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“After the Storm” Review

Hello Friends!

Audiobooks… The perfect solution to go on a journey while still doing chores or going for a long walk. And today I bring a review of an audiobook.

After the Storm“, written by Isabella Muir, is a Mystery/crime novel, the second book in the Giuseppe Bianchi series, the audiobook was published on 4th March 2021, narrated by Charles Johnston and was a duration of 7 hours.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Isabella Muir for the Audible Codes of this book. Thank you for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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When a violent storm blasts England’s south coast, it’s up to retired Italian detective Giuseppe Bianchi to sift through the devastation and piece together the tragic events left behind in the storm’s wake.

Giuseppe Bianchi’s brief visit to Bexhill-on-Sea has become an extended stay. He is loath to return to his home in Rome because of the haunting images that made him leave in the first place. 

During his morning walks along the seafront with Beagle, Max, he meets Edward Swain, who becomes Giuseppe’s walking companion. They form a friendship of sorts and find they have a similar outlook on life.

But the devastating events of a single night lead Giuseppe to question the truth about Edward Swain. Teaming up with young journalist Christina Rossi – his cousin’s daughter – Giuseppe learns about the brutal reality lurking behind the day-to-day life of families in the local community. And as the story unravels Giuseppe is reminded how anger and revenge can lead to the most dreadful of crimes.

After the Storm is the second novel in the Giuseppe Bianchi mystery series – the much-awaited sequel to Crossing the Line.

Grab your copy today, and enjoy the intrigue of traditional English mystery, cleverly combined with a continental twist.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Isabella Muir Author Photo

Isabella is never happier than when she is immersing herself in the sights, sounds and experiences of the 1960s. Researching all aspects of family life back then formed the perfect launch pad for her works of fiction. Isabella rediscovered her love of writing fiction during two happy years working on and completing her MA in Professional Writing and since then she has gone on to publish six novels, three novellas and two short story collections.

Her latest novel, Crossing the Line, is the first of a new series of Sussex Crimes, featuring retired Italian detective, Giuseppe Bianchi who is escaping from tragedy in Rome, only to arrive in the quiet seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, to come face-to-face with it once more.

Her first Sussex Crime Mystery series features young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke. Set in the late 1960s, in the fictional seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, we meet Janie, who looks after the mobile library. She is an avid lover of Agatha Christie stories – in particular Hercule Poirot. Janie uses all she has learned from the Queen of Crime to help solve crimes and mysteries. As well as three novels, there are three novellas in the series, which explore some of the back story to the Tamarisk Bay characters.

Isabella’s standalone novel, The Forgotten Children, deals with the emotive subject of the child migrants who were sent to Australia – again focusing on family life in the 1960s, when the child migrant policy was still in force.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

I have enjoyed this series so far. I listened to the first audiobook and it had a fantastic storytelling and spooky element to it and the narrator – Charles Johnston – did a brilliant job in capturing my attention. With this second book being narrator by the same person, I was not disappointed.

Again, this story is a slow pace, a slow burner, one that take us into this journey with patience. Allowing me to focus on the details and clues that played a part on the mystery and crime. Of course, the story does have a moment of excitement that got the events going in a faster pace. It was a good balance for me in terms of listening to the novel.

We were already introduced to some of the characters, especially the main character, so this book also let me see where these people are going in their lives, and it allowed me to understand and connect with them even more. And even with the new characters, I liked knowing more about their interactions and relationships (past and present). I definitely got that, and they were all well developed and realistic.

Overall, if you enjoy a crime/mystery story that leaves you simmer in the story at a slow heat and pace… if you enjoy taking a careful look at what is happening and in getting to know the characters and the setting… then this book is for you. For me it was just perfect, especially because it was an audiobook and the narrator gave an added dynamic to the story that I appreciate.


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“Beyond The Moon” Audiobook Review

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If you enjoy Audiobooks, get ready because this is review is about one.

Beyond The Moon“, written by Catherine Taylor, is a Historical fiction/time travel. This audiobook was published on December 2020, narrated by Liz May Bryce. It was a duration of 13 hours 18 minute.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Catherine Taylor for the Authors Direct Codes of this audiobook and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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A strange twist of fate connects a British soldier fighting in the First World War in 1916 with a young woman living in modern-day England a century later, in this haunting literary time travel novel. In 1916 1st Lieutenant Robert Lovett is a patient at Coldbrook Hall military hospital in Sussex, England. A gifted artist, he’s been wounded fighting in the Great War. Shell shocked and suffering from hysterical blindness he can no longer see his own face, let alone paint, and life seems increasingly hopeless.

A century later in 2017, medical student Louisa Casson has just lost her beloved grandmother – her only family. Heartbroken, she drowns her sorrows in alcohol on the South Downs cliffs – only to fall accidentally part-way down. Doctors fear she may have attempted suicide, and Louisa finds herself involuntarily admitted to Coldbrook Hall – now a psychiatric hospital, an unfriendly and chaotic place.

Then one day, while secretly exploring the old Victorian hospital’s ruined, abandoned wing, Louisa hears a voice calling for help, and stumbles across a dark, old-fashioned hospital room. Inside, lying on the floor, is a mysterious, sightless young man, who tells her he was hurt at the Battle of the Somme, a WW1 battle a century ago. And that his name is Lieutenant Robert Lovett…

Purchase Link: Audible | Author Direct

Content warnings: Contains graphic descriptions of war violence and injuries, as well as profanity and mild sex.


About The Author

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Catherine Taylor was born and grew up on the island of Guernsey in the British Channel Islands. She is a former journalist, most recently for Dow Jones News and The Wall Street Journal in London. Beyond The Moon is her first novel. She lives in Ealing, London with her husband and two children.

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


About the Narrator

Liz May Brice is an English actress. She is known for roles such as the convicted murderer Pat Kerrigan on ITV1’s Bad Girls, and Agent Johnson in Torchwood: Children of Earth.


My Review

I have read a lot of dual timeline stories, I have read a lot of historicals, but I have only read a couple of time travel stories. I have always been curious about books that have that element, I wonder how it happen and why it happens. But mostly, I wonder how the characters will react.

The fantastic thing about this story is that I didn’t read it, I listen to it. It made the experience interesting and special in a way. When I listen to an audiobook, I always feel a different trip through the story, maybe because I can close my eyes and just picture what the author – through the narrator – is telling.

Since this book was a time traveling story, the connection was bigger. Because it was a double trip in a way. Not only was I, Jess the reader, traveling inside the book, I was going on a time traveling rollercoaster with the characters. Since it’s the first time traveling story I’m listening to, I have to say I loved the experience. It gave a different meaning to audiobooks.

The narrator’s voice was just perfect to me. I could understand her, I could follow the story, I was captivated. Fantastic job.

Now, about the story itself. This book follows Lieutenant Robert Lovett and medical student Louisa Casson. Okay, where is the time traveling, you may ask. Robert is from 1916 and Louisa is from 2017. How did they meet? Coldbrook Hall, an hospital.

It was a setting that gave me chills, the kind that makes me curious to keep reading (in this case, listen) the story, and wondering what will happen next. It also had the elements I love in a historical type of story, with the social aspects, and in this time period we are talking about: War.

It was a strong story, one that broke my heart, but also made it go “AWE” with happiness. In part is was the background of the characters, their stories made me emotional and made me connect with them. On the other hand, it was part fault of the characters themselves. Both Robert and Louisa were amazing. I absolutely loved them and their interactions and how they dealt with the strangeness of the situation their found themselves in.

Overall, I can’t wait to read more books by this author, and also listen to more book by this author. Because honestly, I listened to the audiobook but I know I would have been just as captivated by the plot and characters if I had read. The bonus of being an audiobook is that I can relax in bed when I have a headache and be smooth by the narrator’s voice, while she tells me an amazing story.


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Jess

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“Crossing the Line” Review

Hello Friends!

I have found myself enjoying audiobooks a lot lately. Maybe because I can do other chores while listening to a good story. Maybe because I can relax in the sofa, listen and not getting a headache after a long time reading on my ereader or phone.

Anyway, today I bring a review of an audiobook.

Crossing the Line“, written by Isabella Muir, is a Mystery/crime novel, the first book in the Giuseppe Bianchi series, the audiobook was published on 16th December 2020, narrated by Charles Johnston and was a duration of 7 hours.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Isabella Muir for the Audible Codes of this book. Thank you for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Tragic accident or cold-blooded murder?

Retired Italian detective, Giuseppe Bianchi, travels to England to escape one tragic death, when he comes face-to-face with another. When the body of a teenager is found on a Sussex beach, Giuseppe is drawn to the case – a case with no witnesses, and a case about which no one is prepared to talk.

National news reports of a missing 12-year-old in Manchester spark fear across the nation. The phrase “stranger-danger” filters into public consciousness. Local reporter, Christina Rossi, already has concerns about her local community. Families are not as close-knit as they first appear.

As the sea mist drifts in and darkness descends, can Giuseppe and Christina discover the truth and prevent another tragedy?

Crossing the Line is the perfect listen for everyone who loves Agatha Christie style twists and turns, with a Mediterranean flavor. Imagine the charismatic Italian police series, Montalbano, combined with those TV favorites set in the 1960s – Endeavour, George Gently, and Call the Midwife.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Isabella Muir Author Photo

Isabella is never happier than when she is immersing herself in the sights, sounds and experiences of the 1960s. Researching all aspects of family life back then formed the perfect launch pad for her works of fiction. Isabella rediscovered her love of writing fiction during two happy years working on and completing her MA in Professional Writing and since then she has gone on to publish six novels, three novellas and two short story collections.

Her latest novel, Crossing the Line, is the first of a new series of Sussex Crimes, featuring retired Italian detective, Giuseppe Bianchi who is escaping from tragedy in Rome, only to arrive in the quiet seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, to come face-to-face with it once more.

Her first Sussex Crime Mystery series features young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke. Set in the late 1960s, in the fictional seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, we meet Janie, who looks after the mobile library. She is an avid lover of Agatha Christie stories – in particular Hercule Poirot. Janie uses all she has learned from the Queen of Crime to help solve crimes and mysteries. As well as three novels, there are three novellas in the series, which explore some of the back story to the Tamarisk Bay characters.

Isabella’s standalone novel, The Forgotten Children, deals with the emotive subject of the child migrants who were sent to Australia – again focusing on family life in the 1960s, when the child migrant policy was still in force.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

Although this wasn’t the first book by Isabella Muir I had the pleasure of enjoy, it is the first in a series and it’s an audiobook, which made the experience different.

I’m realizing now that I actually enjoy mystery/crime novels when they are in audiobook format. There is this amazing storytelling and spooky element to it and the narrator of this book (Charles Johnston) did a brilliant job in taking me on the journey. Even thought I was doing other basic chores at home while listen to the story, I found myself multiple time pausing. I was completely captivated by the narrative and the plot and characters.

It’s not a crazy fast pace, everything happening at the speed of light kind of story. No, I found it to be a slow pace that allowed me to focus on details and the characters in a way that I appreciate.

Speaking of the character, I hope I can read the book in the future because I want to see if my understanding of the characters and the connection I felt were thanks to the narrative and the voice of the narrator, or because I really caught the feeling of their personalities. Plus, I always love to see if I missed something and to compare the images I create by reading and by listen.

I had fun with the audiobook. It kind of reminded me of listening to the true crime podcast, but this time, while the mystery was happen in real time. If that makes sense. I enjoyed the plot and I felt like everything made sense.

Overall, I believe it was a good start of a series and I very good audiobook. I can’t wait to know more about the characters and how the series will continue.


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Jess

Blog Tour · Fantasy · Reviews

“The Lost Sentinel” Audiobook Review

Hello Friends!

If you enjoy Audiobooks, this post is definitely for you.

The Lost Sentinel“, written by Suzanne Rogerson, is the first book in the Silent Sea Chronicles, a YA/Adult Fantasy series. This book was published on 16th June 2017 and the audiobook was published on 22nd September 2020. It was a duration of 13.8 hrs.

You can read my review of the book here: “The Lost Sentinel” Review.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Suzanne Rogerson for the Audible Codes of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.

Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic, but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains, she must leave her old life behind. On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.

Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for their new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache, and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic? 

If you like character-based fantasy, then you’ll love The Lost Sentinel – book one in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

Purchase Link: Audible | Amazon Audiobook


About The Author

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Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her husband, two children and a crazy puppy.

Her writing journey began at the age of twelve when she completed her first novel. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave Suzanne the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Now an author of four novels including the completed Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy Suzanne hopes the dreaded ‘W’ word will never rear its ugly head again!

She loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

Suzanne collects books, is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles and old ruins whilst being immersed in the past. She likes to combine her love of nature and photography on family walks, but most of all she loves to escape with a great film, binge watch TV shows, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon author page | Bookbub


About the Narrator

My name is George. Seoras, if you speak Gaelic. Born in the United States, German on my father’s side, a native of Bamberg, and a Stewart on my mother’s side from a wee parish outside Stirling. I am a keen learner, eager to travel the world around me, and an instructor of English with years of experience teaching in the US, Turkey, and Japan. In audiobook narration, I have discovered a perfect opportunity to perform and play with languages, dialects, characters, cultures. Essentially, my voice is my livelihood, and my spirit longs to explore.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Audible


My Review

I had the chance to read this book previously, so the story wasn’t surprising. If you are looking for a review on the plot, check my previous review of the book. Since I enjoy audiobooks, I wanted to hear this one and hopefully have a different experience of the story.

This is a fantasy novel full of action, that follows multiple POV, and listening to the story was just as I expected. It was exciting and it gave an added connection to the characters.

The narrator’s voice was one that did not bore me, actually it was a good combination to the storytelling of Suzanne Rogerson. It was the accent, it gave the narrative such an extra beauty, and it transported me to the world that the author created, with such ease.

Personally, I always recommend people to read and listen to the book. Not at the same time, but do them both because it allows a reader to explore the world and the characters in a different way. That was partly the reason why I listened to this audiobook. And it was worthy of my time.

Overall, I loved the narrator, George Ellington, he was a perfect pick for the tone in this fantasy novel.


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Jess

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“The Black Madonna of Derby” Review

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You know when it’s too good to be true when you don’t mess up your schedule and forget to post a review. I have absolutely no escuse. I, apparentely, forgot to put this review on my calendar so I could make sure I had the review on a post and published.

And before I let you guys go and read my review and all the information about this book and it’s author, I want to apologise to Joanna Czechowska (the author) for not having this post published on the 1 Day Blitz, like I was suppose to.

Now, let’s go to the important stuff.

The Black Madonna of Derby“, written by Joanna Czechowska, is a Historical Fiction novel, published on October 2008, but now on Audible.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Joanna Czechowska for the Audible code of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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During and after the Second World War, 200,000 Poles were given leave to remain in the UK as thanks for their help during the conflict – this book is a fictional account of just one of those families. Set during the 1960s and 1970s, The Black Madonna of Derby traces the story of the Baran family living in a provincial town in England. Their seemingly ordinary existence hides secrets of past betrayal, madness, and tragedy. 

The story focuses on three generations: the elderly grandmother whose proud Polish patriotism hides dark events from the past that affect the present, the mother whose tries to meld her past life in war-torn Poland and Germany with her new life in England and the granddaughter who lives a double life culturally and linguistically – Polish at home and English outside. 

The swinging sixties in London is vividly recreated, as is the hardship of life under communism in the Poland of that time. This book is unique in that there are no other novels dealing with the story of second generation Poles in the UK. It is a story that deserves to be told, a story of a group of people who have had little attention in the literature. Listen to what they have to say. 

Purchase Link: Audible UK | Audible US


About the Author

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The daughter of a Polish father and English mother, Joanna Czechowska was born in Derby and studied history at University College London. She now works as a journalist. The Black Madonna of Derby, published in Polish under the title Goodbye Polsko, is her first novel. 

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads


My Review

I love Audiobooks. I love to do chores, or go for walks and just listen to a book. And that’s what I did with this book. And what an adventure to listen while walking.

As we follow Baran family, focusing on three generations. The fact that I listen to this book instead of just reading it, made me feel as if I was listen to my grandma tell me our family’s story. And I loved that.

I enjoyed not only the narrator, through this 9 hour long audiobook, but mostly I enjoyed the plot, the way the story was told. I felt as if I was taken back in time, a moment in history I don’t know much about, but I love to learn more, especially through the eyes of a family, and not just a main character.

Quite and amazing story, and that can bring light into our minds about this Polish family living in England. About the way society was back in 1960s and 1970s. With secrets, tragedy and all the family interactions… We really feel involved.

Overall, I recommend this audiobook. I throughly enjoyed it and it trully felt like I was at my grandma’s house listening to my family talk about life and the past. All the crazy moments, all the pain and hardships, all the drama and romance.


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Blog Tour · Fantasy · Reviews

“Visions of Zarua” Audiobook Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well. I’m still on vacation in Germany that’s why I haven’t been on my blog, posting reviews, but today I’m part of a blog tour about a book that I have read and reviewed in November of last year.

Visions of Zarua“, written by Suzanne Rogerson, is a fantasy novel published on 16th November 2015, and now it’s also available in audiobook format.

And that is why I’m here, to give my review of the audiobook.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Suzanne Rogerson for the Audiobook of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Blurb

Visions ISBN 978-1518802393 Visions of Zarua coverTwo wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

Purchase Link – Amazon | Audible | iTunes


Author Bio

Visions author photo 2018 (2)Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads


Narrator Bio

Guy or the Big G as he is known to his friends is a London/ Brighton based actor and singer songwriter and producer.

He has recently completed his first leading role in the film Typo out next year and played the role of Alvin Turner in American film Holly Turner also out next year.

Guy only started narrating audiobooks last year and Visions of Zarua is his 2nd. He will be narrating 2 classics this year, Bram Stoker‘s Dracula and HG Wells The Time Machine.

In his spare time Guy is a passionate biker and cigar aficionado and he’ll not say no to a Sierra Nevada beer or two!


My Review

I have had already the pleasure of reading this book last year, and when given the opportunity of listening to the Audiobook and give a review, I had to jump in. I like to listen to audiobooks, especially when I’m working on other stuff (at the gym, doing some cleaning, before going to bed, …) and I used this one during my training at the gym.

I won’t tell you my opinion of the story, because it hasn’t changed since I read the book last year. I still love the storyline and the characters and what I have to say is that this narrator made me as curious about the characters as when I read it. I knew what was going to happen, and I knew about the characters, so it was an interesting experience and it gave me a different perspective about the all book, that’s why I was still curious to listen to each chapter.

The narrator had a type of voice that grabbed my attention, and following all the POVs and all the characters was even more fun, especially when I would close my eyes and imagine what was being narrated. It allowed my imagination to run wild by just listening, which I find exciting, especially when I have a headache and reading isn’t possible.

The story was easy to follow, and although I have read the story last year, some details were lost and by listening to the audiobook I was able to go back to this world and relearn the story and be more attentive to information and details that I may have not seen before. This was all thanks to the wonderful job of the narrator that made it a smooth adventure, with his clear voice.

Overall, if you are someone that enjoys Audiobooks, you should definitely check this book out.


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Fantasy · Reviews

“The Emissary” Review

Hello Friends!

I haven’t done a lot of reviews on audiobooks, although I love them, I end up reading the book as well. But when I got the chance to listen to this audiobook and reviewed it, I had too.

The Emissary“, written by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio, is the first book in the One Great Year series, published on October 9, 2018. A Fantasy novel that is also an audiobook narrated by both authors.

I received a complimentary audiocopy of this book thanks to Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

P1070193When the world collapses from a Golden Age into one of chaos and strife, mankind’s salvation lies in the hands of eternal Emissaries― guardians chosen to protect the secrets of a sacred, ancient civilization and to guide humanity back to enlightenment even as its darkest hour approaches.

A timeless tale of love reborn through the ages.

Marcus and Theron are two lovers bound by an eternal and unshakable bond. As a series of catastrophic events nearly destroys their world, the two along with a chosen few become Emissaries destined, over the course of 13,000 years and through many reincarnations, to lead humanity into an era of peace and prosperity as foretold by the Elders of their race. But the forces of evil have taken possession of one man, Helghul, who relentlessly pursues Marcus and Theron through time, determined to destroy them and ruin all hope for salvation. The Emissary tracks Marcus’s epic adventure across centuries of human civilization to present day, where envoys of darkness gather threatening to bury the life-giving secrets of Atitala forever.

Good and evil come to blows and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

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Authors Bio

Rene DeFazio and Tamara Veitch are a husband and wife writing team. Rene is an actor, producer and author. Tamara studied English,History and General Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Rene DeFazio was born and raised in Canada and currently resides in the Vancouver area with his wife and writing partner Tamara Veitch. Rene is an actor and producer with numerous film and television roles to his credit. A world traveler and lifelong adventurer, Rene has called upon his unusual and exciting experiences in co-creating The One Great Year novel series. His tireless research and first hand knowledge of exotic locations, customs, sights, and smells help to bring this epic story to life.

Tamara Veitch is a writer, mural artist, and mother of three. She grew up in Canada and attended Simon Fraser University, studying English, psychology, history and General Arts. Tamara has had a lifelong interest in spiritual wisdom and has carefully researched ancient teachings from many traditions to ensure historical accuracy throughout The One Great Year Series.

Tamara and Rene have completed Book I and II in The One Great Year Series and are currently working on Book III. To maintain a dynamic and authentic presentation of the ancient secrets at the core of their writing, they travel to exotic locations in search of esoteric knowledge and cultural insights that will inspire readers everywhere.

In 2012 they received Honorable mention from the New York Book Festival and The London Book Festival. In 2014 they were each awarded an Empowered Writers Award at the World International Peace festival In Vancouver BC, Canada.

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My Review

P1070225I haven’t reviewed many audiobooks before, but this one, just from the synopsis, I knew that it would be an amazing fantasy novel that I really wanted to know more about, no matter if it was by listening to the authors narrate it or by reading it. I didn’t care, I just wanted to be a part of the adventure, and that’s what happened.

I could tell you all about the world that the authors created but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I will leave it in the air, let’s just say that this world is complex, although not enough that you would be confused. Like life itself, it has many aspects, many characters that are connected, twists and turns, action and good and evil battling out.

P1070204I loved that I got to discover all the peculiarities about this world and about the emissaries by listening to the authors narrate the story. I listen to it during workout at the gym and at some points, I was running and I could almost feel like I was there with the characters and was running around. It was perfect for me and I loved that, I loved that the authors not only captivated me with the storytelling and the amazing characters and world, but they also captivated me with how they narrated the story.

I almost don’t know what to say or think. I want to know more about the characters and I want to know if good wins and the future of mankind is safe. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster, thanks to all the emotions, adrenaline, curiosity and concentration I had during the multiple times I listen to the audiobook.

P1070217I didn’t listen to it in one sitting because I wanted to savor every moment and understand the world to it’s fullest. Yet I was still wondering and looking for all the answers and trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Since it’s a storytelling about rebirth and love, as much as it is about saving mankind, in this fantasy world, my heart was fully in.

Overall, it’s an amazing start of a series and I can’t wait to know more and read and listen to more of their books in this series. Do I recommend it? Of course! If the synopsis and my review haven’t sold the book yet, I do hope you still give it a try, just look at the cover and it’s awesome design.


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Blog Tour · Reviews

“The Start of Something Wonderful” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you two reviews, and the first one is a review of a audiobook that I had the pleasure of listening while doing some painting. Amazing ten hours, listen throughout a couple of days. But I will tell you guys more about this experience in a sec.

The Start of Something Wonderful“, written by Jane Lambert, narrated also by the author, and published by HQ, Harper Collins.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jane Lambert for the Audiobook file of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Start of Something Wonderful


Synopsis

The Start of Something Wonderful CoverIt’s never too late to follow your dreams….

Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…

Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!

Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Jane taught English in Vienna then travelled the world as cabin crew, before making the life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Deathtrap”,  and most recently “True West” in London’s West End.  She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.

Social Media Links – Twitter


My Review

I love audiobooks. I find them very useful, specially since I’m always looking for something to have as a companion during some tasks; in this case, I found that I quite enjoyed listening to this particular novel while making some painting in wooden. It was a fun story to listen too and not hard to follow.

In this novel, we follow Emily Forsythe, a forty-year-old air stewardess, as she goes on a self-discovery journey provoked by unexpected  and heartbroken changes in her life. And that’s life for you guys! Sometimes things happen and we have to decide what we are going to do next. That’s what we follow in this novel. We get to see how Emily, the main character, deals with all that is going on and find explore the freedom she has now gained.

I loved the interactions between Emily and all the people she encounters in this new adventure while following her dreams. Many strong, funny, colorful personalities, with different background stories and aspirations that make us connect with them as much as we do with Emily.

It was also interesting to listen to the narrator – in this case, the author herself – go through the different accents and tones that made each character feel real in my mind. Actually, I felt like I was there and was just at the corner of the room, watching and listening. Because, although I didn’t felt as I was part of that world, I still felt like I was listening to someone tell me her story, letting me know all the interactions she had and all the good and bad moments in her life.

Overall, I really wanted her to be happy. My mom is in her late forties and I want her to do whatever she wants and that makes her happy. And I felt hat kind of connection with Emily, because I was listening to a woman’s voice narrating the novel, I felt like I was listening to Emily herself and that made me think of all the women in my life that are in her forties and every women that isn’t by has suffer a major change in her life… So I honestly wanted her to have a good time and accomplish her goals.

Accomplishing or goals, never giving up, discover ourselves everyday… I loved all of that. And I do believe we can be, and we are, resilient and we will get up and try again, even if it’s something entirely different from what we have been doing for the past years. So that’s a good message.

About recommending this book… Listening to audiobooks is always a different kind of experience and I know not many people enjoy it, so I recommend it to those that love listening to audiobooks.


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