(The Station – Volume 1)
Author Trish Marie Dawson / Reviewed by Felita Daniels /179 Pages /
Narrated by Kimberly Woods / 4 Hours & 44 Minutes
When I first started listening to this work, I was disappointed that the narrator had a monotone style. Please don’t stop here. A few minutes into the story I understood why. The narrator’s voice was a good match for the main character. A young girl old enough to drive, but still finding her way through personal tragedy. Where the author started us with this character may cause you to worry that the book will be depressing. I believe we had to see where this character’s pivotal actions started.
This work doesn’t fit neatly into a genre category. I believe young adults will get a lot from this as the characters are very relatable and realistic. Also anyone that has experienced the loss of someone near to them that committed suicide might find a small measure of comfort. This is not a clinical psychological study. It is not any type of lecture either.
It is somewhat like the television show Quantum Leap from years ago. The main character finds themselves thrown in to help someone that is in jeopardy of committing suicide. The difficulty is that Piper willow doesn’t know why and where the pain comes from that the individual is facing. So she has to feel her way through the situation, look for clues and try to determine what will help this person.
This is a work that is not a standalone work, complete in itself. To feel a sense of finish, one will need to purchase the further books to see what has become of the characters you met in this one.
Here’s the titles of the books in the series:
Dying To Forget: The Station Series 1
Dying to Remember: The Station Series 2
Dying to Return: The Station Series 3
Author Keely Brooke Keith / Narrated by Kate Fisher
Reviewed by Felita Daniels / Kindle 309 Pages / Audible 8 hours
The author’s third book (the final in this story arc) has just been released on May 5th. She’s having a contest over at her blog to celebrate. You can enter to win the whole set!
This was a lovely, relaxing story. The pace is even as you are finding out about how Lydia Colburn’s family and others have built a civilization for themselves. Injured aviator Connor Bradshaw miraculously survives a crash and must determine if he has landed in the hands of friend or foe.
As Connor learns about their customs and society, he also searches for how he can return to his duty. As time passes will he come to believe this society needs as much protection as he gave his country before?
There are themes about how to treat others with respect, responsibility toward others in the community, hospitality, etc. This is a book that could easily be read and shared with all ages in the family and then discussed. The only aspect of the story that disappointed me was Lydia’s obsession with how others thought of her and her reputation. This wasn’t about her dating life, it was about what they expected of her daily as the community’s potential doctor. For example, she got squeamish if someone she was having a conversation with started to lean toward gossiping. Lydia worried that others might see her and associate that she herself was a gossip. This wasn’t the only occurrence of her taking a ‘guilt by association’ type attitude.
The narrator Kate Fisher was wonderful. Sometimes when a narrator tries to do different voices- they become cartoony. That wasn’t the case here. Young, old, female or male the voices were done perfectly.
The story here does have resolution at the close. However, it leaves open a great deal to be explored in further books. It was nice to be in on the beginning of how Connor came to The Land Uncharted.
Author Nely Cab / Narrated by Helen Cricco / Reviewed by Felita Daniels
9 hours and 59 minutes
This was an intriguing story about a teenager on the verge of graduation and college. She is having trouble sleeping and addressing this issue throws her into a world previously unknown to her. I was reviewing this in audiobook form. Honestly, I have to say I think I would have enjoyed the book more.
The narrator, Helen Cricco, decided to give David an accent. I couldn’t tell if she was going for vampire, or Russian. He’s not from Russia. I may have missed an explanation somewhere, but his mother and two brothers don’t remotely speak with an accent such as David’s.
Clair, Isis’s mother, and Gabriel’s voices came off as childish. There were times I felt Isis was taking care of her mother more than the other way around. I had trouble sorting out if I felt that way because of the narrator’s voice for the mother.
On to my comments about the plot line- I think the writing is solid. Isis starts out with her sleep problem, but soon has additional discoveries and conflicts in her life. She’s navigating a current romance, dealing with an ex, finding out about her birthright and secrets her mother may have kept from her. The author did a good job of interweaving these so that the novel felt like it was going forward to a critical point. Isis shows strength at times, and doubt at others. There’s a nice blend.
There is a lot resolved near the end, but there is a cliffhanger that will draw you into the second novel in the series. I would recommend the book version of this novel to anyone who enjoys young adult paranormal with a dash of drama.