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I consume a whole ton of this kind of content and 'Ghosts of Eden' had a fairly unique take on the genre, which is always a pleasant and wonderful surprise. I would characterize this tale as more of the paranormal variety, than of the thriller variety but the genres are close enough I guess!
Narration by Talmadge Ragan was spot on, giving one of the two protagonists, young orphaned Kayla, a courageous tone despite the tragedies and confusion she faces. Deininger weaves a tale about mysterious happenings, chance meetings, fate and learning who to trust and who is lying to you. This story wasn't my favorite ever, but it held my attention throughout. I would recommend this one to any friends who enjoy a paranormal mystery/thriller!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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Where do I begin with this? Well, first of all, the obligatory…this audiobook has been provided for me by the publisher gratis and my review (obviously, blatantly so) is in no way affected by this largess. Now then to book…what a strange one. Seriously strange, like a fairy tale got high on quantum physics. Unfamiliar with the author prior to this, I had no idea what to expect. It sounded interesting enough and was free and I needed some noise to walk to and this did in fact succeed in making outside slightly more tolerable, in fact one time even warranted a walk that wouldn’t have otherwise occurred. Because it is, in fact, intriguing, this story, the very strangeness of it makes it compelling in a way. It’s certainly original and has some interesting ideas and intersects magic and science in a very appealing (to me, at least) way. The writing is pretty good, some nice genuine interactions. However, as an audio book it leaves a lot to be desired. In all fairness I usually download audiobooks from the library and those tend to be from major publishers with presumably larger budgets. This one was from Crossroad Press and…not great. Decent enough, but that’s about it. The sound faded in and out weirdly, Chapter 12 skipped all around until it straightened itself out and the narration was pretty underwhelming. The latter might be partially due to my weirdly sexist ears that prefer male audiobook readers. Either way, I kind of wish I had actually read this one instead of listened to it, which is unusual. Normally it’s the case of an average to above average story being elevated by the delivery, here it’s the opposite. But it was free and quick enough and did entertain, so there it is.