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Waterfall: A Novel | [Lisa T. Bergren]

Waterfall: A Novel

What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world? Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaeologist parents. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in 14th-century Italy.
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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world? Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaeologist parents.

Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds... until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in 14th-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.

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©2011 Lisa T. Bergren (P)2011 Oasis

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    Drew Kuna, ID, United States 05-23-12
    Drew Kuna, ID, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Great Escape!"
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    Ok, so I only make comments when a particular book/series is just awesome. I love the way Lisa Bergren enthralled me into this historical fiction, incredible love story, totally funny series! Yes, it is cheesy at times but what 14th century knights are not a little cheesy when it comes to love...especially in Italy! If you love a love story, great action and a little funny, this book is for you! I am so happy that I picked this treasure up! I realized, with all the distopian novels I have been reading that sometimes are a really sad, OK, a lot sad, this book was just refreshing! I guess I can say that when I read a good book/series that I cannot put down and laugh along the way and feel happy love....it is a winner! Some other reviews say that Pam Turlow (the narrator) was not that great...l beg to differ. She puts in some great talent here. Her Italian is wonderful and brings the story to life! Her voice is a little deeper than most 17 year old, high pitched, annoying voices, so it was fine with me. All I can say is....THIS WAS AWESOME!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alysia APO, AP, United States 12-03-13
    Alysia APO, AP, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Annoying music between chapters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story and performance. The only bad part, the annoying music between chapters that is at a louder volume than the narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lydia Sandy, UT, United States 02-21-12
    lydia Sandy, UT, United States 02-21-12
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    "Love the story, but not the narrator"
    Would you listen to Waterfall again? Why?

    Yes; because i like the story. I'm really into that type of literature, and i love the characters and how well Lisa draws you into the time period. However, one reason i would not listen to Waterfall again is because the narrator is not really that talented, in my opinion. I grew up with Jim Dale, and so maybe i'm a little picky, but i don't think she thought out the voices beforehand. She makes Lia sound like a ditzy airhead, and Gabi sound like a bratty teen. Her voice is really hard to listen to for long periods of time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the characters and the way they come to life. The author has a way of making the characters relatable and intriguing.
    Also, Lisa Bergren really knows the time period. The details she adds to the story make it clear that she is really knowledgeable about the era.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Kind of. Like i said earlier, i didn't really like the narrator, and i didn't think she was right for the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pakkmom Morgan Hill, CA, US 03-17-11
    pakkmom Morgan Hill, CA, US 03-17-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Underwhelming"

    Cliche and thoroughly underwhelming. When characters behave in ways that ignore laws of cause and effect it detracts from the story. It causes the reader to be unable to suspend belief in a fantastical storyline and that is what happens with this book. It all starts promisingly enough with two teenage sisters Gabi and Lisa, exploring a discovery of their archeologist mother. The girls trigger handprints which send them back in time. Then the story becomes ridiculous. The oldest sister, Gabi, lands in the middle of a medieval battle and what does she do? She raves about the looks of a knight she sees, even when she notes that something might be a little wrong with the battle she is witnessing. The battle turns out to be real, with men dying in front of her. Still she fixates on the looks of the handsome knight. Shallow and clueless does not make for a good book. Narrator Pam Turlow is excellent....if she were reading a different book. The book is written in the first person by Gabi, but Turlow???s voice is too mature for a teenager except when she is doing dialog. Her dialog ???voices??? sound like the teenagers they are supposed to be, but the switch back and forth from ???teen??? and ???mature??? becomes tiresome and a distraction. The story ends on a ???cliffhanger??? but I won???t be looking for it, I just don???t care enough to find out what happens next.

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    Mary 12-22-11
    Mary 12-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Annoying Narrator Voice"

    The story and the writing of this book were great- I got sucked in at the beginning and was extremely eager to find out what would happen next. The concept of the plot- time travel to 14th century Italy- was really interesting to me.
    However, I thought the narrator's voice was annoying. She was exaggerated, over the top, and cheesy at times- I found myself rolling my eyes or cringing throughout the book. I think a younger narrator would have been better suited for the reading of this book (since the main character is 17 and uses several expressions that only teenagers would use). I especially disliked her voice of Gabriella's younger sister- it was high pitched and whiny. The narrator did do a good job with the Italian men's voices, though.
    All in all, despite my dissatisfaction with the narrator, I found the book enjoyable and will definitely read the next book in the series to find out what happens next! I hope the audiobook for the next books in the series will be available soon (hopefully with a younger narrator).

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    Julie- Chicago, IL, United States 09-01-14
    Julie- Chicago, IL, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story poor narration"

    I loved this story but the narration was poor and therefore made me not want to listen at times. I finished and enjoyed the story. I want to read book 2 but is dreading the narration.

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    Kathryn United States 07-24-14
    Kathryn United States 07-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Addicting"

    I've read all the books that have come out so far. They are heart-throbbing and heart-stopping addicting. I've decided to listen to them as I prepare for the next book release. I was lukewarm about the narrator at first, but she did a good job. I find the musical interludes between the chapters annoying and eventually just plain corny. Annoying because the author likes to write cliffhanger last sentences to her chapters. Overall, it was worth suffering through the music to listen to this great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Los Alamos, NM, USA 02-01-13
    Mark Los Alamos, NM, USA 02-01-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Could have been much better"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader, the Performance was really really really annoying to listen to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa T. Bergren? Why or why not?

    Yes, I am interested in reading the next book, but I will be reading it not listening to it.


    What didn’t you like about Pam Turlow’s performance?

    I didn't like it, she made this really annoying laugh thing after everything she said, like she was trying to hard to talk like a teenager and she just didn't get it.


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    Michael Groton, NY, United States 12-08-12
    Michael Groton, NY, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2011

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    "fun chick flick"
    What about Pam Turlow’s performance did you like?

    She definitely catches the, like, teenybopper expressions very well! Fun!


    Any additional comments?

    Read to see if my 12-year-old would like. I honestly think this book has some very good qualities and it is funny and light but at times deals with serious historical themes.

    I could wish the author had avoided terms like "hottie", because most of the adventure doesn't run along those lines. There are some very well done interactions with the medieval world (things like the way the dresses fit, the way women never rode horses in formal company, medical myths, etc.).

    Anyway, the character development is pretty good and it will probably be a lot of fun for Mercy when she's about 14 and can process some of the overdone romance.

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    Sasha Waynesboro, VA, United States 08-04-12
    Sasha Waynesboro, VA, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "it had potential...and then she started reading"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    maybe, if the narrator hadn't portrayed the main character as some breathy dingbat adolescent, I could have gotten into the story, but every time she made the goofy breathy laugh sound after a thought or quote from the main character, I cringed and gritted my teeth. No teenager I know talks like that.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not anything narrated by the same narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pam Turlow?

    Burnadette Dunne Flagler did a pretty decent job in Under the Never Sky, she might do the story justice. Caitlin Davies also did justice to Dead Beautiful. I also enjoy hearing the author read their own work if they're good out loud readers.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It seemed fairly well researched.


    Any additional comments?

    I really think the narrator is just out of touch with the way adolescents speak, both in their own company and among adults. I wonder if she read the book beforehand or spoke with the author about how the author may have felt about her character. Also, some of the slang used seemed like it was just added in there to help a younger reader relate to the character. Blech. It had so much potential.

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    2/19/11
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    "Surprisingly enjoyable"

    If you're a fantasy fan looking for something a little different, this one is worth a try. Waterfall is the story of Gabriella, a 21st century teenager transported to 14th century Italy while on a visit to an old hystorical toomb with her family. Gabriella finds herself plunged into a war between two fighting dinisties. As she adjusts to her surroundings and searches for a way home, she is inexpliccably drawn to one of the knights. This was a lively, engaging story with a likeable heroine, colourful descriptions and plenty of action. The author paints a vivid portrait of life in medieval Italy. A good book to while away an afternoon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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