Post Script: The Cellar – Minette Walters – Audio Book

My first audio book review!

Cellar: Minette Walters, Bolinda Australia

The Cellar

Minette Walters

Narrated by Sara Powell

Bolinda

ISBN: 9781486287536

5 hours 21 mins

Unabridged

 

Description:

The terrifying new Hammer novella by Minette Walters, bestselling author of The Tinder Box and The Sculptress.

Muna’s fortunes changed for the better on the day that Mr and Mrs Songoli’s younger son failed to come home from school. Before then her bedroom was a dark windowless cellar, her activities confined to cooking and cleaning. She’d grown used to being maltreated by the Songoli family; to being a slave. She’s never been outside, doesn’t know how to read or write, and cannot speak English. At least that’s what the Songolis believe. But Muna is far cleverer – and her plans more terrifying – than the Songolis, or anyone else, can ever imagine …

 

 

My View:

The wicked step mother stories pale into insignificance when cast against this wicked step family!

My first audio book and audio book review! To start I would like to say how relaxing I found listening to an audio book – to sit back and close your eyes and just listen is so pleasant – even if the book you are listening to is regarded as Hammer Horror. Hammer Horror is a term I am not familiar with – I have researched and found a few references to this phrase mostly in relation to the classic horror movies made between 1950 to the 1970’s, you know the sort of thing Bride of Dracula, The Mummy, The Plague of Zombies, The Nanny (the Bette Davis classic) Fear in the Night etc. I wouldn’t class this book as Hammer Horror – there were no goose bump moments, or fear of turning off the light but instead a deep and profound sadness at the horrific things that people do to each other and to the most powerless – to children. For this is a story of horrific abuse inflicted on a young girl and the effect that abuse has on her…or is it the effect the house has on her?? There are hints of some elements of paranormal in the narrative but the implication does not really become obvious until the chilling final chapters.

 

I think the narrative is more chilling in this audio format – listening to the horrors that were inflicted on Muna rather than just reading about them is so powerful. In particular I found Muna’s childlike innocent naïve voice recounting her perspective of life perfect for the audio format, so many layers are added to her story; despair, fear, acceptance and guile are part of her complex story . Sara Powell does an excellent job with the narration inflecting her speech with elements of fear, anger, acceptance…deftly transforming her style with each character she is representing. Her voice is a tool she uses superbly and effectively in this narration.

 

My first audio book will not be my last.

 

 

 

NB This book was provided for review by the publisher

 

 

 

 

 

“I Don’t want to Know about Evil……I Only Wanna Know about Love…”

The words of the Dr John song are swirling round and round in my head trying to push aside the vision of ugliness that will not budge; sometimes we have to know about evil to remind us how we  need to love and care and look after and cherish the ones we love.; two legged and four.

This weekend I have been sitting at my computer with silent tears running down my face; I have been moved to write this blog today because of generosity and hope;  because of the compassion demonstrated by the  caring few and  in the hope that you too will be moved to action and help sure up the numbers of those willing to help.

I am repulsed that a person could so so much harm….. how can they sleep at night?

I make no apology for the grimness of the following images, sometimes we need a jolt of reality to spur us into action. ( This is an image of the dog now known as  Journey)

Photo: Journey is a mum dog from a southie pound who was picked up by our carer Sarah yesterday and taken into one of our vets.  As you can clearly see, she has multiple health issues.   Her new pups are no longer with her so amongst other things she has mastitis, a temperature of 40 degrees and possibly an infected uterus.  The vets have her on a drip and will possibly need to operate on this soonish though that is extremely risky too.  If she comes out of the vets she is going to one of our most skilled carers, Corinna,  who will be giving her two hourly feeds due to her shrunken stomach.   If anyone wishes to donate Womberooo (milk product) or good quality puppy food towards her care (Advance, Optimum, Royal Canin) we'd greatly appreciate the assistance.  Drop off point for donations are Joondalup or Greenwood; collections can be made in most other areas including City of Swan where she is presently. Otherwise donations can be made towards her care via our website www.safeperth.com.au Please keep this special dog in your thoughts and prayers. (A)

However I am thankful that there are people who care. I am thankful that there are organisations  that will try and protect and nurture and rehabilitate such abused creatures.  Thank you  SAFE    http://www.facebook.com/pages/SAFE-Perth-Saving-Perth-Animals-from-Euthanasia/159572727452405

Thank you K9  Rescue in Mandurah WA       http://www.facebook.com/pages/K9-Rescue-Group/376081132438029

Thank you to the individuals who have given up their time, thank you to those who have donated goods, dog food, $$$$ . Thank you to the vet who is caring for Journey.

And thank you to those who are now looking after Journey’s pups.

Photo: URGENT CALL FOR HELP</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Today we received a call from Waroona Rangers who have a litter of 5-6 week old Staffy x puppies they desperately need to get out and into a safe place. At K9 our only volunteer/foster carer who is able to take on puppies is currently already taking care of ANOTHER young litter from Mandurah Pound.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> We are seeking emergency foster care for these puppies, please, if you have the time and home to foster these puppies contact me immediately on 0466 834 014 or call the office on 9581 9005 and ask for me. If you can't get a hold of me, contact Eric our Dog Assessor on 0418 945 404.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Thank you,<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Jordan<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Kennel Manager