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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Audiobooks Mini Reviews: Departure by A.G. Riddle, The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston & Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Departure
Author: A.G. Riddle
Narrated by: Nicola Barber & Scott Aiello
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
Harper Lane has problems. In a few hours, she'll have to make a decision that will change her life forever. But when her flight from New York to London crash-lands in the English countryside, she discovers that she's made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined.

As Harper and the survivors of Flight 305 struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of the crash, they soon realize that this world is very different from the one they left. Their lives are connected, and some believe they've been brought here for a reason.

In addition to Harper, several other passengers seem to hold clues about why Flight 305 crashed. There's:

Nick Stone, an American on his way to a meeting with The Gibraltar Project, an international group dedicated to building a dam across the Strait of Gibraltar and draining the Mediterranean.

Sabrina Schröder, a German scientist who has unknowingly sealed the fate of half the flight's passengers.

Yul Tan, a Chinese-American computer scientist who has just made the breakthrough of a lifetime: a quantum internet capable of transmitting more data, farther, faster than ever thought possible. His invention, however, does much more than he ever dreamed possible.

With time running out to save the survivors of Flight 305, Harper and Nick race to unravel the conspiracy that crashed their plane. As they put the pieces together, they discover that their decisions have already doomed one world and will soon determine the future of ours.
I didn’t know what to expect when I started Departure by A.G. Riddle, what I got was an engaging Sci-Fi thriller with compelling characters and an original story that keep me listening until late. Departure is a book that will make you think about the decisions we make today and the repercussion they could have in the future. Departure was my first (audio)book by A.G. Riddle, but it won’t be my last.
Nicola Barber and Scott Aiello bring to life the story with their narration.

My Verdict: 4 Paws
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Title: The Silver Witch
Author: Paula Brackston
Narrated By: Marisa Calin
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins 
A year after her husband’s sudden death, ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells finally moves into the secluded Welsh cottage that was to be their new home. She hopes that the tranquil surroundings will help ease her grief, and lessen her disturbing visions of Mat’s death. Instead, the lake in the valley below her cottage seems to spark something dormant in her – a sensitivity, and a power of some sort. Animals are drawn to her, electricity shorts out when she’s near, and strangest of all, she sees a new vision; a boatful of ancient people approaching her across the water.

On this same lake in Celtic times lived Seren, a witch and shaman. She was respected but feared, kept separate from the community for her strange looks. When a vision came to her of the Prince amid a nest of vipers she warned of betrayal from one of his own. Prince Brynach both loved and revered her, but could not believe someone close to him wished him harm, even as the danger grew.

In her own time, Tilda’s grief begins to fade beside her newfound powers and a fresh love. When she explores the lake’s ancient magic and her own she discovers Seren, the woman in her vision of the boat. Their two lives strangely mirror each others, suggesting a strong connection between the women. As Tilda comes under threat from a dark power, one reminiscent of Seren’s prophecy, she must rely on Seren and ancient magic if death and disaster are not to shatter her life once more.
The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston is the story of two women, Tilda and Seren and how their lives are connected through time. Tilda lives in our time and Seren in Celtic times. Usually I have problems with audiobooks when they move back and forth in time because I get confused. I didn’t have that problem with The Silver Witch, Marisa Calin does an excellent job with the different voices, so it was easy to know who was who when they were talking. The Silver Witch is a book about magic, history and the power of love. I’m looking forward to read/listen to more books by Paula Brackston.

My Verdict: 4 Paws
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Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins 
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now.Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her—Neal is always a little upset with Georgie—but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Landline by Rainbow Rowell is a (audio)book about all the things we take for granted in our relationships with our significant other. Rowell balances the drama with humor to made of Landline a very enjoyable listen. Landline will leave you thinking about all the little mistakes you unconsciously make in your life and how could you change them to make your relationship a better one.
Rebecca Lowman perfectly conveys the feelings and brings to life the different characters.

My Verdict: 4 Paws
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  1. The Silver Witch is on my maybe list so glad to see it was good :)

    1. I hope you like it as much as I did.

  2. I love the range of audios you listen to. If I feel like getting out of my usual genres I just have to look at what you enjoyed.

    1. Jajaja yes, Lately I have a very eclectic taste in books.

  3. I am very curious about Brackston


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