Review of Giants of the Frost

August 28, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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Giants of the Frost by Kim WilkinsGiants of the Frost
By Kim Wilkins; Read by Edwina Wren
13 CDs – 15 hrs 18 min [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Published: 2007
ISBN: 9781740939676
Themes: / Fantasy / Norse gods / Weather science /

Fleeing a failed engagement and mother who makes life decisions based on a psychic’s predictions, skeptic Victoria Scott joins a weather team on a Scandinavian island. Harassed by insomnia and her unpredictable boss, she writes off her dreams of a breath-sucking hag and forest creature made of twigs as nightmares. Eventually, however, she discovers that these creatures are real and possibly the least of those she may encounter.

The island is actually Midgard, a gate between our world and that of the old Nordic god, Asgard. The book alternately tells Victoria’s story and that of Vidar, a son of Odin, who has been waiting a thousand years for Victoria to be born. In Vidar’s world we meet, among others, his bondmaid Aud, who tells much of the story, and his cousin Loki, trickster god of the Norse pantheon.

At first, Victoria is extremely shallow and self-absorbed, especially in her constant worries that any kind man has designs upon her. However, as the story unfolds and mythological elements gradually are incorporated, this feeling is lessened. My foreboding that this story was simply a typical romance was relieved completely when Aud’s and Vidar’s voices began to be heard. At that point the story became more intricate and took on weight and depth. By the last third of the book, I was on the edge of my seat wondering how the destiny of the two star-crossed lovers could possibly have the happy ending that I desired. Although such questions drive the story forward, much of the story’s true strength comes from Wilkins’ almost poetic incorporation of accurate Norse mythology and weather science.

Narrator Edwina Wren delivers the story in either English or Scandinavian accents as the story requires. Her performance is compelling, especially when depicting Aud and Vidar. Transitions from one section to another are indicated with music which is welcome in helping the listener make the necessary mental switch in a book that has many points of view. This is an extremely pleasing audio book overall and Wren is a narrator to seek out in the future.

I had never heard of Kim Wilkins’ before but this book was a great treat. Definitely recommended. I will be looking forward to future works from both her, hopefully featuring a variety of cultural mythologies which I found one of the most interesting aspects of the book. As well, kudos to this audio label which put together such a good listening experience.

Posted by Julie D.

New Arrivals – Bolinda Audio

February 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Science Fiction Audiobook Recent Arrivals

BolindaMates, we’ve got some interesting looking titles just arrived in our headquarters from Down Under. They’re from the Austrailian based audiobook company, Bolinda Publishing. Bolinda sent us a slew of cool titles from authors we’ve never seen in audio before. These audiobooks have worldwide distribution so they’re available to all. Put some shrimp on the barbie and a Bolinda audiobook in your player and enjoy.

Swords of Quentaris by Paul CollinsSwords of Quentaris: Book One of the Quentaris Chronicles
By Paul Collins; Read by Richard Aspel
3 CDs – 3 hrs 15 min [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Published: 2004
ISBN: 9781740935197

The Quentaris Chronicles is a fantasy series set in the magical city of Quentaris. With popular authors Michael Pryor and Paul Collins in charge, The Quentaris Chronicles brings to you books by different writers, each with their tales to tell of this city of infinite variety. Full of magic, mystery and adventure, each book explores Quentaris and its people and brings to you stories of peril and triumph, quests and discoveries, heroes and villains.

Rad de La’rel is a street urchin who yearns to be a guide to adventures in the rift caves of Quentaris. Before he can claim his birthright, he must escape the Theives’ Guild and the notorious Vindon Nibhelline with the help of his friend Tulcia. Only then will he be proclaimed to the greatest guide since his ancestor; the legendary Nathine de La’rel.

Giants of the Frost by Kim WilkinsGiants of the Frost
By Kim Wilkins; Read by Edwina Wren
13 CDs – 15 hrs 18 min [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Published: 2007
ISBN: 9781740939676

An epic saga of love, fate and betrayal. Victoria has chosen career over love, but starts to question this decision when she finds herself working at a remote weather research station on a tiny island off the coast of Norway. In this world of midnight sunshine, the Old Gods still watch the affairs of humanity … and one of them has become fixated on Victoria, certain that she is the reincarnation of a woman he fell in love with over a thousand years before; a love affair which threatened the very existence of Asgard.Dangerous love and desire are soon running out of control, as the spectacularly supernatural obliterates Victoria’s refuge in scientific rationalism.

Fantasy audiobook - The Magician's GuildThe Magician’s Guild: Book One of The Black Magician Trilogy
By Trudi Canavan; Read by Richard Aspel
14 CDs – 15 hrs 45 min [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Published: 2005
ISBN: 9781740939348

Caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums, to her dismay Sonea discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city’s feared underworld, The Thieves. In return she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to …

Fantasy audiobook - DreamhunterDreamhunter
By Elizabeth Knox; Read by Edwina Wren
9 CDs – 11 hrs 10 min [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Published: 2007
ISBN: 9781740938280

Set in 1906, Dreamhunter describes a world very similar to ours, except for a special place, known simply as The Place, where only a select group of people can go. These people are called Dreamhunters and they harvest dreams which are then transmitted to the general public for the purposes of entertainment, therapy – or terror and political coercion. Fifteen-year-old cousins Laura Hame and Rose Tiebold both come from famous dreamhunting families, but only Laura proves to be blessed with the gift and once inside The Place she finds out what happened to her missing dreamhunter father and reveals how the government has used dreams to control an ever-growing population of convicts and political dissenters.

Fantasy audiobook - Billy ThunderBilly Thunder and the Night Gate
By Isobelle Carmody; Read by Rebecca Macauley
8 CDs – 9 hrs [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Published: 2006
ISBN: 9781740933971

Rage Winnoway’s mother has been asleep since she had a terrible accident. In a quest to find healing magic, Rage and her animal friends travel through a strange gateway to Valley, a land of mythical beasts, talking dogs and streets that change shapes. But Valley is no paradise. Harsh guardians rule a sinister black city, and fugitive witch folk work forbidden magic. Rage desperately wants to go home, but the one person who can help her, a wizard, has disappeared. Her only guides are the treacherous firecat and an enchanted hourglass …