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Flora A. Oliver

Holiday, Fl
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  • The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery

  • The Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Volume 2
  • By: Jennifer S. Alderson
  • Narrated by: Carol Purdom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loving Art through good times and bad.

  • By cosmitron on 04-22-18

excellent mystery story such a vivid story teller

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This is a part of a series of books with a PG-13 rating. They can be read a stand alone novels. This is a great Holocaust themed story. It would be a good intro into the horrors of Natzi oppupied Europe. I would recommend this to readers middle school or older. I love that the author describes the city and the paintings in such vivid detail. At first, I was not sure how anyone could find the owners of artwork after so much time and horrible events, but the author shows that this is a possibility. The strong-willed intelligent, Zelda was going to find justice even if it means facing a murder, liar, a pretious museum worker, a larger than life victim and a fly boy friend. I could see this as a Hallmark movie.

The author is so talented at describing Amsterdam and the beautiful art as well as the inner workings of a museum trying to do the right thing. The museum hires Zelda, an American art student, to help make the descriptions of the art clearer. She has an agenda to get into the art program. In her medailing way she could not only lose her life, her relationship, her home and the lives of those around her. Amsterdam is a progressive city with a past some good and some bad. The author retells the good and the bad in a story that is seamlessly woven between World War 2 and present day. The narrator did a wonderful job keeping the characters straight with her changing voices and even changing her pace of speaking to match the traits of the characters.

  • The Golden Wizard

  • The Scrolls of Zndaria
  • By: J.S. Jaeger
  • Narrated by: RJ Walker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Join Nathanial "Nate" McGray, the 15-year-old son of the king's woodsman, on an unforgettable adventure. He is determined to be the first peasant to become a wizard in the magical world of Zndaria. Wedged in a sticky spot, Nate is saved from the town bullies by a mysterious elf named Blinkly. Together, Nate and Blinkly embark on a journey to the Halls of Magic. Along the way, they encounter vicious Dread Vikings, deadly bounty hunters, and a deranged beast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GOLDEN!

  • By Myztikal on 10-12-17

great story

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

The story was well written and takes you on a magical journey with Nate, a 15 year old boy who is bullied and stutters. Nate dreams of becoming a wizard, but in his land a peasant has never been chosen to be a wizard. Despite the odds, Nate gains favor with the red wizard and is selected to embark on an action-packed journey. the whole while you wonder if he will be able to overcome his shortcomings to become a wizard. The authors, J S Jaeger, have told a great epic in just the first book in the series. The dialogue is brilliantly done by RJ Walker, the narrator, who helped to bring to life a tapestry of interesting characters who are not all as they seem. The story has a few larger vocabulary words, which are explained in the text of the story quite well. I enjoyed the laughter and tears in this story which is sure to hold any ones interest. The narrator uses accents and inflection to convey various characters, but the same accent is used for the elves or trolls, ect. to show which type of creature is speaking. I thought this was an excellent touch. There are lots of pearls of wisdom in this story of overcoming adversity. I think it is a good book for those readers/listeners who might be dealing with bullying or striving toward a goal or even those who have experienced loss. While the book is for a middle school reader, it can be easily read by older readers with a lower reading level or by younger readers with a higher reading level. As it is not watered down nor condescending in any way. It is a great introduction into the world of the sci fi/ fantasy genre. It could easily be used as a summer reader.

The authors, J S Jaeger, wove the story seamlessly. There are no choppy or left out bits and in the end it doesn't leave a major cliff hanger making it not only the start to a great series , but also an awesome stand alone book as well. The characters, while mythical, are believable and most are well rounded with complex personalities. It has a few plot twists that helped continue interest and suspense. It is a fun story, which was enhanced by the audio. The narrator, JR Walker, was able to bring each character's unique personality to light while continuing to maintain an accent designated to each creature. He spoke for both girls and boys in this story and with changes in his voice was able to convey who was speaking and their emotional state. He really made the story come to life. The audio was clear and the narrator spoke in at an easy to follow pace making this a great production as well. I will look forward to reading/listening to more books by these wonderful authors and this talented narrator.