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Jarlie

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  • This Brilliant Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Red Tash
    • Narrated By Jack Wallen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A brooding monster. A quirky professor. A small Indiana town with a soul of its own. Christine Grace finds her predictable scholarly life comforting, if a bit boring. Her live-in boyfriend presses her for marriage, but she's too philosophically inclined to take an interest. So, really, why does she suddenly start imagining things in the window's reflection? Is time truly starting and stopping all around her, or is she inexplicably cracking up?

    Jarlie says: "Poetic, dark fantasy"
    "Poetic, dark fantasy"
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    What did you love best about This Brilliant Darkness?

    Dark, quirky, written from many viewpoints, this novel is a surreal look into an eternal battle between good and evil that spans time. The current incarnation of this battle happens in Bloomington, IN, a college town, with its very own star in the sky. The tension of supernatural events builds and plays out wonderfully. By the end you'll be wishing for more.


    What other book might you compare This Brilliant Darkness to and why?

    This book reminds me of the dark fantasy comics I used to read in the 90s. Neil Gaman's Sandaman comes to mind. Religion and supernatural are darkly mixed in with the task world.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The different, varied points of view add character to this book, but because of them, it is easier to follow the flow of things in one setting, or more practically in larger chunks. That's ok though because you don't want to put it down anyhow.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio version is beautifully read and easy to listen to. The reader does a great job with the voices. It is not hard to follow the characters from one person's point of view to another's. Having read the e book first, I can say I anlmost like the audio better in fact. If you like most, dark fantasy, give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Troll or Derby

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Red Tash
    • Narrated By Stephanie Bentley
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    In Troll or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she's grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price.

    David says: "Captivating and Entertaining"
    "this book is a great read and a great LISTEN, too."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the Trolls in this book. Learning about them and how they fit into the world of faeries is fantastic. I also loved watching Deb discover who she is among the creatures of this new world, and being able to see the world from the eyes of both the inside and the outside.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Bentley – was your favorite?

    Stephanie Bentley is great for the main character. As I listened to the narration, I really could imagine that her voice was Roller Deb's. It really made the audio version of this book worth it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did want to listen to this book in one setting. If only my children would let me listen for that amount of time!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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