Umbrae

The P.A.W.S. Saga, Book 3
Narrated by: Christopher Goodrich
Series: P.A.W.S., Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Step into the shadows of Umbrae...

Miri's world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa's charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing. Then, Lilith has a vision: Miri dragged away by wolves. 

Miri needs answers. Answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.   

With Lilith's help, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama's story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own - the labyrinth of shadows, also known as Umbrae.

©2017 Debbie Manber Kupfer (P)2020 Debbie Manber Kupfer

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A great read!

**** SPOILER ALERT ****
AUDIBLE EDITION:
Kupfer delivers story wrapped within a story in "Umbrae: ( The P.A.W.S. Saga; Book 3 )"
While continuing the main storyline the author also tells us the story of how Max and Celia survived World War Two, escaped the Nazis and fell in love.
Kupfer delivered great world building and character development along with plenty of action and plot twists.
I would recommend this book and this series.
Now let me talk about the audio part of this auidobook edition.  This is my first introduction to Christopher Goodrich.  His narration is first rate as he breathes life into the characters.  In addition he also does a fine job of audio production.  I look forward to hearing more of his narration in the future.
In the interest of transparency: I was given a review copy of this book and I am voluntarily sharing this review.
It is my own honest opinion. 

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Enjoyable

Umbrae The P.A.W.S. Saga, Book 3, my first read from author Debbie Manber Kupfer. A well-written enjoyable 8 hour 29 minute read. As this is the third book in the series I obviously missed something coming in, but it came across as a stand-alone work. Christopher Goodrich’s talented narration adds to this unique book's enjoyment. "I received a free Audible review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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This is the Third book in the P.A.W.S. Series

I really liked this new Narrator much better then the one used for the 1st 2 books.
Miri's story and Adventures continue in this book where she will have to make some decisions with Max to continue forward.

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Unique

This series is so different it's hard to describe. My advice is to buy it. You won't be sorry. The characters are charming, and the story is wonderful. The only down side is that the narrator on the audio version, though he does have a lovely voice, mispronounced several words. including one which the author used many times (vulnerable). Start with the first book of the series P.A.W.S. I received a free review copy of the audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Very Enjoyable Third Book in the Series

This is my third audiobook from Debbie Manber Kupfer and I found this quite enjoyable. She is using a different narrator this time Christopher Goodrich whom I found easy to listen to and great with the vocal inflections for different characters. Debbie's story takes you deeper into the tale of Miri, Danny and Miri's family origins. Danny is accused of foul play and nowhere to be found. Miri is gone too but she is looking for her family roots in Israel and to learn the Hebrew language. She has taken the Argentum book with her and by learning Hebrew she hopes to decipher her family story which will lead to clues to help her find Danny. In the book she learns about the Umbrae a magical underground with secrets and lost souls and she believes Danny could be there.
I find that this story really grew on me and lingered long after I listened to it. It is haunting with it's secrets, shapeshifter, werewolves, and it's darker side, just like humanity. Debbie has expertly woven references of the Nazis, WWII, and the atrocities that happened to the Jews and any that tried to help but still keeps it light enough to not overwhelm young adult readers with gruesome details of those events. Sometimes it is easier to explain to a younger person or even an adult about these horrors in this world through a combination of fantasy and history. The Paw's Saga are reminiscent of the fantasy movie by Guillermo Del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth" about a little girl during Franco's Fascist rule in Spain.
Manber Kupfers books are full of adventure, mystery, fantasy with troublesome pixies and wizards plus references of fleeing Nazi Germany. I agree with the author that these atrocities should never be forgotten for what is forgotten in history is bound to be repeated.
What a cool gift for a few humans being to be able to turn into a cat to escape from the evils of war and soldiers. Wow wouldn't the world be different if we all could do that.
I was given a free copy of the audiobook from StoryOrigin in exchange for a honest review.