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Connie J. Jasperson

Olympia, WA USA
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  • The Heart of What Was Lost

  • A Novel of Osten Ard
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

In the wake of the Storm King's fall, Ineluki's loyal minions, the Norns, dark cousins to the Sithi, choose to flee the lands of men and retreat north to Nakkiga, their ancient citadel within the hollow heart of the mountain called Stormspike. But as the defeated Norns make their way to this last haven, the mortal Rimmersman Duke Isgrimnur leads an army in pursuit, determined to end the Norns' attacks and defeat their ageless Queen Utuk'ku for all time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suffers from being a 'bridge' story

  • By Mac on 04-30-17

A Great Installment in a Classic Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Would you listen to The Heart of What Was Lost again? Why?

I downloaded this book yesterday, and couldn't stop listening until it was done. Andrew Wincott is absolutely perfect as the narrator for such an involved book.

What other book might you compare The Heart of What Was Lost to and why?

This book is not like any other book, other than a Tad Williams book - it is a unique, dark fantasy, gripping and compelling.

Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favorite?

Duke Isengrimnur, followed closely by both Porto and Endri, and Viyeki, They are all portrayed so differently, but very much as they should be.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many - Viyeki's struggle as whole was quite powerful, and I was deeply moved by it. I was left wondering about his story--will it continue?

Any additional comments?

This is quite an involved story. I'm going to listen to it again, and read along with the hard copy to see what I may have missed.

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  • Sin

  • By: Shaun Allan
  • Narrated by: R. D. Watson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Dead, dead, dead. Say it enough times and it becomes just another word. What would you do? Could you kill a killer? Does the death of one appease the deaths of a hundred? What about that hundred against a thousand? What if you had no choice? Meet Sin. No, not that sort of sin, but Sin, crazy as a loon (you ask Sister Moon), and proud of it. Sin locks himself away in an asylum and, every so often, gets violent. That's only so they'll give him those nice drugs, though. The ones that help him forget. It's a pity they don't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wild, wonderful prose, beautifully narrated

  • By Connie J. Jasperson on 03-28-14

Wild, wonderful prose, beautifully narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-14

If you could sum up Sin in three words, what would they be?

Shining, Brilliant, Awesome!

What other book might you compare Sin to and why?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Finnegan’s Wake. Sin's madness is wild, touching, and sarcastic--and Shaun Allan's prose is fitting and stands beside any masterpiece of modern literary fiction. Watson's reading of it is moving, lyrical.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening scenes, as Sin begins to realize his guilt, and the significance of the Twopence coin.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book is filled with powerhouse scenes, all of them moving.

Any additional comments?

Throughout the novel, Sin's ruminations are self-mocking, and world-weary, yet naive and innocent. He bears the guilt of the world, and suffers the unbearable pain of being the cause of so many deaths, but still he finds ironic humor in every situation. Joy is grounded and guides him to the truth, but is not allowed to tell him anything.

Nothing is what it seems in this tale, and right up to the end, you are not sure which reality is real.

The facts come out, or do they? This book is a roller-coaster ride from the start to the finish, and I give it 5 stars for originality, and if I could I would give this audio-book version ten!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful