Moonheart

  • by Charles de Lint
  • Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia
  • 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Sara and Jamie discovered the artifacts, they sensed the pull of a dim, distant place, a world of misty forests, ancient magics, mythical beings, ageless bards...and restless evil.Now, with their friends and enemies alike - Blue, the biker; Keiran, the folk musician; the Inspector from the RCMP; and the mysterious Tom Hengyr - Sara and Jamie are drawn into this enchanted land through the portals of a sprawling downtown edifice that straddles two worlds.From ancient Wales to the streets of Ottawa today, Moonheart entrances listeners with its tale of this world and the other one at the very edge of sight. A tale of music, motorcycles, and fey folk beyond the shadows of the moon, Moonheart is pure magic.

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What the Critics Say

"He shows that, far from being mere escapism, contemporary fantasy can be the deep mythic literature of our time." (Fantasy and Science Fiction)

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Enjoyable, different storyline

I debated for a long while whether or not to use one of my precious credits on this book. I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed learning about the Celtic and Native American mysticism since it's an area I'm fairly unfamiliar with. With much of the fantasy stories out there right now being about vampires and werewolves etc. (don't get me wrong, I like those too) I found this story refreshing and different. I saw an earlier review stating the story jumped around a lot. I actually really enjoy stories with multiple storylines and characters as it helps to draw me into the story even further when I can try to figure out how they all come together at the end. The only reason I gave this four stars was, with so many characters involved, the narrator seems to have a hard time finding voices for them all. There were times where it was tough to figure out who was talking if it wasn't specifically written in the book. He's got the main characters down though so the issue is a minor one. If you're looking for an interesting and different read this book is a good choice. Happy listening.
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- Vava

Enchanting

Sara and her uncle Jamie live in Tamson House, the old family mansion that takes up a street block in Ottawa. While Sara runs their cluttered curiosity shop, Jamie spends his days studying the arcane and playing host to the eccentrics and homeless people who come and go through Tamson House. Sara and Jamie???s interests collide when Sara discovers an old gold ring that seems to draw her into an ancient past ??? a past where Welsh and Native American mythology comes alive. But not only does the ring pull Sara in, it draws Tamson House, and all its occupants, with it.

Moonheart was a truly satisfying read for me. I fell in love with Tamson House ??? just the idea of a big sprawling mansion that exists in two worlds is enough to fascinate me. Tamson House was my favorite ???character??? in Moonheart but, as rarely happens, I liked almost all of the characters in this novel. They feel real and alive, with distinct backgrounds, personalities, and motivations. I enjoyed watching them react to their strange situations and interact with each other.

Another aspect of Moonheart that works especially well is the mix of the modern and ancient. It doesn???t feel at all unreasonable when Blue is racing his motorcycle through ancient Wales. In many ways, Moonheart reminded me of Robert Holdstock???s Mythago Wood and Lavondyss, two of my favorite fantasy novels. In each of these stories, an old house exists in both the modern world and on the edge of an old dark forest full of myth and legend. I suppose I just can???t resist this type of story and de Lint does it so well.

There is plenty of mystery, suspense, and action in Moonheart, and even some terror, too. I was completely enthralled the whole way through as I listened to Paul Michael Garcia superbly narrate Blackstone audio???s version. Moonheart is an enchanting story.
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- Katherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.