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J.A. Schneider, author of suspense and psychological thrillers

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  • Virtually Lace

  • Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance, Book 2
  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: Don Warrick
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Haunted by discovering the body of Lace, a beautiful dancer whose throat has been slit, Michael sets out to create a virtual-reality simulation of her murder. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve its clues in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves, Ash? Suffering some memory loss due to a violent incident in her own past, Ash is unable to identify her attacker. Despite the persistent fear, she puts her life in danger to draw out the man she suspects of killing Lace, so as to avenge her murder.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Virtual Girl, Literal Murder

  • By Aurora Dawn on 02-07-19

What a fascinating thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

What a fascinating and very different kind of thriller! First, I must say that I'm relatively new to audiobooks - I actually prefer reading - but this story grabbed me and pulled me in. Michael, a brilliant software developer, stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman, a dancer whose name was Lace. Author Poznansky uses her usual, gorgeous lyricism to describe Michael's painstaking programming in his search to discover what happened to Lace. Helping him is the woman he loves, the beautiful Ash, herself a programer and assault victim.

Virtually Lace is astonishing, very enjoyable. Thank you to Ms. Poznansky for creating this thrill ride, and to the wonderful Don Warrick for his beautiful narration. I was given this audiobook at my request and am happy to leave this review. 5 stars!

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  • Marriage Before Death: WWII Spy Thriller

  • Still Life with Memories, Book 5
  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: Don Warrick
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

After D-Day, her photograph appears on the most-wanted Nazi propaganda posters. Who is the girl with the red beret? She reminds him of Natasha, but no, that cannot be. Why does Rochelle step into his life when he is lead by SS soldiers to the gallows? At the risk of being found out as a French Resistance fighter, what makes her propose marriage to a condemned man?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "In War There Must Be Secrets"

  • By Kindle Customer49 on 11-23-17

Gorgeous story, LOVE the audio version

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Oh this is gorgeous, a beautiful World War II story of love, adventure and pain. I had already read the book, but hearing it spoken by the wonderful Don Warrick vastly increased the you-are-there feeling for me. Mr Warrick doesn't just narrate, he feels every line and transmits his emotion to the listener. The magic is in hearing the story - something I've discovered in this audiobook which is just the second I've owned. In fact, listening to Marriage Before Death has introduced me to audiobooks in general, so enjoyable is the experience. I have read every book in this series, and continue to love the characters. Well done, author Uvi Poznansky, and well done Don Warrick! Thank you for a wonderful listening experience - 5 stars!

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  • Dancing with Air

  • Still Life with Memories, Book 4
  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: Don Warrick
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Serving on the European front, Lenny longs for Natasha, the girl who captured his heart back home. He writes bogus reports, designed to fall into the hands of Nazi Intelligence. To fool the enemy, these reports are disguised as love letters to another woman. This task must remain confidential, even at the risk of Natasha becoming suspicious of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romance in WWII London

  • By Aurora Dawn on 01-20-18

Breathtaking love story, World War II, epic tale

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Dancing with Air to be better than the print version?

Both are wonderful. I read the print version first because I love to re-read lines. With the audio version, you already know the characters and feel so very THERE with them. Fabulous!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved best the author's writing! Her ability to make you feel every scene, every emotion, whether the tension of the war or Lenny's heartbreaking remembrances of how Natasha used to be before Alzheimer’s took her away from him. This is a story that so deeply touches you that you will never forget it.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the story of the beautiful grand piano that was destroyed in a London hotel bombing. Natasha, a brilliant pianist, tells Lenny that it was good that the piano was there so people could crawl under it, and the piano “saved their lives.” This scene tells us Natasha's character - and why Lenny loved her - with such depth that it makes your heart hurt. It also makes so real what it felt like to be in war.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A love story for the ages

Any additional comments?

Don Warrick's reading of this story is beautiful, so heartfelt. His performance is a beautiful companion to the depth and brilliance of this story.

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  • The Music of Us

  • Still Life with Memories, Book 3
  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: Don Warrick
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

In 1970, Lenny can no longer deny that his wife is undergoing a profound change. Despite her relatively young age, her mind succumbs to forgetfulness. Now, he goes as far back as the moment he met Natasha, when he was a soldier and she a star, brilliant yet illusive. Natasha was a riddle to him then, and to this day, with all the changes she has gone through, she still is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautifully Narrated Tale of Love and Loss

  • By Aaron P. Lazar on 01-16-16

Breathtaking!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

Would you listen to The Music of Us again? Why?

Yes. The narrator Don Warrick's performance is mesmerizing. I'd already read Book 3, the story of when Lenny and Natasha first met - he a young WWII Marine falling head over heels for the brilliant young pianist. Don Warrick's performance took my breath away as he brought these characters to life.

What other book might you compare The Music of Us to and why?

"The Winds of War" television series comes first to mind, the falling in love part, and also the author's so heartfelt job researching the events and history of the period.

Which character – as performed by Don Warrick – was your favorite?

Two characters: Natasha and Natasha's mom. And Lenny! This is a hard question because the narrator does such a superb job of tugging at your heartstrings with all the characters.

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

Most poignant for me was the subject of Alzheimer's Disease, and the effect it has on a loved one. The narrator did such a superb job that he had me in tears.

Any additional comments?

This was my first Audiobook! But it won't be my last because hearing this story actually told and so beautifully was a thrill. I am grateful to this Audiobook because it has opened a whole new kind of story telling for me!

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