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The Dark Wife Audiobook

The Dark Wife

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Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth. Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want - except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice. Zeus calls Hades "lord" of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny. But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.

The Dark Wife is a YA novel, a lesbian revisionist retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth. It won the 2012 Golden Crown Literary Award for Speculative Fiction.

©2011 Sarah Diemer (P)2016 Hatching Phoenix Productions

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    Blair 03/03/2017
    Blair 03/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "a succulent tale of love and power"
    Would you listen to The Dark Wife again? Why?

    Not only is the narration utterly stunning the story itself is just divine. There are so many wonderful women in this story, that is at it's core a story that really explores the depths and complexities of female characters and lesbian love stories without fetishisation or stereotyping. There is not your typical slice of white bread discovers she is the chosen one. This is a story that while spoken of gods resonates so beautifully with the lives of so many, be it that in the LGBT community or otherwise. The way these characters are balances is utterly brilliant, their endless lives somehow manage to investigate a fascinating side of humanity that so few writers ever reach. I could write a novel itself about this story, but the most important thing to me is that these women are treated as people, two women who both hold love within their hearts for at one time perhaps another woman, but eventually for one another. As a Lesbian myself it is so so so wonderful to experience lesbian relationships written in a normalised manner, which sounds crazy considering the context of gods and myths but once again that shows the power of this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The use of language, which is rich but not loquacious to a point that is tiring as many authors can be. The diverse range of characters and beautiful portrayal of several lesbian relationships.


    What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

    Everything, honestly, her ability with voices is stunning and I just found myself lost in the world over and over again as if I were in the most beautiful of waking dreams.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book, just please, no matter who you are, listen, it is stunning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • S. Taylor
    8/03/17
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    "Please rerecord this audiobook!"

    The Dark Wife is a book I've been meaning to read for years but just finally found the time in the form of hour-long commutes to work. The story of Persephone and Hades has always been a favorite of mine, especially when you delve deep into the various interpretations of the "original" translations. To make them lesbians and reveal Zeus to be the douchebro we all know him to be is just awesome. The story is well-written and while I would've liked a little more focus on the external plot, I absolutely loved the romance.

    What isn't awesome is the audiobook. I honestly regret not reading the book myself because the narrator is the worst narrator I've ever heard. Let me give you a brief overview of the issues:

    The narrator is inconsistent in pretty much everything. In the span of one paragraph she'll pronounce things differently, the most notable being Gaia (Guy-uh to Gay-uh) along with other general Greek pronunciation problems (Rhea, specifically). She gives each character a different manner of speech and I've found that narration immediately following dialogue keeps that character's voice rather than Persephone's (since the story is in first person). There are even times when the narrator drops Persephone's voice during narration, as if she's gotten tired of it.

    Speaking of Persephone's voice, it is honestly the most grating sound I've ever heard. Persephone is a strong, capable heroine who is taking control of her own destiny. The way the narrator voices her, however, makes her seem meek and on the verge of tears constantly. Even if all she's doing is picking flowers. Everything seems like a sorrow, which is completely out of character. It honestly affects the way the character is interpreted, though most of the characters end up with voices that don't match their character -- Hermes' voice is slow, Pallas is childish, Hades is monotonous and masculine.

    As I said, this is just a brief list but these are the most egregious issues that pull me out of the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    18/08/17
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    "love the story, wasn't crazy about the narration"

    I had had this book on kindle for a while before the audio book came out, and while I really love the story, I was a little disappointed with the audio performance. There are mistakes and lines that are read more than once, you can hear background noises sometimes, and I wasn't a huge fan of some of the voices chosen for different characters. Despite that, I'll be listening to it again, I'm sure, because I love the book and love to listen to audio books while I clean or draw.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MelHay
    Adamsburg, PA
    15/08/17
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    "Stunning, heartfelt telling of Persephone & Hades"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dark Wife the most enjoyable?

    Veronica speaks as Persephone as she tells the story before all has happened, and as it happened. Veronica does cracking voices full of emotion when the book notes it. She feels to speak with such love and emotion that draws my heart into the story. A stunning vocal performance from Veronica as she relates all the emotions through her voice, and draws me into them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sarah's writing feels as though it's poetic with emotions strong in her words. The cadence of the telling, along with Veronica's vocals, felt to fit the old sway of words with the Greek gods and goddesses. The details and emotions invested into this story feel to be strong. There is such love written here. And in the voice! Veronica relates the strength of all the emotions present.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story is very drawing with the words and Veronica's voice. But the one scene that touched my heart the deepest was when the dead villagers met others. You'll know the moment and who the others are when it happens. Beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    Persephone grows fonder and fonder of Hades. In their small connections it seems that Hades is healing, along with Persephone in heart and mind. They have both suffered some loses or torment from others that starts to heal with each other's presence.

    We get a feel of the flip of good and evil where we would think to see it. Zeus and Hades, evil and good. Which is the one that has more compassion for people and souls? We see things from a different angle that opens possible thoughts of it all.

    This story is told as Hades as a female, as is Persephone. They fall in love and it's beautiful. This book is all emotion. I didn't get a feel of strong prejudice from everyone present. It's natural to love and it doesn't matter who that love is directed to. Love is an amazing emotion and all should feel it. Though, there is one that's not thrilled with it as it's not him receiving the love as he feels he should. He is also one that seems to look down on a relationship between two woman, but that is only briefly mentioned. The story is mainly a gorgeous telling of Persephone finding her way in the world and finding love.

    The story is very drawing with the words and Veronica's voice. But the one scene that touched my heart the deepest was when the dead villagers met others. You'll know the moment and who the others are when it happens. Beautiful.

    If you thrive on lush descriptions of all around you and feelings, this is a great read for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    18/04/17
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    "Amazing"

    People told me this book was good, but no word can really do it justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • He of the Sidhe
    16/03/17
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    "So good!"

    I have read this book twice already, but I enjoyed this recording immensely! The reader hit on all the emotions and characters so well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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