The story opens with Libby and Bree on a plane from France to New Zealand. Libby, a marine biologist and single parent of 13-year-old Bree, is looking forward to a 2-year assignment in New Zealand, as this new job will offer her a chance to work with dolphins in an area known as the Fiordlands, and a better life for both her daughter and herself. Bree, who did not wish to leave at all, turns to hate her mother for dragging her, once again, across the world for yet another job... Libby realizes that her job in a different continent might ruin the relationship with her daughter and she regrets her inability to provide Bree with a more stable life ... She hopes that Bree will embrace her new life as much as Libby welcomes this opportunity of a lifetime ... John-Cody, their house lord, is a broken man. Exactly one year ago, he lost his wife and soul mate, Mahina, and hardly manages to survive ever since. Because of his promise to Mahina, he continues their work to protect the Fiordlands, one of the world's last Eden, despite his great loss...But it is not just John-Cody that shows interest in Libby's research, as the opponents of the protection of the Fiordlands, ran by Ned Pole and his wife Jane, have concrete plans to deploy tourist activities in the area that is in desperate need for economic activities... The Ecology-versus-Economy equation is putting a lot of pressure on Libby as the limited timeframe of the study might leave her undecided on the effects of tourism on the dolphins. And didn't she want to give Bree much more attention? ... Libby and Bree are not just confronted with the fact that they are the newcomers in this harsh reality, the tragedy that happened between Ned & John-Cody some years ago and secrets surrounding the fight for the Fiordlands will mark their lives forever. This story is marvelous and kept surprising me throughout the end. Moreover, it provided a view on what appears to be one of the world's beautiful places. You just wished you could be there! And then there is Armstrong's capability to describe the characters and magnificent nature of New Zealand in such a wealthy manner, quite similar as writers like Barbara Kingsolver and Nicholas Evans.
Adam Armstrong is a new author to me. Once into the book, I just had to keep reading; but I also wanted never to reach the end. A spellbinding insight into Southern Ocean marine life, seafaring experience with the excitement of adventure. I have just ordered his other book and look forward to more.
This book is wonderfully written. You just feel sorry when you finish it, because you don't want it to finish. The writer describes everything so realistic that it seems as if John Cody, Libby and Bree and all the other characters are real persons, as if you know them yourself. Also the description of the dolphins and the whales is breathtaking as if you are swimming in the sea and witnessing these beautiful creatures by yourself. I strongly recommend this book to everybody how loves romance, passion, a little bit of tension and the sea with all her secrets!!!
I first read this wonderful novel about 3 years ago, lent to me by my sister who had just returned from NZ. It helped make up my mind to visit too. Just back from 5 weeks in the country and just had to read it again. Made even better reading second time round with first hand knowledge of places like Manapouri, Te Anau, and Bluff - felt like I was back there! Just wish I could have met John-Cody, Libby and Bree - and especially Mahinia!!!!!
i have read song of the sound six times in papperback but would realy love it on my kindle you feel you are realy there. i would allso love to have adam's first book cray of the panther on kindle too, two of the best novels i have read they would make great films too come on mike jackson rite up your street. it's geting harder to read the books now the print is very small come on kindle help us oldies out here's hopeing
I first read this book back in 2006 whilst tramping in New Zealand for six months. I enjoyed it then and recently found it for £1.00 on Amazon! Song of the Sound is so well-written I can only assume that the author spent a considerable time researching about the marine life off New Zealand's south island. That, coupled with a romantic attachment makes this book a delightful read.
This is another great book by Adam Armstrong. It has the same beautiful prose style and depth of story as 'Cry of the Panther' and also captures the beauty and wildness of New Zealand. The characters are realistic and likeable. I can't wait for his next book!