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Fast paced story which held me bound to listen and complete in just two days.
"Ysabel" is a fun and unique story centered around a 15 yr old boy in modern France.
The story is fit for a broad spectrum of readers. From teens to grand parents.
Myself being in my mid 50s found this book because I love the narration of Kate Reading who I first listen to reading "Eye of the World" by Robert Jordan(I also highly recommend). Her narration of "Ysable" is superb.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I had doubts when the story started: the hero is 15 and talks like a stoner dude <lol>. But I remembered reading books by this author (a long time ago) ....and enjoying them. So, I hung in there. Excellent read. I really enjoyed the story (and it's been a while since I could say that without qualifying the statement <g>).
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Such a difficult book to review.
Unlike Kay's other work, this is a fey novel. Kay is a master of his art and this book is no exception. The plot races, unfolding surely in his hands. His characters are precisely, lovingly portrayed with his signature realism. These are real people dealing with unreal situations and events.
Quick synopsis: a young teenager is transplanted from Montreal to Aix en Provence when he accompanies his photographer father and his team on a photo shoot. He is dragged into an old, old story of betrayal and love that spans millennia, wrecks lives and even cultures. He struggles to understand his place in the tale while racing against time to save a friend.
The descriptions of Provence are truly beautiful. Such an inspiring place, drenched in sunshine and blood alike.
Kate Reading is... There aren't enough words to describe her skill. The tone of her voice is soothing, exciting, enticing - a real pleasure to listen to. She handles a 15 year old boy and a millennia old man with ease - not a small feat. She can make even the most turgid story fantastic.
I have listened, re-listened and listened again. I'm in love with the story and the narration.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Wonderful descriptions of Province and the land marks which make me want to visit...but probably never will. I enjoyed the story line that we may have other histories and other reasons we do what we do. I am a counsellor and often work with people who want to know definite reasons and answers to why they react as they do, these type of story lines help me think that life is/can be so much more complicated than that.
I was initially disappointed to hear the American accent narrating, but she does the voices very well, high pitch and low, subtley changing as the characters developed.
I liked the sexual/ flirty conversation which made me grin amd warm inside. I enjoyed believing we are capable of so much more than we think! I did get bored at some of the journeys and drama but it did not ruin the overall enjoyment.