Sea Hearts

by | Read by Eloise Oxer, Paul English

Published by Bolinda Publishing

On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock ‒ the men, the women, the children ‒ once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing? Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire and revenge, of loyalty, heartache and human weakness, and of the unforeseen consequences of all-consuming love.

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Sea Hearts

At what point does love become obsession? Australian natives Eloise Oxer and Paul English coax every bit of charged emotion from this complex tale, which tells of the strange wives of the men on fictional Rollrock Island. Oxer uses a high-pitched voice for the crafty sea witch Misskaella, who cackles, mocks, and grieves in equal measure as she discovers she has brought a woman out of a seal, a selkie. English transitions from the gruff tones of a father to the innocent, sparkling notes of his young son, who has all the freshness of youth. Oxer's harshness and English’s warmth are like ice-cold waves hitting warm sand, leaving the listener spellbound and shaken as the grim consequences of love without boundaries unfold. E.E. SYNC 2015 © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine

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