by Franny Billingsley
performed by Susan Duerden
Published 2011 by Listening Library
10 hours, 13 minutes. Unabridged.
Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.
Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know
Chime by Franny Billingsley has been billed as one of the best books from 2011. I found it just ok. It is about 17 year old twin girls, Briony and Rose. Set around the time of the Salem Witch Trials, this story is about love, redemption, the power of secrets and family.
After the death of their stepmother Briony takes on the guilt for all her families hardships. Her Father has been distant for years, her twin sister Rose shows signs of Aspergers, and she believes herself an evil witch because she can see the sprits of the swampsea where her and her family live. Everything changes when handsome Eldric arrives, and shows her all the beautiful things Briony has to offer the world.
This was a very unique story. It felt a bit like Austen and Nathaiel Hawethore, but also had elements of a modern day romantic comedy. The richness of the world lies in the alternative world that Briony can see. Every element of nature has its own spirits, and listening to it reminded me a bit of Hayao Miyazaki film or the anime series Kamichu.
The narration was just average. The narrator did an excellent job of creating voices for Briony, Rose, and stepmother, but the other voices blurred together a bit.
Overall I would recommend this book to Teens, and Adult fans of Fantasy and light romances.
Author's website: http://www.frannybillingsley.com/
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