Whenever Penni makes herself "seen" to Gus.
His consistency in tone and temperament were calming, setting the right tone for this novel.
When Penni kisses Gus in thanks for saving Tully and letting her know he was OK.
I really enjoyed listening to Don't Let the Wind Catch You by Aaron Lazar. This was my first book from the Gus LeGarde series, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I am a 40-something woman who enjoys a variety of genres, including young adult. Not knowing what genre this audiobook falls into, I'd say this is more in the vein of the old Hardy Boys serial, with a supernatural twist. It's a good story that is both a mystery and a ghost story.The story centers around a 12-year old boy, Gus LeGarde, in the summer of 1965 in Upstate New York. Gus is an "old soul" who is wise beyond his years. Gus and his friends frequently ride through the woods on horseback. Despite orders from his parents to do otherwise, he quickly befriends Tully, a cranky old hermit who lives in the woods without electricity and without running water.Tully has a few secrets that the story reveals through Gus's eyes of youthful and limited experiences. One such secret is that Tully speaks to an Indian ghost, Penni, who died in the 1700's. Penni shows herself to Gus and his friends too by rattling tin cups and flipping book pages. She also appears to Gus twice to save Tully's life. Eventually Penni gets Gus and Tully to help solve the mystery surrounding her death, which supposedly will help Penni cross over into the next realm.The book is narrated by Erik Synnestvedt whom I've never heard before. He did an admirable job, using consistent voices for each character throughout. He might not read as enthusiastically as other narrators, but his consistency in tone and temperament were calming, setting the right tone for this novel. I'd listen to another one of his narrated stories anytime.In summary, if you are tired of reading/listening to the normal contemporary stories out there, and are looking for a good, sweet natured story, I highly suggest trying Don't Let the Wind Catch You by Aaron Lazar.
I listened to the Audible version of Purple Jesus by Ron Cooper narrated by Charles Bice. Charles did an admirable job narrating, providing unique voices for all of the characters, and his dialect seemed genuine. The book is touted as a comedy, but I didn't find anything amusing with it. The two main characters are Purvis and Martha who are extremely poor in South Carolina's low country. While their story was Ok, I really didn't enjoy the parts with Brother in it, which seemed out of place and distracted from the main story. In short, Purple Jesus was uninspired and forgettable.
Wander and Roam: Wander Series, Book 1 by Anna Kyss is a sweet story about lost love and rediscovery of oneself. I'm a big fan of Anna's fantasy series,The Underground Trilogy (Wings of Shadow and Wings of Memory, so far), and this story is a worthy entry into contemporary new adult.
The story centers around Abby who is kicked out of college for failing to attend classes after losing her high school boyfriend. To help mend her broken heart, Abby volunteers on an Australian farm, where she meets Sage who is also running away from reality. They inevitably form a friendship, with Sage slowly pulling Abby out of her shell. The best part of the story is when Abby finally realizes that "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all," which just happens to be one of my favorite quotes by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Unlike Anna's other books, I had a hard time connecting with the characters. We are not given much back story for either of the lead characters, and Abby's angst and feelings of hopelessness gets tiring. It reminded me a lot of how Bella lost herself while missing Edward in the second Twilight book. Also the story just ends. I have a good idea of what will happen in the next book in the series, and perhaps it would be better to include both books in one volume?
Shiromi Arserio's narration was solid. She had differing voices for both male and female leads and she did a very convincing Australian accent. Good job!
I just finished the audio version of Death by Didgeridoo: A Jamie Quinn Mystery by Barbara Venkataraman and narrated by Carrie Lee Martz. I easily listened to it in one sitting. It's entertaining and definitely a good piece of "brain candy" (think chocolate for the brain).
The story centers around Jamie Quinn who is enlisted to help her cousin who is wrongfully accused of murder. Unfortunately Adam, who is inflected with Asperger's Syndrome, confessed to the murder he didn't commit and the victim is a former rock star
I really enjoyed Jaime's sense of humor and her internal thought process. She's a "real" person who quits her job as a lawyer to wallow in sorrow since her mother's death six months earlier. With a renewed purpose, she "snaps out of it" and begins to live again.
Carrie Lee Martz's narration is as real as Jaime is. I was totally engrossed and imagined that I was listening to Jaime's thoughts and snarky comments, rather than listening to a reader's narration of a book. I'd listen to another one of her renditions any day!
How to Survive Your Sisters by Ellie Campbell is a modern day Little Women, but with grown up sisters aging between late 20's to early-40's. Like in Little Women, there are four Macleod sisters who are as different as strangers. You have a perfectionist, an overweight stressed-out mother, a successful business woman, and a free spirited world traveler. Like all big families, no one ever really forgets past differences, jealousies and resentments. The sisters easily fall into their old ways when they come together for a wedding, but after a close family member dies, the sisters band together to get through the tragedy, which forces them to see each other in a new light.
Having four sisters myself, I could totally relate to this story and easily imagined each one of my sisters as one of the Macleod sisters. As in real life, no matter what happens or is said between the sisters that might be hurtful, my sisters and I always band together in a crisis or when one sister needs special attention or assistance to get through a divorce or hard time.
Elizabeth Klett did a wonderful job narrating. She really brought the characters to life, using a variety of accents and giving each character their own distinct voice. For example, her Scottish brogue for the father was very believable, as was her Aussie accent for one of the sister's boyfriends. Elizabeth was also able to switch genders and generations with ease. Simply put, How to Survive Your Sisters is a fantastic story of sisterly strife and affection.
Adrenaline Rush by Cindy Hogan is well written, fast paced, and consistent throughout. It reminded me a bit of the urgency that I experienced years ago while watching Point Blank mixed with the age group and adrenaline junkies found in Divergent's Dauntless.
The story centers on Christy (the heroine from Cindy's Watched trilogy) who goes undercover in an Oregon high school to stop a psychopath who kidnaps thrill-seeking high school seniors across the country. She is accepted into two separate thrill seeking groups who engage in death-defying stunts such as sky-diving, rock climbing (without harnesses) and jumping onto moving trains (and then doing acrobatic tricks on them).
I listened to the Audible version of this story. Laci Morgan did a great job narrating. She portrayed Christy as a likeable young woman surrounded by unbelievable events, never losing hope of escaping after she is snatched by the madman. Laci had great intonation and pace, keeping the story suspenseful throughout. She had differing voices for characters male and female and expressed urgency without becoming shrill, which few narrators achieve successfully.
Simply put, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book. Adrenaline Rush is edge-of-your-seat throughout and I highly recommend it. Great job!
Ingram of the Irish is set in 12th Century Ireland at a time when Ireland still had Kings and the Normans invaded frequently. Although it is fiction, it reads like a true historical account of what happened between two warring Irish kings for control over the land and its people.
The story centers on Ingram who as an orphan baby is left at the doorstep of a noble across the Irish sea. He is cared for and raised as a squire and once he is an adult, he quickly proves himself a valuable knight and warrior. However, he longs for word of his origins and wonders who his parents are. The 13-plus hours of audio is his journey to discover from where he came.
Chris Macdonnell did a great job narrating. He had differing voices for characters young and old, as well as male and female. He also expressed feelings and urgency when appropriate.
If I have one complaint with the audio book it is how long it is. There is much back and forth with Ingram's feelings and his trials and tribulations with the two Irish kings. I just think the story would have been more effective and more enthralling with a few hours shaved off as my interest started to wane at the 10-hour mark. I received a free copy of this audio in exchange for an unbiased review.
This book is aptly titled, as it's a delightful little gem describing the various games and activities experienced at Highland Games around the globe. Daniel Penz's narration was excellent. His soft Scottish brogue was perfect for this audio and really set the stage for imagining that you are in northern Scotland. I definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys attending Celtic and Irish Festivals!
This is a story set about 100 years into the future after the second American Civil War. The United States is divided into three different countries: The American Union, The Confederate States of America, and the California Republic. The story focuses on living in the American Union, where martial law would be considered taking a cake walk. The premise was interesting, but the amount of death and killing for anyone essentially looking cross-eyed at the policies of the day, was too much for me. Plus I would have liked a bit more character development. I also didn't like how the story just ended. An extra paragraph or two at the end would have helped bring closure to this particular story, even if a trilogy is ultimately expected.
Al Kissel's narration was good. He had different and distinguishable voices for each character. He also denoted urgency and resignation when appropriate.
The Lie written by Ashley Fontainne is a supernatural thriller that was both creepy and exciting at the same time. Although the story begins with a scene involving a ritual sacrifice 23 years ago, the heart of the story focuses on Karmen Moncrille, a reclusive author who was recently a child prodigy enjoying instant critical and popular success.
Karmen’s inspiration for her books come to her when dead authors visit her at night in dreams, like Shakespeare. When Karmen wakes up, the stories are finished and on her computer, but she doesn’t remember writing them. After suffering a panic attack giving an exclusive and rare interview for a TV show, Karmen escapes to her family home in the hills of Kentucky. The rest of the story is about how Karmen and Jacob, a minister sent to help save her by the holy spirit, thwart evil forces through self-sacrifice.
Andrea Emmes did an excellent job narrating. She portrayed Karmen as a likeable young woman overwhelmed by unbelievable events surrounding her. She had great intonation and pace, keeping the story suspenseful throughout. And, her New York accent for Karmen's best friend was very believable. Andrea's rendition easily kept me engaged Karmen is a likeable young woman overwhelmed by inexplicable events that seem to be directed solely at her. beginning to end.
This story is recommended for anyone who enjoys a good thriller with a supernatural twist.
This was a fun spunky story set during the Napoliantic Wars. Like in true historical romance fashion, the hero and heroine do not like each other at the beginning and there is a lot of mistrust between them. But they have a physical attraction that can't be denied.
Pearl Hewitt did a great job narrating. She had differing voices for characters young and old, as well as male and female. She also has a way of expressing urgency that many narrators do not accurately portray. Bravo!
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