MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW – A fantastic read whether you feel you need a psychiatrist or not

Title: MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE

Subtitle: A THERAPIST, HER THERAPIST AND OUR LIVES REVEALED

Author: LORI GOTTLIEB

Narrator: BRITTANY PRESSLEY

Genre: NON-FICTION, MEMOIRS, HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, SELF-HELP

Length: 14 HOURS, 21 MINUTES

Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Type of Book: UNABRIDGED AUDIOBOOK

Release Date: MAY 9, 2019

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

“Ingenious, inspiring, tender, and funny. Lori Gottlieb bravely takes her readers on a guided tour into the self.”
Amy Dickinson, author of Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down.

Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in
whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come
straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives—a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life
on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys—she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.

With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient,
examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love
and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is revolutionary in its candor, offering a deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.
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MY REVIEW:

Listening to YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb on audiobook was the perfect way to experience her witty writing style.

Lori truly brings readers into her world. Not only does she allow us to be a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ of her therapy sessions with her patients, but she also does something that I don’t think has ever been done before. That is, that she not only invites the reader into the intimate details of her patient’s lives, she also welcomes the reader into her own world and her own therapy sessions. This allows the reader to feel a deep connection with the author, one that is unique in the realm of memoirs and biographies.

Speaking about her expertise, Lori Gottlieb says, “I believe that of all my credentials, my most significant is that I’m a card-carrying member of the human race.”

That might sound strange to some, but it is Author Lori Gottlieb’s gift of humanity/empathy, and human connection, as well as her education and study of psychology that allows readers to emotionally connect with her.

Lori navigates the story-telling aspect of her patient’s therapy sessions with respect and is still able to tell their stories in detail. She also admits that even though she is a therapist, she is also a patient who attends therapy herself.

In my opinion, the fact that Lori participates in therapy sessions with her own therapist means that she is better equipped to understand the experience from both a clinical and a personal perspective.

Narrator BRITTANY PRESSLEY is the perfect choice of narrator as she has a gift for making the reader feel as if she is talking directly to them. Her inflections are spot on, and she narrates the humorous portions of the stories with professionalism. Brittany’s experience (she has narrated over 100+ audiobooks) allows the reader/listener to relax and enjoy each tale.

My favorite quote from the book is:

“We can’t have change without loss, which is why so often people say they want change but nonetheless stay exactly the same.”

I purchased this audiobook at AUDIBLE.COM

I rate the narration as 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I rate the story/content as 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Overall, I rate this audiobook as 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone”, which is being adapted as a television series with Eva Longoria. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and contributes to The New York Times and many other publications.

A member of the Advisory Council for Bring Change 2 Mind and a contributing editor for the Atlantic, she has written hundreds of articles related to psychology and culture, many of which have become viral sensations.

She is a sought-after expert on relationships, parenting, and hot-button mental health topics in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, CNN, The New York Times, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

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FAVORITE QUOTE:

Talking about doing therapy via Skype LORI GOTTLIEB says “It’s like doing therapy with a condom on.”

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ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

BRITTANY PRESSLEY is an Audiofile Earphones award winning narrator in NYC.

She has recorded over 100 titles and has received several nominations for American Library Association’s annual list of Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults.

She is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and voice actress.

Her voice can be heard on national and international TV and radio commercials as well as several animated series and video games.

She is a proud graduate of Columbia University.

VOICE REPERTOIRE:
– Youthful
– fresh
– smart
– girl-next-door
– raspy
– light

AGE & GENDER REPERTOIRE:
– Female young adult
– Female adult
– Female teenager
– Child

Additional vocal abilities:
– Child voices
– British accent
– Russian accent
– Southern accent
– valley girl
– New York including: Long Island and Queens accent
– Britney Spears

EXPERIENCE:
– Working professional voice actor. – 100+ audiobooks.
– Awards including Audiofile Magazine Earphones award
– Commercials for Wendy’s, DSW, Speedo, Target.
– Cast member on multiple animated children’s television shows.

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EQUIPMENT:
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THE WITCH ELM by Bestselling Author TANA FRENCH Audiobook Review

Title: THE WITCH ELM

Author: TANA FRENCH

Narrator: PAUL NUGENT

Genre: FICTION, MYSTERIES AND THRILLERS

Length: 22 HOURS, 8 MINUTES

Publisher: PENGUIN AUDIO

Type of Book: AUDIOBOOK

Purchased from: Audible.com

Release Date: OCTOBER 9, 2018

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

DESCRIPTION:

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we’re capable of, when we no longer know who we are.
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MY REVIEW:

Phenomenal. Intriguing. Unconventional. Thrilling. Astonishing.

All these words and more apply to Tana French’s novel, THE WITCH ELM.

At it’s core, this book is a modern day whodunit, a thriller of epic proportions, but it is also so much more.

This book is a character study, a tale of teen angst, the story of a family rallying together in the midst of a horrific medical diagnosis. It is the story of a romance. This is a book about siblings, cousins, friends and how relationships can change over time and how they stay the same. It is also a mystery wrapped in an enigma.

This is truly a book that has everything. I enjoyed listening to it immensely. The story takes place in Ireland and having a narrator with an Irish accent gave this book a sense of place and added authenticity to the audiobook.

The story has plenty twists and turns, some which were expected and many that were not.

Tana French has created characters so realistic that you almost expect to run into one of them on the street.

At just over 22 hours of listening time, this is not a short audiobook and you would think that 22 hours would be too long, however, you would be wrong. In fact, I didn’t want this story to end. I had become invested in the character’s futures.

The Publisher has created a reader’s guide for this book which can be found and downloaded HERE.

My favorite character was Uncle Hugo. On the surface he seems like a giant bore. But as you learn more about him, you start to realize that he is like an onion with many layers, some quite shocking. He has a passion for genealogy research and was able to parlay that into a career as a Genealogist. The author is somehow able to make this career choice seem interesting to listeners and Hugo’s research into his client’s history is an interesting side storyline.

I rate THE WITCH ELM as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I also give a 5 STAR rating to the narrator whose Irish accent offers listeners authenticity as well as a sense of place. His pacing is sheer perfection. Listeners are able to easily distinguish between character voices which is a huge plus in my opinion.

All in all, I highly recommend this audiobook to readers and listeners from the ages of 16 and up.

Tana French was new to me before experiencing “The Witch Elm” audiobook, but I will be on the lookout for more books from this author in the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tana French is the author of The Witch Elm, In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor, The Secret Place and The Trespasser.

Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction.

She lives in Dublin with her family.

AUTHOR NOTE:

“There’s one thing that no one I know, including me, ever has enough of: time. Everyone has at least three things they should be doing with every minute, and everyone could do with about six more hours in the day. So I’m very aware that when you take a chance on one of my books, it’s not just your money that you’re putting on the line; it’s your time, which is probably even more precious. I want to thank you, so much, for taking that chance; for your wonderful support, which never stops taking my breath away. Here’s to all of you. I’ll do my absolute best not to waste your time.”

Tana French in The New Yorker

‘The Trespasser’ begs us to take crime fiction seriously

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“A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we’re capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

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    The thing is, I suppose,” he said, “that one gets into the habit of being oneself. It takes some great upheaval to crack that shell and force us to discover what else might be underneath. What if I never got another day in my life when I was normal again?

    Once the fear took hold, I was fucked. I’d never known anything like it could exist: all-consuming, ravenous, a whirling black vortex that sucked me under so completely and mercilessly that it truly felt like I was being devoured alive, bones splintered, marrow sucked. After an eternity (lying in bed with my heart jackhammering, adrenaline firing me like a strobe light, feeling the last few threads that held my mind together stretch to a snapping point) something would happen to break the vortex’s hold—a nurse coming in so that I had to make mechanical cheerful chitchat, an uncontrollable rush of sleep—and I would clamber up out of it, shaky and weak as a half-drowned animal. But even when the fear receded for a while, it was always there: dark, misshapen, taloned, hanging somewhere above and behind me, waiting for its next moment to drop onto my back and dig in deep.

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    “STRAY MAGIC” AUDIOBOOK REVIEW – A fairy tale for all those of us who love dogs and who dream about happy endings.

    Title: STRAY MAGIC

    Author: JACKIE BOUCHARD

    Narrator: AISLING GRAY

    Genre: FICTION, WOMEN’S FICTION, CONTEMPORARY FANTASY

    Length: 9 HOURS, 1 Minute

    Publisher: JACKIE BOUCHARD

    Type of Book: AUDIOBOOK

    Received From: THE NARRATOR – AISLING GRAY

    Release Date: MARCH 26, 2018

    Price on Audible: $13.67 USD

    Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    DESCRIPTION:

    Cara Snow is newly divorced, stuck working for a jerky boss at a pet boutique, and dreading her soon-to-be-empty nest with only her beloved corgi for company. Worse still, her ex just got engaged. Doesn’t she deserve some romance, too? Or, at least a date for the Fur Ball. She’s always enjoyed the annual pet rescue gala, but this year her ex will be there with his fiancée. Meanwhile, Cara hasn’t met anyone- other than the irresistible dogs at the boutique’s adoption events.

    Cara is shocked when her wish to fall for a man as easily as she does for those mutts summons Vincent. His velour track suit, paunchy belly, and tough-guy accent don’t exactly fit her childhood image of a fairy godfather. Not exactly on top of his game, he admits to being twenty-five years late. (Her daughter Winnie is convinced he must be there for her!) Vincent does his best and casts a spell “guaranteed” to help Cara find the One. But when she actually starts meeting men, none of them are her type. If only they were as perfect for her as the dogs they adopt. Did her screw-up fairy godfather botch the spell? If so, what will it mean not only for Cara but Vincent as well?

    MY REVIEW:

    The description of this story states: it is loosely based on “Cinderella,” and I agree that it is VERY LOOSELY based on the classic fairytale. I enjoyed this book much more than I did the fairytale version.

    Why? Well, let’s start with the main character, Cara. She is not a doe-eyed innocent. Cara is a grown woman, with a grown daughter who is about to go off to college. To top it off, she has also just gone through a divorce which hit her self-esteem pretty hard. But, like many women, she did not allow herself to wallow in despair, she just moved on with her life the best she could. Sometimes it takes an exceptional amount of courage just to put one foot in front of the other.

    Cara may not think of herself as courageous, but that is how I saw her right from the beginning. As the story progresses, her actions, her attitudes and even her angst all solidified my belief in her courageous spirit.

    The introduction of a magical fairy godfather was hilarious. The author nailed this character. From his physical appearance to the clothes he chooses to wear, Cara’s Fairy Godfather is a hoot. And of course, Cara, like any other sane person, reacts to his appearance and his pronouncement of his Fairy Godfather status by thinking he must be an escapee from an insane asylum.

    Cara works in a pet store and has a beagle as well who plays a prominent role in the story. Then of course there’s the hunky guy from Cara’s past.

    There are lots of laughs in this audiobook as well as lots of tender moments. In fact, this book will constantly put a smile on the listeners face. What more could you want?

    I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I love dogs as much as the protagonist does, I am also around her age, and my kids have left home to go to college as well. So, suffice it to say that I very much relate to the book’s central character.

    This book is a great read, but I have to say that I firmly believe that narrator Aisling Gray’s performance is so perfect that it makes listening to the audiobook preferable over reading the paperback or eBook version of “Stray Magic.” I rate the narration as 5 out of 5 Stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I also rate the story as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I highly recommend this Audiobook to anyone who is in the mood for a light-hearted listening experience. I also recommend this audiobook to anyone and everyone who loves dogs.

    *Thank you to Aisling Gray for providing me with a free copy of this audiobook. The fact that I received this audiobook free of charge has in no way impacted my review. I only review books and audiobooks 100% honestly and anyone sending me a book or audiobook agrees that my honest opinion will be posted – sometimes good, sometimes not so good.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Jackie Bouchard, a USA Today bestselling author, writes what she calls Fido-friendly fiction – humorous and heart-warming stories about women and the dogs that profoundly impact their lives.

    She spent a long time as a creative soul trapped in the body of a practical person. When she was bitten by the writing bug, she managed to leap free of the hamster wheel of corporate America, and now spends her days walking her dog, talking to her dog, and listening for the voices in her head that want their stories told. When the voices don’t talk to her, she can often be found staring into the refrigerator.

    After growing up in Southern California, Jackie moved to Bermuda, where she met her husband. Now back in San Diego, American Jackie, her Canadian hubby, and her Mexican rescue mutt form their own happy little United Nations. Jackie’s novels include STRAY MAGIC, HOUSE TRAINED, the Readers’ Favorite gold-medal winning RESCUE ME, MAYBE, and WHAT THE DOG ATE.

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    ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

    AISLING GRAY started doing voice work in 2005 with commercial narration and voice acting, but her love of reading lead her to branch into audiobook narration.

    Aisling grew up moving all over the world and has lived in the U.K., Costa Rica, Ghana, Sudan, Jamaica, Peru, the U.S., India, Poland, Azerbaijan, and Mexico — all the while learning languages, so she have a knack for accents.

    Listeners have praised her clear, engaging, and versatile narrating as well as her comedic delivery. She loves to bring great writing to life.

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    A TEMPLE OF FORGOTTEN SPIRITS AUDIOBOOK BLOG TOUR

    About the Audiobook:

    Title: A TEMPLE OF FORGOTTEN SPIRITS

    Author: William F. Wu

    Narrator: Anthony Lee

    Length: 7 hours 41 minutes

    Publisher: Moira Nelligar

    Genre: Fantasy

    Release date: July 6, 2018

    Synopsis:

    A young guy named Jack Hong hitchhikes throughout America following the
    keilin, a mystical unicorn outof Chinese mythology.

    The keilin leads him to ten adventures with ghosts and other supernatural figures. These experiences reveal to him not only parts of American history he never knew, but also his own identity and the role he will
    choose for his life.

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    “The moonlight was still strong, and Lo Man Gong still sat up on the overhead window, where few people and no old men could ever get.

    “Feel better, Chinaman?” he asked mildly.

    The night before, my resistance had been low, and his presence had somehow seemed tolerable, if not rational. Now I was more clear-headed … yet he was still here. I didn’t like him as much.

    I let my eyes drop closed again. Once I was cured of malaria, I’d be free of him. I had eaten twice today; now, if I slept well, I’d be in sound shape pretty soon.

    “You know the keilin, Chinaman Jack?”

    That was the Chinese unicorn, a mystical animal whose rare appearances were highly auspicious. In the Cantonese I normally heard, it was pronounced “keilun.” It wasn’t like European ones, though. This unicorn had the body of a deer, the hooves of a horse, the tail of an ox, and a fleshy horn. I knew that much.

    “The unicorn?” I opened my eyes and looked at him. As before, the moonlight glowed through his shape.

    “Ah, you know the keilin. He smiled and nodded thoughtfully. “The keilin means good things happen. It’s very powerful.”

    I watched him silently.

    After a while, he looked into my eyes again. “Nobody remember me, Jack. Some people remember, some of my frien’. A few of them. Most, nobody remember at all. No children, no relative. You, Jack. You like me. Unless you change.”

    Yes, I knew that. I had already come to understand that. And I knew that he had come for me, here in the middle of the country, away from his home as longtime Californ’. But I didn’t know why.”

    This is a collection of short stories that when put together as they are in this audiobook, make up an entire novel.

    This was my first experience reading any of William F. Wu’s work and I found it both interesting and informative.

    Prior to listening to this audiobook, I had never heard of the word “keilin.” What the heck is a keilin? Well, it is the Asian version of a unicorn, but it is miles away from what most people envision a unicorn to look like. Instead of looking like a horse with a single horn on its head, the keilin had the body of a deer, the hooves of a horse, the tail of an ox, and a fleshy horn.

    Narrator Anthony Lee has done a good job of keeping the pacing just right and is able to provide just the right accent for this collection.

    I rate both the audiobook and the narration as 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    **I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Anthony Lee. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.**

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    William F. Wu may be best known for his contemporary fantasy short stories, such as
    “Wong’s Lost and Found Emporium,” a multiple award nominee that was adapted into an episode of the Twilight Zone in 1985.

    When he started his career, he decided that he would write some stories on universal issues and some about Chinese American ethnic matters. All of his novels and short stories have a character of East Asian descent, usually the protagonist.

    When he was young, he did some long-distance hitchhiking throughout the nation, though he makes no claim to experiencing the supernatural.

    He has had thirteen novels, one short story collection, one book of literary criticism, and over sixty short stories published by traditional publishers and is in the process of bringing
    out much of his backlog through Boruma Publishing.

    Wu has spoken for over thirty years on panels at science fiction conventions, and he has also been guest of honor and toastmaster.

    He has participated in and hosted writers’ workshops frequently over the years and taught fiction at the college level.

    A 5-time finalist (and a sixth time as part of the group of Wild Cards authors) for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, Wu is also a finalist for the Sidewise Award for alternate history and for Canada’s Aurora award.

    He’s the author of the six-volume young adult science fiction series titled Isaac Asimov’s Robots in Time, the first series in Asimov’s universe licensed by his estate after his death.

    His novel Hong on the Range was based on another Hugo and Nebula Award nominee, the short story “Hong’s Bluff.” Hong on the
    Range was chosen for the Wilson Library Bulletin’s list of science fiction “Books Too Good to Miss, 1980 – 1989,” and was a 1990 selection for the American Library Association list of Best Books for Young People, for the New York Public Library’s recommended Books for the Teen Age, and was a Young Adult Editor’s Choice by Booklist Magazine.

    Wu adapted the novel for a three-issue comic book series brought out by Image Comics and Flypaper Press in 1996.

    He has upcoming stories in Texas Hold’em: A Wild Cards Novel, edited by George R.R.
    Martin, due out in the fall, and in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.

    Wu was born and raised in the Kansas City area, and educated at the University of
    Michigan, where as a student he represented the third generation in his family. He has an A.B. in East Asian Studies and an A.M. and Ph.D. in American Culture; his dissertation was
    published as The Yellow Peril: Chinese Americans in American Fiction, 1850 – 1940.

    He and his wife live in Southern California.

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    Anthony Lee has been told that his voice is deep, resonant, smooth, and clear. Yet, it would be years before he would finally embrace that gift and start using it artistically.

    A native of California, Anthony grew up with an equal fascination for knowledge and leisure. He would enjoy studying various subjects in school as well as doing fun things in his spare time. His motivation for success and happiness helped him achieve a solid education, a successful job, and a new life to live as his reward for years of hard work.

    His decision to try voice acting came after receiving plenty of compliments about his vocal quality over a short amount of time. Whether those words came from friends or strangers, he could no longer deny the possibility that there may be something special about his voice. Hence, from October 2015 to June 2016, Anthony enrolled in night and weekend classes at Elaine Clark’s Voice One Academyin San Francisco, where he trained in the art of voiceover for narrations, commercials, and characters. He thoroughly enjoyed honing his voice for things like audiobooks, technical materials, corporate narrations, e-learning modules, documentaries, commercials, promos, animations, video games, and talking products. Overall, he considers his journey into voiceover to be very rewarding, not just for what he learned but also for the great instructors and classmates he met along the way.

    Now with professional voice training, Anthony is stepping out into the world to lend his voice. He loves to take virtually any kind of script and work to deliver the message in a suitable way. His enthusiasm for voiceover makes him strive to be a versatile actor in the craft. Every time he is given an opportunity to provide a voice, he hopes to leave a lasting positive impact.

    When he is not doing voice work, Anthony enjoys playing chess, ice hockey, pool, Sudoku, and video games, as well as watching movies, reading about random topics on the Internet, and traveling. He lives in Northern California.

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    THE HIDDEN VILLAGE BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, INTERVIEWS AND MORE 4.5 Stars for this HISTORICAL FICTION EPIC.

    Author: Imogen Matthews

    Narrator: Liam Gerrard

    Length: 9 hours and 48 minutes

    Publisher: I M Associates

    Released: May 31, 2018

    Genre: Historical Fiction

    Wartime Holland.

    Whom can you trust?

    Deep in the Veluwe woods lies Berkenhout, a purpose-built village of huts sheltering dozens of
    persecuted people. But the Germans can find no proof of its existence. The whole community
    pulls together to help the Berkenhout inhabitants adjust to a difficult new life and, above all, stay
    safe.

    Sofie, a Jewish Dutch girl, struggles to adapt to living in Berkenhout, away from her family and
    friends. As weeks turn to months, she’s worried they’ll abandon her altogether. Young tearaway
    Jan likes to help, but he also enjoys roaming the woods looking for adventure and fallen pilots.

    His dream comes true, until he is found out. Henk is in charge of building the underground huts
    and organizing provisions to Berkenhout, but his contact with the Germans arouses suspicions.

    Whom can you trust? All it takes is one small fatal slip to change the course of all their lives forever.


    Imogen Matthews is English and lives in the beautiful University town of Oxford.

    Before she wrote The Hidden Village, she published two romantic fiction e-novels under her pen name, Alex Johnson.

    The Hidden Village is published by Amsterdam
    Publishers, based in the Netherlands.
    Imogen has strong connections with the Netherlands.

    Born in Rijswijk to a Dutch mother and English father, the family moved to England when Imogen was very young.
    Every year since 1990, Imogen has been on family
    holidays to Nunspeet on the edge of the Veluwe woods.

    It was here that she discovered the story of the hidden village, and together with her mother’s vivid stories of life in WW2 Holland, she was inspired to
    write her next novel.

    Narrator Bio


    Liam is an Irish born voice-artist with over 10 years experience
    working in every field of the voice industry. His recent varied audiobook work includes the
    ‘Deception of a Highlander’ series of 3 books, Little Caesar for Audible, A Christmas Carol, The
    Tempest and Aviation Training. His regular corporate voice-clients include: Shell, BP, HMRC,
    HSBC, Hilton, Mondelez, Cadburys, Green & Blacks and many more. He has performed
    many radio-plays, narrations, animations and documentaries; from the Keith Moon biography to
    most Shakespeare radio-plays.

    He is also an Associate Lecturer in Broadcast Voice
    and ‘Acting for Radio’ at Sheffield Hallam University.

    He is a communication skills specialist and examiner
    for the Royal College of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal Scottish College of
    Surgery and as such is highly fluent in complicated medical reads with Latin
    pronunciations.

    He is also a highly acclaimed stage and screen actor.
    He studied at Lancaster University and then as a classically trained actor at Mountview. He
    spent his formative years in the Middle-East which has given him an understanding of different
    accents and cultures and is able to perform many accents to a native standard; including most
    UK regions, most Irish regions, most of Europe, Australia and North America, (hillbilly, New
    York, mid-Atlantic, San Francisco, Chicago, etc.) and is also able to create wildly inventive
    characters. He has lent his voice to some of the zaniest cartoons and animations written, from
    grumpy old wizards, to heroes, to South-American monkeys and even a sea-horse with a
    Scottish accent!

    He is currently the youngest actor to play the lead role
    of Prospero in Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ in London’s West–End. His recent production of
    Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh won 4 prestigious Critics Choice Awards. He has worked for the most renowned theatre companies; from The Royal
    Exchange Theatre (2 Manchester theatre award nominations) to most regional theatres
    throughout the UK, including Alan Aykbourn’s SJT, New Vic, Oldham Coliseum, Donmar,
    Dukes, Nottingham Playhouse, Theatre by the Lake and many more. He also played Jerry in
    ‘Hollyoaks’ and appeared alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Hollywood feature film ‘Death
    Defying Acts’. His wide-ranging experience has also seen him perform Opera in ‘Rigoletto’.

    In his spare time Liam is also a musician, playing violin,
    drums, piano and percussion, and spends time with Peg, his Springer Spaniel, out in the Peak
    District whenever he can get away from the studio!

    Set in Holland during Hitler’s reign of terror, this book is unlike any I have read before. I expected it to be similar to “The Diary of Anne Frank” in that the entire tale would take place indoors, however, I was thankfully wrong. Don’t misunderstand me, I loved reading Anne Frank’s diary, it’s just that since then I have read numerous accounts of people in similar situations and I am ready for something different, something I have never heard about, or something completely new.

    I had never heard of anything so daring as trying to hide an entire village full of people in a forest. It shocked me that THE HIDDEN VILLAGE was based on a true story.

    The author has done a great job of crafting a tale that centers on the people’s lives, rather than on the war itself. Any violence portrayed in this story is there with a purpose – that of moving the story forward.

    I was greatly impressed by the narrator and his ability to create and maintain distinct voices for such a large number of characters. His pacing was perfect and he used inflection to create mood. I rate his performance as 5 out of 5 Stars.

    I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves not only historical fiction, but a great drama. I think that buying this book in audio book format is the best way to experience this tale.

    I rate THE HIDDEN VILLAGE audio book as 4.5 out of 5 Stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a
    blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Essential
    Audiobooks. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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    • Was a possible audiobook recording something
      you were conscious of while writing?

      • Absolutely not! I didn’t even know it would be possible. In
        some ways I’m pleased I wasn’t thinking about how The Hidden Village would sound as it might
        have inhibited my writing. I had a clear idea of how the characters sounded in my head and they
        shaped my writing. However, having turned The Hidden Village into an audiobook, I’m more mindful of how the words will be spoken as I’m writing my next novel (also set in Holland in
        WW2).
    • How did you select your narrator?
      • I was introduced to my narrator, Liam Gerrard, through
        Catherine O’Brien, CEO of Essential Audiobooks. After reading and becoming very enthusiastic
        about my novel, she suggested that Liam would be the perfect narrator for the job as he had
        experience in narrating World War 2 novels, has a fantastic CV as an actor and voiceover artist
        and has his own recording studio. It gave me the confidence that he would do an excellent job. I
        asked him to do me an audition of the first chapter which we then discussed in detail, so that he
        could understand what I was looking for in terms of characterisation, pace and style.
    • How closely did you work with your narrator before
      and during the recording process?

      • Most of my involvement took place at the beginning of the
        project. Once he began recording for real, he didn’t get in touch with me at all until he’d
        completed the job. I was slightly nervous that I might need to ask him to rerecord sections, but it
        wasn’t necessary. Listening to his narration the first time through, I was amazed at how he’d
        interpreted my writing and really brought the story to life.
    • Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special
      insight into the characters?

      • I made some voice files for Liam which describe the
        characters as well as the pronunciation of Dutch and German words and phrases, names and
        place names. We went through these meticulously and Liam even noticed a couple I’d missed!
        His attention to detail was extraordinary. He had really read and understood the story which
        comes out strongly in his narration.
    • Were there any real life inspirations behind your
      writing?

      • The Hidden Village is based on a real place in Holland
        which I discovered on one of my many cycling holidays in the area. Deep in the Veluwe woods
        is a memorial to the local people who had risked their lives to help Jews hide from the Germans
        by building a village of underground huts. Not only that, they brought in food, clothing,
        medicines and all other necessities all the time that the German soldiers were patrolling the
        woods looking for Jews in hiding. It was an extraordinary feat and the Dutch community almost
        got away with it. I came across a Dutch book with interviews of people who had lived in the area
        at the time, including those who had helped with the building of the village and others who’d
        gone to live there. It is the determination and courage of these people in the face of evil that
        interested me most.
      • My mother was Dutch and I grew up hearing about her
        experiences and stories of survival during the Hunger Winter in 1944-45. Food ran out, people
        starved to death but my mother and family survived because she cycled into the bulbfields and
        dug up tulip bulbs which they boiled as their only source of nutrition. Her stories were both
        horrifying and uplifting – she was a young woman at the time and often said that she’d found the
        war to be an exciting time. This is what made me want to have young people as my main
        character.
    • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do
      you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?

      • I so wanted to get this story down as it’s about my own
        personal history and the place I love to visit most. I visit Nunspeet in Holland with my husband
        and other family members at least once a year and when I’m back in the woods the words really
        flow again.
    • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the
      audiobook format appeals to you?

      • I have to confess I’d never listened to an audiobook before
        my own! (I know, shame on me!). Now, I’ve been through the process, I appreciate just how
        brilliant an audiobook can be. I’ve started listening in the car, grabbing a chapter or two on short
        journeys and more on longer ones and have a feeling that I’m getting my reading in without having to pick up a book. I still love reading books as well and think the two are very
        complementary.

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    REAL LIFE EVIL by KIM CRESSWELL – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW – Fascinating and Apalling in equal measure.

    Title: REAL LIFE EVIL

    Series: A TRUE CRIME QUICKIE:BOOK ONE

    Author: KIM CRESSWELL

    Narrator: JASON FELLA

    Genre: NON-FICTION, TRUE CRIME

    Length: 52 MINUTES

    Type of Book: AUDIOBOOK

    Received From: THE AUTHOR

    Release Date: JULY 14, 2017

    Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    DESCRIPTION:

    Many serial murders go unsolved, others take decades to unravel but one thing is certain…serial killers walk among us—hiding in plain sight. Real Life Evil is a compelling collection of two true crime short stories:

    “Hiding in Plain Sight” is the chilling account of serial killer Jack Unterweger, one of the most clever, manipulative predators of the twentieth century…and the most dangerous.

    “A Message from the Grave” examines the events surrounding the unsolved Gilgo Beach murders, a case which would spawn the largest murder investigation in Long Island, New York’s history as an elusive serial killer continues to elude authorities.

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    MY REVIEW:

    The details are in the subtitle. This is a True Crime Quickie. This Audiobook is only 52 minutes long and can easily be listened to during a person’s commute to work or even on your lunch hour. Well…maybe not during your lunch hour since you might just lose your appetite.

    There are two stories about serial killers contained in this audiobook, one I had never heard of before and one that I had.

    The first story details the crimes of Jack Unterweger whose crimes took place in Europe during the time that everyone in North America was fixated on the OJ murder trial. This man, Jack Unterweger was a true sicko and listeners will be shocked at the failure of the justice system in his case. It is actually fascinating and well written.

    The second serial killer highlighted in this audiobook is possibly scarier than the first one. Why? He (or she – but statistically probably a he) has never been caught. This is about the Gilgo Beach Murders, also known as the “Long Island Killer.”

    This audiobook will both fascinate and apal reads in equal measure. Be forewarned that this book is not for the faint of heart.

    I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐. The book itself deserves a 5 Star rating, however, the reason I did not give this a five star rating has to do with the narration. It was good, but I believe it could have been better. When detailing the deaths of the women involved, the narrator’s voice was flat. It did not seem to radiate the empathy one would expect to hear.

    With that said, I do recommend this book to anyone interested in true crime and in serial killers in general.

    ***Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of this Audiobook.***

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    To keep up-to-date with all the author’s releases, subscribe to her quarterly newsletter HERE.

    Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada and is the bestselling and award-winning author of the action-packed WHITNEY STEEL series. Kim recently signed a 3-book German translation deal with LUZIFER Verlag for the first three books in the series: Reflection, Retribution and Resurrect. The popular series will be published in German beginning in 2018.

    Her debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book One), has won numerous awards: RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD’tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gotcha!” Romantic Suspense Winner (2004), Honourable Mention in Calgary’s (RWA) The Writer’s Voice Contest (2006).

    LETHAL JOURNEY won RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown (Thriller) and was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003).

    She also published two Kindle Worlds novellas (Jet: Oblivion and Jet: Duplicity) featuring characters from her Whitney Steel series and JET from Russell Blake’s New York Times bestselling JET action thriller series. You can read Russell Blake’s interview with Kim HERE.

    The Assassin Chronicles TV series is in development with Council Tree Productions, a feature film and TV production company located in Los Angeles, California. The TV series: THE ASSASSIN CHRONICLES is based on Kim’s upcoming 4-book paranormal/supernatural suspense thriller series: Deadly Shadow (May 2018), Assassin’s Prophecy, Invisible Truth, and Vision of Fire.

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    ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

    Jason Fella worked for several years providing a wide range of audio materials for students of English. Dialogue, narration, whatever is needed. According to his bio, he is hungry, eager, and ready to really get into this seriously. I’m ready to work! My “normal” voice is clear, distinct, and professional, ideal for documentaries, audiobooks, etc. Comfortable with medical terminology and the Japanese language

    Languages
    English (North American), Japanese

    Accent
    North American

    Ages
    Middle Aged, Young Adult

    Special Skills
    Audiobooks, Business, Cartoons, Documentaries, Educational, Internet, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television

    Experience
    Narrating stories and articles for Japanese students of English.

    CREDENTIALS
    Education
    Private voice lessons with Anthony Reece.

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    BLUEBELL by Roma Gray AUDIOBOOK REVIEW – 5 Stars richly deserved – This will scare your pants off, especially if you don’t like clowns

    Title: BLUE BELL

    Author: ROMA GRAY

    Narrator: TERRY F. SELF

    Genre: FICTION, HORROR

    Length: 23 MINUTES

    Publisher: ROMA GRAY

    Price: $2.77 USD on AUDIBLE

    Type of Book: AUDIOBOOK

    Received From: THE NARRATOR

    Release Date: FEBRUARY 16, 2018

    Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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    DESCRIPTION:

    Jasper is having a very, very bad day. However, after he meets an unusual clown by the name of Blue Bell, he soon realizes his day is about to do something he never imagined possible – it’s about to get worse.

    MY REVIEW:

    This short audiobook only lasts for 23 minutes, yet those few minutes are enough to hook any listener.

    Firstly, the clown, Bluebell, on the cover of this audiobook is enough to have potential readers freaked out even before the story begins.

    Readers are introduced to Jasper, a regular guy. Someone normal. With normal problems. Out of desperation to help his ailing father, he does something he normally never would.

    This leads (somehow) to him discovering a clown doll named BlueBell. This doll will change his life…forever.

    It is a difficult task to create characters and a storyline that will
    grab and hold a reader’s attention in only 23 minutes, yet author Roma Gray accomplishes this with ease.

    I did not want this story to end and am thrilled that the story continues with her full length novel HAUNTED HOUSE HARBOR.

    Bluebell is narrated by Terry F. Self whose enunciation and pacing are perfect for this creepy tale.

    I rate BLUEBELL as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Roma Gray began writing at the age of 8 and wrote her first novel when she was 13.

    Besides writing, she is also a project manager in the IT field. Her other interests include painting, hiking, archeology, and physics.

    She lives in Oregon with her two cats, dog, and parrot.

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    Terry F. Self has been narrating audiobooks for Audible for over a year, but he’s been talking for a living for more than twenty years.

    Terry is a Traffic & Weather anchor/reporter for iHeartMedia, responsible for weather & traffic reports for over 30 radio stations in the Southeast United States.

    When not sitting behind a microphone, Terry can usually be found watching or playing sports, reading, or learning life lessons from his dog, Moses.

    Terry lives in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

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    WAITING FOR AEGINA AUDIOBOOK BLOG TOUR, REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

    Author: Effie Kammenou

    Narrators: Emily Lawrence

    Length: 11 hours 2 minutes

    Series: The Gift Saga, Book 2

    Publisher: Effie Kammenou

    Released: Feb. 16, 2018

    Genre: Contemporary Romance

    Book two in the Gift Saga: the continuation of Evanthia’s Gift….

    In 1961, five little girls moved into a suburban neighborhood and became inseparable, lifelong friends. They called themselves the Honey Hill Girls, named after the street on which they lived. As teenagers, they shared one another’s ambitions and dreams, secrets and heartaches. Now, more than 30 years later, they remain devoted and loyal, supporting each other through triumphs and sorrows.

    Evanthia’s Gift follows the life of Sophia Giannakos. In Waiting for Aegina, the saga continues from the perspectives of Sophia and her friends as the story drifts back and forth in time, filling in the gaps as the women grow to adulthood.

    Naive teenage ideals are later challenged by harsh realities, as each of their lives takes unexpected turns. Now nearing their 50th year, Sophia, Demi, Amy, Mindy, and Donna stand together through life-altering obstacles while they try to regain the lighthearted optimism of their youth.

    Effie Kammenou is a first generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, or posting recipes on her food blog, cheffieskitchen.wordpress.com, you can find her entertaining family and friends.
    Evanthia’s Gift: Book One in The Gift Saga was a 2016 Readers Favorite Awards finalist in the women’s fiction category. Waiting for Aegina: Book Two in The Gift Saga is Kammenou’s latest release. For updates on the release of Book Three, the conclusion of The Gift Saga, follow Effie on Twitter, Facebook or Amazon.

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    Emily is an actor and writer passionate about bringing stories to life. Her greatest strength as a performer is her ability to bring herself to the role, creating a wide range of emotionally resonant performances that leap off the page, stage, or screen. Her favorite characters are complicated, conflicted, and still searching for their inner truths. Emily’s passion for her work is complimented by her persistence, resilience, and inexhaustible work ethic. She’s narrated more than 160 audiobooks, half of which were USA Today or New York Times bestsellers, and has also worked in film, television, and theater. Born and raised in New York, Emily moved to Los Angeles shortly after receiving her BFA in drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She also had the privilege of living in London while studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
    Emily’s greatest loves are acting and reading, so narrating audiobooks is a dream come true. Her other passions include traveling, LARPing, aerial circus, and chocolate.

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    This book is the second in a series, however, it can easily be read as a standalone novel (which is exactly what I did.)

    The author, Effie Kammenou, has created a story that is compelling, believable, and entertaining.

    The character building is terrific and the storyline will hold a reader’s attention with ease.

    Narrator Emily Lawrence proves that she is a professional Narrator with her flawless voice and her impeccable timing.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Audiobook and I rate it as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    **I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Effie Kammenou. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.**

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    REVOLVER by Michael Patrick Hicks AUDIOBOOK REVIEW – This is one of the most terrifyingly eerily plausible future scenarios I Have EVER Read. 5 Massive Stars!

    Title: REVOLVER

    Author: MICHAEL PATRICK HICKS

    Narrator: PATRICIA SANTOMASSO

    Genre: FICTION, SPECULATIVE FICTION, SCIENCE FICTION

    Length: 1 HOUR, 14 MINUTES

    Type of Book: AUDIOBOOK

    Release Date: 2016

    Price: $1.99 on AUDIBLE.COM

    Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    DESCRIPTION:

    Cara Stone is a broken woman: penniless, homeless, and hopeless. When given the chance to appear on television, she jumps at the opportunity to win a minimum of $5,000 for her family.

    The state-run, crowdfunded series, Revolver, has been established by the nation’s moneyed elite to combat the increasing plight of class warfare.

    There’s never been a Revolver contestant quite like Cara before. The corporate states of America are hungry for blood, and she promises to deliver.

    MY REVIEW:

    Although this Audiobook is not long in the length of time it will take a reader to listen to, it’s storyline and content will remain on a person’s mind for a very long time.

    The thing that struck me most about this story was it’s terrifying plausibility.

    The story is set in the future United States where it is law to carry a gun openly. It is illegal to not carry a gun. Some people may scoff at this notion, but you only have to turn on the news to realize that this type of thing may come about all too soon.

    Although this story was written in 2016, it seems like it was written this past month. Within the last few weeks there have been TWO school shootings and when discussing solutions, President Trump actually offered up the idea that maybe teachers should carry guns.

    It is a short step from this to the dissolution of the United States, as happened in the book. They become instead, the Corporate States of America. Scary!

    In the audiobook, Cara, who has struggled with depression is labeled “lower class.” These citizens have no rights and horrible things can be done to them without fear of retribution.

    The television show REVOLVER offered desperate people a way to help their families and would earn each participant a minimum of $5000. What do they have to do on the show? You need to listen to this audiobook to find out. I will say that it is Reality TV taken to the extreme.

    From the very first minute, listeners will be drawn into the story. This book is so enthralling that you will find yourself tuning out the rest of the world and becoming completely immersed in this terrifying tale.

    In an audiobook whose length is just over one hour, I did not expect much in the way of world-building. I was WRONG. The world-building in REVOLVER is top-notch. In fact, I am hoping that author Michael Patrick Hicks has since written a full length novel, or at least more short stories about this same dystopian future.

    I am rating this audiobook as highly as possible. The narration was quite simply PERFECTION. Narrator PATRICIA SANTOMASSO’s voice and the emotion she is somehow able to instill in that voice, make the story seem even more realistic. Listeners will feel as if they are living in the story itself. I admit to being extremely impressed by both the author and the narrator.

    I rate REVOLVER as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    MICHAEL PATRICK HICKS is the author of a number of speculative fiction titles. His debut novel, Convergence, was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist. His most recent work is the horror novel, Mass Hysteria.

    He has written for the Audiobook Reviewer and Graphic Novel Reporter websites, in addition to working as a freelance journalist and news photographer.

    In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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    (COPIED FROM HER WEBSITE):

    I grew up in CT, a child obsessed with scary stories. I was so horrified by Camilla by Sheridan Le Fanu that I slept with garlic on my windowsills for a year when I was 10. I’m mostly over it now, but I order a New Haven clam pie light on the garlic. You may think that incident would have stopped me from reading every Stephen King novel I could get my hands on. Spoiler: it didn’t.

    I got my BA in English Lit because I love reading, and then moved to NY because I love the MTA. Who doesn’t? After graduating from acting conservatory, I spent a number of years traveling across the country doing plays, until I realized I could make a living talking to myself in a padded room – and here we are!
    When I’m not reading, I’m baking, organizing things (I’m sick, I know), riding around on my razor scooter, and finding any excuse at all not to go to the gym.

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    Author: Errin Stevens

    Narrator: Sean Posvistak

    Length: 8 hours and 37 minutes

    Publisher: Errin Stevens⎮2017

    Genre: Romantic Fantasy

    Series: The Mer Chronicles, Book 1

    Release date: Apr. 20, 2017

    Synopsis: For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water.
    Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.
    Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.

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    MY REVIEW:

    Firstly I would like to say thank you to AudiobookWorm for providing me with a free copy of this audiobook.

    UPDRIFT is the first book in a series called THE MER CHRONICLES. There are literally thousands of books on mermaids on the market today and most have been written for a Young Adult readership, this is not so for UPDRIFT.

    This audiobook drew me in right away and held my attention for the entirety of the eight and a half hours.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the storyline – there is no Disney princess in this book. The Mermaids and Mermen in this book are also called Sirens and it even gives a bit of history and explains how and why ancient sailors got their information wrong.

    The story centers on two “people.” One is human (Kate) and one is a siren (Gabe). They meet at age five and the story follows the paths of their separate lives right up to the age of twenty-one. I don’t want to give too much away with my review, so, suffice it to say that the waiting is worth it.

    But of course, someone is always out to stomp on another’s happiness.

    There are several themes included in this audiobook that are taken very seriously by the characters. These themes persist throughout the book and I think they should also be important to listeners.

    The first theme is FAMILY.

    At the very beginning of the book we learn that Kate who is a toddler at that time, has lost her father to a farming accident. Kate’s mother, who is only in her twenties when she becomes a widow, decides to answer an advertisement for a small-town librarian. Her older sister, Dana, laments Kate’s choice and cannot understand why she wouldn’t pursue a higher paying and more prestigious career. Kate’s reasons are both simple and admirable. She wants a job that she can enjoy and that offers her flexibility and working hours that allow her to spend as much time with her daughter as possible.
    There are many more examples of the importance of family throughout this book. There is also an example of what the lack of a loving family can do to a person.

    Theme #2 is COMMUNITY.

    This Audiobook does a wonderful job of relaying the importance of community, not only for children, but also for adults.

    Theme #3 is THE ENVIRONMENT.

    In one scene, Carmen (Gabe’s Mother) is reading a magazine article regarding the effects of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and she becomes so upset that she has to stop reading.

    All of the Mer wear belts that hold knives while they are in the water. The reason for this is so that if they become entangled in a fisherman’s net, they can cut themselves free. They can escape unlike whales and dolphins who often drown from being stuck in a net and unable to surface and take a breath.

    There are several other themes in this audiobook and I encourage potential readers/listeners to return to my blog after finishing the book and to post the themes they have discovered.

    The narration was terrific and even though it was a male Narrator, he did an excellent job of voicing characters of both sexes.

    I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐.

    About the Author:

    Errin Stevens writes paranormal romantic suspense stories from her home in Minnesota. When not wrestling with unruly narrative – or reading literary and commercial fiction like a fiend – you’ll find her poring over seed catalogues (winter) or gardening (the other three days of the year).

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    About the Narrator: Sean Posvistak

    Sean is an aspiring game developer who’s used his years of work on Youtube to excel at audiobook narration.

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