As someone who has had an Audible account and rarely listened to the audiobooks, my account was a waste. I, in fact, would let my credits roll over until they somewhat needed to be used so I would end up buying about 4 at a time and again they wouldn’t be listened to. In the past couple of months, however, I have had a major conversion. Normally I would have listened to podcasts while walking the dogs, cleaning, blogging and whatever else ( my favourite podcast is Two Crime Writers and a Microphone, you gotta check them out!) however I have noticed that I am listening to the audiobooks more and more. I was actually in the middle of one when I was asked to take part in the #LoveAudioWeek for Orenda and had to jump at the chance. I ended up ‘reading’ Sealskin, a book I have wanted to read for quite a while! Holy cow, it was amazing!
Let’s learn a little about it first.
What happens when magic collides with reality? Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous …and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives – not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence?Based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people – Sealskin is a magical story, evoking the harsh beauty of the landscape, the resilience of its people, both human and animal, and the triumph of hope over fear and prejudice. With exquisite grace, Exeter Novel Prize-winner Su Bristow transports us to a different world, subtly and beautifully exploring what it means to be an outsider, and our innate capacity for forgiveness and acceptance. Rich with myth and magic, Sealskin is, nonetheless, a very human story, as relevant to our world as to the timeless place in which it is set. And it is, quite simply, unforgettable.
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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 15 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 Feb. 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MS5Q9H8
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Slight Spoiler and Trigger alert!
Crikey, where to start?! First of all kudos to Angus King for being chosen as the narrator. His dulcet tones carried me off to a mystical land before the story had fully kicked in.
This is a story that starts out how nothing should ever start. There are beautiful dancing maidens who are mythical Selkies. As they are going back to the sea Donald assaults one and realising what he has done he brings her home to his mother. How this story develops is beyond amazing, it is exquisite!
Listening to the narrator brings about a real sense of wonderment. He has mastered the telling of this story in a way that had me wanting to do nothing but want to know what came next, I was hanging on his every word.
I get it, audiobooks are new and a lot of us are reluctant for change and I am someone who detests change but trust me when I say this – if you get an audiobook with the right narrator then you will be hooked and if you have never listened to one before then Angus King is the man to convert you along with the magic of Sealskin.
Oh now don’t go anywhere just yet, we have a giveaway for you this wonderful Audio Book Loving Day, 3 audio copies of Sealskin ripe for the picking! All we need is you to click the button and travel to the land of Raffelcopter and, if you are lucky, your dreams might just come true!!
I want to thank Anne and Karen for asking me to take part in this wonderful event!