The Wolves of Paris

The Wolves of Paris

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Set in 1450 Paris, this thrilling supernatural suspense novel follows the harrowing journey of an Italian merchant and the beautiful widow of a French duke as they battle wolves and the Inquisition.

From Wall Street Journal best-selling author Michael Wallace, The Wolves of Paris has been hailed for its superb plot and gripping, pause-resisting action scenes.

©2013, 2014 Michael Wallace (P)2014 Michael Wallace

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My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars

The Wolves of Paris

An incredible audio performance delivers a gripping tale.   Firstly, Rosemary Benson did an amazing job voicing this audiobook.  Her performance was flawless all the way around.  Her French was impeccable.  The characters were ALL very well articulated, including the wolves and I could always tell who was speaking.  I was never so drawn into an audiobook as much as I was on this one because of her outstanding work.  B R A V A

The Wolves of Paris was an outstanding, well written story with an enchanting plot and wonderful setting in 15th century Paris during the werewolf-witch trials.  This was a magnificent piece of folklore history brought to present day through likeable and despicable characters, a skilled writer, and a fabulous voice actor.

Lucrezia, Lady d’ Lisle, widow of the Duke had been watching her husband at night for some time while he and a few other men along with his ex-wife were performing rituals to become wolves by the light of the moon and turn back into men at daylight.  Shapeshifters.  She decided to interfere thinking she was helping him and re-translated some of the old text in the incantation book and something went terribly wrong.   She acquired two mastiffs, Cicero and Tullia to protect herself from the wolves.  Cicero is killed by the leader of the wolf pack, a ruddy wolf named Cortaud, and rips off part of his tail causing him to be bob-tailed.  Lucrezia encounters the Boccaccio brothers, Marco and Lorenzo in passing and decides to tell Lorenzo of the story by saying that she had poisoned her husband.

This is a delicious, riveting story of fact or fiction folklore from the compelling pages of Parisian history that I highly recommend as an UNforgettable audio experience.

This audiobook was gifted to me for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

The Case for the UFO: Unidentified Flying Objects

The Case for the UFO

Publisher’s Summary

This is the first ever reprint of the book that brought the entire legend of the Philadelphia Experiment into the public sphere, and created controversy for decades: The Case for the UFO! Why has this book been suppressed for so many years? It is a well-reasoned review of the UFO record by an eminent astromomer, mathematician, and archaeologist, Dr. M.K. Jessup. His conclusions are breathtaking and incredible, but inescapable.

Description from the original dust jacket:

Flying saucers are not new! For thousands of years, men have seen mysterious objects in the skies. Now, a prominent scientists proves that unidentified flying objects originate here, on Earth.

If you have ever wondered about the things today’s scientists do not, will not, or cannot explain, this audiobook is for you. Such questions might be:

What is the hidden meaning of the comet’s tail?

What caused the “Devil’s Footprints” of Devonshire?

Why are we wrong to think of space flight only in terms of rocket power?

How was a soldier “teleported” from the Phillippine Islands to Mexico City within one hour?

What force lifted 1200-ton stones in ancient Peru?

How is acceleration achieved by UFOs?

What caused the disappearance of the crews of the SS Sea Bird and the Marie Celeste?

Was the “secret” of space flight known 50,000 years ago?

What is the strange truth hidden in the ancient ruins of Baalbek?

And finally, and most importantly: Are the UFOs friend, or foe?

This is the original edition of The Case for the UFO, which does not include the scrawled “annotations” of the infamous Carlos Allende (who may or may not have tormented Jessup into committing suicide). You will find this version much easier to understand than the Varo Edition, and probably much more meaningful.

©2014 Andrew B. Colvin (P)2014 Andrew B. Colvin

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My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars

The Case for the UFO: Unidentified Flying Objects

This book was originally written in 1955 and I feel that it’s an important piece of the UFO puzzle. The information within this book has been critical to what we know today about unidentified flying objects. Dr. Jessup did an enormous amount of research in the field of astronomy and much of his work pre-dates others in the same field who have drawn the same conclusions.

For someone like me who loves astronomy and UFO’s and such, this book is amazing even though it’s dated. It’s probably not even really dated considering the many new things that have been discovered and observed since the 1950’s. This book is such a great point of reference that I bookmarked many places to go back and look up later. The reality is that whatever is out there in the sky and things falling from the sky that can’t be identified becomes UNidentified.

This book discusses things falling from the sky such as falling ice, shaped things, green lightning, red rain, crawling fireballs, falling quartzite, and numerous other fascinating events with background data, as well as missing ships and teleportation. Many incidents dating back to the 1800’s and even well before that, I found to be super interesting. I’m happy that I had the opportunity to listen to this audiobook.

About the narrator: Jack Chekijian did a wonderful job narrating this audiobook. His performance was great and easy to listen to. He has a nice quality in the tone of his voice. He kept the book moving forward at a perfect pace and I enjoyed it very much.

I received a review copy of this audiobook.

© 2014 crystalzen

Evenshade: American Heroes Series, Book 15

Evenshade

 

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

When Dr. Alix Hendry purchases an old historic home in need of renovation, she had no idea how much her life is going to change. A divorced mother of two, she moves her teenage son and young daughter into a home known in the area as “Evenshade”. The home is one of the first built in Salem and has a dark history linked to the Salem Witch Trials, something that fascinated Alix. But that fascination soon grows to terror.

Enter Cord Trevor. A descendent of from one of the passengers on the “Mayflower” and also a descendent of Abigail Williams, one of the chief accusers in the Salem Witch Trials, Cord is a single father of three teenage boys and he immediately takes to his new neighbor, Alix. Handsome, hunky, he’s a firefighter with a family legacy rich in history and witchcraft. Unbeknownst to Alix, Cord is a powerful warlock, something he keeps deeply hidden and repressed. But the gift is there, lurking, and waiting to be called forth.

As Alix and Cord fall madly in love, the dark secrets of Evenshade began to rear their ugly head. Alix’s small daughter speaks of a “sad girl”, an imaginary companion they discover is not so imaginary. The ghostly girl who inhabits Evenshade is only the tip of the iceberg for an evil curse that soon threatens Alix and her children. Join Alix and Cord for a wild ghost story of horror, curses, passion, true love, and finally witchcraft, culminating in the ultimate battle for Evenshade – the ghostly occupants against those of flesh and blood.

Who will win?

©2013 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque

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My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars

Evenshade: American Heroes Series, Book 15

Evenshade is a double whammy of a good story.  I enjoyed this audiobook a lot. It was well-balanced in the ghost and romance department. The book is listed under romance/fantasy however it was rather frightening. There was great character development including the history of the house and of Cord’s ancestors. The story was good right from the start. It was a little long but concluded very well.

Cord and Alix make a great couple with a little persuasion or maybe even some spell casting from Cord in the beginning, considering the fact that he is a male witch with excellent casting abilities.  Cord Trevor is a descendent of Abigail Williams who had escaped the Salem Witch Trials.  Alix Hendry is the new owner of Evenshade, a house with a haunting history.

The romance was tasteful in all aspects therefore creating a great bond and trust for Alix who was reluctant at first…The kids were terrific, especially the baby Rose. The boys were typical teenage boys with pretty good manners. The new baby nicknamed Kitty was a great addition to the family.  And the house…well, it has a personality of its own.

About the narrator: David Brenin’s performance was outstanding. He nailed every character and gave them all distinct voices and characteristics. He has perfect voice control and is a very skilled voice actor. And he kept the story moving at a good pace. He took a good story right over the top and made it a great story.

Overall I would definitely recommend listening to this audiobook especially if you love a little ghostly encounter with your romance. Great Listen!

I received a review copy of this audiobook.

© 2014 crystalzen

 

Twins of Prey: Twins of Prey, Book 1

Twins of Prey

  • Written by: W.C. Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Daniel Rose
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins 

 

White Horses

White Horses

  • Author:  Alice Hoffman
  • Read by:  Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 10.9 hrs
  • Format:  Unabridged
  • Release Date:  10.1.2014
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publisher:  2014 by Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Summary

Alice Hoffman, the bestselling author of such beloved novels as Practical Magic and Seventh Heaven, has written a powerful story of love that shows why she has been called a “born storyteller” (Entertainment Weekly).

When Teresa was a little girl, she dreamed of dark-eyed, fearless heroes on white horses who would sweep her away. But now, as the grown-up Teresa negotiates life and love, she begins to understand that fairy tales don’t always come true.

Author Bio:

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City in 1952 and grew up on Long Island. Hoffman’s first novel, Property Of, was written when she was twenty-one. Her short fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Self, and others. Her novel Practical Magic was made into a major motion picture starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; her young adult novel Aquamarine was made into a movie in 2006. She lives in Boston and New York.

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My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars

White Horses

I first want to say that I savored this audiobook knowing that it would be amazing.  Indeed it was.  I loved this book.  I listened to it slowly so I could absorb its decadence.  Alice Hoffman transcends time with her magical storytelling.  Her stories are poetic, lyrical and create a dynamic synergy of exquisite harmony.  “White Horses” is a story that begins and ends at the same place.  It comes to full circle.  It ends where it begins.

The family that exists on Divisadero Street could be any family.  It just is.  It exists.  Teresa wants to run away and follow the river to wherever it takes her.  She has two older brothers, Reuben and Silver.  Each is different and is following their own life’s path.  Their father King Conners is bitter and bored with his life and Dina, their mother has some issues as well.  She ran away from New Mexico with King 20 years ago and now neither are happy.   They’ve grown apart.  Teresa was like Dina, Reuben like King, but Silver was different.  Dina worried about him because he reminded her of a man she never met.  He wasn’t like anyone else except for someone her father had told her about in stories.  He was everyone’s favorite.  He was like an Aria and he was destined to be Teresa’s protector.  Arias were men who were wilder than the untamed horses they rode.  They were like knights in shining armor only different.  Dark knights.  Teresa has a sleep disorder where she falls asleep often for long periods of time and her mother thinks someone has cast a spell on her.  Her sleep spells are unpredictable.  They sometimes last for hours, sometimes shorter.  Silver always saves her from her mother, from herself.  In his heart he’s an eagle and a renegade and he feels centuries old.  He always rescues Teresa and she wants him to.   She dreams of him rescuing her a thousand times and of herself thanking him a thousand times.  They were fated together AND to something they didn’t understand.

This story weaves their lives together in a fascinating web with Teresa and Silver in the center.  They even visit their grandmother in New Mexico and she makes a point to tell Teresa that she noticed her.  When they left she stressed to Teresa to always remember that she noticed her.  My thoughts are that Teresa and Silver weren’t blood related.  And Silver wasn’t an Aria but his father was an Aria.  At some point, Teresa asks her mother if there are female Arias.  I believe that Teresa was also an Aria.  And Silver needed rescuing as well.

About the narrator:  Rebecca Mitchell did an outstanding job voicing this story.  Her voice inflections and control were impeccable.  She made this story real and I can’t imagine anyone else being able to bring this story to life in audio.  It was enchanting and she brought that element out flawlessly.   An Unforgettable performance and an UNforgettable story that I highly recommend.  A must listen to.

 I received a review copy of this audiobook from http://audiobookjukebox.squarespace.com/solid-gold-reviewer/

© 2014 crystalzen

Gray Shadows: Russian Bodyguard, Book 1

Gray Shadows

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

They live a life of danger, sacrifice, and bravery. They die saving others but get no fame, no medals, and no solemn ceremonies. They are…

Gray Shadows.

Nikolai, a bodyguard in the prestigious Centurion Personal Protection agency, is injured in the line of duty. While recovering from his injuries, he is assigned to a new client. An easy case, his boss tells him.

Nikolai travels to a small quiet town north of Siberia to provide protection for a young woman, on her dad’s request. At first, both Nikolai and his boss see the assignment as a whim of a rich overprotective father. But the more Nikolai learns about the town, the oil company that the young woman is working for, and the people involved, the more he encounters secrets, suspicious behaviors, lies, and threats. In an unexpected and frightening course of events, Nikolai’s easy assignment becomes one of the toughest and the most dangerous.

©2014 Julia Gousseva (P)2014 Julia Gousseva

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Gray Shadows: Russian Bodyguard, Book 1

I like the way this story is set in Russia. Nikolai is a good guy and works as a bodyguard for Anatoli, the owner of the Centurion Personal Protection Agency. After catching a bullet for a client, he gets lighter duty and a job protecting Natalia, the daughter of a new client.  Natalia is an interpreter at the oil fields where Nicolai gets sent.  There’s more to this job than meets the eye. Natalia is a spoiled rich girl who always gets her way. When they first arrive at the oil fields, there had just been a security guard murdered.

This story has some really good unexpected twists and is completely unpredictable. There’s good character development and I can see where there’s room for more as the series continues. I want to know more about Nikolai and Olga. Nikolai, the gray shadow is a really likeable character. This was a good beginning to a series and I look forward to seeing where this one goes next.

About the narrator: Jack de Golia is a fantastic voice actor. I think he did an outstanding job with the characters and the Russian dialect. I don’t know how he does what he does with his voice. He made them all sound like different people were speaking. Great character distinction. I hope he continues with the series. Very enjoyable.

I received a review copy of this audiobook foc in exchange for an unbiased review.

© 2014crystalzen

 

Dourado

Dourado

  • Written by: David Wood
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins 

 

Demon’s Dare: Dogboy Adventures, Book 3

Dogboy Demon's Dare

  • Written by: Bill Meeks
  • Narrated by: Nathan Beatty
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins 

 

 

Murder, Sometimes: Jason Callahan, Book 1

Murder Somtimes

  • Written by: Patricia Lee Macomber
  • Narrated by: Scott Russell Test
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins 

 

Stolen

Stolen

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

“The Lucretias always take what they want. And that includes me.” Cayla was told she had nothing to fear from the Lucretias – at least, not more than anyone else in the city. Her aunt and uncle paid their tithes on time, looked the other way when witnessing crimes, and never caused any trouble. When the sirens blare at Cayla’s school, she knows that someone has crossed the Lucretias, and the crime family is there to take their vengeance. Huddled with her classmates, she waits for the inevitable to pass. Except when the Lucretias knock down the door to her own classroom, Jon Lucretia, heir to the dark dynasty, catches sight of Cayla – and decides to claim her as his own. Taken as a prisoner into their opulent and guarded estate, Cayla must decide how to fight for her life, and her heart….

©2013 Margaret Windsor (P)2014 Margaret Windsor

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My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars

Stolen

Cayla had been stolen from her life and forced into a life she didn’t want and she had to do what it took in order to survive.  The powerful Lucretia crime family protected the city from the other crime families and the rebels.  Jon Lucretia wants to take Cayla as his wife and his cousin Mark also has his sights on her.  The two of them are both allies and rivals.  When they bring potential wives to the mansion, the ones that aren’t chosen aren’t returned.  They are pushed out the door over a cliff.  Most have no chance but Jon’s mother Lucinda helps Cayla until she discovers Cayla spending time with Mark.  Cayla finally begins to fit in after much turmoil and the Rebellion uprising until she ultimately finds her place alongside Jon… then she finds a way to escape.  I liked the whole concept of Stolen. It was a well written book and I actually listened to most of it in one evening.  This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to by Margaret Windsor.

About the narrator:  I’ve listened to other work by Andrea Emmes and she is a really good voice actor and always brings her A game to the table. I’ve enjoyed all her work. This was no exception. She does a wonderful job voicing all the characters in this book along with keeping it at a perfect pace.  Overall I liked this audiobook and would recommend.

I received a review copy of this audiobook foc in exchange for an unbiased review.

© 2014 crystalzen