Audiobook Review: Semester Aboard

Author: Elizabeth Kirke

Narrator: Starla Huchton

Length: 14 hours and 34 minutes

Publisher: Elizabeth Kirke

Released: July 4, 2018

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

Jen Maddox is a few days into her summer study-abroad program and has loved every moment on her cruise ship turned college campus. Everyone tells her the experience will change her life, but none of them realize just how right they really are.

One night, Jen goes out on deck and encounters five other students. She knows Charlie from one of her classes, and he’s a funny, friendly, regular guy. Picture-perfect Dani and his gorgeous wife, Mariana, live right down the hall from Jen, and she has seen TS, who’s built like a truck, around the ship, and recognizes the cute but quiet Thomas as well.

Then Jen sees something that isn’t humanly possible. Jen would have thought that it was all a dream if not for the fact that Charlie, Dani, Mariana, TS, and Thomas are making every effort to cover it up. Suddenly, the five of them are everything but normal, and Jen is determined to figure out what they’re hiding.

When she does, her life really does change. Jen expected to spend her summer studying the cultures of Latin America; she never dreamed she’d learn about a magical culture instead.

But Jen’s childhood fantasy come true is about to turn into a nightmare; there’s something on the ship. Something dangerous. Suddenly, everyone on board is threatened by a creature that Jen never even believed existed. Jen and her new friends might be the only people who can stop it!

Now Jen has to learn everything she can about her new world before it kills her. And her friends. And maybe everyone on the entire ship.

Elizabeth Kirke lives with her husband, two young sons, a hound-mix, and two turtles. She wanted to be an author before she even knew what an author was. She used to say that she wanted to be an artist, but that was only because she was too young to write and had to tell stories with pictures instead. She hasn’t stopped writing since she learned how. It wasn’t long before she dreamed of becoming an author and couldn’t be happier now that that dream is a reality.

If she isn’t writing, she’s probably doing something involving books, baking, gardening, or yarn.

Like most slightly-nosy, avid readers, Elizabeth can’t resist trying to catch a peek at books she sees people reading when out in public to see if she can figure out what it is. While doing just that one day, she realized that it would probably be the coolest-thing-ever if she caught a complete stranger reading one of her books. That’s her new dream.

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Since debuting her narration skills in 2009, Starla Huchton has lent her voice to many podcasts and audiobook productions. She has read both character parts and main narration for authors such as Tee Morris, Philippa Ballantine, and Lindsay Buroker, and her work spans across both fiction and non-fiction in multiple genres.

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What we have here is … great! You know how they say that books are like a door to another realm ? Or like a mirror into someone else’s existence? Well, this is the case with this book. “Semester Aboard” is a world of magic, on a ship, where teenagers learn and experience new places and much more. It’s so complex and so gripping!  

Jean has seen something that she shouldn’t have and with that, she is pushed or dragged right into this magical world she had no idea it existed. I don’t want to tell more as this book will surprise you with every chapter, every page. I’m just saying that we have a very interesting magical system, we have a lot of magical beings, for all tastes and preferences, we have a lot of twists and a lot of moments that will keep you wanting more.  

The characters are all interesting, not only for their abilities but also as individuals. One is funny, another is more serious, we have a relationship that has been going on for some time, we have a relationship forming. We have friendship that builds surely, but gets stronger by the page. I love their interaction and the dialogue is very interesting and funny at times.  

Another interesting fact is that, while we have a world of magic unfolding before us, we have a group of students aboard a ship, on sea, traveling from place to place and studying. So while we get to see that on board, we see a lot of the outside world. The descriptions are fantastic and I felt a part of their trips and explorations.  

While I had the advantage to listen to the audiobook, this is still a 14h audio. But the narrator did a wonderful job in my opinion. The way she acts each character helped me experience their emotions better and made me even more addicted to this novel.  

All in all, Elizabeth Kirke has created something that I love and I want so much more! I cannot wait to read more of this world and follow up on the characters. They evolve so much in “Semester Aboard” so I am curious to see what will happen next. Amazing!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Elizabeth Kirke. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Audiobook Review: Zach

Author: Lilly Atlas

Narrators: Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard

Series: Hell’s Handlers, Book One

Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

Publisher: Lilly Atlas Books LLC

Released: Jul. 23, 2018

Genre: MC Romance

Toni’s no stranger to making mistakes. She has experienced firsthand how walking down the wrong path can send life spiraling out of control. Fortunately, she had someone to drag her from the gutter and help set her on the right track. As penance for the poor choices of her past, she pledges to suppress her baser desires and focus on finding a steady, dependable man, even if that means embracing a boring lifestyle.

The last thing anyone would call Zach is dull. As Enforcer for the Hell’s Handlers MC, he embodies the outlaw lifestyle. When Toni moves in next door, Zach can’t resist the possibility of a quick, hot fling. But he soon discovers she’s not the easy conquest he’s used to.

While Zach works to convince Toni she belongs in his bed, a tenuous relationship with a local gang disintegrates and threatens his MC family. Zach’s world is turned upside down when he’s unable to keep the danger from touching his club.

As Toni fights to resist Zach’s pull, her own peace is shattered by demons from her past. With enemies both old and new barreling down, she throws out her rules and turns to Zach for aid. Soon, she finds herself firmly entrenched in Zach’s dangerous world.

Is it possible for her to curb her desires, or is she doomed to repeat the mistakes of her past?

None of it will matter if Zach can’t keep their enemies at bay.

 

Lilly Atlas is the contemporary romance author of the award-nominated No Prisoners MC series. She’s a proud Navy wife, mother of two spunky girls, and one crazy pug. Every time Lilly downloads a new EBook, she expects her Kindle to tell her it’s exhausted and beg for some rest. Thankfully that hasn’t happened yet, so she can often be found absorbed in a good book.

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Noah Michael Levine is an Audie Award-Winning audiobook narrator and producer living in beautiful Nyack, NY. His over 180 titles include almost every genre. While he loves his work completely – and collaborating with all kinds of different authors, he does not love writing about himself in the third person.

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Erin deWard is an Audie Award-Winning narrator with over sixty titles in genres ranging from Spirituality to Young Adult to Adult Contemporary and others. She’s worked on stage, screen, and behind the mic for over thirty years. She is beyond grateful to have come to this place in her life and thanks all of the people and organizations that sped her on her way.

In addition to her love of acting, Erin is passionate about her work as an audio describer, translating visual images in media and performance into aural pictures for people who have low or no vision. She studies and performs Shakespearean text and can most frequently be seen cavorting onstage with The Strange Bedfellows, the adult troupe of the Children’s Shakespeare Theatre of New York.

Erin lives in lovely Nyack on Hudson, New York with her husband, daughter, sometimes her college-aged son, and two ill-behaved but loveable dogs, Annie and Benevolio.

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As any book by Lilly Atlas, this is a 5 star read for me. Why ? Because her books have the perfect combination for my taste. She has characters with baggage and knows how to integrate it into the sorry. They are strong, they are willing to overcome any obstacle and do not act childish at all.

Even from the first chapters, I was so anxious to know what Toni’s story is and how will she manage to accept Zach’s position as the club Enforcer. Ok, a little bit of details about the plot: Toni returns to her hometown after her parents’ sudden death. She is now the owner of the down diner and makes it available to bikers. Her parents would have never agreed to such a decision and her upbringing was very strict. Still, now she has a different approach, even if she has no intention of staying. She has a boyfriend who’s waiting for her, a job she loves and she has no intention of managing the place for long.

Seeing the new girl in town, Zach is immediately attracted to her and he wants to make her his, even if for the sake of a quick fling. None of them ever expected to become more. Club business interferes with their relationship and somehow, Toni becomes key.

 Out of the two main characters, I loved Zach better. His dedication towards his club, his qualms of conscience are so intense and genuine. I felt like he was the soul and the main driver of the story. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Toni as well. I just thing that she could have used a little more touch here and there. She becomes a completely different person when she is back in town and her boyfriend is an even bigger surprise. I don’t know why this whole thing didn’t sit well with me.

As for the narration, there are few words to say. I have praised already the duo Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard because they do such a great job together. The alternating reading, the emotions they share through their voices are amazing to say the least! Oh, and Noah has such a dangerous voice, perfect for a biker (I hope he’s not reading this!) 🙂

Believe me, a more thorough reviewer would probably give this book a 4 star rating maybe. But there are things which compensate any other negative aspect. The fact that this is a book that grips you from the very beginning, the MC guys are amazing, the angst, the emotions, the desire, the passion, the balance between said passion and the action, all these are exceptional. Oh, and I am a Lilly Atlas fan.

The promise for what’s to come blew my mind. “Zach”’s ending is a promise for a much bigger story. I am so excited to read about the other MC members and “Maverick” will be fantastic to say the least! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. I haven’t read the blurb yet and I am so hyped for it! Until my next review, happy reading!

P.S. : I have so many more things to say about this book, I probably need another article!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lilly Atlas. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: Flash Point

Author: Ronelle Antoinette

Narrator: Ginny Ross

Length: 9 hours and 23 minutes

Publisher: Ashley Miller

Released: June. 19, 2018

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Scandal will shake foundations.

A night of careless passion leaves Battlemage Jex Xander and Adept Enari Alycon in a precarious position. Long-time lovers they might be, but the Imperial ambassador and the daughter of Egalion’s High Mage have rather public roles in the court – whether they wish it or not – and scandal couldn’t come at a worse time.

Treachery will tip balances.

When a hostile kingdom reluctantly agrees to parley, the fate of 2,000 years of peace is on the line. In the midst of negotiations, Enari becomes the target of one of the Greater Maelstrom. She and Jex must race against time to save her life and that of her unborn child. What happens when an earth-shattering secret, a demon bent on destruction, and a kingdom teetering on the brink of war collide is anyone’s guess.

Choices will have consequences.

The decisions of a few will determine the fate of many, and who, or what, will remain standing in the end is still uncertain. Hearts and lives are on the cusp of irrevocable change…and not necessarily for the better.

And secrets? Those will change everything.

 

Ronelle Antoinette lives in western Colorado with her husband, two cats, and a dog who is convinced he’s people. While not a mother to any kids of the human variety, she’s an auntie to what should qualify as a small army. Ronelle is an unabashed caffeine addict, chocoholic, and hopeless romantic who has carried on a passionate affair with the genre of fantasy since she was old enough to read ‘chapter books’

She dabbled in creative writing for many years before making it a career. (She even considered it as a major in college, though she ended up getting a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology.) She published her first fantasy romance novel, “Errant Spark”, in July of 2016 and followed it up with “Flash Point”, which was chosen as a fantasy finalist in the 2017 Book Excellence Awards.

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Ginny Ross was born and raised in England and spent many years traveling around Europe. She married and moved to the States over 20 years ago, and is now loving life in the mid-western U.S. raising her two teenage children and assorted pets who consider themselves to be a part of the family.

When she’s not narrating books, she travels, sews, and spends time with family and friends.She found she has a knack for narrating as a result of her love of books and acting in her youth, and it made for a perfect union when she began to perform audiobooks and bringing the characters to life.

Ok, I have listened to book 1 and 2 in the last two days and I have fallen in love with the series. I am crazy for Jex and his magic, I love Enari and her strangeness – more in book 1 than in the second – and I loved the plot a lot!

Taking into account this is the second book in the story, I agree with what other people say that it can be read without taking into account “Errant Spark”. But, as I was expecting, some aspects of the story, especially when it comes to the political aspect or even understanding Jex and Enari better, as separate individuals, may seem incomplete without reading Book 1.

Our main characters are reunited after time apart and start a new journey together. New challenges face them – family and politics always in the mix – and they have important decisions to take. I liked how well the author balanced character and plot evolution and how the romance and court discussions were wrapped around one another. And speaking about character evolution, both Enari and Jex have come a long long way since “Errant Spark”. The author took care not only about their relationship as a couple, but as well about their individual growth and I loved that. They both make mistakes, none of them is perfect and that makes them more human, more close to our lives (if magic and kings were still around – kings like with swords and knights.. ok, swords and kings are still around in some places, and knights as well I think… I’m babbling, aren’t I ??? – Sorry! )

Narration – it took me some time to get used to the narration, as Ginny Ross has a strong accent and for a non-native English user like me, it can be quite difficult. But her pronunciation and her voice acting were very well executed. I liked her style and I liked her! Nothing to complain here either. I liked the musical intro – I aways like musical intros, they are like an invisible invitation. If the music is aligned with the theme, it can do magic for an audiobook, even if just for a few seconds.

All on all, I loved the series, I loved the characters and I love how the author manipulated all the threads in the plot. It is a series worth reading and a story worth talking about! Congratulations and 5 stars!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ronelle Antoinette. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Audiobook Review: What Have We Done

Author: JT Lawrence

Narrator: Roshina Ratnam

Length: 9 hours 15 minute

Publisher: Author’s Republic⎮2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: When Tomorrow Calls, Book 3

Release date: Mar. 22, 2018

In tomorrow’s world where the edges blur between addictive virtual reality and real life, would you hurt your daughter if it was the only way to set her free? When gaming junkie Silver doesn’t make it home on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Kate and Keke go out to find her. It’s a treacherous journey navigating a city in the midst of a flash civil war.

Shrouded in electrosmog and panic, it’s been taken over by vigilante bot hunters as a violent AI uprising puts everyone Kate loves in danger, especially Mally and his anthrobot girlfriend.

Suicide Agent Zack’s in trouble. After a charade of a trial he’s sentenced to hard labour at SkyRest, the most controversial penal labour colony in the country. He’s shocked by what he finds there, deep underground, but the more he resists it, the more they brainbleach him into submission. If he doesn’t find his way, he’ll never be able to tell Kate what he needs to tell her. Which is a problem, because it’s the whole reason he exists.

With the Doomsday Prophecy looming large, Kate discovers there are forces at play she’d never guess at, and much more at stake than just her or her children’s lives. What she’ll need to do to keep everyone safe will stretch her beyond every hard limit. Will Kate play the game?

Cyberpunk meets the robopocalypse on the edge of litRPG in this dark dystopian thriller. Jack in and get ready for a headsplosion with this third book in the riveting series When Tomorrow Calls. Ready? Your next addiction starts now.

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JT Lawrence is a bestselling Amazon author, playwright and bookdealer based in Parkview, Johannesburg. She is the mother of two small boys and a baby girl, and lives in a house with a red front door.

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Roshina Ratnam is actress, puppeteer, voice artist and lover of dumplings.
She has performed around the world mostly notably playing Opelila in Janet Suzman’s production of Hamlet which toured to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other highlights include For Colored Girls which received a Fleur Du Cap. Her puppetry work has seen her work with Handspring Puppet Company as well as the award winning political satire TV series ZAnews. She is currently a producer and performer with Pillow Fort Theatre which creates art focused for children aged 18 months to 4 years. Her work as a voice artist has seen her record several books and radio commercials over the years. Roshina Ratnam is a graduate of UCT drama school.

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This third book blew my mind completely! We see old and new characters, we see the kids grow up, we see new personalities and so much more. The romance aspect is analyzed from multiple perspectives, as we have more than one type of romance here.  I have diversity, I have a great plot, a great narration, what’s not to like?

I don’t know what impressed me more. The amount of tech words would make this book difficult to read (if length doesn’t scare you), but it all seems so natural. It’s like we all use all those devices, we all are used to robots doing our things, why would that surprise anyone? The characters are so well created and so refreshing. You would think that you’re already used to Kate and Keke and Zach but they will all surprise you in a good way. And they will face new challenges. Yes, they hav to protect the ones they love and basically the world but that’s old news.

The plot has so much more to offer. We have gamers, robots trying to take over, love interest and heartbreak. We have more that we could ever want in a book such as “What Have We Done”. Now, after listening to three full length books I see the titles befitting each action happening and I am more in awe with the author for what she managed to accomplish.

I apologize for keeping it vague but I wouldn’t know what to cover exactly form what happens here because there is so much and so many things that will blow your mind. And the ending is far beyond your imagination. I hope we will read more of this world in a future book because I am not yet tired!

The narration was great and with a lot of emphasis on emotions. I appreciated the special attention Roshina Ratnam has given to the AIs and her dedication towards each character’s personality. She felt the book and the story, not only read it. And I thank her for that!

So yes, great book, great series, such an amazing author and such a great narrator! Congratulations to both for a job well done.

Thank you all for visiting and please leave your comments below. Tell me if you’ve read the series or if you would read it, as I would love to know. Until next time, happy reading!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by JT Lawrence. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: The Secred Chord

Author: Kathryn Guare

Narrator: Wayne Farrell

Length: 10 hours and 26 minutes

Publisher: Kathryn Guare

Series: The Virtuosic Spy, Book 2

Released: Feb. 20, 2018

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Those who love romantic suspense and thrillers with heart have found their new literary crush.

An Irishman on the run. He’s left a lot of things behind him…but they’re not far enough back.

Conor McBride has lost everything, and if he can’t find a way to disappear in a hurry, the next thing he loses could be his life. Running from enemies he’s never met and haunted by his own destructive actions, Conor needs a refuge secure enough to hold his secrets. A farmhouse inn tucked amidst the green mountains of Vermont seems ideal, but when his past catches up with him, Conor discovers the beautiful young innkeeper has secrets of her own, and hers are more likely to get them both killed.

Author of the award-winning Conor McBride Series, Kathryn Guare’s character-driven novels are all somewhere on the spectrum between romance and suspense, and some are even perfectly balanced between the two. She has a passion for exploring diverse cultures and cuisine, Classical music and all things Celtic, and has a habit of mixing these into her stories along with other topics and enthusiasms that capture her interest. Formerly, as an executive with a global health advocacy organization, she traveled extensively throughout the world. Currently, as a native Vermonter, she hates to leave home during foliage season.

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Internationally acclaimed voice actor Wayne Farrell began his professional career at The National Theatre of Ireland, where he met the legendary Irish seanachai Eamon Kelly and became fascinated with the art of storytelling. Using skills learned during this time, Farrell has worked extensively in both documentary and audiobook narration and is widely admired for the rich clarity and versatility of his voice. His credits include award-winning authors such as Donal Ryan, whose debut novel The Spinning Heart won The Guardian’s First Book Award as well as Irish Book of the Year; and New York Times and USA Today bestsellers such as Morgan Rice, author of the fantasy epic The Sorcerer’s Ring.

Well, well wel… Book 2 of “The Virtuosic Spy Series” is here in audio format. And it’s such a great audiobook! I loved it and I loved the plot and the new story the author is presenting us. I had my expectations high and that’s why I may have been a little harsh when giving this one 4 out of 5 stars, but my reasons are justifiable, in my opinion.

We meet here Conor and Kate, who find each other when they needed someone the most. She misses a time when she could create beautiful paintings in her amazing color combinations and he needed a safe place for a while. They seem to be balancing each other well. But life has other plans. There is no rest for the spies, but enough room for more secrets.

I love how each character, be it main or secondary, has a story that is impossible not to relate to.  Most importantly, I appreciated how we see their personalities combined, in an effort to shed light on the things that happen around them. The plot was constructed perfectly and the action is explosive and full of surprises.

The reason for decreasing my one star is because I was not a fan of Kate’s. She sometimes acted as a spoiled brat and made a mess out of things. She plays her part well, but she seems to be acting based on her own thought, rather than deciding together with Conor. I don’t know, something just does not stand well to me with her.

The narration was beautiful and I can see the efforts Wayne Farrell has put into interpreting each character. His accent is amazing and his voice acting was full of emotions and could easily be distinguished between the several characters.

All in all, I would suggest reading book 1 before “The Secret Chord”, as there is a lot of information included in “Deceptive Cadance” that will make the story more understandable and the characters much more appealing. I liked the multiple location scenes, the description, the tension, the writing in gerenal! 4 out of 5 stars J Enjoy!

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Audiobook Review: Liberty Landing

Author: Gail Vida Hamburg

Narrator: Colleen MacMahon

Length: 11 hours and 30 minutes

Publisher: Mirare Press

Released: Jun. 25, 2018

Genre: Historical Fiction

Liberty Landing – a 2016 Finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction – narrates the American experience of the 21st century through the lives of a polycultural cast of natives, immigrants, and refugees in Azyl Park, a town in the Midwest.

After Angeline Lalande, a journalist and historian, unearths the real meaning of the name Azyl, conferred on the town in the 1800s by immigrant-hating politicians, the town elders begin the act of renaming it. During the course of the renaming, we meet the intriguing denizens of the town -survivors, strugglers, and strivers of every race and nationality, and see the intersection of their lives and the ways they find home, heaven, and haven in each other. We learn about the singular journeys that brought them to Azyl Park, a place that both transforms them and is transformed by them.

The larger story of the American experiment is told through the personal story of Alexander Hamilton, the essential immigrant among the Founding Fathers, as Angeline writes a book about him. By the end of the novel, after Azyl Park is renamed, each of the characters has lost or found something essential.

Liberty Landing is about the personal and the political, family and loss, memory and migration, finding new love and a new home, and history and the American experiment. Seminal moments of the American experience figure in this literary and historical fiction. Inspired by John Dos Passos’ USA Trilogy about early 20th century Americans, Liberty Landing is a sweeping, lush, layered saga set in a vibrant community with a diverse, international cast of characters, people marked by neuroses, flaws, secrets, unspeakable pasts, humor, warmth, vulnerability, and humanity. Liberty Landing is Gail Vida Hamburg’s love letter to the American experiment – the first in a trilogy.

Gail Vida Hamburg is an award-winning American journalist, author, and museum storyist. She is the author of The Edge of the World (Mirare Press, 2007), a novel about the impact of American foreign policy on individual lives. A nominee for the 2008 James Fenimore Cooper Prize, it is a frequent text in undergraduate post- colonial studies, war studies, and creative writing programs. Born in Malaysia, she spent her teens and twenties in England before migrating to the United States. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Bennington Writers Seminars at Bennington College, Vermont. Liberty Landing, a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, is the first volume in her trilogy about the American Experience and her love letter to the great American Experiment. She lives in Chicago—the setting for Liberty Landing

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Colleen MacMahon is an actress, writer and painter. She trained at Arts Educational School (Hertfordshire) and subsequently qualified as a Speech and Drama teacher, following which she has combined her performing career with directing, writing and mentoring. She has won awards for her short story writing and is currently working on her debut novel. Colleen does much of her Narration and Voiceover work from her home studio in the beautiful south west of England, where she lives with her partner and their two dogs.

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This was such an interesting book, although I expected something different, more focused on history than on the characters. But by the end of the story, I understood the idea and how they all fit with the plot.

The blurb focuses on the town Azyl and what its name means, how it came to be and so on. But in reality, the book is more about finding out who you are, so you can understand where you belong and to where you’re heading. That’s the most beautiful aspect and what I think the author tried to capture with “Liberty Landing”. I love history and I am always inclined to find out more of what happens, or what happened around me, so this book is perfect for me.

We have shifts between past and present, we have different characters, most of them outside US and one who’s lost his memory. This is combination reflects well on the idea that we have no clue where we are and that always there is a place for us somewhere. I am insisting more on this aspect because this is what grabbed my attention. I was so curious to see how these people will find their place.

The narration was good as well. Colleen MacMahon has a wonderful and very pleasant voice. I only wished she could have insisted more on the accents. But I feel she gave the right pace to the story and for me, the audio was very useful.

All in all, I cannot give less than 4 stars to a book that made me think, made me ask myself questions. Even if at times I lost a bit track of the action and I got lost among the stories these characters have, I did enjoy my time with it.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Gail Vida Hamburg. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Audiobook Review: Soul of Stone

Author: Traci McDonald

Narrator: Amanda Stribling

Length: 9 hours and 49 minutes

Publisher: TraciMcdonaldAuthor.com

Series: Ice and Stone, Book 1

Released: June 20, 2018

Genre: Romance

Danielle Lyndon, owner of a 200-year-old bookstore in Greenville, Alabama, has built a fortress of suspicion around her heart. A tragic fire has taken the lives of her beloved Grandmother and mother, leaving her with nothing but an ancient collection of magical books.

Facing what seems like an eternity of loneliness and abandonment, her life is inexorably altered late one night when a runaway teenage girl breaks into her store and Danielle receives a mysterious text message…from her dead mother.

The only person who can help her is Aaron Donnell, a reckless, tormented drifter with haunting silver-blue eyes who is searching for the burglar, his younger sister. Aaron somehow holds the answers to the mysterious texts, but he’s arrogant, dangerous, and is clearly no good for her. The problem is . . . . she’s falling in love with him.

Consumed with Aaron’s mysterious darkness and the prospect of locating the source of the texts, Danielle allows him to unwittingly drag her into an insane, mystical world where human trafficking is the usual, black magic reigns supreme, and inhuman power lasts forever.

Are the dark chasms of magic and eternity too wide and deep for love to cross? Is the collateral damage in their battle too high of a price to pay if it leaves someone with their soul encased in stone?

Traci McDonald is a blind author of clean romance novels, including Burning Bridger (Muse It Up, 2015), Killing Casanova (Crimson Romance, 2012) and the forthcoming Soul of Stone. She believes that falling in-love is the greatest risk of all, and her non-explicit romances are about hurting, healing and finding true love. Traci has been blind for 20 years. When she isn’t writing she is an editor for Ink and Quill Press and the co-host for a blogtalk radio show on The World of Ink Network. Traci is an active member of the National Federation of the Blind, on the board of her local writer’s guild, and a speaker for various writing conferences and book fairs. She is a full time wife and mother of three boys, an avid reader, and loves living in a small town on the fringes of Nevada’s Mojave Desert.

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This took me quite a while to finish, but it was not a bad time spent together with these characters. I liked the story and all its aspects and I think it’s a good start.

We meet here Danielle, in charge of a large collection of ancient books that are now a permanent resident at her bookstore. She must protect these books at all costs, even though she knows little of their history. One night, a woman breaks in, trying to acquire one of said books. However, her attempt is discovered and the woman is chased away. A few days apart, Aaron Donnell comes looking for his missing sister. To Danielle’s surprise, the woman is the one she caught in her bookstore. And here is how the story starts unfolding, little by little. You will find out what secrets is Aaron hiding and how they can help each other, these while enjoying the built of their attraction.

To be honest, I was more interested in the mystery aspect of the story, in the magic and in the secret the books are trying to protect. I did not feel the love building between the characters, but that did not bother me so much. Danielle is very (VERY) protective of those books and with a good reason. But she knows deep inside that in order to find out what is happening with or to her family, she needs help. I liked her and I liked her determination, her strength and her quick mind. Aaron on the other hand was not that much to my liking, as I did not feel a connection to him. He wanted to find his sister, but is easily distracted. He wants to protect Danielle, but he puts her in dangerous situations in the beginning.

The narration was great! Amanda Stribling performed impeccably the Southern accent and did a very good distinction between the characters. She captured the frustration and tension from each situation and for that she deserves my appreciation.

All in all, I cannot say I did not like it, but because of some small issues with the characters and because at some point the action dragged a little, I will give “Soul of Stone” 3.5 stars (rounded to 4). I am still looking forward to find out what happens in the next book and see how the story evolved. Enjoy 🙂

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Traci McDonald. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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