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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 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

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

A WW II sy thriller like no other

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

Any additional comments?

Marriage before Death by Uvi Poznansky is a treasure, read alone or in its place in her series. We follow characters from her other books into a WWII milieu, with all the unparalleled darkness of those days. Poznansky's talent and resonance with the story means that you can read Marriage before Death on its own or as Book 5 in a series, following (Book 1: My Own Voice, Book 2: The White Piano, Book 3: The Music of Us, Book 4: Dancing with Air). Poznansky's protagonist Lenny, narrowly escapes execution, but not capture. Through his eyes and those of Natasha, who faces a more personal terror,a hideous fate, we are thrust into a world that not only breathes, but does so in a lyrical way that, somehow, brings the story closer, not farther away. If you haven't read Poznansky, Marriage before Death is a fine place to begin. Then, of course, you'll want to grab the others that came before. Brilliant.

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  • The Edge of Revolt

  • The David Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: Bob Sterry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

David loves his sons. The last thing he expects is that they will topple him from the throne. Who among them will remain by his side? Who will be not only loyal, but also eager to continue his legacy? For now, David remains silent, even as Amnon rapes Tamar, even as Absalom lures Amnon to his death. In families other than his, such crimes may be concealed. But when they occur in the king's family, they affect matters of the state, and result in his escape from the son he adores. Will he find a way to quell the revolt and come back to the City of David?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Father's Love Never Changes

  • By Joyce K. Retherford on 12-01-17

The Life of Biblical King David comes to climax

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this to everyone who has enjoyed audio-books such as I, the Sun, or The Sacred Band; to anyone in fact, who loves the ancient world and years for stories that bring those days to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Edge of Revolt?

As David grows and ages, he is trapped into yet another wear, one in which he cannot protect his children nor, truly, the empire to which he's dedicated his life.

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

Bob Sterry's unerring ear brings the story an extra measure of reality through his deft pronunciations.

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

The ending, but I won't spoil it for you, except to say this book has a conclusion you will always remember.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook is worth adding to your permanent collection.

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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 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

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

Dancing with Air; Still Life with Memories #4

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

What did you love best about Dancing with Air?

I love Uvi Poznansky's writing, the emotion in the white spaces when she writes, her ability to evoke unique personalities and make you care. In this exquisite piece, during the months before D-day, a US Marine and a concert pianist use London as the backdrop for a personal drama playing out amid the fast-paced history of those tumultuous days. I loved the match of the narrator to the story, the way the narrator used his voice to evoke the period, the characters, and the underlying angst of love while the world might be ending. This Uvi Poznansky book easily stands alone, a testament to the author's brilliance, enhanced by the occasional single piano note, poem or song or both rendered vocally by Warrick, who manages to make a Marine vulnerable. Lenny, the Marine, and Natasha, the concert pianist, so completely captivate us that we feel as if we're living in those fated times as Lenny's job is to sow disinformation about the invasion plans. From the sidecar of Lenny's Harley, to the Straits of Dover, no moment is lacking in poignancy, courage, or hope.

If you've not read Poznansky, do start now. Be one of the first to discover a plucker of heartstrings who can transplant you in time and place.

What other book might you compare Dancing with Air to and why?

Poznansky is a unique writer, difficult to compare with others. I suggest you read all four in the Still Life with Memories series, and compare it to those, rather than books who try and fail to evoke the challenge of those days.

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  • The IX

  • The IX Series, Book 1
  • By: Andrew P Weston
  • Narrated by: Rob Goll
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds, including the IX Legion of Rome, are snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing and transported to the far side of the galaxy. Thinking they have been granted a reprieve, their relief turns to horror when they discover they face a stark ultimatum: Fight or die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story with stand-out narration

  • By Convoke on 11-17-16

Brilliant story with stand-out narration

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The IX to be better than the print version?

Although I am a "visual" person and therefore like to run my eyes over a printed page, many listeners may find the audio version of The IX, narrated by young British Shakespearean actor Rob Goll, to be even more fun than the print version. Goll handles an ensemble cast of characters deftly, using multiple accents and timbres to keep the speakers distinct. I enjoyed the version of the story told in this audiobook, written by Andrew P. Weston, a military/ security professional, particularly well because the narrator kept the disciplined tone of warriors and diplomats facing crisis and never let the tale descend into melodrama. For this blend of historical fantasy and science fiction, where the fantastic and the human stand cheek to jowl, the narrator's approach worked particularly well.

What other book might you compare The IX to and why?

If Weston's The IX reminds me of anything it's the immortal Janissaries by Jerry Pournelle, with a pinch of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds thrown in for good measure.

What does Rob Goll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Goll brought his fluid voicings and multiple accents, sometimes making himself sound like a group or a crowd, and sometimes achieving intimacy, even rendering short songs sung by small groups, tunes and all.

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

I tried to listen in one sitting, but this is a long audiobook. I found myself being torn away by real life, though, because I would turn on the audiobook at the slightest opportunity until I had heard the very last word.

Any additional comments?

If you love science fiction, space opera, combat stories told by military professionals, plus flights of colorful literary fancy, you'll love this story. Veterans particularly will recognize themselves and their friends in the ensemble cast. So hear it soon, as an antidote to today's troubles, or for the pure pleasure of a brave story told with bold experimentation that really works.

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  • The Kitchen Imps and Other Dark Tales

  • Fire-Side Tales Collection, Book 1
  • By: A. L. Butcher
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Meet the Kitchen Imps - mischievous creatures who lurk behind the cupboard and under the fridge. Where do all the missing socks go? Find out with "The Joy of Socks". Learn the mysteries of the "Secret Kitchen" and gaze upon a rather familiar world with "Free Will". Dare you risk the king's wrath when you venture into the "House of Treasure"?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute and funny

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 05-16-16

Dark humor of the rarest sort

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

Where does The Kitchen Imps and Other Dark Tales rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this audiobook. I loved the concept, the crafting of the stories, the great match of author to narrator. I rate Kitchen Imps in the top five per cent of all audio books I've heard.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I fell in love with the Kitchen Imps themselves. Because, of course, they really do exist, and they're responsible for... well, listen and learn...

Which scene was your favorite?

I adored finding out where all the missing socks have gone.

If you could rename The Kitchen Imps and Other Dark Tales, what would you call it?

Imps in the Kitchen

Any additional comments?

If you love dark fantasy, Kitchen Imps and Other Dark Tales is one to have in Kindle and on Audio, and keep in your permanent collection for those days when you simply must laugh or you'll cry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles, Book 1

  • By: Alexandra Butcher
  • Narrated by: Rob Goll
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

A beautiful young elven sorceress flees for her life in a dark world where magic is forbidden and elves live as slaves. Watching her are the Order of Witch-Hunters, the corrupt organization that rules by fear and ignorance, and a mysterious, wealthy nobleman, lord of an idyllic valley who is not all he seems. As the slavers roll across the lands, stealing elves from what remains of their ancestral home, the Witch-Hunters turn a blind eye to the tragedy and a story of power, love, and a terrible revenge unfolds.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to listen to

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-20-17

Brilliant narrator and author make fantasy breathe

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

I savor A. L Butcher's works. Their depth and quality, as well as their honesty, are rare. In choosing Rob Goll, the up-and coming Shakespearean actor, Butcher has played to her strengths: author and narrator both excel at myth and drama, and both love delivering a truthful tale. If you like fantasy with a bite, the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles, Book 1 is for you.

What did you like best about this story?

Let's see: power, love, revenge, all bubble in a cauldron of suspense when an elven sorceress ventures where magic is a crime. Where elves are slaves, our elf girl fights fear and ignorance, personified by the Order of Witch-Hunters and a mysterious nobleman. In a world where idyllic often means treacherous, and slavers lurk behind every bush of a land elves once called home, vengeance brews...

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

Listening to Robb Goll is a pleasure, and I've listened to several of his audio-books, and loved each, because each performance seems perfectly tempered to the tale he's telling. In his narration of Heroika 1: Dragon Eaters, this flexibility and range is particularly well displayed as he goes from one story, one author, one world to the next, while giving each tale both individuality and connectedness to the whole. Impressive.

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

I couldn't listen in one sitting, but I found myself sneaking away to listen to parts, until finally I reached the end and wished I had another like this to hear.

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  • I, the Sun

  • By: Janet Morris
  • Narrated by: Chistopher Crosby Morris
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

This is the saga of the Hittite King Suppiluliumas, and rings with authenticity and the passion of a world that existed 1400 years before the birth of Christ. They called him Great King, Favorite of the Storm God, the Valiant. He conquered more than forty nations and brought fear and war to the very doorstep of 18th Dynasty Egypt, but he could not conquer the one woman he truly loved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Researched and Fantastic Performance.

  • By Rev. Zombie on 07-08-15

The extraordinary life of a Hittite king

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

Would you listen to I, the Sun again? Why?

I loved this audio production of I, the Sun, the classic biographical novel of Suppiluliumas I, king of Hatti the middle 2nd millennium BC. Hearing the pronunciation of place names and people names make this audiobook a great listen and adjunct to the print novel -- no wondering how to say names that rival Tutankhamen in complexity. This story, based on ancient records, made me laugh and made me cry, and the narration suited the tale perfectly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tasmi, the king whose throne name was Suppiluliumas (Man of the Clear Spring), and whose story this is. I also loved Khinti, his second queen, Aziru of Amurru, the bandit prince, and the Great Shepherd, his close adviser. And his first four sons are unforgettable. I should also mention Hatib, the mercenary, who worked both for Hatti and for Amarna Egypt. These characters, each in their way, bring the ancient world to life, and jump right into your heart.

Which scene was your favorite?

Tough choice, since so many scenes were great. Perhaps the scene on Alashiya, when Tasmi, Khinti, and the oldest Hittite princes meet Arizu of Amurru. Or the coup that made Tasmi king.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Absolutely. I laughed, I cried, I started over from the beginning when I got to the end. As for heart-rending scenes, I won't spoil it for you, but those and the battle scenes are among the best historical fiction I've ever read.

Any additional comments?

The print or e-book book has a map, an image of the king's seal, and images of Hittite and Egyptian chariots of the day. The audiobook has every name and country pronounced, and Christophre Crosby Morris's gifted narration of this first-person biographical novel. So I got got both together. The cover says that Jerry Pournelle called I, the Sun "A masterpiece of historical fiction" and a famous Hittite scholar praises its authenticity. If you want to experience life in the Ancient Near East, go conquering in a chariot, and found a dynasty, this is the book for you.

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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 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

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

Sensitive, lyrical, powerful work

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

What made the experience of listening to The Music of Us the most enjoyable?

I loved the way the Don Warrick translated Uvi Poznansky's wonderful story to audio: After listening, I felt as if I'd seen the tale on film.

What did you like best about this story?

I am a fan of Uvi Poznansky -- her fresh look at reality through her characters' eyes always enthralls me. So, although I love the narration, it is the respectful and sensitive way that the narrator translated the dramatic values of Poznansky's prose that most fascinated me.

Which scene was your favorite?

The moment Lenny met Natasha, and then Ben's moment of discovery.

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

Music for the Soul

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Damoren

  • Valducan, Book 1
  • By: Seth Skorkowsky
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

Matt Hollis is the current wielder of the holy weapon, DÄMOREN. With it, he stalks and destroys demons. A secret society called the VALDUCANS has taken an interest in Matt's activities. They see him as a reckless rogue - little more than a "cowboy" corrupted by a monster - and a potential threat to their ancient order. As knights and their sentient weapons begin dying, Matt teams up with other hunters of his kind such as LUIZA, a woman with a conquistador blade; ALLAN, an Englishman with an Egyptian khopesh; MALCOLM, a voodoo priest with a sanctified machete; and TAKAIRA, a naginata-swinging Samurai.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Expendables meets Monster Squad

  • By Adam on 01-06-15

Demon beware!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

What made the experience of listening to Damoren the most enjoyable?

Damoren is a rare treat, a wonderful sword-swinging story with a well-chosen narrator who never gets in the way of the words, but delivers a really solid performance of a book that needs little embellishment, only clarity and grace in delivery.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Matt Hollis, who is the guy who's carrying the sword DAMOREN from the title, is the hero, and rightfully so -- a bit flawed, a bit of a daredevil, he's not a member of the Valducan elite in good standing, which makes him even more fun to root for. Of course, you can always root for the knights' sentient weapons...

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

This narrator, R. C. Bray, voiced every character, from the Englishman to Luiza, the lady with a sword, and even the samurai and voodoo priest, distinctly, making each one memorable. A fine performance.

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

Demons beware! Five swords know your name...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Second Hand Stops, Book I: Benefactor

  • By: Katie St. Claire
  • Narrated by: Beth Kesler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Julia Malone is abandoned at the door of an old English manor, but she's not alone for long. Five telepathic children soon arrive to form a paranormal family of makeshift misfits. Julia packs a humorous punch with her witty way of viewing an unpredictable world. In fact it becomes her survival mechanism when life goes topsy turvy in the craziest way imaginable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NA paranormal coming of age tale will thrill you

  • By Convoke on 05-26-15

NA paranormal coming of age tale will thrill you

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Would you listen to Second Hand Stops, Book I: Benefactor again? Why?

This is a book you'll want to listen to more than once because of its unique story, beginning with a manor house and filled with telepaths and magic potions that lead to a jungle adventure and a surprising discovery.

What other book might you compare Second Hand Stops, Book I: Benefactor to and why?

I've not read another book quite like this one, which mixes suspense, mystery and paranormal into a haunting brew that even has a science fiction element. Julia, our heroine, faces her coming-of-age dilemmas that play out using telepathic children, a love interest, and a shadowy benefactor...

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the beginning, when Julia Malone finds herself abandoned at the door of an old English manor house.

And then I adored Claude Van Buren's arrival, as he explains his clever plan... offering
Julia a post at Buren Industries, makers of the potion that Claude Van Buren promises to revolutionize the world with a new line of skin care touted as the fountain of youth.

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

Beware the Fountain of Youth

Any additional comments?

This book is the beginning of a series, and yet manages to feel complete on its own. A thrill ride for young adults and up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful