Review of Audiobook narrated by William Kirby
Reading Level: Adult Romance
Release Date: November 29, 2013
Audible.com Release Date: August 13, 2014
Publisher: Mary Jo Putney, Inc.
Pages: 388 pages
Listening Length: 12 hours and 53 minutes
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
I am posting this audiobook review using the format that Audible recommends:
Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 5 stars
Story: 5 stars
Q. What made the experience of listening to Dancing on the Wind the most enjoyable?
A. Excellent characters and story experienced as fine performance art.
Q. Who was your favorite character and why?
A. I enjoyed both Lucien, the hero, and Kit, the heroine. Lucien, the mysterious spymaster, and Kit of the many disguises, are both alienated survivors, negotiating a dangerous world of terrible enemies all on their own. I love it in a romance novel when equally strong protagonists such as these two, against all odds, find each other and work together against a common enemy.
Q. What does the narrator, William Kirby, bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
A. For an audiobook to work well, it requires two things: First, the book must be outstandingly enough written to not just survive but prosper under the intense scrutiny of being read out loud at a quarter of the speed it would take a reader to read the book silently to herself. Dancing on the Wind is absolutely a novel of that sterling quality. Second, the narrator must be a good performer, able to convincingly portray every kind of character, from old to young, male or female, and often different nationalities. Mr. Kirby is a fine performer able to deliver these dramatic necessities really well.
Q. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
A. This book offers sensual romance, action, adventure, pathos, and moments of humor. In short, it has it all.
Q. Any additional comments?
A. Fans of Mary Jo Putney will be pleased that this recording offers them the opportunity to enjoy Dancing on the Wind, one of the very best of her historical novels, in the form of an excellent audiobook.