Music professor Gus LeGarde is about to embark on a European honeymoon with his new wife, Camille, when his socially challenged brother-in-law receives a mysterious invitation to visit an ailing relative in Germany. Siegfried can't travel alone, but the newlyweds have no qualms over bringing him along.
Unfortunately, their idyllic vacation takes a dark turn at the first stop in Paris, when Gus and Siegfried are caught in a bloody street brawl with a group of neo-Nazis - and a flawed news report frames Siegfried for the murder of one of their leaders, thrusting him into the deadly group's crosshairs.
After a narrow escape, Gus manages to bring his brother-in-law safely to Germany, where he hopes to both salvage the rest of the honeymoon and explore the shocking family secret that awaits there. But the events they've set in motion have far-reaching consequences, and the ruthless leader of the terrorist faction has lethal plans in store for Gus, Camille, and Siegfried - and ultimately, the world.
The author's alternate suggested listening order for the LeGarde Mysteries series:
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Yes, the characters get more developed and you appreciate the plot better.
Gus was brave, resourceful and very sensitive to Camille's needs.
His voice helps you visualize the characters and love them.
When Siegfried was declared dead. It did escalate the tension.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."
Mazurka is a thrilling story that weaves family, suspense and romance threads together, only to bring forth the essence hiding underneath. As the title suggests, that essence, to me, is music. Gus, a music professor, states at the beginning, “Most days I played Chopin’s mazurkas, nocturnes, waltzes… My soul was being cleansed as my fingers danced over the ivories.” His late wife, Elsworth: had a passion for his music, too, instilled in her since childhood, so their love used to resonate on that note, as well.
On a honeymoon trip with his new wife, Camille, who has a history of abuse at the hands of her ex-husband, Gus is so gentle, so patient with her. Right from the start, this trip does not go as planned. “Hope glinted momentarily behind her long lashes util the plane quaked again.” The love scene is delicately described. Later, they visit places near and dear to his heart. “This is where he composed his last Mazurka, Camille.” And on second thought, he realizes, “I realized that when I sat at home in front of my old Mason and Hamlin piano and lost myself in one of Chopin’s melancholy nocturnes, I was closer to his genius than when I stood in front of this old building in Paris.”
But even in this romantic location, which is so vividly captured in this book, trouble is brewing, when they are faced, time and again, with members of a neo-nazi group. “There is a great deal of fear out there now, fear of those fanatics organizing and gaining some political momentum.” There are chase and escape scenes that will leave you hanging by your nails… Until, in the end, a revelation that harkens back to the musical theme, when they discover a precious, never before published manuscript by Chopin, for the woman in his life. Thus, love and music are woven together once more, even in the face of fear and mishaps. “My hand trembled as I held the precious manuscript under the light.”
The audiobook narrator, Lou Hecker, did justice to the writing, giving voice to Gus, giving a hesitant, soft voice to Camille, and endowing the other characters with different accents and intonations. I enjoyed his performance.
Highly recommended. Five stars.
From the terrifying weather their plane encounters on the way to Paris, to getting caught in a neo-Nazis street demonstration, our hero/heroine are not having an ideal honeymoon. Every time they think they've avoided trouble, something else happens. Hang on to your seat and enjoy the ride!
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
I did enjoy this Audiobook with it's journey through three parts of Europe and some interesting adventure action. But it would have been so much more had the two main protagonists been more credible.in their personal responses. From the very beginnings, with the couple deciding to spend the first part of their honeymoon escorting their friend to visit his expiring relative in journey as well as combining the time with researching for a book on Chopin, to their continuing to act the innocent tourists after their friend has already been hospitalised after a brutal attack and their own personal near death experiences, it all seemed far too contrived. Even the teenage strength of inrushing hormones in a previously abstemious man now in his second half century and the equal response in a woman sexually traumatised by earlier experiences, especially given the physical conditions both must have been suffering after various scrapes, seemed forced and inappropriate. But most of all, the zig zagging from terrified hysteria to contented continuation with a trip dogged by terror and vicious attention, seemed not only unlikely but downright stupid. Anyone with half a brain cell would have headed home for safety at the earliest opportunity.
However, some of the situations in which this foolish couple found themselves were suspenseful and entertaining. The basic ideas were good. The narrator's voice was pleasant to hear although his accents and place pronunciations left a lot to be desired and his text reading was occasionally punctuated by misplaced brief pauses which interrupted the flow, but, overall, a reasonable rendering.
Mazurka is the third book in a series and the story stands alone. But possibly my reaction to the main characters would have been kinder had I known them from the earlier books.. My thanks to the right's holder who gifted me this book, via Audiobook Boom
This book was a suspenseful, satisfying page turner. The narrator smoothly transported you through the plot's twists and turns, hooking you from beginning to end. Highly recommend!
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review."
This book had just about everything, honeymooning couples, a band of skinheads, with
several twists and turns.
The setting takes place in Paris and Germany and the author's descriptions were very vivid.
Overall, this book was an entertaining read.
Lou Hecker did well with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
I rate on how mush I enjoyed a book, I am not a book critic.
I would not advertise this as a action or mystery. You are setting people up for disappointment. To much detail on street names and shopping in Paris. It slows down the story. The plot was far fetched and not mysterious.
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Yes, he has a beautiful voice, but I did not like his female or child voices.
The grandson. I did not like the voice and it detracted even more from this being a action story.
Not my kind of action, sorry. "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
"It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"
An academic and lover of classical music, in particular Chopin, our main character Gus is a family guy and widower who has just remarried and finds himself up against neo-Nazi’s. The dialogue and a trove of novice-level contrivances kill what could have been a more interesting story.
While trying to work out through a difficult situation, Gus asks himself (and presumably the reader/listener), “Should I chance it with my beloved bride?"
This kind of stilted language constantly tossed me out of the story. I don't know anyone, including the academics who are in my circle of friends, who phrases words in this way. I suspect most of us think in a kind of shorthand when conversing with ourselves, at least I believe I do. Then again, I am no academic, so what do I know? Only that some things do not sound right, and when they do not sound right, they do not ring true. After a while the interruption of flow made even the placement of “twittering birds” or a “cerulean Parisian sky” seem forced, strained.
The author’s turns of phrase were among other oddities that wedged between me and the story. For example, in the story CNN splashes the faces of Gus and his brother-in-law across every television in the world. Gus not only sees his image first hand on a Paris hotel television screen, Interpol representatives warn him that, thanks to the news clips, he is now recognizable nearly everywhere he went. Still Gus and his wife, even after a harrowing escape from bad guys who clearly recognized them, took daily walks and frequented neighborhood shops. There’s another scene where this same couple suspect the bad guys have again spotted them, but the good news is they are located in a public place where police are usually easily accessible (I’m being deliberately vague to avoid spoilers). Mind you, this couple is in a country they know little to nothing about. Instead of asking someone for the police, they get in a car and drive away, using dark, infrequently traveled country roads and this is when, suddenly, it occurs to them to contact the police, but they have no idea where they are or where a police station is located, and-- of course-- Gus left his cell phone in the States.
Another point of distraction / destruction is the conveniences of the storyline (again I will not say much here in order to avoid spoilers). Simply put there are far too many unrealistic saves and “cheating” turns.
Instead of being connected and engaged with this story, I spent most of the listen at bay, standing on the sidelines and challenging myself to come up with word usage and story structure that could have given the narrative more grip. This is no Bueno-- or perhaps I should say "ce n’est pas bon."
The narrator did an okay in a very general sense. Perhaps for this story, he was not the best choice. His voice, like the cover art and dialogue, projected a younger character than the author described in the book, and this was another source of contention as I found myself in a perpetual state of mentally reconciling the divergences. Some of the accents did not seem authentic, and his female impersonations were too heady— falsetto.
I was gifted with this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Thanks AudioBook Boom!
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