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  • Wham!

  • Timewalker, Book 1
  • By: Carol Marrs Phipps, Tom Phipps
  • Narrated by: Sky Wildmist
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

When Children and Family Assistance police drag her mom, her dad, and her beautiful sister out the door into the night and beat her senseless, Tess Greenwood finds herself alone, her every move watched by the hidden World Alliance. Almost blind after her beating, she flees to the forbidden Broadstreet compound and a troll named Maxi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect marriage of story and narrator

  • By Ken Stark on 05-25-19

Perfect marriage of story and narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-25-19

Wham! by Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps takes us to a dystopian world all too easy to imagine as our own future. The World Alliance maintains control by poisoning the land, sea, and air, then herding the displaced population into communal barracks where every word and action can be monitored by the ever-present 'skinnies'. And all of this, of course, in the name of the greater good. Enter the Greenwood family, torn apart before we can even get to know them. It seems that seventeen-year-old Tess has managed to stand out from the crowd at school by thinking for herself; an unforgivable transgression in the new world order. Her odd behavior prompts a visit from Children and Family Services which, in true Orwellian fashion, provide a service rather counter to what their name suggests. While Tess deals with a mountain of guilt and grief in a kind of foster home-cum-prison, her sister Nia is spirited away to the capital where she experiences a different kind of Hell. But the Greenwood girls have a secret. A secret that might even be powerful enough to bring down the World Alliance, once and for all.

Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps know how to do dystopia right. No preaching, no proselytizing, and best of all, no lengthy explanation of how and when things went so horribly wrong. They simply drop us into that weirdness and tell us that this is how things are. I love that. And I love that the world of Wham! is hauntingly familiar, even if it is one where a girl can get her hair cut by a troll, and where legends claiming that the last of the fairies vanished centuries ago might just be wrong. It is a world populated with well-rounded and entirely believable characters, both human and otherwise. Of course, Tess steals the show with her brains, her courage, and her bright green mohawk, but Nia is no slouch either. They are both strong, they are both resolute, and although they currently exist at opposite ends of the World Alliance spectrum, they will both fight to the death to get their family back together again. To say more would risk spoilers, but in a tale featuring fairies and wizards and carrying the subtitle 'Timewalker, Book 1', you can bet that the rest of the story is as unconventional as it is entertaining.

I read Wham! in book form a while ago, so much of this review has been posted elsewhere, but the audiobook version deserves a special note. As much as I enjoyed reading it for myself, the incredible talent of narrator Sky Wildmist truly brought the story to life. Her natural, pleasing tone is a perfect fit for the Phipps' words, and the seeming ease with which she slides from her narrator's voice to that of one character or another with just the subtlest of inflections is a thing of beauty. I usually listen to audiobooks while I'm doing something else, but so engaging is Sky Wildmist's narration that I most often found myself simply sitting and listening. In my opinion, there can be no better measure for audiobook excellence than that. I didn't just hear it. I listened to it. Like story-time for adults, I listened to this story I already knew, and I loved every word of it.

Five big stars for Wham! and for the talented trio of Carol Marrs Phipps, Tom Phipps, and Sky Wildmist!

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  • Twisted

  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: Heather Jane Hogan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

In this unique collection, Uvi Poznansky brings together diverse tales, laden with shades of mystery and the macabre. There are four of them: "I Am What I Am;" "I, Woman;" "The Hollow;" and "The One Who Never Leaves." Here, you will come into a dark, strange world, a hyper-reality where nearly everything is firmly rooted in the familiar-except for some quirky detail that twists the yarn, and takes it for a spin in an unexpected direction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent collection of unusual stories!!!

  • By Jason on 01-06-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Uvi Poznansky's talent as an author cannot be understated, and I can't imagine a better lyrical accompaniment for her tales than Heather Jane Hogan. I've listened to this book a half-dozen times, and it always feels as though I'm listening to a discussion on the dark depths of the human condition in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter's day, warm cup of tea in hand.

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