Retail pak Brilliance Audio 1999
CS ISBN 1567406300 $89.25 Ten cassettes
Mellyora McAdin hoped to be the mistress of Blue Isle after her father's death, but is stunned when King David announces that she is to marry Waryk de Graham, who will be given control of the stronghold. Mellyora fights the decree, but both she and Waryk soon find that they are (however reluctantly) kindred spirits. This rousing, passionate romantic adventure, set in 12th century Scotland, is set afire by Burr's intense narration. Her Scottish accents are on the mark, and she does well with both male and female voices. A few older men have voices a bit rougher than is totally convincing, but all other characters are grand. Burr reads the sensuous love scenes with conviction and does equal justice to the sometimes bloody battle sequences. She conveys the spirit of the time and the essence of the characters and fills the principals so full of life that even the many battles between Mellor and Waryck (which might have seemed a little repetitious in print) merely leave the listener anxious to reach the (inevitable) conclusion (as love triumphs). M.A.M. © AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/MAR 00]
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