's writing, level of detail and her ability to tie up all loose ends in a coherent way. I also loved actor Jennifer Van Dyck's exquisite reading. I highly recommend this book to all fantasy enthusiasts. I look forward to reading subsequent books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jguevrem 01-05-16
    Jguevrem 01-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very entertaining and light"

    exactly what I needed, found the foundation of the story very compelling. loved the narrator.

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    Kristen 12-18-15
    Kristen 12-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "urggggggggg"

    I can't take Sharon Shinn I swear to god another one of her infuriatingly heartwarming love stories will kill me, how many more in this series? I need it immediately.

    I liked the narrator most because of how her voices were identifiable without being annoying or overpowering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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