All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom's log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben's childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can't help but feeling more for him than just friendship.
But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it's not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer - and why is Josh always present in her dreams?
©2014 Jen Minkman (P)2014 Jen Minkman
When I discovered Audible it was like discovering love :-) I love receiving codes and in return I post reviews. Wife, and mom of two,
An excellent new story by Jen Minkman. She continues to surprise me. This story is written to perfection. The story has everything you're looking for, like romance, but not too much of it, it consists of supernatural creatures and skin walkers. It was nice learning about the Navajo folklore, their culture, and traditions. There was reincarnation, spirituality, and even history. Thank you Jen for keeping me entertaining me and keeping me engrossed in yet another one of your stories.
Narrator Coco Bell did an exceptional job with her narration of this story. I didn't have trouble identifying any of the characters. She kept my attention held throughout the story. Overall, a great job all around.
As I haven't read the print book I can't answer this. But I loved the audio version
How much of history of the Navajo's was used in the story. There was a spin on it but it was so neat to see so much in there.
When Josh and Hannah did the ceremony to join them together and she got to see so many of his memories
the whole book actually it was such an inspiring story
I must give a thumbs up to the narrator. Must better job from the last book.
This book was so alive that I wanted to listen to it again when I was done
Keep up what you did in this book you brought it to life
Shadow of Time is an excellent story about maintaining close friendships and love throughout the ages. It includes Navajo folklore, romance, humor, reincarnation, spiritualism, and history. It’s hard to classify this one, but it’s all bundled together to great effect. The supernatural aspects of the story really drew me in, which include animal spirit guides, a wise medicine man, and skin walkers.
The story begins when high school French teacher Hannah goes on summer vacation at her mother’s log cabin in Arizona, where her brother Ben still resides. It’s been four years since she visited last and she runs into Ben's childhood friend Josh from the Navajo reservation. They are instantly attracted to one another as if they’ve known each other their entire lives, both present and past lives. Hannah, Ben and Josh are all well developed and extremely likable. The dialogue between them and other characters in the story is seamless and believable.
Coco Bell did an excellent job narrating. Her performance reflected the proper inflections and tones necessary to distinguish the differences between male and female characters, as well as the older and younger characters in the story. I’d listen to another audio book written by Jen Minkman, as well as one narrated by Coco Bell any time. I highly recommend Shadow of Time!
When asked to give my honest opinion in exchange for a copy of this "Shadow of Time" audio book, I was quite surprised. Being of the male and over 50 crowd I didn't know if this story would hold my attention for long. I have to honestly admit that the beginning of the audio book seemed to drag on a bit for me while listening, and I found myself fast-forwarding through most of it. However, the latter part picked up nicely and the story moved at a relatively decent pace.
I'm not usually a reader of young adult material, however I did truly enjoy the historical accounting of Navajo culture and tradition and gained much knowledge of the ways of their people. Since I too am of mixed Native American decent, the research the author did was quite fascinating for me and I found myself engulfed in the historical aspects of the story. However, the "young love" trials and tribulations throughout the audio book mostly eluded me and have all but vanished from my own memory.
With the exception of a few things that the main characters said or did that brought back a few parallels in my distant memories, the story itself was lost on this 50 something male listener. My 14 year old granddaughter however, appears to be captivated by the story line and seems to be enjoying it with great interest, as evident in her gleeful nods when asked if she would recommend this book to her friends.
Overall this is a great book to give to the young adult female as a gift for proper behavior as I did. As I said, the historical knowledge was quite interesting for me. The story line itself seems quite entertaining for the younger demographic the author wrote for. I also found the narrator, Coco Bell to be pleasant to listen to. The author Jen Minkman did a great job writing the story and a fine job translating it to American English. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to any young adult readers of romance.
I really liked the premise of this story, which is why I kept reading chapter after chapter when nothing was happening . Ok, there were a few kisses and some embarrassment. But really, I don't want to read or listen to every single detail about the bbq, or lunch, or breakfast! in all fairness I should disclose that I stopped listing about 2/3 of the way through . I just couldn't do it any more.
The author does an excellent job of writing a story that captures the imagination.
The narrator does an excellent job of storytelling.
I love listening to stories by this author.
Note: I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for a review.
I found Shadow of Time to be a bit of an uneven listening experience. There are a lot of positive attributes. Minkman is a talented writer, and has obviously edited and crafted this book so that the story flows smoothly, even the time travel/flashback bits are understandable. The romance is beautifully handled, with the characters slowly moving from childhood friends to lovers in a believable and tender way, without too much insecurity and drama. The setting in the Navajo history is wonderful, and the magic system stays true to those roots. The glimpses into Navajo tradition and culture are interesting and I'd have loved to see even more. The current issues on the reservation are hinted at but not ignored. I have to give the narrator kudos on handling the Navajo words in the story so naturally! I really enjoyed Hannah and Ben as siblings and characters. I appreciated that there is a lesbian romance in the story as well as a heterosexual romance. The "bad guys" in the story were menacing and genuinely creepy, which was great.
Unfortunately, there are things that I think could use more refining. Conversation is sometimes awkward or stilted. How many times does Ben say "Hi Sis!"? Josh is a little too good to be true - he really should have at least one fault. Nick shows up as a plot device I thought to explain Navajo history, but that never really works out - and then he just disappears... without having had a real purpose in the story. The problems of the Navajo reservation are mentioned, but not explored by any of the characters intimately (in the present life), which would have deepened that emotional impact to the reader. This YA novel suffers from absentee parent syndrome, a common issue with the genre. I was surprised that the neighbor parents had no issue with their daughter dating a Navajo girl at all - class/race are not remarked upon at all in this book, despite my understanding that the Navajo and whites wouldn't have mixed so freely. I was frankly quite relieved when we found out more of Josh's background, because I found the romance between a 17 year old and a 23 year old a bit off-putting. Hannah was written as a 23 year old, but she seems to act more like a teenager than I expected. My biggest complaint was that the ending/resolution of the threat seemed too easy and too abrupt after the rich build-up and long-simmering tension of the middle of the book.
All in all, this was an entertaining and well-paced YA paranormal book, with the added attraction of the glimpse into Navajo history and culture. The protagonists were likeable and interesting. The narration is well-done, though the sound editing could be better as most of the time there is a sort of hiss or background sound in the recording behind the narrator's voice.
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