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  • The Darkest of Dreams

  • The Annika Brisby Series, Volume 4
  • By: Emigh Cannaday
  • Narrated by: Nick Cracknell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Darkness has fallen on the Marinossian family, leaving ruined lives in its blood-stained wake and leaving Annika to pick up the pieces. With a deadly doppelgänger still loose and most likely in deadly pursuit, she's escorted back home to wait out the storm and heal her broken heart...however long that may be. But when she makes a shocking discovery, she'll do whatever it takes to make things right. A world away, Talvi has been dragged to the desolate prison on Bleakmoor Island where he awaits trial for murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT????

  • By Willow Star Serenity on 05-26-18

What happened next?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This review is based on an audiobook that I received. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

'The Darkest of Dreams' by Emigh Cannaday is the story of Annika and Talvi. This is audiobook 4 in "The Annika Brisby' Series. This audiobook is about 12hours long that does have an open end that is setting you up for the continues story of Annika and Talvi.

I have been anxiously waiting for the release of 'The Darkest of Dreams' and I can’t tell you how amazing it was to get this audiobook into my hands!
The previous book in this series, 'The Scarlet Tanager', was left on a cliff hanger. So I was excited and curious how the story would continue. Emigh loves a good cliff hanger. But who doesn't?
I had a feeling that it was't what it looked liked at the end of the previous book. But I need to listen to this book to make sure. If was right or not.

It is now clear to me that the Annika Brisby series is the kind of series that you must read from book one, as the story builds from that foundation. There is are plots that are carrying through the books.
Also, it is an amazing series with great personal growth for the characters involved, not just the main characters, and it just makes the stories very satisfying reads!

There is little of the romance element to this story. I think that is because of the serious setting this story plays out.
In addition, there is a political subplot that is slowly unfurling that involves more than one race in this world.
I am excited to see where the everyone is placed in the next part of this series!

Overall, 'The Darkest of Dreams' was an amazing journey for Annika and Talvi and I can’t wait to see where this story goes next!
The one thing I didn't like was the story was sort of split in two. A part 1 and part 2 what didn't melt well together in my point of view.

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review

  • The Jade Ihara Adventures: Omnibus Edition

  • By: David Wood, Sean Ellis
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Three complete novels from the best-selling Jade Ihara Adventures series by David Wood and Sean Ellis! 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Indiana Jones style adventure

  • By David Hope on 10-30-18

Don't fall of the edge of your seat

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-18

This review is based on an audio-book that I received. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

General
The narrator, Jeffrey Kafer has a nice voice. He is easy to listen to. I always need to get used to someone voice, but in his case it didnt take long. His pronunciation is very good. The sound quality is also good. His voice is clear and with pacing that makes the story easy understand and follow.
Jeffrey doesn't do drastic different voices for each character but subtle ones that you get to know as you listen to the story, more with personality expressions for each character. Jeffrey Kafer's acting skills brought the characters to life.

Book 01 'Oracle' by David Wood is the story of Jade Ihara and in a smaller part Pete Chapman. This is audio-book 1 in " Jade Ihara Adventures' Series.
This series has 3 books what are written by 2 different authors together (David Wood and Sean Ellis). This audio-book is about 8 hours and 59 minutes long that does have a semi closed end.
The story 'Oracle' is set in a world created in Dane Maddock Adventures series. I didn't know this when I volunteered to review the book. I saw it was the first in a new series that caught my attention and wanted to listen to it.
I had no problems picking up with this book and Jade's adventures. Actually, I'm kind of curious about her past with Maddock because we do get glimpses of missions and her live with Maddock.

I had a very difficult time to get into the story. I think I listened to the first part like 4 times.
But when I was in. I was totally absorbed by it. I really enjoyed this book, it is a great start to the series.
I found it very refreshing the way the story takes history and twists it with a touch of science explaining to give it a magical feel, turning the history around to make educated deductions. This book is a nice mix of Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones and the plot line played out nicely. I enjoyed most of the characters. But I need to get a feel for Jade. This took a bit.

There is lots of mythical thinking with history and science here. Both are used to bring the characters to their conclusions on where to head next in their search. Things get a bit technical, and I don't understand it 100% all the time, but I get the drift and know what's going on. The characters are specialists in their field, so they do come across that way. But at times it's mind baffling.

Book 02 'Changeling' by David Wood is the story of Jade Ihara and in a smaller part Pete Chapman. This is audio-book 2 in " Jade Ihara Adventures' Series.
This series has 3 books what are written by 2 different authors together (David Wood and Sean Ellis).
This audio-book is about 7 hours and 52 minutes long that does have an open end. That is what I think of it.

I had a very difficult time to get into the story with the first book 'Oracle'. With this audio-book 'Changeling' I had no problems at all. I knew the writing-style of the author and Jade wasn't a new person to me anymore. I knew her already. That helped me a lot. The story has my attention and my curiosity. So I couldn't let go of the story. The story had me curious as to what was really going on. The authors kept me guessing throughout the book.
The Changelings and the vault. What is the ultimate end game for it all?

Jade and Professor. I do love them together. They both have strong personalities that could clash, but they work well together too. Jade and Professor know themselves, and accept who they are. They also know how the other is and work with that knowledge. They make a great team! I realized that more so in this book as they separate for a bit, same mission but different avenues to search. However, when they come back together I found I enjoy the spark they have as they work together. They have no problem telling each other the way it is and being honest; in doing so, there is a caring there too.


So, if you feel like reading a story about Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones , you should give 'Oracle' a 'Jade Ihara Adventures' a try. You won't regret it. You might even learn some history parts.

Book 03 'Exile' by David Wood is the story of Jade Ihara and in a smaller part Pete Chapman. This is audio-book 3 in " Jade Ihara Adventures' Series.
This series has 3 books what are written by 2 different authors together (David Wood and Sean Ellis).
This audio-book is about 8 hours and 48 minutes long that does have a semi closed end. That is what I think of it.

I had a very difficult time to get into the story with the first book 'Oracle'. With this audio-book 'Exile' I had no problems at all. I knew the writing-style of the author and Jade wasn't a new person to me anymore. I knew her already. That helped me a lot.
The story has my attention and my curiosity. I wasn't sure where the story would lead and what it was about at first.
So I couldn't let go of the story. The story had me curious as to what was really going on.

Jade spent a lot of her time in this story on the run! She is running for her life in Rome, Italy along with on a slave boat. Jade is a handy woman on her own. Almost a female hero with some great daredevil dives. She is saves herself from some weird encounters.

This story is focused on Jade. She's grown as a character and in her skills, and it shows here. Even Professor notes it several times to himself. Jade has grown. She is becoming more of a daredevil than I would have thought. Professor even has his extraordinary events here. But he refuses to leave Jade fend for herself. He stays at her side till the bitter end.

This is a very different story then other two Jade stories. That is perhaps why I like it so much. I really like Jade in general and I definitely would like to read more from her in future.

I received this audio-book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Mindful Parenting: The Timeless Art of Raising Kids

  • By: Alice Walker
  • Narrated by: Sri Gordon
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Once you have begun your own practice of mindfulness and have branched out into mindful parenting, advocates believe that you should teach it to your children. It can start with something as easy as teaching them to breathe deeply when they're upset. This helps them to learn how to control their emotions. Another important part of teaching mindfulness to your children is to teach them gratitude. You can do this by modeling grateful behavior for them and by teaching them to be grateful for what they have.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mindfulness

  • By J and M on 12-26-17

Inspiration for your own life

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-18

This review is based on an audiobook that I received. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

'Mindful Parenting: The Timeless Art of Raising Kids' by Alice Walker is a selflearning book.
This audiobook is about 1hour long that informatical by nature.

I'm new to the narrator Sri Gordon. She has a nice voice and her narration is excellent. She is easy to listen to and his perfectly paced reading. The sound quality is good. it was nice and clear. Sri Gordon her performance overall greatly adds to the enjoyment of the book. Because I sometimes drifted away. But She always brought me back to what she was telling me.

This audiobook had very good basic information about "Mindfulness".
In the beginning of the book Alice Walker explained where the therm Mindfulness came from and what she think this means.
Also she tells about the history of mindful thinking and the people that have promoted it

The subject matter, what I think is "Mindful Parenting" covered was very interesting, but it was only about half the time of the book. I would have like more material about Mindful Parenting itself.
I or the audience could have benefited more by talking about the specific parenting method and giving examples.
Talking about the people who have used and/or brought it to America could be the extra or the bonus of this audiobook. If you want more background information.

I really liked the history of where the method "Mindfulness" came from. I find this very interesting. I also think that that part was necessary to explain what "Mindful Partenting" and "Mindfullness" have in common and it probably needed to understand the thread of the story.
After some consideration I would recommend this audiobook to parents or parents to be, who wants to know more about "Minderful Parenting". Because this audiobook is not really a guide about how to do things. But more like inspiration for yourself. So you could fit this in your own situation.


I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review

  • Book of Names

  • Casters of Syndrial, Book 1
  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Nathan, who has been plagued with a strange and dangerous curse since he can remember, just wants a normal life. His brother, Luca, wants nothing to do with normal. When they fall through a portal and end up on a foreign world with magic, monsters, and gods, Nathan realizes that normal is relative. In a world where names are power, a book has been stolen that can destroy more than just Syndrial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brothers Battle for a world not their own

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-10-18

What is your name?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-18

This review is based on an audiobook that I received. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

'Book of Names' by Rain Oxford is the story of Nathan. This is the first audiobook in "Casters of Syndrial' Series. It isnt a serie yet. Because there are only 2 books available yet.
This audiobook is about 10hours and 36 mintues long that does have a semi open end that is setting you up for the continues story of Nathan.

I'm new to the narrator J. Scott Bennett. He has a nice British voice and his narration is excellent. He is easy to listen to and his perfectly paced reading expressing the wonderment and terrors inherent in the story. The sound quality is good. it was nice and clear.
J. Scott Bennett's acting skills brought the characters to life, and his performance overall greatly adds to the enjoyment of the book.

This book started off with escape room in town. Nathan and Luca are testing this escape room for a good friend. On the way home the brothers see graffiti painted on the ground in an alley they were about to enter, after stepping into it, everything changes and they fall into a different place, a different world, one where magic and gods exist in everyday life.
Book of Names is an well written story, often very humorous , with excellent main protagonist characterization and conversation.
I find this book truly wonderful. It is a gentle mystery and thriller with unexpected twists and the world building is visual.
This story is told primarily from the perspective of Nathan. Nathan learns of his potential and starts training to control the magic powers he never previously knew that he had. This story is about relationships, perception and trust. There is also a huge part of this book from the perspective of the painter.

Nathan and his younger adoptive brother are very close. With the only parents they ever knew both dead, Nathan protects Luca whilst Luca just tries to make his brother happy.
Both are students, and though Luca has an interest, it seems, in just about everything often switching courses, Nathan wants to write books, be an author.
Nathan, who has been plagued with a strange and dangerous curse since he can remember, just wants a normal life. His brother, Luca, wants nothing to do with normal. When they fall through a portal and end up on a foreign world with magic, monsters, and gods, Nathan realizes that normal is relative.

On a world where names are power, a book has been stolen that can destroy more than just Syndrial. Being safe from the book puts him in the path of two powerful forces, both of which have no problem using his brother against him. To protect Luca and get home alive, Nathan will have to master magic, find the Book of Names, and defeat a devastating enemy.

I really like the twists and turns this book makes along the story progresses. I also like that this book is simply written and easy to read. I became Nathan as a person. Nathan came a alive.
That is why I'm happy to recommend this book to anyone.

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Meeting with My Maker

  • Hotel Paranormal
  • By: Calinda B
  • Narrated by: Jeremie Burbey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Smothered by memories, haunted by the shadows of her past, Annora wants no part of living - she'd rather be dead. And then she meets a demon. Her wish may come true. Mac Bhriain McCarrion, a shadow specter from hell itself, never consorts with humans. Trapped in the walls of Hotel Paranormal, he discovers Annora - and he can think of only one way to find satisfaction with her. He wants to bed her in one final blazing moment of fiery bliss. She doesn't believe he exists - she doesn't believe in paranormal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Torture

  • By EnVee on 09-09-18

A very unique and an intriguing and odd story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-17

This review is based on an audiobook that I received. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

'Meeting with my maker: Hotel Paranormal' by Calinda B. is a short story of Annora Lachmann and Mac Bhriain McCarrion. This is audiobook one in "The Hotel Paranormal' Series. This series has 16 books already what are written by various authors. This audiobook is about 5 hours and 30 minutes long that does have a semi closed end.

The narrater, Jeremie Burbey has a nice voice. He is easy to listen to. I always needs to get used to someone voice, but in his case it didnt take long. His pronounciation is very good. The sound quality is also good. it was nice and clear. Jeremie Burbey's acting skills brought the characters to life.

Even tough I finished this book I'm still not sure if I like or dislike this book. I'm a bit in turmoil. I definitely find this book very unique and an intriguing and odd story. Not so bad of read, short story, intriguing characters, a bit of humor and a whole lot of strange that’s for sure. Wasn’t sure if the book was for me , it might be for you.

Mac Bhriain McCarrion, a shadow specter from hell that is trapped in the walls behind in Annora room. I would more likely say trapped in the mirror in Annora room. A demon of course with
Annora Lachmann is human who really didn’t realize all the secrets she carried around about her parents

The characters were great. I loved how Annora's character developed as the story went on and how David and the Hotel were always there for her, changing according to her needs, and all. David is very funny. I really like his dry humor. However, Mac Bhraian was my favorite. That freaking horny demon was unbelievable. His occurrences made me laugh quite a few times and Min.. Oh my goodness, that hell horse was so cute and funny I wanted to have him.

So, if you feel like reading a steamy paranormal short novel, you should give 'Meeting with My Maker: Hotel Paranormal' a try. You won't regret it.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  • Night Whispers

  • The Complex, Book 0
  • By: Calinda B
  • Narrated by: Lynn Norris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

For two long terrifying years, Sakhi Borren, and her beloved brother Reve, are headed to live at The Complex. An enclosed metal and concrete manufactured world on the barren planet Lorn, the Complex is some government's version of a good idea. Its sole purpose is to "heal the rifts between warring races" - a joke if ever Sakhi heard one. If she and her brother can survive to the end, they'll leave, far richer. In the meantime, all they can look forward to is co-existing with criminals and the scumbags known as Metas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a delighful story with lovely twist

  • By Cyn on 07-12-17

Sakhi's tail

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Night Whispers to be better than the print version?

I would not know that, because I didn't read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked this book, because I liked the growth of Sakhi's character. I hope she will grow even more in the following books about her.

What about Lynn Norris’s performance did you like?

The narrator, Lynn Norris' performance was very good. Her voice fits Sakhi very well. The listeners can distinguish each characters' by the variation of the voices that the narrator provided. I wouldn't mind listening to her again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but 2 or 3 sittings is best for me. Because it has a slow start.

Any additional comments?

'Night Whispers' by Calnda B is the story of Sakhi Borren. This audiobook is the prologue in "The Complex" series. This is a big series already. There are 27 books in this series. This audiobook is about 7hours long that does have an open end. But there is plenty more to write about her.

In my opinion this book starts slow, but when it starts, it is quite nice to listen to. A lot of interesting stuff is happening. I really liked this book, because I liked the growth of Sakhi's character. I hope she will grow even more in the following books about her.

Night Whispers starts with Sakhi Borren and her brother Reve arriving at the planet Lorn. They were given a choice of either going to prison or participate in a social experiment known as "The Complex", living with Meta and humans to co-exist with each other.
Sakhi has suffered the fear of war between the two races. She watched a Meta killed her mother and a brother returning from the Meta war, physically and emotionally scarred with hatred of Meta.

In return of participating in "The Complex", they will be well paid if they could get through two years on Lorn. Sakhi has also evolved with a special skills of dream walking into everyone's dreams of hopes and fears. Soon she discovered that someone is stalking her.
With her fear of and her reliance on her brother against the Meta and the unrest between humans and Meta's, Sakhi quickly learned she will have to depend upon herself if she wants to survive.

The characters are unique and earthly familiar with Earth's folklore of vampires, faes, werewolves, and creatures that go bumped in the night.

Sakhi is a very weak character, but for her love of her brother. She tried to take some of his burden off him. The problem is that she has never really learned any trade, but living off the street.
When she met her dream lover, her character developed from being weak and scared to being a heroine. She stepped up to prevent a war starting on Lorn.


I was given this audiobook by the author. I volunteered to write an unbiased review for the book. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.

  • The Wind in the Willows

  • By: Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

This quintessentially English novel is considered by many to be a masterpiece of storytelling. Set for the most part on a riverbank in rural England, against a backdrop of social, agricultural, and industrial change typical of the early 20th century, Kenneth Grahame's portrayal of the anthropomorphic characters (which include Mole, Ratty, Badger, Otter, and, of course, the incorrigible Mr. Toad) is imaginative, lyrical, and without doubt uniquely humorous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I realize the fun and fantastical story this is

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-27-18

Childhood classic; "Mr. Toad and Friends"

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I find the story just too jumpy. It doesn't flow well, with random stories being dropped into it. If that would be less so, I'm sure that I would appreaciate it more.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kenneth Grahame? Why or why not?

If it is a little different. then I'm willing to try and listen to it. His narrator made it better for me. He has a nice voice to listen to.

Have you listened to any of Chris MacDonnell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I can' t compare other performances, because I didn't listen to his other books (yet).

Do you think The Wind in the Willows needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

If you like this kind of book. This book definitely needs a follow-up book, because there is plenty more to write about these little friends. There is much more to experience in their world.

Any additional comments?

'The wind in the willows' by Kenneth Grahame is the story of the little Mole, willful Ratty, the Badger and petulant Toad. This is audiobook is one of the most celebrated works of classic literature for children. This audiobook is about 7hours long that does have a closed end. But there is plenty more to write about these little friends.Meet little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. Over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they've become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. And their misadventures-in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their Wild Wood-continue to capture readers' imaginations and warm their hearts long after they grow up. Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie. This Penguin Classics edition features an appendix of the letters in which Grahame first related the exploits of Toad.The narrater, Chris Mac Donnell has a nice voice. He is easy to listen to. His pronunciation is very good. The sound quality is also good. it was nice and clear.Chris Mac Donnell's acting skills brought the characters to life.I was really surprised by how much I didnt like this story. I took a long time to finish this audiobook. Normally I don't take this long to listen to a audiobook. I know this is a lot of people's favorite children's book and I really want to love it too but I just don't. I've read a lot of children's novels and for me there are others that are better.I find the story just too jumpy. It doesn't flow well, with random stories being dropped into it. The one that comes to mind quickest is the tale about the missing child. That's just weird, has no connection to the rest of the book and is actually a little disturbing.But now I read that it is written as letters to his son. I completely understand why it is written this way.There was a certain amount of childish delight in the pages, although I couldn't see it everywhere.The story felt abbreviated, as though I'd been dropped into the middle of a story and had missed the beginning and more in the middle. Someday, should I read this with my little girl, I'll perhaps get a different view of it, but for now, it's regrettably not a tale I care for.I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • The Scarlet Tanager

  • The Annika Brisby Series, Book 3
  • By: Emigh Cannaday
  • Narrated by: Nick Cracknell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Scandal. Blackmail. Obsession. It's just another day if you're a Marinossian. When Annika disappears without a trace, Talvi launches the hunt for his most infuriating rival yet. His only clues are from a government he's increasingly at odds with. In exchange for access to their resources, he does the unthinkable and reveals Annika's true nature. Time is short, but the list of names Talvi can trust keeps getting shorter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didnt see that comming!!

  • By Marco Los on 05-16-17

I didnt see that comming!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-17

Where does The Scarlet Tanager rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this is the best book in the Annika Brisby series. It is if those first two books build to this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scarlet Tanager?

I cant say much about it, but the end of the book.

What about Nick Cracknell’s performance did you like?

I was very happy to hear that Emigh Cannaday used the same narrater as she use for the first book (The flame and the arrow) in 'the Annika Brisbey' series.The narrater, Nick Cracknell has a nice voice. He is easy to listen to. Sometimes a bit monotome, but certainly very clear. His pronounciation is very good. The sound quality is also good. it was nice and clear. Nick Cracknell's acting skills brought the characters to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Annika went dancing in the village, also when Annika and Talvi got together again and my more.

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** spoiler alert ** This review is based on an audiobook that I received. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.This book started off with deception, action, and a sinister villain. It then went for a ride into the realm of appalling. Honestly, poor Annika! Then with another twist to the story, past actions comes back to haunt Finn and confuse Annika. This book was truly wonderful. This story is told primarily from the perspective of Finn. Annika is a huge part of this book but suffering from memory loss she is fighting her way to the truth.Talvi’s older brother and he has always been a big brother to him even if he did not condone his actions, until Annika. Throughout the series Finn has found himself torn between his feelings for Annika. In this book we are seeing a whole new Finn. He is obsessive and has become very unhealthy and dysfunctional.In my previous reviews I have always felt that Annika needed to grow up a little and I am really wowed by her development in this story. Some may argue this point due to her behavior, but she had very few memories that were clear and she was being influenced by Finn who had some very strong feelings on the subject of her marriage to Talvi.I however felt that Annika was trying to figure out everything. Especially her marriage to Talvi had been something that was not filled with joy and wonder. They actually had very little time together and their relationship started off on the wrong foot. When they did finally have a break-through she was ripped away in the worst way possible. I feel that by the end of this story that an entirely new Annika had emerged.I kinda missed Talvi in this book. Especially beause he did his damnest to find wife.In the end it turned out to be ok. I love what occurred when Talvi and Annika were brought together again. It was really wonderful, touching, and made my heart soar. But then…..The last chapter happened and I was left in a wretched state of disbelief. Disbelief at what happened between the brothers and I was absolutely with Talvi as he screamed: “No! No! NO! This isn’t HAPPENING!”Yep, right there with you brother. I am still reeling from what occurred and all I can say is “please say it isn’t so!” Wondrous addition to the series! I highly recommend.I hope I dont have to wait very long for the next book in the series. I think that something happened in the end, but im not sure if im right. I hope I am.I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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