• The Shadow Constant

  • By: A.J. Scudiere
  • Narrated by: John Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-21-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Griffyn Ink
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Someone is keeping watch over the machine. Should it ever have been built?
The lure of the find behind the loose hearthstone at Hazleton House was too great. The schematic excited Evan, Reenie, and Ivy for different reasons, but it is Kayla who actually begins building it. Her ability to focus to the exclusion of all else is just one of the effects of her Asperger's.
The scribbled initials, E. W., were merely a curiosity, until it's discovered they belong to Eli Whitney. But strange footprints and disturbing visitors let Evan know that the theft of his sister's prize schematic isn't just a coincidence.
It becomes obvious that the generator has no apparent power source. And Eli Whitney was only the first to die because of the machine.
Soon, they realize their enemies are much bigger than they had imagined, and the threat the device poses could topple an empire. The secret now threatens those at Hazleton House.
Who is trying to stop them?
©2013 A.J. Scudiere (P)2018 Griffyn Ink
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4 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 03-28-18

A good History Mystery Thriller.

What made the experience of listening to The Shadow Constant the most enjoyable?

Unique characters doing their best to adapt to a difficult medical condition.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course Kayla

Have you listened to any of John Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but he is a good narrator that makes us feel closer to the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I was touched to get close and personal with people who have this disease.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review..

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22 of 22 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ms. Christian C. on 04-25-18

Electrifying discovery that will rewrite history.

Four friends go about rehabbing Hazleton House, an old plantation they'll eventually run as a museum. Amidst repairs to the property, they find an old blueprint of sorts for a strange machine. When built, it becomes evident what the machine was intended to be -- a solution to the world's energy production problems. Made public, this machine would render Big Oil obsolete and end its control of the world's economy. The four friends are deemed Enemy #1 to all those who thought the existence of the machine was successfully covered up long ago. The plantation becomes a battleground where the group defends the discovery with their very lives, and work desperately to spread knowledge of the machine and instructions on how to build it.

The complex relationship between the four main characters was established early on, which created a slow start to the story. I'm glad I stuck with it, though, as it turned out to have a unique concept and was altogether rather good. I was especially drawn to Kayla's character, whose Asperger's, I felt, was portrayed with respect and used as a strength rather than a hindrance or flaw. I look forward to reading more from this author.

John Thompson gives a fantastic performance as narrator.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge. My review is unbiased and the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 05-08-18

Dogs of the canine, corporate and legal varieties.

Rather than let her inherited Georgian plantation house and buildings be pulled down, Reenie and her partner, Evan, his sister Kayla - a brilliant but socially inept woman suffering from Asperger's who is the main funder of the enterprise - and a third woman, Ivy with an art historian background, decide that together they will restore the estate and turn it into a museum. Whilst renovating, old documents and artifacts are found hidden, including a diagram of a machine. Fascinated, Kayla starts to build it. Then the sinister visitors star appearing and it becomes obvious that they are being watched.

This is a fascinating slow burn thriller with well drawn characters and a touch of gentle romance. In fact, it is a true love story, of friendship and filial responsibility, of interpersonal relationships, and of the quest for truth about family history and the recovery, and safety, of a discovered benefit for mankind.

The narrator, John Thompson, give a good, solid reading, his warm voice relating the story with steady understanding and good intonation throughout. Like the story he recounts, Mr.Thompson reads with a slow and easy, almost laconic style. He also gives seperate, though slight, voicings to all of the characters, sufficient to identify them despite the definite between male and female being minimal. It is a comfortable narration, fitting with the overall tone of the book.

An enjoyable book with a growing excitement infusing the pages as it progresses and which also gives a glimpse into the past as well as some small hope for the future. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy of The Shadow Constant, via Audiobook Boom.

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