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Heart’s Blood

Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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Whistling Tor is a place of secrets: a mysterious, wooded hill housing the crumbling fortress belonging to Anluan - a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the region in tones of revulsion and bitterness. A curse lies over Anluan's family and his people, and the woods themselves hold a perilous force whose every whisper threatens doom.

Then the young scribe Caitrin appears in Anluan's garden, admiring the rare plant known as heart's blood. Retained to sort through entangled family documents, Caitrin brings about unexpected changes in the household, casting a hopeful light against the despairing shadows.

But even as Caitrin brings solace to Anluan, and the promise of something more between them, he remains in thrall to the darkness surrounding Whistling Tor. To free Anluan's burdened soul, Caitrin must unravel the web of sorcery woven by his ancestors before it claims his life - and their love....

©1972 Walter Rodney (P)2018 Tantor

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Very engrossing

The narrator didn't sound whiny to me, but I did slow down the reading speed because it seemed very fast. After I did that, I had no problems with it. I've never had to do that before.
Story wise, I really enjoyed it. Villian was a little obvious, but I loved the story idea so much it didn't matter. The author always does a good job with strong female leads that don't need to tear down men to raise themselves up. This is no exception. They're realistic people facing fantastical problems.

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Another great story!

Another great story by ine of my favorite authors. Juliiet Marillier has a way of taking the extraordinary and making it perfectly believable. I love her books. I have them all so far. Please don't stop writing!!

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  • K
  • 01-10-19

One of my Favorite Authors

I love Juliet Marillier's other books so I was so excited to listen to one I haven't read before. Unfortunately, I couldn't listen to the narrator for the whole book and I ended up reading the rest on my kindle. The main character can be negative and almost whiny at times, but the narrator was almost always whiny, except for voices of other characters.The book itself was difficult to get into, but the narration didn't help. It got hard to put down towards the end, but a slow start mixed with a narrator I don't love could've led to me giving up if I didn't already love the author.

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Wonderful fairy tale retelling!

Wonderful retelling of Beauty and the Beast! Juliet Marillier did an excellent job of keeping the essential elements of this classic story, while also adding more depth, enchantment, ghosts, and sorcery.

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Awful.

I'm not sure if it's the narrator or the story itself but I can't listen to it. Not even one chapter in. And I am a Juliet Marillier fan.

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cute story

It wasnt difficult to get through the book. It kept my interest enough in a light way. The story didnt go as deep as I would have like but it was a fun cute story.

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Good As Usual

I have read every book from this author and she doesn't disappoint! Though it's no as magical as my personal favorites you still fall in love with the characters and their growth.

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Book of my Heart

This story is so full of life and love. It touches my heart and memories of my wonderful Irish mother. I had to listen to it twice to enjoy each word. Truly a classic.

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  • Ellen Lingwood
  • 11-03-18

A wonderful book!

I really enjoyed this! I’m a fan of Juliet Marillier, so was thrilled to see a new audiobook had been released. I know it was written in 1972 but in my opinion it’s one of her best ever.

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  • Megan Clarke
  • 09-01-19

a lovely story

I loved this story and I loved the narrator. The narrator's interesting inflections in how the story was read were great, often I hear narrators read in a monotone, and there's nothing worse! Even a great story can be made boring when read that way, not so with this one. The story moved along nicely, a few twists and turns (interesting, sorta saw them coming though) but nothing too tragic happened and it was a nice little story in the end. Both kept me wanting more. I'll be keeping an eye out for more from both author and narrator.