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Eerily attuned to one another, twins Regina and Renata are so identical that even their mother can’t tell them apart. Then tragedy strikes: A vicious attack leaves one twin dead and the other so traumatized that she turns totally inward, incapable of telling anyone what happened or even who she is. She remains lost to the world, until the day Mark, a family friend, comes to visit - and the young woman utters her first intelligible word.

As she recovers, still with no memory of the past, her nightmares grow steadily more frightful, followed by wild fits of hysteria and dark mood swings. Her strange outbursts seem to coincide with the grisly serial murders that have begun plaguing Seattle. Could she be the killer? Determined to dispel his suspicion, Mark stakes out her home. The unholy sight he witnesses one night will haunt his soul for the rest of his life....

©2002 David Eddings and Leigh Eddings (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Different from the rest of Edding's

First off I feel like this book gets a lot of negative reviews because it's not standard Eddings. There is no new world. No magic. No evil God. It's written in first person and in two counties. What I love about this story is that there is a challenge to write a non fantasy after they have become a success.

The story deals with a girl who lost her twin to rape/murder and must find a way out of the "bug house" that she finds herself in. The story is a tad obvious if you know how to read a foreshadow.

What I love most is that it's a happy and yet sad ending. No one dies and yet the main character has a major loss to deal with in his life. It's the most unfair ending I think Eddings has ever written.

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Excellent!

Where does Regina's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up towards the top. Of course, I'm a fan of Eddings, so I am prejudiced.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes and no. I have read the book numerous times, so I knew what was going on, yet, mr. Berman's reading is such that I really got into the story. Thoroughly enjoyable.

What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voices and accents were pretty good. He also gave emotion to the characters, as well as drawing out their personalities.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Smiled a lot.

Any additional comments?

You folks need to have this Berman fellow narrate The Losers, and especially High Hunt, both by Eddings. He would do a very nice job on them, I think.

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  • 04-15-21

Amazing!!!!

I have been a David Eddings fan for years. I have read and listened to all the books related to Belgarath and Belgairian so many times I have them almost memorized. I have never noticed this book before and was skeptical about it. But once started as usual he kept my interest to a totally amazing story. To say that it choked me up at the end is a slight understatement. I WILL add this to my favorites and listen to it again. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loved David eddings or anyone that loves murder mysteries

Thank you Mr. Eddings!!

Terry

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very good albeit a little predictable.

I liked it. well written, entertaining. kind of wish it got deeper into the psychology. maybe came down on one side or the other at the end. perhaps be a little more mysterious. it was kind of obvious where it was headed. knew the who and the why. the how was interesting though. I'd reccomend it. it's fairly tame and easy to listen to for any age that is comfortable with mention of murder and rape with very few gory details. sad in parts but an over all feel good story.

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WOW!!!

This was the best Eddings book yet! A true masterpiece of story telling! Definitely a must listen!

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loved it😀

I love this book, I have read it several times and enjoyed listening while driving or cooking.

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Great take from master

This is a legendary story from a phenomenal storyteller I recommend it to anybody. not a fantasy but thought provoking

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eddings has fallen. bring back belgarath!

eddings showed his style but the passion to read wasn^t there. David! come back! i need what you used to write

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An amazingly human story

This story shows what lengths people will go to for those that they care about. Right or wrong keeping them safe is all that matters in the end.

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  • Ms CT Clarke
  • 05-23-14

Disappointing, tepid writing.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I've been a fan of David Edding's work since I picked up the first four books of The Belgariad because I liked the covers. I noticed the later work which was bylined by both David and Leigh were not as good, so I'd stopped buying their stuff a long time ago. However, the premise seemed interesting and so I picked this up.

The book started out well and zipped along nicely. There was some nice scene-setting and the narration in the first person worked well.

It was when getting into the meat, where new characters were introduced and started interacting, that the book didn't seem to work at all.

The characters were all unlikeable; they were written in such a way, that if you read this without knowing the calibre of the authors, you'd think it was a free ebook by a newbie author whose work needs polish.

All of the characters seemed to be caricatures; with the women in the story being particularly badly fleshed out. The firey Italian, the ice queen. The black man with a nice voice. Please. Really?

The misogny was palpable. The women doing all the cooking and waiting on the guys? The casual sexism of "babe" and "toots". Ugh. This could have been written by a guy in the 1960's.

It's astonishing that with two authors and presumably an editor, that so much duplication has been left in. Characters saying the same thing three times almost consecutively just added to the feel of a book being 'phoned in' by the authors.

What would I change? The authors or the editor, I don't know which.

What will your next listen be?

Live Free or Die: Troy Rising Book One - John Ringo

What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

He did very well at ensuring all of the character's voices were distinct. I didn't like the Irish brogue but then my mother was Irish, so I know what it should sound like.

His female characters seemed a bit "Tootsie"ish but I suspect that's always going to happen when men try and do women's voices. I don't know why they didn't get a female to do it. That was done with the audio recording of American Gods and it worked superbly.

Was Regina's Song worth the listening time?

Not for me.

If you like David and Leigh Eddings' later stuff, then you'll probably like this.

If you liked David Eddings' earlier stuff then you probably won't.

Any additional comments?

I hate to be so negative about this but it really doesn't seem like the work of an author as good as David Eddings can be.

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  • Trialia
  • 04-20-17

Excellent story, if one can set aside any ...

...irritation caused by the narrator's numerous mistakes in setting the text to audiobook, as well as the initial text's casual use of what comes across to at least certain readers as painfully ableist language regarding people with mental illness (I have bipolar disorder & that "nuthouse" theme makes me cringe). I've always managed to enjoy this story in spite of those aspects that make me flinch on occasion, because ultimately it is a good psychological/relationship drama interwoven with a mystery, some very slight paranormal content & a strong theme on the nature of identity. 4/5 stars.

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  • Simon
  • 03-18-21

really well narrated

I'm not sure about this book after listening to it as it went places I wasn't expecting. the story follow a man called mark as he has to look after his friend's daughter who was a twin but the other twin was taped and murdered. the story follows him as he lives ins Seattle near her whilst there is a serial killer on the loose. the book is good but during the 12 hours not much seems to happen. I'd still recommend it though

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  • Steve56
  • 09-18-18

I thought this extremely entertaining

it was captivating from start to finish. intelligent and takes you through a journey you cannot get enough of.