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Black Swan Rising

Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
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Sarah Price wants a career in politics. But she has a secret past that won't stay past, threatening her job on a San Diego congressman's reelection campaign.

Casey Cheng wants a story. An ambitious local television reporter, Casey needs to get her career back on track after being seriously injured in a mass shooting. When she investigates the man who nearly killed her, she finds a connection to a group of online harassers called #TrueMen - and realizes her shooter may not be the only killer they have inspired.

Casey's investigation and Sarah's secret put them both in the crosshairs of a hate group that targets anyone they've deemed to be against their cause, including Sarah's boss, the congressman. Now Sarah and Casey have a choice to make - do they hide? Or do they fight back?

©2018 Lisa Brackmann (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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All-too-timely Political Apocalypse

Tough read/listen - especially given America's currently divisive, near toxic political climate.
But, yeah, that's the point, right? Especially with a release just before mid-term elections. Would consider as "poli-sci-fi," but just barely "fi."
Having worked in local/regional journalism on both sides of the fence, I appreciate Brackmann's depiction of the near symbiotic relationship between candidates, their organizations and news outlets - not always noble or even admirable.
Swan is well worth a credit and the effort, despite a some plot-muddying side-trips, including marital discord, social media outing of a former assault victim and a LOT of stuff about CA's craft beer culture. Regardless, Brackmann spins a really scary yarn of local-level politics - and democracy in general - going pear-shaped fast.
Huge beef with narrator Christina Delaine. She's voiced a variety of genres previously (including, curiously enough, a couple true crime tomes) but struck me as better suited to the "Shades of Grey" franchise. Way too seductive, breathy and come-hither for this one, IMO. Guess Tracy Sallows, spot-on voice actor for Brackmann's Ellie McEnroe China trilogy, was unavailable - I think she'd have nailed Swan, too..
Regardless, please keep writing, Lisa, and I'll keep reading/listening.

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  • Judy
  • 09-17-18

All-too-timely Political Apocalypse

Tough read/listen - especially given America's currently divisive, near toxic political climate.
But, yeah, that's the point, right? Especially with a release just before mid-term elections. Would consider as "poli-sci-fi," but just barely "fi."
Having worked in local/regional journalism on both sides of the fence, I appreciate Brackmann's depiction of the near symbiotic relationship between candidates, their organizations and news outlets - not always noble or even admirable.
Swan is well worth a credit and the effort, despite a some plot-muddying side-trips, including marital discord, social media outing of a former assault victim and a LOT of stuff about CA's craft beer culture. Regardless, Brackmann spins a really scary yarn of local-level politics - and democracy in general - going pear-shaped fast.
Huge beef with narrator Christina Delaine. She's voiced a variety of genres previously (including, curiously enough, a couple true crime tomes) but struck me as better suited to the "Shades of Grey" franchise. Way too seductive, breathy and come-hither for this one, IMO. Guess Tracy Sallows, spot-on voice actor for Brackmann's Ellie McEnroe China trilogy, was unavailable - I think she'd have nailed Swan, too..
Regardless, please keep writing, Lisa, and I'll keep reading/listening.

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  • Judy
  • 09-17-18

All-too-timely Political Apocalypse

Tough read/listen - especially given America's currently divisive, near toxic political climate.
But, yeah, that's the point, right? Especially with a release just before mid-term elections. Would consider as "poli-sci-fi," but just barely "fi."
Having worked in local/regional journalism on both sides of the fence, I appreciate Brackmann's depiction of the near symbiotic relationship between candidates, their organizations and news outlets - not always noble or even admirable.
Swan is well worth a credit and the effort, despite a some plot-muddying side-trips, including marital discord, social media outing of a former assault victim and a LOT of stuff about CA's craft beer culture. Regardless, Brackmann spins a really scary yarn of local-level politics - and democracy in general - going pear-shaped fast.
Huge beef with narrator Christina Delaine. She's voiced a variety of genres previously (including, curiously enough, a couple true crime tomes) but struck me as better suited to the "Shades of Grey" franchise. Way too seductive, breathy and come-hither for this one, IMO. Guess Tracy Sallows, spot-on voice actor for Brackmann's Ellie McEnroe China trilogy, was unavailable - I think she'd have nailed Swan, too..
Regardless, please keep writing, Lisa, and I'll keep reading/listening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful