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Finnikin of the Rock
- By: Melina Marchetta
- Narrated by: Tom Wren
- Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh in order to save the royal house of his homeland, Lumatere. And so he stands on the rock of three wonders with his childhood friend Prince Balthazar and the prince's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood. Lumatere is safe, Until the 'five days of the unspeakable'.
Great story pity about the editing
- By Louise Hobson on 14-10-2020
Love Melina Marchetta!
I adore Melina Marchetta and I love Finnikin of the Rock.
This is my third reading, but the first time I've listened to the audio version. I don't think this is the best way to discover Finnikin of the Rock, however. I think you should read the book traditionally first.
For one thing, there's a lot of names, and I think seeing them helps a lot.
Another thing is that I didn't find myself getting as lost in the story, or becoming as affected (I don't think there's a Melina Marchetta novel that hasn't made me cry at least once, EVERY time I read it). I'm not sure if it was the vocal actor or not. I do think he was pretty good, he had some great voices for some of the characters (at least one not so great voice that I can think of too!). He even sounded like Iain Glen sometimes, and I love his voice (everyone must, surely!). Unfortunately he would swallow quite a bit - it was really noticeable, especially at the beginning - and really took me out of the action. Just a bit of a turn off!
I will listen to the next two - partly because I've already bought them, partly because it's a different vocal actor and also because I loved those books too!
Throne of Glass
- A Throne of Glass Novel
- By: Sarah J. Maas
- Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
- Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
- By Sweetheart1 on 06-11-2018
Good story, okay voice.
I quite enjoyed the story - I've read it before but couldn't really remember much. However there was a brashness to the voice that I wasn't a fan of. I suppose it makes sense because that's the kind of character that Celaena is, but I just couldn't fully immerse myself into the story because of it.