Bitter Seeds : Milkweed Triptych

  • by Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by Kevin Pariseau
  • Series: Milkweed Triptych
  • 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 1939. The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between. Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of the Second World War, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him.
When the Nazis start running missions with people who have unnatural abilities - a woman who can turn invisible, a man who can walk through walls, and the woman Marsh saw in Spain who can use her knowledge of the future to twist the present - Marsh is the man who has to face them. He rallies the secret warlocks of Britain to hold the impending invasion at bay. But magic always exacts a price. Eventually, the sacrifice necessary to defeat the enemy will be as terrible as outright loss would be. Alan Furst meets Alan Moore in the opening of an epic of supernatural alternate history, the tale of a twentieth century like ours and also profoundly different.


What the Critics Say

"A major talent.... I can't wait to see more." (George R.R. Martin)
"Tregillis writes and plots beautifully. The characters - twisted German psychics, bitter warlocks, the brutal calculators of the British intelligence apparat - are complex, textured, surprising. The physical descriptions are wonderful. And the plot is relentless, a driving adventure story with intrigue, battle, sacrifice, and betrayal." (BoingBoing)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good story, not so good narration

It is, as the critics' reviews say, a good story that kept me listening... it also kept me grinding my teeth at the narrator's poor grasp of accents. Lorimer, a Scot (who, thankfully, has little to say in the book) does not have a Scottish accent, rather, he has a wandering Irish/North Country hybrid accent that left me wincing. The Germans all speak with preposterous mock German accents and Olivia, wife of Marsh, is voiced with a strange received English plus occasional hints of Mockney even though she is described as having a common accent.
If you can ignore all this (and I did, after a struggle) then it's a good audible book.
Narrators really should be discouraged from giving accents to characters unless they know how to do them properly.
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- Wendall

Story is ok - narration is painful

I can only agree with the other reviewers.

Why on earth, when a book is set entirely in Germany and England, would they choose an American to narrate it? He simply cannot do the accents!

Not only is this painful on the ear at times, but also, when involving converstaion between two of the main male characters, it becomes impossible to tell who is supposed to be speaking, because the accents vary so much.

The plot is interesting and the story well told - with the exception that the Author does tend to get over impressed with his own eloquence when describing the esoteric. His descriptions of the awe-inspiringness of his super-natural beings do tend to drag.

All in all, I shall probably get the sequel – but I will wish that someone else was reading it.

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- George

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-08-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios