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  • Skybound

  • By: Aleksandr Voinov
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

The Third Reich is on its knees as Allied forces bomb Berlin to break the last resistance. Yet on an airfield near Berlin, the battle is far from over for a young mechanic, Felix, who's attached to a squadron of fighter pilots. He's especially attached to fighter ace Baldur Vogt, a man he admires and secretly loves. But there's no room for love at the end of the world, never mind in Nazi Germany.

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  • Something Completely Different But Just As Good

  • By HP Reader on 09-18-16

Skybound is a Treasure

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Reviewed: 10-05-15

Where does Skybound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


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My original book review stands. (See my blog). I won't change it, but I can say without question this audio version enhances the experience of Skybound, beautifully, as well as my feelings for it. Here I will focus on the audiobook itself and the delivery by the narrator.

First and foremost the quality of Matthew Lloyd Davies’ voice is ideal. He has an airy, lofty cadence that imparts the feeling of lift and flight. He doesn't swoop and soar, but instead carries the audience along on the wings that this story is built upon. And most importantly he conveys the brilliance of the writing.

Further into the story there is perfection when Felix's innocence and timidity need to come through. And they do. Not only am I told that his pulse is racing, but I can hear it in the narrators breath.

Finally, the melancholy tone that runs through the book is heard deep down in the vocal chords, but they don't cover up the endless, yet waning, hope that keeps you linked to each word. Despair, pain, loss, utter love and awe are all heard, and felt. And something that I had somehow forgotten came through clearly, Felix's strength. Yes, this modest man, who has seen so much loss, clings to his capabilities which show his devotion and care. He almost comes across as arrogant, but it just allows you to love him all the more. Timid Felix has strength that he doesn't know he possesses. But Baldur knows. And you will too after listening to this treasure.