The touching story of a paraplegic finding a man who worships her and is determined to make her life better, Phantom Waltz reads like a fairy tale at times. A DIK when I read it some years ago, the listening experience didn’t rate as high for me. It may be the fact that narrator Julia Gibson is not a favorite of mine. Although the hero and heroine’s voice are usually clearly distinguishable one from the other, it is Gibson’s failure at timing and interpretation of events (that greatly differed from mine) that made the audio version less of a success than the original print book. The sensual scenes earn their hot rating but often sound a little too purple with terms such as “throbbing peak” or “tour of paradise”. Sound is the descriptive word here – I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to overhear these scenes as they sound a bit ridiculous at times.
Breakdown of Grade – Narration: D Book Content: B