The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Cast of readers: Jorjeana Marie, Dominic Hoffman, Fiona Hardingham, Bahni turpin, Dion Graham & Allan Corduner
Bolinda Audio 2019
I have dived into a maze and surfaced in a sea of honey, sticky and in awe. The Starless Sea is a wistful and magical fairy tale for lovers of stories. The narrative fantasy twists and turns as the unpredictable paths speed up and slow down without warning. The storyline is memorable yet unclear, like a puzzle that is beyond my ability to explain.
It is the story of Zachary but it is also the story of fate and time, the moon and an owl king. Like myself as the reader, Zachary finds himself lost in a labyrinth. He and his companions are captivating, each character’s voice clear and distinct. Some of the cast are embedded in reality with believable tenor, while some of the more elusive characters are stylised to perfection.
Morgenstern is precise and vivid with her language choices. The pictures painted through her poetic imagery are clear and fantastical.
I lost my way so many times in this story, though somehow I was compelled to read on. Even at the end, like Zachary within his own story, I felt confused yet satisfied.
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