Sheltered and lonely, Jon's life changes drastically when a strange ship sails into the harbor of his small port town one day. Trapped between the possessive pirate captain and his murderous first mate, he must learn to adapt or he will lose himself completely. An epic tale of love, treachery and revelation, this first instalment of the Baal's Heart series brings you into the lives of three men so bound together by jealousy and lies that they must sail to the very ends of the earth to find forgiveness.
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Amazing Story and Performance!
The Audio version is a wonderful enhancement, though as with most adaptations, I prefer to read the book first to get more details.
This is one of those stories that has a life of its own and you are lucky enough to be sucked into. It is a very descriptive world with some very complex characters (Tom being one of my all-time favorites). It is not fluffy or overly romantic, but still a love story. Three very different men come together, each with their own pasts, needs and secrets, who end up becoming integral pieces to their overall relationship puzzle. How they get there is a very exciting and suspenseful, and often difficult journey.
I don’t read a ton of audio books, but I have read enough to know a good narrator when I hear one. The narrator can make or break a story for me, can either dull a story down or bring more life to an already fabulous one. Mr. Ferraiuolo falls into the latter category. He did a fabulous job with these tricky characters. He easily distinguishes between the three, as well as others in the crew, and does an excellent job at portraying each one. Mr. Deckard has already given a vividly clear picture of these characters, so they are some pretty big shoes to fill, but Mr. Ferraiuolo has definitely succeeded in my opinion.
If you are looking for a story to get lost in, one that makes you feel as though you are right there watching it unfold, that allows you to escape reality for a bit, with characters you can’t help but love (and even some to dislike at times), this one definitely fits the bill, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Definitely heed the trigger warnings on this one though, because things can get pretty rough on the Baal’s Heart, so if you have any tendencies of “sea sickness,” you might be better off staying on dry land.
Polished, mature storytelling.
Triple play: engrossing story with engaging characters and an extraordinary voice talent to bring it all to life. This one will be replayed many times.
Caged stands alone as a unique storytelling and listening experience. It is epic in scope, yet intensely intimate. High fantasy, with high action and adventure, provides the kind of reading experience you look for if you like George R.R. Martin.
Pacing and a fine understanding of each of the characters, major and minor. This narrator elevates the story to the level of a stage performance, with all the gravitas and sensuousness required by the play.
Yes, definitely... although the run time precluded doing that.
From my Amazon review of the book:
Fantasy and erotica on the high seas, with larger than life characters, and a gripping tale of lust and obsession, this one caught me by surprise - in a very good way. This is polished, mature storytelling. Don't expect to like all the characters, but do expect to be surprised, shocked, and absorbed by the unrelenting unfolding of dysfunction amidst high seas adventures. This one hooked me from the get go. I can't wait to jump into the next.
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