Bryony and Roses

  • by T. Kingfisher
  • Narrated by Justine Eyre
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bryony and her sisters have come down in the world. Their merchant father died trying to reclaim his fortune and left them to eke out a living in a village far from their home in the city. But when Bryony is caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in an abandoned manor, she stumbles into a house full of dark enchantments. Is the Beast that lives there her captor or a fellow prisoner? Is the house her enemy or her ally? And why are roses blooming out of season in the courtyard? Armed only with gardening shears and her wits, Bryony must untangle the secrets of the house before she - or the Beast - are swallowed by them.

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Good plot, awful narration

I really liked the plot of this story.
This is a retelling of Beauty and The Beast, with Bryony, a gardener, as the protagonist. Without giving too much away, she wanders into an enchanted manor, and the beast is there too, but all is not as it appears....

A little slow at places, but the dialogue was witty, and the twist was clever. I thought the horror elements were really well done too.

The next part of my review is purely subjective. So this may not be the case for all listeners.

I regret to say that I found the narration nauseatingly terrible. I do not use these words lightly. I get carsick often, and the way Ms Eyre narrated sounded like travel sick groans. It's the glottal fry and the drawl at the end of almost every word, and every single sentence. It gives the impression that the narrator is sickened and wearied by what she is reading. The thing is, when she is saying the speech of the characters, her voice is clearer and not unpleasant. But the first time I listened to this, I started feeling light headed and nauseated too. It took a long time for me to be able to tolerate it. I fully recognise this may be a personal idiosyncrasy but I felt it would be dishonest to omit it, since it affected the entire experience.


Overall, I would definitely recommend the story to people who like fairy tales, gardening, even horror. I will be checking out more of T Kingfisher.
I cautiously recommend this audiobook to those who aren't sensitive to voice styles.
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- Margaret

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-10-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio