Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets. Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle.
If you enjoy a book with family secrets, unreliable narrators and a guessing game of what’s true and what isn’t, this book is for you! This was my first book by this author, the writing is excellent, it will definitely not be my last!
This book is hard review because I don’t want to give anything away because the whole premise is secrets. So I will just leave this saying this is a great book and I highly recommend it!!
I listened to this on audio and the narration by Arthur Morey & Angela Dawe was very well done I really thought that Morey's narration as Grandpa really helped me feel for the man! and Dawe had a few More voices to do of the women in the family but both narrations melded nicely.
In other words
Just Read It!
4 ½ Stars
This timely and powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge. Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe.
This is the story of 3 refugees from 3 different time periods
Josef- narrated by, Michael Goldstone- Josef our young boy who now needs to be a man, his narration was well done there were times on the ship where his voice showed so much emotion and Josef’s final scene… amazing!
Isabel- narrated by, Kyla Garcia -Ah Isabel traveling such a short distance yet so much going on in that time and Kyla truly brought all these characters to life. An excellent job at conveying the emotions, and there were a lot of them for this family!
Mahmoud narrated by, Assaf Cohen – Oh sweet Mahmoud his story was very heartbreaking as you can see from the quote below. I think because this one is still happening it was the toughest of the three stories. Assaf’s narration of Mahmoud as with the other narrators truly brought the emotion of everyone involved.
They only see us when we do something they don’t like….like pray. -----Mahmoud
This book is a must read for anyone wondering what it is like to be a refugee this shows Jewish refugees leaving Germany before the war, Cuban refugees fleeing Castro and Syrian refugees fleeing the war there, all in different time periods running from different kinds of oppression and death but yet their stories are very similar. I think not just children should read this book I know a lot of adults who should read this as well.
A story very well told.
Honestly, I see why this book was nominated for an Audie Award the narration is excellent and I think this one will be hard to beat!
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.
This book was so twisty good that as soon as I was done listening I started all over again and listened to it again! Don't want to give any spoilers just read it!!!
Rebecca Soler's narration was really good too!
In this fourth installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail's first woman Santa Claus. Mary Ann, always a bit of a rebel, is looking to offer a more progressive voice in the staunchly conservative town at Christmastime and has a few ideas up her red velvet sleeves.
Another wonderful addition to the Dog Named Christmas series!
It was great to see how things have changed with the McCray family since we last left them and boy oh boy there was some big news at the end so I sure hope there will be another book with McCray's!
Mark Bramhall's narration was as always wonderful!
Meet Ginny Moon. She's mostly your average teenager - she plays flute in the high school band, has weekly basketball practice, and reads Robert Frost poems in English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what's important to her might seem a bit...different: starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, her baby doll, and crafting a secret plan of escape.
Believe all the hype!!! This is a great book it will make you laugh and cry and make you sad and angry at times but beautifully written book about autistic Ginny Moon and her hopes at a forever home. Even though forever mom made me mad a couple times I still enjoyed it very much!
This book should be savored and enjoyed!
Em Eldridge's narration was fabulous she really brought us into Ginny's head. Highly recommend the audio!
In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She's been married to Roy Tupkin for 15 days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy's wife.
This one was a bit confusing at times because its not linear in the way the story is told it is the same events told from many different perspectives and I admit to be a little lost a few times. Overall this is good southern fiction with the school teacher who just wants to help and the haints that may or may not be helping. But that ending....I guess I will come to my own conclusions about what happens to Miss Sadie!
Tom Stechschulte and Kate Forbes did a great job at the narration.
Fans of southern fiction give this one a try!
3 1/2 Stars
Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has be-come a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting.
What a great way to start off the new year! Wowza this book was so good, I honestly felt like I held my breathe from the beginning to the end the tension was so palpitate!
I don't want to give anything so i will say you need to read this series NOW!! Y'all are the lucky ones that can go right from Stillhouse Lake to this one without pause!
This had 4 narrators Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, Will Ropp, and Dan John Miller each brought their character to life superbly and really conveyed the emotion and tension in this book!.
I highly recommend this series!!
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After battling a sleeping sickness, The Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes - ghosts! Out in Ward's Island sits a mental hospital full of lost souls from people long forgotten. Ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the Man in the Stovepipe Hat also known as the King of Crows. With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over New York City, the Diviners must band together and brave the ghosts haunting the asylum to bring down the King of Crows.
I am having a hard time lately writing reviews but I wanted to tell you all to READ THIS SERIES!
I love this series so much, I honestly went into this book thinking it was going to be the last book in the series so was pleasantly surprised to get to the end and find out no it is not the end there will be more of these fabulous characters, which made me very happy!!
January LaVoy's narration of this series couldn't be more perfect every character has their own voice and inflection and you are never left wondering who is speaking. I will always listen to these on audio.
Can I have the next book NOW Please!!
Top 5 audiobooks of 2017
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Turn down the lights, throw a log on the fire, and settle down with this enchanting collection of feature-length Christmas tales. From a dizzying adventure in the snow to a chilling Victorian ghost yarn, Christmas Tails delights, frights, and amuses in equal measure. Inside you'll find four bite-sized stories full to the brim with Christmas cheer. Warm up the mulled wine, take the phone off the hook and prepare for a yuletide treat!
Each of these stories had some kind of animal in them.
#1- A Snowy Adventure…
Jane and Ted’s story was a nice feel good story about helping others.
#2- At the House of His Father
This one was a bit more spooky than Christmassy.
#3 The House Mouse at Christmas
Cute little story about a house mouse ending up outside with the field mice and what an adventure he had being out of the house…. or did he? Very cute story I enjoyed this one!
Isaac the shepherd a different take on the Star of Bethlehem story this was a sweet re-telling.
Over all this was a nice little collection of stories I enjoyed them and would listen to part 2. I enjoyed the narration by the author I thought he did a very good job!
Seventeen-year-old Serena isn't human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.
The story was a pretty good except the ending which is a huge cliffhanger like it ended in the middle of a sentence type cliffhanger. The world building was good but I wanted a bit more and thought maybe we would get to that in the coming books but I’ll be honest if I had any clue on that ending I would have waited till this series is done before reading.
That being said I am curious, I do plan to read the next book I need to know how this story ends up. I am curious to see what other powers everyone has and if the flocks can be friends instead of enemies and of course will the outcome of the election change the way the Bad Bloods have to live. This has a bit of an X-men feel a little Miss Peregrine and of course they are hunted by the government for their Bad Blood hence the name. I found the different groups interesting and really, really want to know what the deal is with Daniel and Robert and more back story on everyone.
The story was told from 2 different perspectives and they were hard to tell apart, if this story is going to continue being told from Daniel and Serena’s perspective I would suggest adding a female narrator for her chapters. I did like Jonathan Johns narration for the most part I just didn’t feel there was enough difference between the two perspectives.
I do look forward to the next book in this series.
I received this book from the narrator for a fair and honest review.
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