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The Light: Tales from a Revolution - New Jersey

Tales from a Revolution Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)
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As a Quaker blacksmith, Robert is used to the challenges of fire and iron, but when the American Revolution splinters his own family and threatens his community, he will wrestle with questions of belief and philosophy. He must rely on his inner light to keep his family safe, and lead them to freedom.  

The Light is Hedbor's standalone novel set in New Jersey from his Tales From a Revolution series, in which he examines the American War of Independence as it unfolded in each of the colonies. If you like heartfelt stories of how the extraordinary events of the Revolution affected ordinary people, you'll love The Light.  

Buy The Light today, and experience the American Revolution as a personal journey of discovery!

©2010 Lars D. H. Hedbor (P)2018 Lars D. H. Hedbor

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Another great story by Lars D. H. Hebdor

As a history buff, I was excited to receive a free copy of this book at my own request so that I could review it. It did not disappoint! This is a well-researched novel that talks about an important time in our nation’s history, from a unique perspective. To make things even better, the narration by Shamaan Casey is done quite well. He handles changing the voices of the characters with great skill.

If you enjoy historical fiction, and in particular, the era of the American Revolution, this is a great title to add to your collection. The Quaker angle is not one we see often, and this story covers it well!

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  • Walnut Creek, CA United States
  • 01-02-19

Follow the Light

This is an obviously well-researched novel set in the time of the American Revolution. The story centers around a Quaker blacksmith in New Jersey named Robert Harris, who struggles to reconcile his religious beliefs with the dangers and injustices of the Revolutionary War.

I found this story to be very interesting; the writing was excellent. The author obviously did a good job researching this time frame. The characters were well-developed and believable, and the events seemed authentic. It helped me to understand what life must have been like for regular people during the Revolutionary War. Also, the characters' consistent use of the terms "thee" and "thou" conveyed the sincere respect that Quakers sought to extend to everyone.

For the most part, the narrator did a great job. He had a pleasant voice that easily conveyed emotion. Some of his accents were a little off, though. Aside from that, he had a wonderful voice.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Which is the correct path?

This is the second book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. Ive previously listened to The Declaration.

Like in The Declaration, the characters in this story are not conveniently placed in areas of importance that have a poignant effect on the times. They could be any average person happening to be alive during this era. Their lives are, of course, influenced by the turmoil around them. This book gives a wonderful glimpse into a realistic scenario and the possible upheaval in peoples lives during the beginning of the American Revolution. It centres around a Quaker, Robert, who struggles with his religious beliefs, and a feeling of wrongdoing by the English Crown and soldiers. His livelihood is threatened many times. He relies on a few friends, and together they attempt to navigate through the upheaval and injustices while determining where their beliefs and tolerances lie.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator (Shamaan Casey, who also did the first book in this series) and I would listen to another. His attempt at an Irish accent was awkward, but his female characters were well done. I enjoyed the tone of his voice.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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WONDERFUL HISTORICAL TALE

I was taken from my car (I listen on my daily commute) into the power of the Revolutionary War, it was captivating! I really enjoyed the writing, and I was interested from start to finish. Beautifully written and beautifully narrated, I was very happy with this audiobook and I'd definitely recommend it. I think all ages would love it! Well done!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Historical Fiction!

I can tell lots of research went into this. It makes me feel like I’m actually there at the revolutionary war times with our main character.

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Great Book!

This was an excellent book about the American Revolution.The Characters were well developed and likeable. The storyline was quite interesting, and addressed the Quakers views during the Revolution.. The Narrator was absolutely Amazing!!! He has a unique voice that rivals James Earl Jones and Sam Elliott! It "stays" with You. He did a super job with the Narration and his pronunciation and intonation were wonderful.. Looking forward to more projects by the Author and Narrator! Kudos!! This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair review. Thank you!.

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The Light

I found this story to be very interesting.I never gave the Quaker plight in the Revolution much thought.I just figured they went their own way and were left alone.Not so.It is also a story of family,the bad,the good and what war can do to it.I think Teens and younger would get a lot from listening to or reading this book.Shamaan Casey was a very good narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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4/5 Nice Glimpse into Revolutionary Times

The Light: Tales from a Revolution New Jersey by Lars D. H. Hedbor

Summary: Robert, a Quaker and a blacksmith, tries to balance his beliefs and the uncertainties of the budding war.



Additional Comments:

- Characters 4.5/5 – The good guys are good, the bad guys are bad. It’s clear cut, but it works.

- Pacing 4/5 – The beginning’s a bit slow, but the middle and the end flow pretty nicely.

- Language/dialect 3/5 – The author uses a lot of “thee” and “thou” to be authentic, but that makes it a lot harder to listen to. You do gain an ear for it, but that takes some time.

- Audio performance 4/5 – The narrator has a nice, deep voice. One can imagine it fitting a guy like Robert very well.

- Although it’s part of a series, I imagine each book stands alone rather well.


Conclusion: Nice glimpse into struggles of the common folk during the revolutionary war.
*Please note that I received a free copy of the audiobook, but the choice to review was mine and the sentiments are purely my opinion.

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A Quaker Blacksmith during the Revolution

Narrator Shamaan Casey is in the right business! He has a magnificent bass voice, and he uses it wisely. Many male narrators use a weird falsetto for female characters, but Casey changes his voice just enough to distinguish characters without sounding silly. Likewise, he imbues his voice with emotion without going over-the-top melodramatic.

As to the content of this novel, however, my reaction was basically "meh." I found it hard to get into, partly because of the way it was organized. We begin with Peter Harris, but the main character is his son, Robert. It's not until Chapter 2 that the author reveals that Robert has a wife and daughter - up to that point, I was picturing him in his late teens. I never really connected with any of the characters. This is a "home front" take on the Revolution, which I guess I should have expected with a Quaker protagonist, but without much involvement of female characters. I liked the Author's Note at the end better than the actual plot.

I would happily listen to another book narrated by Shamaan Casey, but I can't honestly say "It's great" about the overall experience, so I can't give this more than three stars.

I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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The Light

The American Revolution affected many different people in many different ways. The Light is a look at how the family of a Quaker blacksmith in New Jersey was affected.

The author obviously did his research. The story seemed very authentic and plausible.

A strong narrator adds to the enjoyment, and Shamaan Casey certainly delivered.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Great tale of belief vs. events

This was the story of a small village of Quakers in colonial New Jersey. The rise in tensions between England and the colonies has become a sticking point for those who would stand back and not become involved and those who thought the King had become too much of a tyrant. The result was that a group of friends had be removed from the fellowship and had to fend for themselves.

It also involved the relationship of two brothers who worked at different agendas and how one befriended the small group while the other worked to make life hard for his own gain.

The inner turmoil that the Quakers felt at this time is brought out as is the interplay between the colonist and the British troops.

A really good story of this time. The language is somewhat archaic for today but understandable and makes it feel even more historic.

The narrator did a great job with the book.

This book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.