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 really enjoyed this book. It's not too long or complicated. It's just a bunch of very good pointers to help you stay healthy that make sense that people (including me) often forget about. For example, get more sleep. You hear that all the time, but I didn't realize that this would reset not only my brain, but my digestive system too.
The narration was excellent. I can't imagine that it could have been read any better, or with more enthusiasm and variation in voice. In short, she kept my interest and eager for the next chapter.
Andrea Emmes did a wonderful job narrating this book, providing distinct and consistent voices for all characters, including British and American accents. Andrea's narration certainly contributed to my enjoyment of this book.
Jane and Austen is a young adult story set around a family-run hotel in San Diego whose guests are all gathered for the wedding of the hotel's event planner. Most of the wedding party and guests resemble many of the characters in all six of Jane Austen's novels, even down to variations in their names. However, the characters are all written "sketchy" at best. You get little more than a vague description of the characters and their backgrounds, including the "stars" Jane and Austen. For example, you never learn what makes them tick? How and why did Jane end up in San Diego? What happened in the 8 months Austen was in Boston? Why didn't he ever text or call Jane during that time? Being written in the first person didn't help either. In short, I found listening to over 11 hours of this book tedious most of the time.
I simply loved the Ruby Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan! It is an old-fashioned time travel tale, much in the vein of the Outlander series by Dianna Gabaldon. I’ve been disappointed by so many other attempts to replicate the feel and “heart” of that story and none have come close until now. [How many time travel highlander books do we need?] It is refreshing and a breath of fresh air to finally have an epic story that is hard to categorize, but tells the tale of two souls entwined through time in the United States.
The story starts off soon after paramedic Kit MacKlenna loses her parents in a tragic car wreck in the 21st century. She’s been seeing a harmless ghost ever since she was a child, and she eventually meets up with her ghost, attorney Cullen Montgomery, in the 19th century. Both characters are portrayed realistically with hopes, dreams, fears, and flaws. I especially enjoyed how the story comes “full circle” at the end and I felt that all loose ends were resolved to great satisfaction.
I listened to the Audible version of The Ruby Brooch, narrated by Teri Schnaubelt. Teri’s narration is simply fantastic. She really brings the characters to life, using a variety of accents and giving each character their own distinct voice. She is also able to switch genders and generations with ease. Her reading was nicely paced throughout and she kept me enthralled listening late into the night. Bravo!
Death at Hilliard High is another good cozy mystery written by Carole B. Shmurak. The story centers on Susan Lombardi who is an education professor and educational consultant at a Connecticut university. Susan is asked by a former student to visit her classroom at the prestigious Hilliard High where she was recently hired after graduating from college. The new teacher is being harassed by pranks, which appear to be racially motivated. While looking into the pranks, Susan unwittingly becomes involved in the murder of one of the teachers' wives at the school. The same supporting cast of characters is back, including Susan’s husband and her best friend. With their help, Susan solves the murder by uncovering the murderer's secret hideout.
Unlike other books in a typical series, I don’t believe you must read the first book in the series beforehand. Sufficient background is given to fully understand the various characters and enjoy the story.
I listened to the Audible version of this story. Barbara Benjamin-Creel's narration was great. She's maintained consistent voices from the first two books, differentiating the various characters. She also exhibited the right amount of “spunk” and cheekiness needed in a good cozy mystery. Great job!
The Red Rose Bride is the second book in The Jewels of Kinfarlie Series and it is simply wonderful. I thought the first book, the Beauty Bride was one of the best historical romance stories I've read or listened to in many years and this one is not far behind.
The story centers around Vivienne, who believes that if she sleeps in Kinfairlie’s tower, she will be visited by a fairy lover who will steal her away for all time. Indeed Erik Sinclair of Blackleith comes for her, loves her sweetly, and steals her away so she can bare him a son. Although Erik is gruff and taciturn, Vivienne realizes that Erik is honorable and she quickly falls in love with him. The rest of the story is her attempt to convince him she is sincere and to make Erik realize how much he desires her too for more than her ability to bare children.
Saskia Maarleveld’s narration is enchanting. She gives each character their own distinct voice and has a rhythm to her reading that is melodic. She also has great voices for the children in the story without them sounding too babyish. Great job!
The Selkie Enchantress by Sophie Moss is a wonderful follow up to the first book in the Seal Island Trilogy, The Selkie Spell. The story centers on Caitlin and Liam, who are Dominic’s (the bar owner in Selkie Spell) best friend and his brother who works in Galway as a professor. As the story unravels, we learn that Caitlin and Liam were romantic as teenagers. While they remained friends over the years, they rekindled their romance starting on Tara and Dominic’s wedding day. After months of long-into-the-night conversations, Liam decides to move back to the island. But, on the ferry ride back to Seal Island, he meets Nuala, who casts him under her spell, making him forget all about Caitlin and his decades-long love for her.
The Selkie Enchantress far exceeded my expectations and was better than the first story in the trilogy. It is a wonderful mix of fairy tale and mystery. It’s a blend of Beauty and the Beast and the Little Mermaid. Like in most fairy tales, you can’t help but sympathize with Nuala, who attempts to steal Liam for herself. Like Caitlin, Nuala made some bad decisions when she was a teenager. I’d love to know what happened to her!
As with the first book, Hollis McCarthy did an outstanding job narrating. Her lilting Irish accents accentuated the story, giving it a fairytale quality. Hollis had differing voices for all of the characters, and her narration flowed naturally and kept the story moving. I can’t wait for book #3 in audio!
The Selkie Spell by Sophie Moss is a wonderful mix of fairy tale with a real life horror story. The story centers around Tara who is a doctor from Dallas who faked her own death to get away from a physically abusive husband. She escapes to Prague, and then to a small island off the Irish Coast. While on Seal Island, Tara immediately feels an ethereal pull to local pub owner Dominic who recently turned his own wife into the authorities for drug smuggling, making him very wary of off-islanders.
One of the things I liked most about The Selkie Spell is the colorful secondary characters. You have the seaworthy professor entranced by folklore, the lifelong best friend to Dominic who just happens to be a girl, the local artist who sees visions, and the former lawman turned private investigator who has a knack for finding things that do not or should not be found (like “dead” wives).
Hollis McCarthy did an outstanding job narrating. Her narration had a fairytale quality to it and I found myself entranced by her reading. She had differing voices for all of the characters, which flowed naturally and was easy to listen to. Bravo!
The Naked King by Sally MacKenzie is a funny, lighthearted, and thoroughly entertaining historical romance. The story centers around Lady Anne Marston, who at 27, is a spinster well on the shelf. Never experiencing a London season herself, she is the obvious choice to chaperone her 17-year old sister with her introduction to society. Thankfully, Anne's dog leads her into the path of Stephan Parker-Roth, The King of Hearts.
Being 30-years old with a younger sister and brother both married, Stephan is desirous of a wife. He admires Anne's gumption and forthrightness, which are obvious qualities from their first meeting. So, when a cat crosses the path of Anne's dog, who trips Stephen and in turn falls on top of Anne, he has no choice but to marry the girl (and buy Anne and her sister new wardrobes).
I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Pearl Hewitt, who did an outstanding job. Pearl provided distinct and consistent voices for all characters, young and old. She has a spunk and sassiness in her readings that make listening very enjoyable. Plus, she enunciates with British sophistication with the best of them. Most excellent!
If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place is another extremely entertaining short story by Barbara Venkataraman. It's a comical look at how one can meet a future spouse in the unlikeliest of places - like at a summer job working at a marina scrapping barnacles off of boats. What I like most about Barbara's writing is her easy banter between characters. It's as if I'm sitting with my sisters or my BFF where I can be candid, a little quirky, and still affectionate without being mushy.
Carrie Lee Martz did a great job narrating with a southern accent. She reads with enthusiasm and spunk, and has differing voices for both male and female characters. Great job!
Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson is a very unique historical romance set during the romantic era, which is loosely based on the life of Felix Mendelssohn’s sister, Fanny.
The story centers on impoverished Clara Becker and her family. She is a brilliant and very talented composer whose family depends on the sale of her compositions for the food they put on their table. Because women were mere possessions back in 1830s England, her brother had to lend his name to her masterpieces to sell them to the publisher. By chance, one of her compositions lands in the hands of the much celebrated Master Violinist, Darien Reynard. Darien, energized by the melodies of the music, will not rest until he convinces the believed-to-be-composer to go on tour in Europe with him and continue writing such breathtaking music. It goes without saying that Clara ends up going on tour with Darien and her brother. Inevitably, sparks fly between Clara and Darien, which only fuels the creativity and sweet music between them.
Hollis McCarthy did an excellent job narrating. Her narration flows naturally and was easy to listen to. She had different voices for all characters, male and female. She really contributed to my enjoyment of the book that I found myself sitting in my car in the garage so I could listen to just one more chapter. ☺
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