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- A Novel
- By: Hannah Kent
- Narrated by: Morven Christie
- Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.
Hauntingly beautiful and tragic tale
- By Bonny on 01-14-15
I luxuriated in this darkly poetic novel, loving its historical richness, the beauty of the Icelandic scenery, and the drama of Agnes's story and character. The narration was superb overall with a few overplayed moments. The same is true of the novel's language: always detailed and often surprising, Kent's descriptions occasionally overreached. Still, listening to this was a great experience. I had to pause the novel several times because Agnes's experiences were too intense. I expect that Anges, Nathan, and the reverend will stick with me for a long time.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
- Outlander, Book 1
- By: Diana Gabaldon
- Narrated by: Davina Porter
- Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....
The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary
- By Sara on 09-10-14
The Plot Just Never Showed Up
I gave up on Outlander almost 1/4 of the way through because I was just too bored to go on. I rarely give up on novels, but the plot just never. showed. up. And life is way too short to listen to 32 hours of a book I didn't care about.
All the author gives us in the first 8 hours/150 pages is Claire, a generic and apparently very emotionally flexible character who was pretty cool with being transported to another time and wasn't too worried about getting back. She never got past hanging around the castle talking to Jamie, and it didn't feel like she ever would.
The narration was fine, and I loved the Scottish accents, but without a single interesting character or apparent moving conflict to pull me through a 800+ page novel, it just wasn't going to happen.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful