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Cicada Spring Audiobook

Cicada Spring: A Novel

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On a warm May evening in the spring of 1979, the people of Heartsridge, Massachusetts, are living the American dream. Families are gathered for barbecues. Kids are playing in front yards. Gardens are being kept. Meanwhile, Kara Price stumbles home through the woods, raped and beaten, her life shattered by a wicked act of violence, perpetrated by one of the town's most beloved and public figures.

Surrounding Kara is a cast of compelling and nefarious characters - a violent-tempered mayor who can do no wrong in the eyes of the town, a sheriff bound by the rules and plagued by a guilty conscience, a father bent on revenge, a serial killer in the midst of an identity crisis. And at the center of it all there's Kara, who just wants to move on with her life and forget everything that happened to her. But how can she do that when everyone thinks she is a liar who is only out for attention? With plot and emotion braided together by a careful hand, this haunted group of people all acting on behalf of their own interests begs the question: How far would you go to protect your own?

©2015 Christian Galacar (P)2016 Christian Galacar

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    mani 05-24-16
    mani 05-24-16
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    "Cicada Spring"
    Any additional comments?

    The pain and suffering Kara went through after confessing her rape was undeniably great as many seemed to doubt her confession. She was labelled as a liar who wanted attention from all the lies she said. Her parents were in denial when she first professed made it difficult for her as they were someone she found comfort from. The aftermath of the accident made her uncomfortable to be around men including her father which tore his heart apart. Kara’s character changed and she turned into someone who was depressed. She was constantly using physical pain to feed the void inside her; the unbearable emotions of disgust, anger and hopeless. The agony was extreme that she wanted to find comfort in the eternal darkness she felt deserving.

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    Delta Stet Texas 05-19-16
    Delta Stet Texas 05-19-16
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    "Nice representation of the small town U.S.A."

    I read a lot of mysteries, but it's rare that you already know the criminals and the motives before you've really gotten into the story. I thought Galacar's depiction of a small town was well done and fairly accurate. Too bad they are hit with a rapist and a serial killer in the same month (and not even the same person). I will say that there is a very graphic depiction of animal cruelty right at the very beginning, so TRIGGER WARNING! I had to skip to the end of that chapter or risk tainting my day and the rest of the story.

    Kevin Clay did a fantastic job narrating. I don't envy him having to say out loud some of the awful things that happen in the story. His characters were well defined and his female voices we pretty darn good. This is the second book I've listened to him read and I've enjoyed it both times.

    **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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    Marla 05-17-16
    Marla 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Debut Author"
    What did you love best about Cicada Spring?

    I loved the strong charactors in this novel. I loved Catherine Carlise who may be in the background but is still strong enough to be heard.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me enlighted how rape not only the victum: but everyone involved is hurt by the deed. This kept me wondering what each character was going to do.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Clay – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was the Sheriff. Strong and decisive, yet vunerable to what we are vunerable too.Kevin Clay did a great job. Especially with the Sheriff.
    We each worry about job security, and in politics what the masses are thinking.


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

    No, I kind of liked savoring it and thinking about it over a 2 day period


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    jtobair 08-15-17
    jtobair 08-15-17
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    "Narrative of Rape Culture"
    If you could sum up Cicada Spring in three words, what would they be?

    murder, rape, cicada


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author does a great job of bringing levity to some very dark and serious subjects. This is the perfect summer read without it being too dark. I thought that there is great commentary on the ugliness of rape culture in America, but it is very subtle and not at all preachy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending!


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

    Absolutely; you had to tear me away from listening to it. I listened to it every chance I had.


    Any additional comments?

    First, this book really surprised me; it has so much depth. Cicada Spring is a beautiful narrative portraying the ugliness that is rape culture in America. This is not your standard mystery/thriller, and I think the genre-bending qualities really add to this novel. I listened to the audiobook, and there were times that I forgot that I was listening to such dark subject matter, as it was brought with such levity and beauty (if that's at all possible). I was stunned to find out that this was a debut novel, as there aren't that many books out there that just blow my mind from the very beginning. I had been complaining about many books having endings or climaxes that were just too short and weren't suspenseful enough, and then I read Cicada Spring, and this book did not disappoint. There was enough meat there to keep me on my toes. I truly enjoyed the experience of this tale.

    I listened to the Audible version of this book, and Kevin Clay did a great job narrating. The recording was very high quality and he did a good job of discerning between characters in dialogue; I was never confused with who was talking at what point. Because I listened to this book, I cannot comment on grammar/editing, although it seemed to read smoothly and eloquently.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something a bit deeper than your typical whodunit mystery.

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    Reg McKinney, TX 08-10-17
    Reg McKinney, TX 08-10-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly Good and Relevant"

    From the first moments of the book, I was drawn in and rooting for Kara Price. The book opens on Kara stumbling home after being attacked, beaten and raped. Her decisions throughout the book were sound and showed a maturity beyond her years. This picture of small town America is not a pretty one. It demonstrates how selfish and petty people are and how an escalation of commitment can ruin lives. From the Sherriff who doesn't want to believe a man he's worked beside and for his entire career is a rapist to the rapist's wife who embarks on a smear campaign even while knowing her husband could have done it to the impotent father who wants only to comfort, protect and avenge his daughter the escalation is hard to listen to at times. All the while, there is a killer in the town's midst who has evidence Kara desperately needs but doesn't know exists.

    This listen kept me listening and when I wasn't listening I found myself thinking about it. I actually haven't stopped thinking about it since I finished the audiobook. It's not an easy listen but it is well plotted and well written. In my mind, there is a connection and the whole audiobook could be a fable for the escalation of commitment I witnessed during the obama presidency. Everyone knew he was doing the wrong things and taking the country in the wrong direction but no one had enough evidence or enough courage to do anything about it. I couldn't stop thinking about the similarities the whole time I was listening. I kept thinking, this is the story of how America was beaten and raped by a small time bully and his wife and not only let it happen but encouraged it and asked for more by reelecting the idiot.

    The narration was excellent and all the voices were captured very well. I listened on 1.5 speed.

    I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! and am leaving honest feedback about the quality of the material.

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    jean doe 06-18-16
    jean doe 06-18-16
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    "A few twists and turns.."
    Would you try another book from Christian Galacar and/or Kevin Clay?

    Yes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?


    The story is mainly focused around, Kara Price, when her trust is broken by someone held high in the community.

    The world that the author creates is set in a small town where "everybody knows your name".

    It starts off with a rape of Kara at the age of fifteen-years- old, then the story moves on to blackmail by family members,
    of Eddie by Harry, then jumps to the inner dialogue of a serial killer, which was a little too gritty for me.

    The pace is fast and the characters are well developed but there was alot going on in it with a few twists and turns, It is also sad at times.

    Kevin Clay did an excellent job with the overall narration and character voices.

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    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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    Mark 06-18-16
    Mark 06-18-16
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    "Such a Well Written Novel... This one is a Film"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to any Producer/Director looking for one hell of a story that needs to be adapted, turned into a script, and produced as one scorcher of an Indie Film.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Every one of the characters was so well developed by the author, how could anyone possibly have a "Favorite"?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think he could have spent more time working with the casting director, finding the right actors to bring their individual characters roles to life.


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

    There were points where I'd suddenly realize that one of the character voices had distracted me so much, I'd completely missed the last ten to thirty seconds of dialogue. At those points I was moved to grab my phone, and press the "Rewind" button, to go back and pick up the story where I'd momentarily tuned out.


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin Clay has an amazing voice, and I could listen to it for days. (Wait... I think I just did... ) For the most part, I really enjoyed his work. But there is that small part that goes along with the most part, to make the whole part, that left me a little disappointed. There were character voices that didn't match the characters (like a highly competent Sheriff's deputy, with a voice that made him sound like a man who could barely be trusted with a broom, let alone a badge, a gun, and the keys to a car) Or women's voices that sounded pouty and depressed, when the dialogue wasn't pouty or depressed. There were times when I'd wished that he'd simply told the story in his own beautiful voice... Because, when he does that, he does an amazing job.

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    Brew Atlanta, GA 06-17-16
    Brew Atlanta, GA 06-17-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent First Novel"

    For a first novel, this is very put together very well. It involves dual stories that have common characters. Both story lines were interesting so it was like reading two novels in one. Overall a solid read. I have already recommended this book to friends who I know will enjoy it. Easily a 5 star but the narrator, though very talented in distinguishing characters, read at a very slow pace that took away from the story. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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    Brittany 06-13-16
    Brittany 06-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I would recommend"

    I thought that the book did s really good job of portraying small town America and delving into what can happen when something isn't right. The characters were very well written. It was interesting to see the story from different perspectives.

    Kevin Clay did a great job narrating. He kept you in the story with believable renditions and didn't pull you out with over the top voices.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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    Michelle 05-30-16
    Michelle 05-30-16
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    "You know who done it, but where's the proof?"

    Great story of a small town and how some authority officials in small towns can feel invincible by committing crimes believing they can get away with it. Even when you know someone is guilty how can you act without proof?

    There are lot of different topics in this book; the monsters among us all, a bond and the emotions within a family unit when horror strikes, and the blind folds people will wear so that they don't have to accept the truth. BEWARE! This one makes you think!

    "This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

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    "Stopped listening at the animal abuse scene"
    What did you like best about Cicada Spring? What did you like least?

    The narrator was great but I was sickened by the animal abuse scene and stopped listening at that point.


    What could Christian Galacar have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Exclude the animal abuse


    Any additional comments?

    I was really enjoying listening to the book as the narrator was really good and the story drew you in, but then there was an awful animal abuse scene and I stopped listening at that point.

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