The Winter Sea Audiobook

Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Reviews | 7 comments

Review of: The Winter Sea Audiobook
Susanna Kearsley

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On May 26, 2012
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The Winter Sea Audiobook

By: Susanna Kearsley

Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor

Published by: Audible, Inc. 07/2011


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15hrs and 54mins

In 2008 Carrie McClelland can’t hit the right note for her next novel but an unplanned detour, and a stop at the castle that inspired Count Dracula, sets her on a different path; a path that took her back in back exactly 300 years, to that same castle, and to a rebellion doomed to failure. Alternating between the contemporary setting and the past, The Winter Sea takes us at every turn into little known worlds; historical footnotes writ large, a history of Scotland and the Jacobite rebellion of 1708 and the possibility of genetic memory. Historical fiction at it’s bestand Susanna Kearsley at hers, The Winter Sea evokes the writing of Thomas Raddall, Daphne Du Maurier, and Mary Stewart.


Reviewed by Lisa Kay

I love to listen to the talented Rosalyn Landor read a book. Her elegant narration is perfect for this lyrical, atmospheric book.

Ms. Landor does the accents nicely, especially the Scottish. She does a great job of the male and female voices in this sweeping, emotional novel, switching between the sexes seamlessly. Ms. Landor can be anyone, from an innocent young woman who feels like a fish-out-of-water, to a worldlier writer piecing together a historical account of memories of the Scottish Slains Castle and its inhabitants that haunt her. So, it was easy for one of my GoodReads groups to talk me into doing a “buddy read” of this one.

This author can write! No doubt about it, it is superb, along with being well researched on the Jacobite uprising of 1708. However, I was expecting a romantic book, and I quickly realized this was deeper and darker than I was in the mood for, at the time; therefore, I set it aside for a while. Consider that when looking at my rating. Some of you are definitely going to give this book a five star rating.

This is a “parallel” manuscript, telling two stories 300 years apart, alternating between a contemporary setting and the past. It wasn’t a lot of fun holding my breath, wondering which one was going to end badly (though I quickly figured it out). Then I held it again, wondering how bad it was going to be. Nevertheless, some of you will love the angst of that. Personally, I felt myself distancing myself from the heroine, as I didn’t want to get too attached. Still, I ended up crying.

Wonderful book! So worth the listen.

4.07 · rating details ·  7,860 ratings  ·  1,590 reviews on Goodreads


The Author

Susanna Kearsley

Voices behind the books

Rosalyn Landor

Rosalyn Landor has been nominated for the Audie Awards 2012 “Solo Narration-Female” category for her narration of The Winter Sea
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  1. Once again, I am so happy to be mentioned on your blog….especially with this particular novel… I had to stop recording a couple of times to grab the box of Kleenex! It is a wonderful story,not necessarily your usual romantic fiction I agree,but something that harks back to a style of writing and content that is richer and more satisfying than some of the work published these days….I am looking forward to Ms Kearsley’s future novels!
    Thank you for all your very kind words on this one regarding my narration,I so appreciate the time you took to listen. Warmly,Rosalyn.

    • Lisa and I love your work, she will be happy to hear you stopped by.
      I’m sure she’ll be replying to you comment shortly.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment in our blog.

    • Rosalyn, I had a suspicion this one was going to be a “tear jerker” – but with you narrating it, I knew it would be wonderful. Thus, it was easy for my “buddy read” friends to twist my arm into reading it. So glad they did! I LOVED it. I’m crossing my fingers you get the Audie. You deserve it. ☺

  2. I own this book..after reading your review I need to find it!! The alternating past and present intrigue me and it sounds like I might have good cry!

    • I added this to my TBL, it just sounds like something I could really enjoy, I read somewhere that if you are a fan of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (it happens to be one my favorite books) you will really enjoy this one.

    • Kimba88, I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I did. It was a great “parallel” story.

  3. Woohoo! Congratulations for bring home the Audie on this one, Rosalyn!!!! Winner: Solo Narration, Female! **throws confetti**

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