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Thorn

Written by: Anna Burke
Narrated by: Annette Romano
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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On a cold day deep in the heart of winter, Rowan’s father returns from an ill-fated hunting trip bearing a single, white rose. The rose is followed by the Huntress, a figure out of legend.

Tall, cruel, and achingly beautiful, she brings Rowan back with her to a mountain fastness populated solely by the creatures of the hunt. Rowan, who once scorned the villagers for their superstitions, now finds herself at the heart of a curse with roots as deep as the mountains, ruled by an old magic that is as insidious as the touch of the winter rose.

Torn between her family loyalties, her guilty relief at escaping her betrothal to the charming but arrogant Avery Lockland, and her complicated feelings for the Huntress, Rowan must find a way to break the curse before it destroys everything she loves.

There is only one problem...if she can find a way to lift the curse, she will have to return to the life she left behind. And the only thing more unbearable than endless winter is facing a lifetime of springs without the Huntress.

©2019 Anna Burke (P)2019 Bywater Books, Anna Burke

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  • Carleen
  • 2019-04-04

An excellent story very well told

Caveat: I read the book when it was released a few months ago. So my experience listening to it may or may not be influenced by having previously read the story.

Thorn is a beautiful story. Burke's use of language is rich and layered. Rather than being a re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast story, Thorn is a re-imagining. Yes, yes, there are certainly similar elements and plot lines, but Burke takes us beyond the fairy tail. Definitely beyond the Disneyfied version of the fairy tale. It's a book/story well worth your time.

The audio version of Thorn is quite good! Burke's use of language and the textures she folds into her storytelling make for a compelling audio experience. Annette Romano had great material to work with. And she worked well with the material she was given.

I particularly enjoyed the slight brogue she used to tell the Huntress's part of the story. It lent a depth and rawness to her character that was fitting.

The narration was clear and appropriate for the varying characters in the book - whether main or secondary. There were a few moments when I wanted just bit more from the performance - a bit more emotion, a bit more variation. But those moments were nicely countered at other times when I could hear the nuance of a deep sigh or a shuddering gasp. Over all, it was a nice balance.

Now, this is just a personal thing. I had to turn up the narration speed to 1.25 for it to sound natural to my ears. FOR ME, the performance sometimes felt a bit too purposeful or deliberate. Almost over-articulating. But, again, that's ME. I'm used to fast speech - both my own and other's. But putting the narration speed at 1.25 worked to give the flow of the narration a more natural sound.

In general, this is a highly worthy audio book! I very highly recommend it.

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  • J.B.
  • 2019-04-13

Not to be missed

I wish I could write a review as amazing and well written as this book deserves alas I am not Anna Burke whose descriptive imagery and character development transported me into this story and I did not want to leave nor did I want the story to end. There was self discovery, empowerment, loss, love, sacrifice, redemption, action, and so much more. This was my first time listening to Annette Romano narrate, she did a fantastic job and I loved the brogue she used for The Huntress. I will without hesitation listen to her again. This is a book and audiobook not to be missed!

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  • Stephanie Culpepper
  • Long Beach Ca
  • 2019-04-16

I like it

I really love how Anna Burke has reimagined Beauty and the Beast. I was not expecting it to have to twists that it did but I was not disappointed at all. I am looking forward to anymore audiobooks that Anna Burke has.

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  • Ginger 3701
  • 2019-04-18

A good story but....

Too repetitive. Too many chapters with more or less the exact same words. A story that could have been told in two hours went on for several. The narrator sounded like she was reading an encyclopedia. Stilted and somewhat annoying but perhaps not all her fault as she basically repeated the same words time and again. I did struggle to finish this book and skipped chapters. In this book if you heard one chapter you heard them all.

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  • AdarkanddrearyKnight
  • 2019-05-03

Winter is a beastly woman

A retelling of the classic Beauty and The Beast with a lovely wlw twist brought low by a very monotonous performance that left me falling asleep more so than entertained me. Had this book been performed by someone with better inflection, dictation and emotion than this would’ve been an amazing story.

As such, it’s okay if not mildly boring.

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