The Bullet

The Bullet

Summary

From former NPR correspondent Mary Louise Kelly comes a heart-pounding story about fear, family secrets, and one woman’s hunt for answers about the murder of her parents.
Two words: the bullet. That’s all it takes to shatter her life.
Caroline Cashion is beautiful, intelligent, a professor of French literature. But in a split second, everything she’s known is proved to be a lie.
A single bullet, gracefully tapered at one end, is found lodged at the base of her skull. Caroline is stunned. It makes no sense: She has never been shot. She has no entry wound, no scar. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth: she was adopted when she was three years old, after her real parents were murdered. Caroline was there the night they were attacked. She was wounded too, a gunshot to the neck. Surgeons had stitched up the traumatized little girl, with the bullet still there, nestled deep among vital nerves and blood vessels.
That was thirty-four years ago.
Now, Caroline has to find the truth of her past. Why were her parents killed? Why is she still alive? She returns to her hometown, where she meets a cop who lets slip that the bullet in her neck is the same bullet that killed her mother—full-metal jacket, .38 Special. It hit Caroline’s mother and kept going, hurtling through the mother’s chest and into the child hiding behind her.
Caroline is horrified—and in danger. When a gun is fired it leaves markings on the bullet, tiny grooves almost as unique as a fingerprint. The bullet in her neck could finger a murderer. Can Caroline unravel the clues to her past before the killer tracks her down?

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Author Bio:

Mary Louise Kelly spent two decades traveling the world as a reporter for NPR and the BBC. Her assignments have taken her from grimy Belfast bars to the glittering ports of the Persian Gulf, from mosques in Hamburg to the ruined deserts of Iraq. As an NPR correspondent covering the intelligence beat and the Pentagon, she reported on wars, terrorism, and rising nuclear powers. A Georgia native, her first job was working as a staff writer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kelly was educated at Harvard and at Cambridge University in England. She lives in Washington, DC, and Florence, Italy, with her husband and their two children.

Reader Bio:

Cassandra Campbell, Audie-nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

The Bullet

THE BULLET was a superb thriller.

 

 A BULLET.  An inanimate object wrapped with a really good story around it along with excellent narration and BANG, we have a winner.  A beautiful woman in her prime whose entire being literally revolves around one…small…bullet.  It was as if the bullet took on a life and personality of its own.  The bullet is the antagonist.  It controls every aspect of Caroline’s being.  But really at times I felt a little jittery thinking about what it would be like to walk around with a bullet lodged in my neck.  This was a non-stop thrill ride with not one dull moment.

 

 Caroline Cashion was living a normal life, a professor of French Lit, parents and two brothers, Martin and Tony when she began having wrist pain and went in to have it checked.  She was initially diagnosed with CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome) until she had an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) which showed a half-inch bullet lodged in her neck.  She was throttled and had no memory of how it had gotten there.  She asked her father about it and he gathered the family together and told her the story of what happened and…that she was adopted.  Her parents had been Boone and Sadie Rossin and they had been shot and killed when she was only three and by a miracle, Caroline had survived.

 

 The only possible evidence to the murders of Sadie and Boone was the bullet lodged in Caroline’s neck.  She does some research then takes a trip to Atlanta to talk to a few people who might have remembered the incident and follows a trail of leads that in the beginning only sheds light on a few people.  When she returns home, she has surgery to have the bullet removed which is a huge relief physically as it was pressing on nerves and could have potentially caused paralysis but as far as using the bullet for evidence, it was untraceable other than identifying it as coming from a 38 revolver.  She’d been in touch with a police officer in Georgia who had worked homicide back then named Beasley.  Beamer Beasley had been helping her run down leads and she began talking to a neighbor who had known Sadie.  The neighbor was Sheryl Rooney and she told Caroline a few things about her mom and eventually gave her some old photos where she could see the shadow of a man in the background but couldn’t make out who it was.  Then there was Ethan Sinclair who used to play tennis with Boone.  He and his wife Betsy had been friends with Boone and Sadie years ago.  And the hot and cold running Dr. Will Zartman who wanted to spend time with Caroline but began acting squirrelly.  She even tracked down an elderly man named Snow who shed some light on the incident but was too ill to be of much help.  And he refused to cooperate.

 

 This story was a fantastic, edge of your seat suspense from beginning to the very last chapter.  It was intensely great and had me wanting to bite my nails a few times.  It was twisty with well-defined characters that I could visualize perfectly.  It wasn’t predictable at all and while listening to the story, I never figured it out until the very end when the truth came out.  This was a fantastic story written by MARY LOUISE KELLY.  She’s on my author to watch list for proving that she can write one heck of a great suspense novel.

 

 CASSANDRA CAMPBELL is one of my favorite narrators and all the reasons are right here in this audiobook.  She was FABULOUS.  The way she enunciated words was exceptional.  For instance when she referred to ‘the bullet’ it was as if the bullet was an actual character.  She speaks beautiful french and has exceptional voice control along with perfect voice inflections.  She also gave ALL the characters distinct voices with deep south accents that were spot on.  Cassandra Campbell was half the story.  She brought it to life and added a high quality to the story.  I definitely recommend listening to this audiobook if you love great suspense thrillers.  This is the real deal.

 

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© 2015 crystalzen © Teresa W.

Sarah’s Premonition

Sarah's Premonition

 

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Waking up with a feeling of dread, Sarah Lynn Dean attempts to go on with her day. Getting closer to her destination, she is overwhelmed with such feelings of pain and sadness. It causes her to make a spur-of-the-moment decision. A decision that not only changes her course but her life forever.

One day can change forever.

Adam Castiel Parker is stunned by the beautiful stranger. Compelled to follow her, he must find out who she is. Before he takes his next step, the loud noise behind him steals his attention. Turning to find the source, he loses the beautiful stranger.

Will she be lost forever? Will he ever be able to thank her for the gift she gave to him without even knowing?

Never to be forgotten.

Sarah must learn that life must go on even on darkest of days. A day that irrevocably changes the world!

©2015 T R Lykins (P)2015 T R Lykins

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

 Sarah’s Premonition

 T.R. LYKINS has hit it out of the park with this audiobook.  SARAH’S PREMONITION is not one to pass up.  This is a beautifully written story about a girl named Sarah who’s struggled through the system most of her life but one day something happens that changes her life forever.  This book is not only for teens and young adults but also for those that are young at heart.  I was so impressed, I couldn’t turn it off.  It’s a feel good novel with wonderful characters, good morals, and a happy ending.  It was a perfectly satisfying listen and a testament to true love.

 

Sarah has been moved around in the foster system until one day she meets a woman named Pamela who trusts her and takes her in as a housekeeper and sitter for her two young girls while her and her husband work in New York City.  When Pamela meets with tragedy, Sarah stays on and continues taking care of the children.  One day Sarah leaves to take the girls to their father’s workplace and her intuition tells her to go back home.  When she turns around to head back, Adam sees her.  He’s on his way to work in the city and changes his course as well as he tries to catch up with her because from the minute he saw her, he knew she was the one.  Both their decisions that day ultimately changed their lives forever.  While she’s worried that she may be in trouble for not showing up, whenever she gets home she receives a sad but timely phone call from the girl’s father who’s glad she didn’t.

 

Meanwhile, Adam didn’t return to work either and instead went back to school and received his degree and went to work for social services knowing he could make a difference in many children’s lives.  He never forgot the beautiful girl he tried to catch up with and had looked for her ever since.  During this time Sarah begins a writing career and her and the girls, Nichole and Jessica are going to a book signing at a bookstore where Adam happens to be.  Neither of them knew that their lives were about to change again.  For the better.

 

I’m telling you, I can’t rave enough about this book.  It’s sweet, it’s important, and it’s full of meaning.  It was complete with well-developed characters who had alternating chapters in the beginning and moved forward with grace and style.  This one was a standout for me and I won’t quickly forget it.  I definitely recommend listening to this audiobook.  I fell in love with it.

 

KANDI PEPPERS did an unforgettable job narrating this book.  She was the embodiment of Sarah.  She had wonderful voice control that fluctuated with the emotions of the characters.  Adding that with her natural voice inflections made this a perfect match with story and reader.  Hers is one of the best performances I’ve listened to.  She made this an enjoyable listen.  Again, definitely recommended.

 

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

The Land Uncharted

The Land Uncharted

Publisher’s Summary

Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land. When injured fighter pilot Connor Bradshaw’s parachute carries him from the war engulfing the 2025 world to her hidden land, his presence threatens her plans, her family, and the survival of her preindustrial society.

As Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland, and Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated.

Written like a historical, set like a sci-fi, and filled with romance, The Land Uncharted weaves adventure and love in this suspenseful story of a hidden land.

©2014 Keely Brooke Keith (P)2015 Keely Brooke Keith

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

The Land Uncharted

THE LAND UNCHARTED was a delightful surprise.  I liked everything about it.  It was a well written romantic fantasy with so much more.  It  had a hint of time travel and science fiction that made it a terrific listen.  The main characters were well-developed and likeable.  The supporting characters were done very nicely as well, especially Aunt Isabella who I really liked.  If one has a question of whether or not this is specifically a Christian book, it isn’t.  It’s a book that tells a great story without the use of cursing or sex scenes.  I found it refreshing and relaxing.  It was a standout on its own.

The protagonist Lydia lives with her family in a village named Good Springs in a special Land and one night she happens upon a stranger who’s washed up on the shore.  She’s unsure about him but she knows he needs her help and with her being a healer, she insists on helping him.  I don’t think she was aware that any other place existed until Conner arrived.  Her father, along with her brother Levi doesn’t want her to help him for fear that others will come and interfere with their peaceful society.  Lydia ignores them and helps him anyway.  She offers him a cup of tea from the gray leaf trees.  The trees grow in this land and have rare healing properties.

Conner has no idea where he is.  He knows he’s a pilot in the U.S. war who ejected and parachuted from his airplane.  He had a partner but doesn’t know what happened to him.  He soon learns he’s in a strange place with people who exist in their own world and he’s in pain from broken ribs and needs help.  Although he wants to return home, over time Conner learns that he’s needed here as much as he was needed in his world.

Once Conner and Lydia begin to hit it off, it’s clever and realistic in an old-fashioned kind of way.  And at the end of the day, isn’t that what it’s all about?  True love takes time.   I highly recommend giving this audiobook a listen.  It’s really very good.  It’s the first in a series of three audiobooks, the second being UNCHARTED INHERITANCE and the third, UNCHARTED REDEMPTION.  Keely Brooke Keith is definitely an author to watch as I see more great books from her in the future.

KATE FISHER did an outstanding job narrating this book.  She had a lovely voice and kept the story moving at a steady pace throughout.  She had nice tone and a quality that epitomized Lydia.  She’s clearly a skilled voice actor and it showed with her performance in this audiobook.  Although she doesn’t read book two and three, I’m still excited to see what she does next.  I’m also excited to see how this story continues.  I don’t mind different narrators in a series.  It adds different aspects and shows diversity.

 

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

Murder of a Mafia Daughter: The Life and Tragic Death of Susan Berman

Murder of a Mafia Daughter

 

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Susan Berman grew up in Las Vegas luxury as the daughter of Davie Berman, casino mogul and notorious mafia leader. After her father died she learned about his mob connections. Susan then dedicated her life to learning about Vegas and its underworld chiefs. Her life took a bizarre turn in l982 when Kathie Durst – the wife of her good friend, Robert Durst – mysteriously disappeared. Kathie’s husband was a prime suspect but the case was never solved. After the Kathie Durst case was reopened, the DA was about to question Susan Berman about what she knew regarding a phone call Kathie supposedly made to her medical school dean saying she was sick and wouldn’t be at school. The call was placed the day after Kathie had vanished. Soon after the Kathie Durst case was reopened, Susan Berman was found dead, shot in the back of head. No forced entry, no robbery, nothing missing from her home.

The book covers what led to Durst’s capture. Police records placed him in California at the time of his good friend Susan Berman’s murder. HBO filmmakers discovered a letter unknown before, written by Durst to Susan. It was a dead-on match to the cadaver letter police say the killer sent before Susan’s body was discovered.

©2015 Cathy Scott (P)2015 Cathy Scott

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Murder of a Mafia Daughter: The Life and Tragic Death of Susan Berman

Wow.  MURDER OF A MAFIA DAUGHTER was a real eye-opener.  I don’t recall ever hearing about Susan Berman unless I possibly caught a glimpse of her story on Unsolved Mysteries or Dateline.  Her story is an interesting one.  She was a journalist, a writer, and the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster.  Growing up, she was privileged but also protected from knowing her dad’s true business.  She seems to have been a very complex person but when all the people she loved in her life died, she was lost.  After becoming involved with Robert Durst, everything changed.  Whether or not he killed her, I wouldn’t begin to know.  This book sheds light on her story in an unbiased way.

 

The book starts out with her death and the crime scene.  I was shocked to hear how tainted the evidence was and don’t know how or why anyone would enter a potential crime scene and move things around or touch anything.  It then goes on to tell her story from childhood to adulthood right up to the week of her death.  She was eccentric, quirky, and seemed to be a very smart woman.  She also appeared to be enjoying her life.  She was busy writing and working on television shows and like most people, had a few ups and downs.  Then one day she was found shot in the back of the head in her home where nothing had been out-of-place.

 

Another interesting part of this book was the story of her father Dave Berman.  It talks about how he grew up and moved to Nevada as well as a few of the people he was associated with.  He was from Odessa in the Ukraine and migrated to the U.S.  Hearing about his life in the mob was intriguing to say the least.  The whole thing was fascinating to listen to.  I don’t know how I feel about peering into another person’s extraordinary life after they’ve passed.  And many of the people in this book are still alive.

To sum it up, this was still a good listen.  If you like true crime then this is definitely it.  I don’t feel anyone is passing judgement, they’re just telling a story.  And I don’t want to pass judgement either.

 

Kevin Pierce did a superb job narrating this book.  He was straightforward and humble.  He told the story the way it should be told.  I feel that him reading a story like this shows him as more than a narrator but also as an empathetic person.  He did the story justice and was the perfect person for this work.

 

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

The Sea Peoples: The Mysterious Nomads Who Ushered in the Iron Age

The Sea Peoples

 

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

When scholars look at the passage of history, certain epochs and transitions to new periods tend to stand out. The transition from the early modern to the Industrial Age in the late 18th century and the collapse of the Roman Empire are two of the more well known, but the transition from the Bronze to the Iron Age during the late 13th and early 12th centuries BCE arguably changed the structure and course of world history more fundamentally than any period before or since. During this period numerous wealthy and enduring kingdoms of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea region collapsed, and new ones rose in their places.

At the center of this period of turmoil was a group of people known today as the Sea Peoples, the English translation of the name given to them by the Egyptians. Despite their prominent role in history, however, the Sea Peoples remain as mysterious as they were influential; while the Egyptians documented their presence and the wars against them, it has never been clear exactly where the Sea Peoples originated or what compelled them to invade various parts of the region with massive numbers. Whatever the reason, the Sea Peoples posed an existential threat to the people already living in the region, as noted by an Egyptian inscription: “The foreign countries [i.e., Sea Peoples] made a conspiracy in their islands. All at once the lands were removed and scattered in the fray.”

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

The Sea Peoples

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I thought it was neat learning about the Sea people. The name ‘sea people’ conjures up many images but when you look at this as a part of a larger whole or a piece to a historic puzzle, it begins to make more sense. It makes me think of ‘clay people.’

They have several presumed origins and there wasn’t much documentation regarding them but they existed. They derived from many areas around the Mediterranean Sea such as places that are now Italy, Greece, and maybe Syria. Their arrival played a role in ancient history by ending the Bronze Age and ushering in the Iron Age.

I would suppose that researching this topic was somewhat difficult which makes me like it all the more. I would be interested in more about this time period. This was great.

Kudos to Jack Chekijian for narrating this book. I thought he did a fantastic job pronouncing the names of the tribes and cities of this period. He spoke clearly and made this easier to understand. I would’ve hashed it up and he went through it like nobody’s business. I love history, especially when it’s understandable. Super job!

 

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon

Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon

 

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Best Books of the Year, Verbicide Magazine

Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon is an audiobook of fathers and sons, love lost and regained, haunted pasts, and snake smuggling. From kidnapping to bank robbing, pursuing rainbow trout to unspeakable monsters, from the deserts of Texas to the desolate forests of Oregon, Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon is about the extreme measures people take to recapture the ones that got away.

©2015 Cameron Pierce (P)2015 Cameron Pierce

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon

This was a collection of strange short stories about fishing and love. And a lot of other interestingness in between. A few of the stories were longer and some were incredibly funny.

I thought the first story was great with grandma fishing and catching a whopper and it pulled her in but he saved the fish. I also liked the one where they went carp fishing and he wanted to have his 35 pound carp mounted. Too funny.

There was a great theme in this literature which was more like artwork. It was picturesque while contrasting salmon and love as well as many of the fish having blue eyes. It was definitely on the ‘different’ side. I think all in all at the end of the book I was just as perplexed as I was at the beginning.

Jay Wohlert did a really great job narrating this collection. He has a good voice and added that something extra to the book. I feel he made it easier to listen to and understand, IF it was to be understood. Overall, he did a super job.

 

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

Qigong: Build Lifelong Health, Discover Success, and Create the Ultimate Happiness Through the Ancient Chinese Ritual of Qigong

Qigong

 

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Learn everything you need to know about using qigong to improve every part of your life.

This book is for all who want to change their lives starting as soon as today. It does not matter if you want to reduce your stress, increase your happiness, or improve your health: This book will show you how using qigong can help. Everyone has some aspect of their life that they would like to improve, and by using qigong you can do so in a simple, effective way.

You will learn how qigong can improve your physical well-being and help reduce pain in your body. You will understand how using simple qigong exercises will not only improve your strength and endurance but also improve your help. On top of that you will learn how using qigong will change the way you look at the world around you and help you to become a happier, more positive person.

By the time you finish listening to this book, you are going to be able to use qigong to improve any aspect of your life. Whether it’s improving your mood, your finances, your relationships, or even your health, you are going to understand exactly what needs to be done by using qigong.

What you will learn from this audiobook:

  • In this book you will learn how to do beginner qigong movements to improve your health and ensure your entire body functions properly.
  • This book will teach you the steps to use qigong meditation to help reduce stress and anxiety in your life.
  • In this book you will learn how to how to use qigong to release all of the negative energy within yourself and live a more balanced lifestyle.
  • This book will guide you through using qigong to change your entire life and live a happier, more successful life.
  • This book will teach you how you can release the chi in your life, therefore increasing your energy and focus.

©2015 Madison T. Fabio (P)2015 Madison T. Fabio

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Qigong

I absolutely love this audiobook and found it very useful and helpful. Qigong is something I plan to incorporate into my daily routine. I already meditate and I’m infinitely grateful to be able to learn something to practice along with my meditation. And not just for myself but everyone could use this book. Here’s a quick synopsis of what you’ll learn from this audiobook.

Qi is energy and the life-force of all that exists. Gong is a skill refined through repetition. Together meaning “refined energy.” Posture, breathing, and focusing on intent through the mind by reaching a higher state of awareness through meditation. It increases positiveness and balance and is good for anyone at any age. And it’s a great stress and pain reducer.

Explained here are techniques such as breath work, movements, and meditation that are used in Qigong. It’s important to clear the mind and quiet the thoughts. If you find it difficult to turn off your busy thoughts just remember this takes practice. Don’t give up. Stay positive and as the book says, use positive affirmations in the present tense~I AM rather than I will. Repeat them while practicing Qigong.

This book is such a gem. I would highly recommend listening to it.

Charles Orlik does a terrific job explaining Qigong and the steps to take in the practice. He speaks clearly and he explains the breathing and the exercise techniques in an easy to understand way. His reading of this book was even in a positive, upbeat manner. Great job!

 

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

Painless Low Carb Recipes for Lazy People: 50 Simple Low Carbohydrate Foods Even Your Lazy Ass Can Make

Painless Low Carb Recipes

 

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Are you on a low carb diet and too lazy to cook? This recipes audiobook contains 50 surprisingly simple low carb diet recipes you can prepare and cook on the same afternoon.

In other words it is so simple, even your lazy ass can cook!

The recipes follow the low carb diet guidance, and they are designed so you can mix and match them according to your preference. Do not think that you have sacrificed your enjoyment of food by giving up meals. Chances are there are meals you enjoyed eating, and you get to stick to the low carb diet plans.

You can substitute them with a variety of appetizer, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes. There are ample choices for those who want to stick strictly to a low carb diet. This way you will never get bored of eating the same meal over and over again. This reinforces your habit of sticking to the diet to achieve a healthier you.

Buy this low carb diet cookbook today, and your low carb diet will be surprisingly simple to do!

©2015 Chong Teck Chuan (P)2015 Chong Teck Chuan

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Painless Low Carb Recipes for Lazy People

This book has some delicious recipes for low carb healthy eating. First it explains lots of healthy foods one can incorporate into their diet such as legumes, and more fruits and veggies, It then suggests foods you should try to avoid such as white sugar and white breads. It’s divided into sections A: Introduction, B: Ongoing Weight Loss, C: Pre-Maintenance, and D: Lifetime Maintenance with recipes for each phase. And a list of foods that are allowed and aren’t allowed.

It includes 50 low carb and low-calorie recipes for each phase. The recipes sound super good. Recipes for cheesy veggie omelet, cinnamon waffles, sautéed garlic chicken, tomato soup with basil, tangy sorbet, crispy chicken nuggets, beef and mushroom stir-fry, roasted rosemary beef, spicy zucchini chips, kale, apple, and ginger smoothie and many more.

I plan to try these so I’ll definitely be listening to this book again. This is a wonderful way to eat healthy. Overall, I’d recommend this book for the recipes alone. Can’t go wrong. Phillip Pablo did a great job putting these together. It’s for the lazy and busy in all of us because the recipes are quick and easy. Always consult with your physician before undertaking a new diet.

Charles Orlik does a great job reading this audiobook. I like his work. He’s easy to understand and he makes the recipes sound easy to follow. He stays consistent throughout the book making this a handy audiobook to have with you while in the kitchen.

 

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

 

Universal Warrior: The Ring of Asarra: Era of the Scourge, Book 1

Universal Warrior

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

There Is No Choice Without Consequence

For the past 150 years, the elves and terrans of the Third World have struggled under the brutal rule of the Scourge. No one knows how they arrived, but their motives are horrifyingly obvious: the complete and total extinction of all life on the planet.

What remains of the world’s strongest warriors have gathered to form an alliance with the final, desperate objective of driving the Scourge from their world once and for all, but some see this as a fool’s errand; the powers of the Scourge rivals those of the gods.

Within the Alliance is an elven named Sephtis; discovered mortally wounded and amnesiac, he was granted asylum in the hopes that he would regain his memory and perhaps turn the tide against their genocidal oppressors.

But Sephtis is no amnesiac. And as he struggles under the weight of his deeds, he will be presented a choice in which he may leave his past behind at great cost. The alternative is to accept himself and become forever known as the greatest nemesis life has ever known….

Universal Warrior: The Ring of Asarra is a story about choice, consequence, and self-acceptance set against the backdrop of mankind’s first brush with extinction.

Audio narration performed by Al Kessel.

©2014, 2015 Avery K. Tingle (P)2015 Avery K. Tingle

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My Review ~ ★★★★★ ~ 5 Stars

Universal Warrior: The Ring of Asarra: Era of the Scourge

I think this was a really good beginning to a series. It moved back and forth from two different settings but there’s a tie-in. There’s Demetrius and his children Damien and Sophie who feed on the living and the dead. When they feed on the dead they become invincible.

Then there’s the elven, Sephtis and Megan and her brother Aiden, along with others who want to do away with the scourge and take back their world. There was a lot of detail in this story along with the strong characters. I hope to see this series continue. I’d love to see more in the future on each of the main characters.

For a short book, this one is very good and packed with a lot of intense action even while at times I found it hard to follow, but that’s just me. I would definitely recommend this one.

Overall, I enjoyed listening to UNIVERSAL WARRIOR especially with the excellent narration from Al Kessel. He does a superb job with each of the characters giving them all their own distinct voices. Him being a skilled voice actor made this book work perfectly.

 

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

The House on the Shore

The House on the Shore

 

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Terror haunts a remote Scottish Glen. Heartbroken Anna MacDonald leaves Edinburgh to find peace at the edge of a Scottish loch. Safely ensconced in her late grandmother’s cottage, she can finally heal her heart and write the novel that has burned inside her for years.

Her peace is short-lived. When debonair artist Luke Tallantyre’s yacht gets stranded in the loch, he seeks help at the nearest residence – Anna’s croft. She finds him annoying. He instantly dislikes the stunning, but cranky hermit.

But there’s indisputable evidence that a hit man is on the prowl in the village. Is he after Anna? And what is Luke keeping from her that could deepen the danger? Against their wills, they join forces and embark on an adventure neither ever imagined… including a chance at true love.

The House on the Shore is written in British English, using standard British spelling and grammar.

©2009 Jeanette Woodall (P)2014 Jeanette Woodall

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My Review ~ ★★★★ ~ 4 Stars

The House on the Shore

THE HOUSE ON THE SHORE was an intriguing story set in Scotland.  It was a suspenseful romance but at times I found myself lost in the plot.  Anna MacDonald has moved to her grandmother’s croft when Luke Tallantyre comes knocking.  He claims his yacht is stranded in the loch.  She allows him in and it seems he makes himself more than welcome.  Shortly after, they begin a love affair.

I wish there had been more of a back story with the characters, especially Luke. I wanted to get to know them and identify with them better. The story was mostly monotone and perhaps that’s where I felt lost.

With scenes like the footbridge over the gorge and the heather covered hills I still had difficulty grasping the beauty of the landscape that I know existed. I wanted to smell the heather, feel the cottage, and see the shore. The love-making scenes were clear and descriptive but I wanted the whole picture. The story had some twists towards the end that were good.

Overall, I’m on the fence with this one. I would say it definitely wasn’t a bad book but it could have been much better for me.  This was a hard one to review because it felt as if something was missing.

Ruth Urquhart did a good job narrating this story with her lovely accent. She had a nice tone and kept a perfect pace.   I didn’t hear too many voice inflections but I think it’s worth a listen if someone is pondering this audiobook.

 

Audiobook gifted in exchange for review.

© 2014 crystalzen © Teresa W.

 

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