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Connie J. Jasperson

Olympia, WA USA
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

A Great Installment in a Classic Series

Would you listen to The Heart of What Was Lost again? Why?

I downloaded this book yesterday, and couldn't stop listening until it was done. Andrew Wincott is absolutely perfect as the narrator for such an involved book.

What other book might you compare The Heart of What Was Lost to and why?

This book is not like any other book, other than a Tad Williams book - it is a unique, dark fantasy, gripping and compelling.

Which character – as performed by Andrew Wincott – was your favorite?

Duke Isengrimnur, followed closely by both Porto and Endri, and Viyeki, They are all portrayed so differently, but very much as they should be.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many - Viyeki's struggle as whole was quite powerful, and I was deeply moved by it. I was left wondering about his story--will it continue?

Any additional comments?

This is quite an involved story. I'm going to listen to it again, and read along with the hard copy to see what I may have missed.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-14

Wild, wonderful prose, beautifully narrated

If you could sum up Sin in three words, what would they be?

Shining, Brilliant, Awesome!

What other book might you compare Sin to and why?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Finnegan’s Wake. Sin's madness is wild, touching, and sarcastic--and Shaun Allan's prose is fitting and stands beside any masterpiece of modern literary fiction. Watson's reading of it is moving, lyrical.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening scenes, as Sin begins to realize his guilt, and the significance of the Twopence coin.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book is filled with powerhouse scenes, all of them moving.

Any additional comments?

Throughout the novel, Sin's ruminations are self-mocking, and world-weary, yet naive and innocent. He bears the guilt of the world, and suffers the unbearable pain of being the cause of so many deaths, but still he finds ironic humor in every situation. Joy is grounded and guides him to the truth, but is not allowed to tell him anything.

Nothing is what it seems in this tale, and right up to the end, you are not sure which reality is real.

The facts come out, or do they? This book is a roller-coaster ride from the start to the finish, and I give it 5 stars for originality, and if I could I would give this audio-book version ten!

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