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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lend Me Your Ears: It's a DOUBLE Audiobook Review!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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So, today marks a first as I am sharing my thoughts on a recent AUDIOBOOK I finished...make that, two.  Shocked?  I know I was and while I won't be converting to the format anytime soon (sorry, the narrator in my head RULES!), I DID in fact enjoy the stories themselves, and appreciate the additional venue for "reading" to take place.  I mean, it's not safe to read and drive, right?  (JK!)  Anywho, back to the stories at hand...first up, a ghost of a tale...


by
John Bladek & Davonna Juroe
Read by
Matt Godfrey

About the book...
Will Larson has one last chance to save his stagnant career as an architect: design a grand restoration for a long-abandoned abbey. Looming above the breathtaking, windswept coast of Maine, Winterbay Abbey offers a picturesque spot for a charming hotel. But the locals harbor a peculiar distaste for the ruined Gothic convent.

After witnessing a drowning within sight of the abbey, Will wonders why the police seem disinterested in the case. He begins looking deeper into the incident, gradually uncovering chilling secrets behind the old nunnery’s walls. Will’s wife, Emily, becomes convinced the drowning is a ghostly replay of a past tragedy. But their investigation into the abbey’s frightening history soon becomes a desperate struggle to escape Winterbay’s dark curse.



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So, I actually listened to this one on Audible.com thanks to a win with the author (sweet!).  We started off on a high note, getting to know our lead characters, and diving head first into the history of Winterbay from the locals.  Let's just say that "colorful" doesn't do it justice.  From a convent to a home for wayward girls to the severely creepy shell that remains today, aside from the location having a great (and dangerous!) view...it's beyond me why anyone would want to set foot there.  Certainly not Will Larson, especially after everything he learns AND experiences.  

We are shown echoes of the past as Will explores the Abbey for all its worth.  He's trying his best to secure a good life for both himself and his growing family, but while he's plagued by his own missteps, these new intrusions are seriously making him question his sanity.  Strange additions to his drawings, mysterious blankets with a rather familiar signature, figures on the beach calling out for...help?  Revenge?  Justice?  Just WHY was he the one reached out to?  Was there no other soul to connect with that would understand the strangeness of what was going on...the lingering hurt from generations of bad deeds done in the name of good?  There was much to puzzle and several leaps of imagination to take as the story twists and turns, binding you to its bones like so much cement in a foundation.  I will admit that the seagulls outside my work totally had me flashing back to the Abbey and not in the most pleasant of ways after having finished a fairly precarious scene before having to pause things and head into work.  *-*

In the end, though certainly not in a format I favor, the story itself was definitely a winner! If you're a fan of gothic horror or simply love a good spooky story, this one's for you.  The characters are memorable for so many reasons and the perilous nature of everything as it currently stands will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Try to guess along the way just how things will turn out...and even if you're a stickler for details thinking you might rival the great Holmes himself, I bet you don't see everything coming.




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Now, our second venture into audio land takes us back to another place, another time, and a totally different type of story.  I've actually reviewed the book here on my site, but when the audio version came out, the author asked if I'd like a listen.  Considering the type of story, I was game and I wasn't disappointed either...

by
Jake G. Panda

About the book...
Listen up! This is not your garden variety audiobook. Recorded in Jungle Stereo, this audio adventure follows Jake G. Panda, famed wildlife investigator, on a globe trotting mystery that is a throwback to old time radio serials. When trouble calls, Jake is always there to answer the phone. 

This hilarious audio installment of THE ENDANGERED FILES is a wild and woolly tale involving a missing guest, a green bird, and a bunch of double-crossing critters. It's designed to introduce young readers to the subject of endangered species in a fun and informative way.


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As I'm not one to rehash the details, you can read about my adventure through the pages HERE...as for the thrill ride my ears took while listening to this one, I gotta say, it was a win!  Again, SO NOT AN AUDIOBOOK PERSON...but this story, the style it's written in, the genre it claims, the fact that it's more fiction than reality (don't tell the panda!) lends itself a certain permission, if you will, to play with the voices, and be as dramatic as possible.  Even when I was reading, I found myself reading aloud, doing alterations to my own voice for the various characters, and affecting a Bogart-esque way of speaking when in Jake's shows...err, paw prints....so the liberties the author took in utilizing those same variances to bring it to life audibly, worked wonders.  I can easily see audiobook fans digging into this one as well as it being a rather stimulating story time "read" for a group or classroom setting.



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Special thanks to author Davonna Juroe and Jake G. Panda for the audio versions to peruse.  (THANKS!)  For more information on either title, or the authors, feel free to click through the links provided above.

Until next time, remember...if it looks (or sounds!) good, READ IT!


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Give Me Books Promotions presents... LOVE AT LAST by Claudia Connor

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.


So, today is the day that we book lover's wait for all the week through...Tuesday.  Know what's so great about Tuesdays?  Well, if you're a book lover you do...because it's NEW RELEASE DAY!  That's right.  Tuesday is the day (for the most part...there are always exceptions to the rule) that we see our wish lists grow, our pocketbooks shrink, and our reading list expand to two pages (or more).  Ah, yes...good old Tuesdays...and today, being Tuesday and all, is just like the others.

Today, I have the pleasure of bringing you a BOOK BIRTHDAY review for a NOW IN STORES title via Give Me Books Promotions.  It's a Contemporary Romance from a new-to-me author that had me flipping epages long into the night...I simply HAD to know how everything would turn out!  Ready or not, here comes today's book birthday celebrant and potential new addition to your reading list...


by
Claudia Connor

About the book...
All new romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Claudia Connor…
How many times can you be unlucky in love before you decide it’s not luck, it’s you?

With her ex-groom's words, I’m in love with someone else, still ringing in her ears, Clare Franklin flies off alone to her would-be honeymoon. Forced to accept not everyone gets that happily ever after she’s always dreamed of, she’s done with men. Until she gets tangled up, quite literally, with one sexy veterinarian.

The only thing Dr Deacon Montgomery wants is to share his surgical expertise and get back to his two year old twin daughters. But, the connection he feels with Clare highlights just how alone he really is and makes him wonder if he can be more than doctor and daddy.

Long talks and moonlit walks under the rustle of palms has Clare thinking maybe she gave up on love too soon. Until one phone call from home changes everything.


AMAZON:  US | UK | CA | AU
B&N  |  IBOOKS




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Right from the start, it had me by the heart.  From Claire's seemingly bad luck from you know where to Deacon's mad dash without a care, the distance and circumstances that kept her from reaching out to him and his all stops search to find the one that's getting away...my heart dropped and soared, screamed in frustration and bubbled over with happiness as the story unfolded.

It read a little like the Sex and the City movie...left at the altar with a girl-cation honeymoon twist, minus the additional girls...and then took on a life of its own.  When Clare was down in the dumps, my heart went out to her...but when she became "entangled" (no, quite literally) with one Deacon Montgomery, well, I was simply green-eyed with envy.  (Talk about book boyfriend material!)  He had heart, smarts, charm, and good looks to boot...and seemed to be a great follow-up for our heart broken Clare...of course, she and I have both been wrong before.  Yes, Deacon...I'm glaring at you for your disappearing act.  All I can say is that yes, you'll want to strangle him, but give him the benefit of the doubt....allow groveling and explanations first.  *giggle*  The story moves on and while the cards are starting to fall where they may, I couldn't help but wonder if Clare had the WORST LUCK EVER or was simply touched by fate...you'll understand that better once you read it, doubly so.  (Inside joke!)

In short, I simply could not put it down!  It had me riding highs and sinking with the lows, questioning choices and contemplating fate.  It gave us the heartbreak with all the tenderness of redemption to mend it once more.  In truth, I couldn't have asked for anything more, and though it was my first venture with this particular author, if this is any indication of her talent, I'm totally interested in more!  If you're a fan of Contemporary Romance with a dash of good humor and a whole lot of heart, this one's for you!



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About the author...


Claudia Connor is an award winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance, including the beloved McKinney Brothers series. Claudia writes, warm, heartfelt romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after. Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. When she's not writing, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, with a heavy dose of daydreaming during all three. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

You can find out more about Claudia’s books at http://claudiaconnor.com. News on upcoming releases, promotional sales, fan club swag, and chances for advanced reader copies can be found in her monthly Newsletter. https://www.facebook.com/ClaudiaConnor






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Special thanks to author Claudia Connor and Give Me Books Promotions for the chance to bring this release blitz to you as well as the eARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is out TODAY, so click on over to your favorite retailer to order your copy now.


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Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


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