Having read Fire Country twice before in print, I still wasn't prepared for the breathtaking performance of Khristine Vham as Siena. This is without a..Show More » doubt my favorite audiobook EVER!
I was driving home from a late night work meeting when I got to those final chapters. The emotional depth of Khristine's performance was so brilliant and I was so immersed in this world and her voice that I almost missed my turnoff. Plus to make it worse, my eyes were leaking and full of water. I'm surprised I made it home in one piece, not even counting that I was an emotional wreck. Such a beautiful story even without the incredible narration.
So what's this story about? From my first review from my print read: The Heaters tribe live in a hard cruel world full of toxic air that gives them each a life expectancy of about 32 years. Siena is a 15 year old girl who is a pre-bearer and will become a Bearer shortly after her 16th birthday. The story follows Siena's journey and at times I laughed out loud at her antics, especially conversations with her friend "Perry". And, dang you, Estes... I cried like a baby at other parts of Siena's hard journey!
Estes' creative descriptive writing talent had me gagging, sweating, laughing and crying right along with his wonderful characters. And the slang he's created had me giggling and I've even found myself using bits and pieces of the Heaters' more unsavory terms myself. ;-)
Now I have to wait a couple of weeks before the audio of Ice Country is released. I'll be pacing waiting for the audio to drop into my audible app! Based on the sample we got a taste of at the end of Fire Country, I'm in for another ride!! Can't wait!!
Ice Country is the sequel to Fire Country and starts out with Dazz, a fun-loving Icer who loves to brawl! When Dazz's little sister gets kidnapped, he..Show More » embarks on a quest along with his best friend, Buff, to find and rescue her. Along his journey, he meets up with a band of Heaters from Fire Country.
As usual, Estes' descriptions have me experiencing the world of Ice Country side by side with his characters. While listening to Ice Country, I was bundled up in my blankets shivering and when Dazz and Buff wander into Fire Country, the next thing I know I'm throwing off my blankets feeling as warm and hot as our beloved characters. Estes has a knack of bringing out many different emotions in me throughout his books. And as always, the antics of his characters have me bursting out laughing no matter where I'm at causing some strange looks if I'm sitting at the coffee shop!
This is the second time I've read Ice Country, the first time was in print. Listening to Macleod Andrews as Dazz was an even better experience this time around. I adore Dazz and hearing him brought to life by the talented Andrews was amazing!! Although to be honest, Skye wasn't quite my favorite voice. All in all though, the narration was very well done and I enjoyed it immensely.
I have Water and Storm Country already downloaded and queued up and can't wait to listen to it. Two of my all time narrators are performing so I'm really excited to begin!