Audiobook Review: Inner Diverse

Author: Nina Munteanu

Narrator: Dawn Harvey

Series: The Splintered Universe Trilogy, Book 2

Length: 12 hours 35 minutes

Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc.

Genre: Science Fiction

Detective Rhea Hawke continues her quest for truth and justice in a world that is not what it seems. Rhea’s search takes her to the far reaches of the known universe from the Weeping Mountains of Horus to the blistering deserts of Upsilon 3. Amidst the turmoil of an imminent extra-galactic war, Rhea holds the key even as those she trusts betray her. No one is what they seem…

This is Book 2 of the Splintered Universe series.

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Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist. Her novels include: Collision with Paradise; The Cypol; Angel of Chaos; Darwin’s Paradox; The Splintered Universe Trilogy; and The Last Summoner. In addition to eight novels, she has authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which were reprinted and translated into several languages throughout the world. Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader’s Choice Award, finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, the SLF Fountain Award, and The Delta Optimist Reviewers Choice Award. Nina’s latest non-fiction book—“Water Is…” a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist—was picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as her #1 choice in the 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’.

Nina is a member of SF Canada. Much of Nina’s work is on the environment and sustainability, examining the role and evolution of humanity in the context of nature and technology. Her upcoming novel “A Diary in the Age of Water”, a near-future dystopia that explores the socio-political intrigues of water shortage in Canada, will be released in 2019.

Nina regularly publishes reviews and essays in magazines such as The New York Review of Science Fiction and Strange Horizons. She has been staff or guest writer for several online and print magazines or newspapers including Amazing Stories, Clarion, Niverville Citizen, and CBC Canada Writes. Nina co-edits Europa SF, a European speculative magazine. She was assistant editor-in-chief of Imagikon, a Romanian speculative magazine, and currently edits for Grimoire Books, USA, and Future Fiction, Italy. She has also served as acquisition editor of several anthologies such as “Water” (Reality Skimming Press) and “My Canada” (IOWI). Nina was interviewed or an invited speaker on topics to do with science & climate change, eco-fiction, writing and publishing at: The Globe and Mail, CUIT Radio, Delta Optimist, the Editors’ Association, Gazeta SF, Mississauga News, Impakter, Langley Times, THAT Channel, Observatorul, Planet S, Speculating Canada, Times Colonist, The Commentary, World Poetry Café, Wonderville, CanCon, and When Words Collide, among others. Nina was the science fiction writing Guest of Honour at Limestone Genre Expo in 2016.

Nina has taught writing since 2005 and currently lectures at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. She has been a writing coach and editor since 2005 and has worked with novice and established writers toward successful publication. Her books on writing “The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!” and “The Journal Writer” (Starfire) are used in universities worldwide. They were translated into Romanian and published by Editura Paralela 45.

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Dawn is an actress, singer, voiceover artist, and writer. She has narrated just under 50 audiobooks and is the recipient of both Earphone and SOVAS Awards for her audiobook work. Dawn lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, holds both Bachelors and Masters of Law degrees, is the mother of three adult children and shares her life with Dani, the most perfect dog in the world!

Dawn has been performing for as long as she has been able to walk, talk and sing. Her first memory is of being 5 years old, waiting on top of a hill with her family for the fireworks to begin and entertaining the hill full of audience members by dancing and singing “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”, a song that had been released by Gale Garnett only a week earlier.
A stage and film actress for decades, Dawn began her voiceover career over a dozen years ago. Dawn’s voice has been described as rich, warm, smooth, soothing, calming, sultry, confident, and comforting. Specializing in narration, e-learning, animation and audiobooks, Dawn’s years of acting training enable her to bring characters, their voices and their stories to life. Dawn’s love of learning new accents and developing new characters results in the growth of her portfolio year over year. Dawn’s equal love of learning in general (how many actresses do you know who hold a Masters of Law degree? It might be a sickness, really) has resulted in her acquiring extensive training in acting for film, stage and voiceover over the years and to this day. This, in addition to her years of classical singing, musical theater and dance training, combined with her love of play and fascination with the human psyche (her undergraduate training is a combination of theatre, psychology and oil and gas management), allow her to continually create authentic characters, unique to a project’s requirements.

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A great follow up to this series, we see Rhea more and more involved into the politics of the world. Again, I liked how much she developed from book 1 and her search for the truth leads her to unexpected discoveries.

What I mostly enjoyed about “Inner Diverse” was seeing our main character face the true personalities for the people she thought she could trust. Her reactions were very believable and her character is shaped by them in more ways than one. The plot intensifies and the war is even more complex than what we thought initially. Faced with protecting humans from extinction, is Rhea capable to use her abilities to the fullest?

The narration was exceptional. We have incredible voice acting and even if this was expected, since book 1 was narrated by the same person, I loved discovering Dawn Harvey’s new voices. He managed to bring sound and life into a story that was already great. He transformed it into an amazing audiobook.

To quickly summarize, I loved book 2 even more than book 1. “Inner Diverse” is exactly as the title says – a deeper and deeper immersion into a universe so complicated and complex. The ending left me yearning for Book 3, so excuse me while I do some more reading, or listening J give this a try, you won’t regret it!

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

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Audiobook Review: Outer Diverse

Author: Nina Munteanu

Narrator: Dawn Harvey

Series: The Splintered Universe Trilogy, Book 1

Length: 11 hours 27 minutes

Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc.

Genre: Science Fiction

Outer Diverse is the first book of the Splintered Universe Trilogy, set in and around the Milky Way Galaxy. The first book begins as Galactic Guardian Rhea Hawke intestigates the massacre of an entire religious sect, catapulting her into a treacherous storm of politics, conspiracy and self-discovery. Her quest for justice leads her into the heart of a universal struggle and toward an unbearable truth she’s hidden from herself since she murdered an innocent man.

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Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist. Her novels include: Collision with Paradise; The Cypol; Angel of Chaos; Darwin’s Paradox; The Splintered Universe Trilogy; and The Last Summoner. In addition to eight novels, she has authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which were reprinted and translated into several languages throughout the world. Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader’s Choice Award, finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, the SLF Fountain Award, and The Delta Optimist Reviewers Choice Award. Nina’s latest non-fiction book—“Water Is…” a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist—was picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as her #1 choice in the 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’.

Nina is a member of SF Canada. Much of Nina’s work is on the environment and sustainability, examining the role and evolution of humanity in the context of nature and technology. Her upcoming novel “A Diary in the Age of Water”, a near-future dystopia that explores the socio-political intrigues of water shortage in Canada, will be released in 2019.

Nina regularly publishes reviews and essays in magazines such as The New York Review of Science Fiction and Strange Horizons. She has been staff or guest writer for several online and print magazines or newspapers including Amazing Stories, Clarion, Niverville Citizen, and CBC Canada Writes. Nina co-edits Europa SF, a European speculative magazine. She was assistant editor-in-chief of Imagikon, a Romanian speculative magazine, and currently edits for Grimoire Books, USA, and Future Fiction, Italy. She has also served as acquisition editor of several anthologies such as “Water” (Reality Skimming Press) and “My Canada” (IOWI). Nina was interviewed or an invited speaker on topics to do with science & climate change, eco-fiction, writing and publishing at: The Globe and Mail, CUIT Radio, Delta Optimist, the Editors’ Association, Gazeta SF, Mississauga News, Impakter, Langley Times, THAT Channel, Observatorul, Planet S, Speculating Canada, Times Colonist, The Commentary, World Poetry Café, Wonderville, CanCon, and When Words Collide, among others. Nina was the science fiction writing Guest of Honour at Limestone Genre Expo in 2016.

Nina has taught writing since 2005 and currently lectures at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. She has been a writing coach and editor since 2005 and has worked with novice and established writers toward successful publication. Her books on writing “The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!” and “The Journal Writer” (Starfire) are used in universities worldwide. They were translated into Romanian and published by Editura Paralela 45.

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Dawn is an actress, singer, voiceover artist, and writer. She has narrated just under 50 audiobooks and is the recipient of both Earphone and SOVAS Awards for her audiobook work. Dawn lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, holds both Bachelors and Masters of Law degrees, is the mother of three adult children and shares her life with Dani, the most perfect dog in the world!

Dawn has been performing for as long as she has been able to walk, talk and sing. Her first memory is of being 5 years old, waiting on top of a hill with her family for the fireworks to begin and entertaining the hill full of audience members by dancing and singing “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”, a song that had been released by Gale Garnett only a week earlier.
A stage and film actress for decades, Dawn began her voiceover career over a dozen years ago. Dawn’s voice has been described as rich, warm, smooth, soothing, calming, sultry, confident, and comforting. Specializing in narration, e-learning, animation and audiobooks, Dawn’s years of acting training enable her to bring characters, their voices and their stories to life. Dawn’s love of learning new accents and developing new characters results in the growth of her portfolio year over year. Dawn’s equal love of learning in general (how many actresses do you know who hold a Masters of Law degree? It might be a sickness, really) has resulted in her acquiring extensive training in acting for film, stage and voiceover over the years and to this day. This, in addition to her years of classical singing, musical theater and dance training, combined with her love of play and fascination with the human psyche (her undergraduate training is a combination of theatre, psychology and oil and gas management), allow her to continually create authentic characters, unique to a project’s requirements.

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I am so happy and so honored to have the opportunity to review a book by an author with which I may share a bit of nationality! Nina Munteanu’s story is full of surprises, full of action and twists and I liked it so much!

We have aliens, humanity is close to extinction and people try to survive as best as they can. Our main character evolves a lot throughtout the book and her strong character is well presented. She appears fearless, but she hides her fears so well. She has a complicated relationship with her family, but never forgets the importance of it.

The world building is great as well, I find little things that I did not understand fully, but regardless, I was so captivated by the plot and fights – interior and exterior, that I lost track of time very quick.

The narration was exceptional to say the least. We have amazing voice acting, great audio quality and great transmision of emotions.

The combination between an exceptional writing and a great narration cannot offer anything less. I am giving the story 4 stars, since I did not quite follow some small details. I’m moving now to the next one in the series. In the mean time, happy reading and happy listening !

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

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Audiobook Review: Horizon

Author: Tabitha Lord

Narrator: DW Draffin

Length: 8 hours 15 minutes

Series: Horizon, Book 1

Publisher: Wave Equation Media

Released: Oct. 25, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Caeli Crys isn’t living – she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers – full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.

Tabitha’s HORIZON series has won seven independent book awards including the prestigious Writer’s Digest Grand Prize in 2016. She has short fiction published by World Weaver Press, Electric Athenaeum Magazine, Grimbold Books, and more. Tabitha is also a partner and senior writer for Book Club Babble, and a managing editor for the Inkitt Writer’s Blog. She lives in Rhode Island and is married with four independent-minded and creative kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable black lab. She holds a degree in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and taught Latin for years at a Waldorf school where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

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DW Draffin is an actor and narrator in San Francisco. He has founded his own science fiction theater company, sold screenplays to New Line and FOX2000, and narrated the books of authors he idolizes.

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“Horizon” starts of very well, with great details on the environment from many angles. I liked the history, the romance and the characters. The narration was pleasing as well. So overall, I’m not sorry at all to have spent the hours listening to it.

If you don’t like a story that slowly increases in intensity, this book is not for you. I found the first chapters to move along kind of hard. The pace is not as alert as one may prefer, but all has a purpose. We find out a lot about our main characters, there is also a lot of politics and a lot of world building in general. I don’t read SciFi very often, not because I don’t like it, just because easy romances are more… easy J So I enjoyed this slow introduction and spending some quality time knowing Caeli and Derek.

Second part of the book is much more alert and revealing. It kept me so entertained and so engrossed, I did not even feel the time passing. The author uses just the perfect words to emphasize new traits and increase the dose of emotional impact. I was so captivated about Caeli’s mission and how she evolves as a person.

I enjoyed the narration as well. With great voice acting and great emotions for characters, DW Draffin does an excellent job with this story.

I cannot wait to see what will happen next. There is so much to find out about Caeli and her world. Loved it, 4 stars J

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

 

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Audiobook Review: To Laugh Well

Author: JC Alaimo

Narrator: Josh Horowitz

Length: 7 hours 29 minutes

Publisher: JC Alaimo

Released: Nov. 2, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Coming-of-Age

“Sometimes a person needs to be lost.”

Alexander Biden counts his heart rate as often as he can and recites rap lyrics if it ever gets too high. Despite what brought him to the makeshift bedroom in the basement of his mother’s apartment, he manages to keep that count low.

But when an unexpected visitor shows up the weekend he moves to Augustine University, the stable world he constructed for himself is upended. While new friendships, one-night stands, and pharmaceuticals help him regain a fleeting sense of normalcy, it’s in a dangerous love affair that his fate lies.

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This book is surprising to say the least. The main character goes through different changes and phases, all building up to an ending I saw coming only later in the story. Heads up: it contains alcohol abuse (underage drinking), drug and pharmaceutical substances consumption.

Alex Biden starts college life, with a girlfriend at another university, just a short drive away. A good kid, close to his sister and mother, starts experiencing all that, in his opinion and that of his friends, should mean a great college experience. Never one to back out of a new activity with his roommates, he drinks (and likes it), he begins consuming other substances, he has hangovers and difficulty remembering the night before. A good kid starts hanging out with a not so good crowd. He begins a routine, as he admits, that brings him confidence and makes him feel comfortable. Alex finds comfort in chaos and this chaos becomes his only way of living. What happens next will surprise you, or at least it did surprise me.

This is a character driven story. It’s focused on Alex and on his emotional changes – I’m deliberately avoiding words like “evolve” or “develop”. If in the beginning I had a difficult time following the story, I quickly got into it. I wanted to see how far he was willing to go and at some point I wanted to scream at him and even kick some other characters. This means that the author did a great job in sending out a message. Because this is not only about a kid who messed up and failed to see it. This is about all the others who pushed him and failed to see his demise, especially adults.

I would have wanted to better understand the root cause of the ending earlier in the story. This was not related to a specific action, which I won’t detail so that I won’t spoil the book, but an accumulation of frustrations and unexpressed feelings. I would have wanted a better emphasis on that.

The narration was absolutely fantastic. Josh Horowitz is amazing! He does a great job with voice acting, he expresses the character’s feelings and adds the exact amount of “I don’t give a damn” and hate and dizziness to match Alex’s. I loved the narration and I knew Josh Horowitz could do it!

All in all, this is a book with a message, that has to be read by many of us. It is a life lesson, it teaches us what not to ignore and for that I have all my respect for the author and narrator fur giving us such a product. Thank you so much! 4 stars, just because of that one thing I mentioned earlier.

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

Personal note: If you’re an “Alex”, find someone to talk to. Dare to trust, to believe and open your eyes to the true friends. Analyze your actions and look in the mirror, see if they make you proud. If not, have the courage to stop. If you know an “Alex”, be a friend. Don’t push them aside. Do something or else you’re also to blame. And seek help.

 

 

JC Alaimo is an indie author from Buffalo, NY. He holds a BA in Philosophy, MA in English, and has been writing fiction since participating in his high school literary magazine. He enjoys listening to hip hop and spending time with his wife and daughter.

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Josh Horowitz appeared in various commercials, TV shows, and motion pictures as a child actor. Years later, Josh returned to entertainment through podcasting, co-hosting two “Movies by Minutes” podcasts and acting / writing for the “Old Time Radio” style podcast “Twelve Chimes, It’s Midnight”. He has gained experience through the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Radio Play series as both a performer and director, and has narrated several audiobooks for Audible.

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Time Is Relative for Wavering Loyaties

Author: Brett Matthew Williams

Narrator: Brett Matthew Williams

Length: 21 hours and 26 minutes

Series: Time Is Relative, Book 2

Publisher: Paradise City Publications

Released: Jun. 23, 2017

Genre: Fantasy; Historical Travel

The second chapter in the Time is Relative series continues the origin story of the mythical figure Father Time (Rolland Wright) as he grows from boy to man. After escaping imprisonment, Rolland is due to begin his training at the prestigious Academy of Light. While learning to control his extraordinary abilities, Rolland must also navigate more ordinary teenage pursuits – first love, fitting in, and finding himself.

Meanwhile, the Knights of Time are scattered throughout the Time Stream. Judah & Joan Raines appear on 1930’s Lae Island to locate the infamous pilot, Amelia Earhart. Yet unbeknownst to them, a familiar face is tracking their every movement, searching for a piece to the mysterious Project Dreamcoat. On the hunt for a missing comrade, the remaining Knights hurtle toward 1803 Haiti in the midst of a violent revolution. As these events unfold, Edward Vilthe stalks the shadows, slowly implementing his master plan.

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Brett grew up with a passion for both film and history. He began his career fresh out of high school as a Production Assistant & football player on NBC Universal’s television series Friday Night Lights (of which he can be seen in the first two seasons as a member of the championship team – Go Panthers!). He quickly moved on to serve as an Original Series intern with the USA Network in Studio City, California. Following work on shows like Monk, Psych, and Burn Notice, Brett returned home to Texas to continue his education, graduating with his degree in History from Texas State University. A proud Master Freemason, Brett thoroughly enjoys fantasy fiction, Star Trek TNG, running, baseball, Shakespeare, and spending time with his wife, two kids & their furry friends.

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The conclusion of the story is epic, as it was expected! If in book 1 we were introduced to the world and we see a teenager only learning about his family and abilities, “Time Is Relative for Wavering Loyalties” is a much more complex story. Everything is more developed, starting with the main character and continuing with the plot development.

We are already used to the world and to each character’s abilities. But this doesn’t mean that this book would not surprise you. I went in looking forward to see how Rolland will react when confronted with normal teenage stuff but also warrior related activities. I liked him in Book 1 and I like him still. He is more to my liking now that he is more familiarized with the environment.

The other Knights of Time have their own adventure. But the enemy never sleeps and he is waiting for the right moment to attack. I liked Vilth quite a lot, especially his planning and plotting.

The author does a great job narrating the story and he does a great job with the voice acting. I felt the emotions and even the connection between the author and his characters. That’s a lovely feeling!

There is a lot going on in this book, a lot of action and that may feel overwhelming. But for me, it was perfect! I loved every page and I ended up loving the world that seemed so complicated in book 1. 5 stars 🙂 enjoy!

P.s.: Again, I apologies to Jess and the author for the super delay in my review. I wish I could have been able to avoid it. But I do invite you to go through the other hosts’ articles as there are a lot more things to find out 🙂

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Audiobook Review: Venus Shining

Author: Jennifer Alsever

Narrator: Moira Todd

Series: Trinity Forest Series, Book 1-2

Publisher: Sawatch Publishing

Released: Sep. 7, 2017; TBD

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

“From across the fire, a grin spread over her face, combining delight and pure, raw power.

I could not deny the power of the chanting, the swirling red hair, my painting prophecy and the – holy crap – electric bubble around us.

This was real. Her power was real.”

Triumphant at last, Ember has fought her way back from the evil witch’s curse and reclaimed her identity, her sense of self. Now she must stop Xintra from hurting the boy she loves, even as she uncovers the truth behind her mother’s dark, twisted past.

Rejoicing in her power over the human race, Xintra is closer than ever to achieving her father’s dream – a dream she sacrificed her own life to realize. But when key members of her team defy her, she must scramble to enact her plan before obedience gives way to anarchy.

Breaking free from the chains that once bound her to a life of wickedness, Zoe must face the past she once sought to escape in order to save the futures of those she doomed. Will she make amends with the dead in time to save the living?

A teenager still lives inside author Jennifer Alsever. She spent two decades as a professional journalist, contributing to such publications as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, Inc Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, before letting her imagination run wild in 2016. The result is Ember’s story told in the three-book Trinity Forest Series, her first published fiction work.

When not absorbed in writing, Alsever enjoys a good hike, doing some yoga, hanging with her boys, some moguls on skis, a rigorous mountain bike ride or indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Her favorites: untouched snow, frozen chocolate chips, savasina on a yoga mat and yes, bowls of pan fried brussels sprouts. Jennifer is working on her upcoming novel, Psychic Monkeys, to be released in 2019.

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A teenager still lives inside author Jennifer Alsever. She spent two decades as a professional journalist, contributing to such publications as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, Inc Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, before letting her imagination run wild in 2016. The result is Ember’s story told in the three-book Trinity Forest Series, her first published fiction work.

When not absorbed in writing, Alsever enjoys a good hike, doing some yoga, hanging with her boys, some moguls on skis, a rigorous mountain bike ride or indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Her favorites: untouched snow, frozen chocolate chips, savasina on a yoga mat and yes, bowls of pan fried brussels sprouts. Jennifer is working on her upcoming novel, Psychic Monkeys, to be released in 2019.

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“Venus Shining” could not have been a better finale for Ember’s story. We get to see how the lives of the other players are set on the right track and we get to understand so much of what’s behind Xintra and her plan.

Ember is stronger than ever, more confident and willing to undertake any risk to save the people she loves. I like her evolution throughout the series and I like that the author has slowly introduced Zoe’s story in the picture. But how can they make sure Xintra’s plans do not find their accomplishment?

It was a story that kept me on the edge of my seat and I was so looking forward to this ending. Definitely it’s not an easy way to success, but our characters are stronger than the forces that are against them. The input we have from Ember’s mom is refreshing and a great addition to the book.

The narration was great, although I would have wanted more voice acting and a little more feeling to the interpretation. However, it was easy to understand and follow.

All in all, I loved this third book, I loved the series so so much and I love the writing! This was such an interesting adventure, with many plot twists. I recommend it with all my heart – 5 stars!

P.S.: I am a little late (ok, a lot late) with my review and I apologize to Jess and the author for this. Unfortunately, it was out of my control. Go ahead and check the other blog posts in this tour, as there are many more fun facts to discover 😊

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

 

 

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Audiobook review: Murder in Keswick

Author: William Todd

Narrator: Ben Werling

Length: 2 hours 38 muntes

Publisher: William Todd

Released: Oct. 16, 2018

Genre: Mystery

While on a well-deserved holiday in the Lake District to get away from the toils and troubles of London, Holmes and Watson find no respite. As soon as they exit the train, they hear news of a grisly murder making its way around the murmuring commuters. A local aristocrat, Mr. Darcy, has been found missing his head!

And that very night, the wealthy widow finds a stranger in her home who, upon seeing her, abandons his plans and quickly leaves. She believes the intruder to be the murderer of her husband who is now after a large sum of cash she keeps in the house safe.

Unsure if the would-be thief is the murderer or an opportunistic burglar, Holmes devises a plan to catch the burglar, all the while investigating the murder of Mr. Darcy. Follow Holmes, Watson, and the local constable Mr. Wickham as they untangle the mystery surrounding a Murder in Keswick.

I have been writing online since the early 2000’s, primarily writing horror stories in the style of Poe and Lovecraft. I was the 2nd most popular author on the website storiesbyemail.com for two years before moving on. I had my first book, a Victorian era horror compilation called Bumps in the Night, published by Mystic Moon Press just a week before they closed their website and never saw my hard work pay off. Afterwards I took publishing into my own hands, became an Indie author and haven’t looked back. My first self-published book was Dead of Night, another compilation of Victorian horror stories, published September 2016 by Createspace and on Kindle by KDP. After its publication I left my comfort zone for mystery and wrote a short story about Sherlock Holmes in the Conan Doyle style. I loved it so much I then did a longer story A Reflection of Evil, both published in 2017 through Createspace and KDP. I have just release Beyond the Gossamer Veil, another compilation of both Victorian and modern supernatural/horror stories and am in the beginning stages of my third Sherlock Holmes installment.

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Narrator Bio

Ben is an award winning actor and voice over professional, who has performed all across the United States. From Shakespeare to Neil Simon, he has displayed a versatility and diversity in the characters and dialects he has portrayed. Ben received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Leading Actor as abusive talk show host Barry Champlain in Eric Bogosian’s TALK RADIO, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor as Prosecutor Villeforte in Alexander Dumas’ THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, also in Chicago. He has worked with an extensive list of theaters in Chicago over the last three decades: Steppenwolf, Bailiwick, Famous Door, Next, A Red Orchid, Raven Theater, First Folio, Writer’s Theater, Buffalo Theater Ensemble, as well as Utah Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory, Madison Repertory, and Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. He is an Ensemble member of Shattered Globe Theater in Chicago. For almost a decade he was the voice of the Adler Planetarium, hosting live shows and pointing out the stars, planets and constellations on the big dome. Ben has an eponymous weekly vlog on YouTube, that he films, produces, edits and narrates. He lives in Chicago with his wife Amy, two dogs and three cats.

2 hours of mystery solving with the amazing Sherlock Homes. That’s a fantastic way to spend the time, especially in a grey evening. William Todd does a great job of “refreshing” the stories and the murder case he creates is very interesting and very fitting for a detective of Sherlock’s caliber.

The short story managed to meet almost all my expectations. We have a very interesting murder case that interrupts Shelock and Watson’s attempt at a vacation: a decapitated body, with no traces of blood in a community where the biggest crime is theft at the local fare. So imagine the joy on the local constable when finding out that the great detective Homes and Doctor Watson are willing to help.

The main traits of Homes are well captured; we have a veritable detective, as we already know him from the original stories. Same goes for Doctor Watson. What I would have wanted is a bit more of those fun interactions between the two. I wanted to smile more often at their exchange.

Whenever I hear about Sherlock Homes, it’s impossible not to think about the series with Benedict Cumberbatch. For me, it’s not possible to have a better Sherlock. So I associated the character attitude and narration to what I saw in those episodes. That’s why the narration did not fulfill my expectations. Ben Werling does a great job, his voice is clear and easy to understand. But I would have preferred a little more disguise in his voice, especially when it comes to the female characters. Also, maybe a little more of that beautiful English accent would have been welcomed.

I take a special note to discuss the audio production, which was spectacular. There are background sounds and music that help the reader feel the atmosphere of the time, or the scene that is described. We can hear train sounds, wood burning, things crashing, the “Sherlock”music. I loved it so so much! Big points for that!

Specifically because this is an audiobook, I wanted more from the narration, so my 4 stars are in relation to that. Otherwise, I loved the sorry, I loved the audio production with those additional effects. I do encourage you to give it a try. It’s an interesting experience!

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

 

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