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Autumn Castle

Narrated by: Richard Aspel
Series: Europa Suite, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
3.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Berlin in autumn: Christine Starlight lives in an artists' colony with her lover Jude, whose patience and beauty have eased her battle with chronic pain. But Christine begins to be haunted by childhood recollections of a little girl's disappearance and the flapping of a blackbird's wings. Then her world is rocked by the return of a childhood friend... Mayfridh rules over a land where a wolf is the queen's counsellor, fate turns on the fall of an autumn leaf and mortals feel no pain. As Christine becomes addicted to Mayfridh's world, so Mayfridh grows addicted to Christine's, falling dangerously in love with Jude.
©2003 Kim Wilkins . (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Kim Wilkins has a gift for creating narratives that swivel between the world of fantasy and reality. This is a tribute to the measured purposefulness of her prose ... Inhabitants of the real world will be seduced by this fantasy." ( Sydney Morning Herald)

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You have to stick with it

I found this books difficult to get into but once you get there you can't help but feel for the characters. If you persist (I had multiple long car rides) you will be rewarded.

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  • KathyDB
  • 24-03-2015

Great Story, Horrible Narration

Would you try another book from Kim Wilkins and/or Richard Aspel?

Yes, but never another book with this narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Emotion where there was none called for. He gave a lot (a lot) of words an "er" ending which were not "er" words.

Do you think Autumn Castle needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I think the story was complete.

Any additional comments?

The story was wonderful. I liked the characters, I liked the way it flowed, but the narration is one of the worst I've ever heard. I would like to listen again, but with a different narrator.

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  • Sandra
  • 08-11-2010

Who rated this novel?

I bought this audio book based on the author -- I like some fantasy, sci-fi, and I had enjoyed Kim Wilkins' other novel, "Giants of the Frost," very much. But after 45 minutes I couldn't grasp what the story would be about. I couldn't distinguish the characters one from another, or their purpose. I think the narrator will be one which I will avoid in the future.

There are no reviews on this book, yet it has 5 stars???? From whom? Why?

Life is too short to waste another minute on this novel.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 28-05-2011

Fairies and Make-Believe characters

Did not understand from the Audible summary that this book would involve fairies, and other make-believe characters. I have found the plot very hard to follow as it moves from character to character. I have TRIED to figure this book out, and have stuck with it in excess of 3 listening hours, but am giving up.

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  • ST
  • 01-07-2015

Amazing book, average voice acting

Kim Wilkins is a hugely talented fantasy author. You will probably enjoy her work if you like modern fantasy writers like Neil Gaiman.
This book is great. It's probably not quite as good as Giants of the Frost, but it's pretty close.
The voice acting for this audio book is not very good. Some of it is fine, but the characters with foreign accents (there's a lot in the book) sound awkward and stilted.
Don't let it put you off. It's not terrible just a little annoying. I still enjoyed the experience of the book a great deal.

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