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The theme which winds it's way through the story is the manner in which outsiders, indeed anybody different to those indigenous to a place, can be ill treated. The novel is set in nineteenth century rural Wales, and deals with a young woman who is ignorant of the fact that she is a fledgling witch. I cannot say more as it would spoil the book for anybody listening to it for the first time.
The narration is excellent. There are two voices which take the listener through the story, one Welsh and one English. I, for one, could not discern which is the narrator's actual accent, if either.
If you like historical fiction with a dash of the supernatural, then I cannot recommend this book enough. Those new to the genre may find it a touch strange and difficult in places, but it is well worth persisting through the more unusual scenes.
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Where does The Winter Witch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I have acquired several books but I found this one totally gripping, more so than the others.
What did you like best about this story?
The tale is set in south Wales and features the problems encountered by a young woman adjusting to a new life whilst simultaneously coming to terms with growing up and leaving home as a new bride. The story is magnificently told with the author giving sufficient descriptive narrative to enable the listener to bring the tale to life. The choice of Marisa Calin to narrate this book was inspired, her accent was perfectly suited to the content. She doesn't have quite the range of other narrators but this is real nitpicking as when I looked for my next book, I searched for one narrated by her.
Have you listened to any of Marisa Calin’s other performances? How does this one compare?
This was the first book I heard narrated by Marisa Calin but when I chose my next novel I started by searching for the narrator and was thrilled to find another with the same author and narrator combination. I've just begun my next book and am very happy with my choice.
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