In English

The Night I danced with Rommel

by Elisabeth Marrion (author), Nancy Peterson (narrator)
Listened to from February 10 to 11, 2017
The story is based on facts, and it is told from a very personal perspective. It covers the time a few years before, during, and shortly after the ‘Third Reich’. I was a bit puzzled by the title, so I looked up Rommel. Well, from where I stand now, I can’t quite fathom what it was about Rommel that attracted the author so much, but then I guess there and then I just might have shared her feelings.

This book was gifted to me a while ago, but I only managed to listen to it now. I had listened to another book by the same narrator a while ago, and had really liked her performance.
I was completely unprepared for the German accent here. At first, I thought I couldn’t stand it (being German myself, it always makes me wonder whether that is how I talk, too, which would be horrifying). However, I wanted to know the story, and after a while I got used to the accent.
I have to say, though, that I was so distracted by the accent, that I didn’t grasp the prologue at all, and afterwards had to go back and listen to it again to understand what happened there. If I hadn’t read up on Rommel in the meantime, I’m not sure I’d have got it even then.

I don’t know whose idea it was to have this book read with a German accent, and I’m still not sure it was a good idea, but it was perfectly narrated by Nancy Peterson. It must have been hard to do the accent without overdoing it, so kudos to her for that, even if I for one didn’t like it. 🙂

The Burning Page (The Invisible Library #3) 

by Genevieve Cogman (Author), Susan Duerden (Narrator)
Listened to from February 01 to 03, 2017 für Papierverzierer Challenge 2017 (I)

I had listened to The Invisible Library (book #1) and The Masked City (book #2) a while ago, and was waiting for the third volume. It was well worth the wait. The story unfolds nicely. Librarian Irene is on probation after she had gone to rescue Kai from a highly chaos-contaminated world. Her assignments are dangerous, and she is somewhat annoyed. Still, she does as she is told — up to a point, because Alberich threatens to destroy the library, and she has to act quickly — but whom can she trust? Somebody is out to get her, and she has more than one enemy.

The story as such is closed, but I could imagine that there’ll be a fourth book, because there is potential for another story about Irene, Kai, and Vale, among other known characters. If so (and after I just read the author’s website I am led to believe there will be a fourth book), I’ll definitely listen to that one, too. I enjoyed this book immensely, not least due to Susan Duerden’s excellent narration. Her voice is like a friend now, along with the friends (i.e. characters) from the book.

I don’t normally publish my reviews of English (audio) books here, but for a challenge, I need to publish what I read or listened to on my blog. I’m not quite sure yet how this is going to work, but I’ll soon find out, I guess. So, I’ll start at the bottom and work my way up, or something, seeing as this is just an additional page on my blog.

Last Song Before Night

by Ilana C. Myer (Author) Alison McKenna (Narrator)
Listened to from January 25 to 30, 2017 für Papierverzierer Challenge 2017 (L)

I really liked this book. The world was fascinating, the characters had depth, and the idea fascinated me. However, towards the end, things got confusing. I guess I’ll have to relisten to the last few chapters and pay close attention, because I have the nagging feeling that I didn’t grasp everything during the first round. There were just too many portals/would-be dreams and changes of perspective to make it easy to follow. Maybe it is clearer if you actually read the book, instead of listening to it.

The narration was excellent, it left nothing to be desired.

The Path of Decisions (The Cremelino Prophecy Book 2)

by Mike Shelton (Author)
Read from January 17 to 19, 2017 für Papierverzierer Challenge 2017 (P)

After I had read The Path of Destiny, I knew I had to know how the story goes on. I liked this book even more than the first volume, but maybe that’s due to the fact that the ending wasn’t as open as that from the first volume. Sure, there are enough things I want to know, and there is a third volume waiting for me, but it felt more — finished.

I had my suspicions about a specific character right in the first volume, and I was right. That’s always nice, if you speculate and then find out you were right.

Darius, Kelln, and Christine have some tough decisions to make, and they’re not always lucky in their choices. However, friendship and love help them through all the bad, and there is hope for the realm.

I like the characters, and the world, and I’m keen to get to know more places of the realm.

The Path Of Destiny (The Cremelino Prophecy #1)

by Mike Shelton (Author) John Pirhalla (Narrator)
Listened to from January 15 to 16, 2017 für Papierverzierer Challenge 2017 (P)

This book drew me in right from the beginning. It’s a wonderful story about forgotten magic, amongst many other things. Darius is a likable character, although I *am* worried about him — and I’m worried about Kelln.
The book doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger, but the story isn’t finished, which,of course, leaves me unsatisfied, especially since the sequels aren’t available as audio (at least, I couldn’t find anything).
This means, I’ll have to actually read them. *gasp* — but I *must* know how it is going on.
To my relief, the sequels are available in print, and text to speech is enabled, so I’ll have it read to me by a nice enough computer generated voice. Of course, this can’t compare with
John Pirhalla, who does a great job narrating the story, but in lack of audio versions of the sequels, it will have to do.
I enjoyed the language, too: no swear words or adult content, so you can listen to it with your children. It’s a wonderful adventure, and a great listen.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies, and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment

by John Preston (Author)  Daniel Weyman (Narrator)
Listened to from January 04 to 07, 2017 für Papierverzierer Challenge 2017 (V)
This was a freebie from audible, if memory serves me right , and when I downloaded it, I had no idea what to expect. I had never heard of Thorpe, so I was actually quite shocked by the story that unfolded.
The worst thing is, I’m not sure Thorpe and Scott would be judged any different nowadays. I’m convinced that today’s politicians are as corrupt as they were back then, or even worse.Listening to this book is a great way to get to know England’s recent history, and Daniel Weyman excelled in narrating the story. You don’t need to be interested in politics, or books based on facts, but let the author and the splendid narrator take you on a tour of English politics of the last century. You won’t regret this sort of time travel.