Sealskin

  • by Su Bristow
  • Narrated by Angus King
  • 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Beautifully written and evocative

What made the experience of listening to Sealskin the most enjoyable?

The beautiful writing, the scenery, the people, the story...


What did you like best about this story?

The skillful retelling and handling of an old and intriguing legend


Which character – as performed by Angus King – was your favourite?

Not sure what it has to do with Angus King (no offence he did a fabulous job of narration), but my favourite character is Auntie Annie


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did...I am now sleep deprived....but I am also very pleased that I did.


Any additional comments?

In the headline I mentioned the word "evocative" and that is the word that came to immediately to my mind when I came to write this review, for that is what this beautifully written book is, from the waves on the beach, to the seals on the rocks, to the man and his love and the community that surrounds them. In my heart I could feel the poignancy of the story, my spirit washed by the tides of loneliness, hardships and the struggle of the main characters with whom one easily found an empathy. If you can't smell the seaweed and feel the wind in your hair then you weren't paying attention. Highly recommended.

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- Jane

Beautiful

Brutal, Beautiful, Heartbreaking and uplifting. I love this book. everyone has to listen to it.
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-02-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios