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Heart’s Blood

Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
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Whistling Tor is a place of secrets: a mysterious, wooded hill housing the crumbling fortress belonging to Anluan - a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the region in tones of revulsion and bitterness. A curse lies over Anluan's family and his people, and the woods themselves hold a perilous force whose every whisper threatens doom.

Then the young scribe Caitrin appears in Anluan's garden, admiring the rare plant known as heart's blood. Retained to sort through entangled family documents, Caitrin brings about unexpected changes in the household, casting a hopeful light against the despairing shadows.

But even as Caitrin brings solace to Anluan, and the promise of something more between them, he remains in thrall to the darkness surrounding Whistling Tor. To free Anluan's burdened soul, Caitrin must unravel the web of sorcery woven by his ancestors before it claims his life - and their love....

©1972 Walter Rodney (P)2018 Tantor

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A wonderful book!

I really enjoyed this! I’m a fan of Juliet Marillier, so was thrilled to see a new audiobook had been released. I know it was written in 1972 but in my opinion it’s one of her best ever.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-19

Very engrossing

The narrator didn't sound whiny to me, but I did slow down the reading speed because it seemed very fast. After I did that, I had no problems with it. I've never had to do that before.
Story wise, I really enjoyed it. Villian was a little obvious, but I loved the story idea so much it didn't matter. The author always does a good job with strong female leads that don't need to tear down men to raise themselves up. This is no exception. They're realistic people facing fantastical problems.

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  • Laura brigger
  • 12-01-19

Another great story!

Another great story by ine of my favorite authors. Juliiet Marillier has a way of taking the extraordinary and making it perfectly believable. I love her books. I have them all so far. Please don't stop writing!!

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  • K
  • 10-01-19

One of my Favorite Authors

I love Juliet Marillier's other books so I was so excited to listen to one I haven't read before. Unfortunately, I couldn't listen to the narrator for the whole book and I ended up reading the rest on my kindle. The main character can be negative and almost whiny at times, but the narrator was almost always whiny, except for voices of other characters.The book itself was difficult to get into, but the narration didn't help. It got hard to put down towards the end, but a slow start mixed with a narrator I don't love could've led to me giving up if I didn't already love the author.

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  • Amycp
  • 29-05-20

Good, Not what I expected, no retelling

I’ve seen reviews comparing this book to Beauty and the Beast. That comparison kept me from reading it sooner. It is not a retelling if that story. Much more unique and original. The author is one of my favorites and her stories are always well written. Her characters always have depth. If you like her other work, go ahead and purchase this. You won’t be disappointed. If you aren’t familiar with the author I encourage you to try her books if you enjoy ancient tales of quests and romance with strong and unique female leads. My only criticism of this audio book is on narration. All of the voices were well done except for the female lead which did not appeal to me personally. Not bad, or detracting, just a bit whiny.

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  • S. EVERSOLE
  • 28-12-19

Not as good as other Marillier stories

The heroine in this tale is unfortunately a moron, (although seemingly smarter than those around her). I still listened to the end but have enjoyed other Marillier books far more than this one in which I found myself very annoyed at the main character very frequently.

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  • Dragonfly
  • 26-12-19

Juliet Marillier crafts another work of art

I loved this book! I adore this writer's skill in creating such depth in her characters and not just in the central ones. Like all of her books I didn't want to put this one down. I highly recommend all of Juliet Marillier's books.

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  • Marbidlilibi
  • 09-11-19

Great story, great book, but....

I really wish it had a male point of view. The readers voicing of the male characters was kinda bad, too slow and little emotion or impact, close to monotone. So that killed my enjoyment a little bit. however, still a great story and book overall if you don't mind silly attempt at male voice.

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  • Chris Perez
  • 21-09-19

Wonderful fairy tale retelling!

Wonderful retelling of Beauty and the Beast! Juliet Marillier did an excellent job of keeping the essential elements of this classic story, while also adding more depth, enchantment, ghosts, and sorcery.

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  • 09-09-19

Awful.

I'm not sure if it's the narrator or the story itself but I can't listen to it. Not even one chapter in. And I am a Juliet Marillier fan.

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  • lily
  • 03-08-19

cute story

It wasnt difficult to get through the book. It kept my interest enough in a light way. The story didnt go as deep as I would have like but it was a fun cute story.