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Evanthia's Gift written by Effie Kammenou is an interesting novel based on its structure alone. The storyline begins in Greece in the year 1955 with a pregnant mother by the name of Anastacia. The book opens with betrayal and as Anastacia endures the troubles of her situation with the lasting effects of WW2, she finds she needs to make important decisions for both herself and her daughter (Sophia). Anastacia develops beautiful and engaging relationships and love interests that are excitingly passionate and at times heartbreaking.
This is currently Effie Kammenous only audiobook available at audible.com
This audiobook enters a second part which feels almost like the start of a new book all together. It jumps a generation and follows Sophia and Dean, a love interest since of Sophia since age of 12, as Greek- American teenagers.
The characters battle romantically and culturally as a storyline unfolds that spans 50 years and two continents.
The book is narrated by Emily Lawrence who is an accomplished narrator. She sounds comfortable behind the mic and has a dynamic range of narration tone and character accents that are especially enjoyable to the ear. Emily Lawrence currently has 35 audiobook narrations available at audible.com. The audio, simply put, is top quality. The storyline flows smoothly and effortlessly and the characters are easily distinguishable. The background is free of any extraneous sounds that may distract from the listening experience.
This audiobook came in at a lengthy 17 hours and 22 minutes in the contemporary fiction genre. The audiobook inevitably had slower parts, but Emily's voice acting ability even makes a sluggish part mentally stimulating.
This audiobook is almost 2 books for the price of 1 with the storyline and length. In the genre of contemporary fiction Audiobook Haven would conclude that this book is worth a listen!
Audio Quality: 10/10
Narration Performance 9/10
Listen to Evanthia's Gift, Book one in the Gift Saga, written by Effie Kammenous - Narrated by Emily Lawrence
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This was a lovely story of two close Greek families beginning in World War II. I had had no idea of the difficult Greek experience of the war. The story offered a look into the daily life with the wonderful family bonding and support through difficult times. It caused me to reflect on my own family. I really enjoyed learning about the Greek culture and food. There were even recipes included. The family story and romance was very satisfying. I look forward to the next book to see how the next generation turns out.