Ysabel

  • by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets -a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer's son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works.But the cathedral isn't the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day - and it's calling out to Ned...

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What the Critics Say

World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 2008

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Haunting story, magnificent narration

Such a difficult book to review.

Unlike Kay's other work, this is a fey novel. Kay is a master of his art and this book is no exception. The plot races, unfolding surely in his hands. His characters are precisely, lovingly portrayed with his signature realism. These are real people dealing with unreal situations and events.

Quick synopsis: a young teenager is transplanted from Montreal to Aix en Provence when he accompanies his photographer father and his team on a photo shoot. He is dragged into an old, old story of betrayal and love that spans millennia, wrecks lives and even cultures. He struggles to understand his place in the tale while racing against time to save a friend.

The descriptions of Provence are truly beautiful. Such an inspiring place, drenched in sunshine and blood alike.

Kate Reading is... There aren't enough words to describe her skill. The tone of her voice is soothing, exciting, enticing - a real pleasure to listen to. She handles a 15 year old boy and a millennia old man with ease - not a small feat. She can make even the most turgid story fantastic.

I have listened, re-listened and listened again. I'm in love with the story and the narration.
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- Janine

Excellent story line

Wonderful descriptions of Province and the land marks which make me want to visit...but probably never will. I enjoyed the story line that we may have other histories and other reasons we do what we do. I am a counsellor and often work with people who want to know definite reasons and answers to why they react as they do, these type of story lines help me think that life is/can be so much more complicated than that.

I was initially disappointed to hear the American accent narrating, but she does the voices very well, high pitch and low, subtley changing as the characters developed.

I liked the sexual/ flirty conversation which made me grin amd warm inside. I enjoyed believing we are capable of so much more than we think! I did get bored at some of the journeys and drama but it did not ruin the overall enjoyment.
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- Penelope

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-01-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio