The Hum and the Shiver : Tufa

  • by Alex Bledsoe
  • Narrated by Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Series: Tufa
  • 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this valley songs live … and kill.
No one knows where the Tufa came from or how they ended up in the mountains of east Tennessee. When the first Europeans came to the Smoky Mountains, the Tufa were already there. Dark-haired and enigmatic, they live quietly in the hills and valleys of Cloud County, their origins lost to history. But there are clues in their music, hidden in the songs they have passed down for generations.
Private Bronwyn Hyatt, a true daughter of the Tufa, has returned from Iraq, wounded in body and spirit, but her troubles are far from over. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, while a restless “haint” has followed her home from the war. Worse yet, Bronwyn has lost touch with herself and with the music that was once a part of her life. With death stalking her family, will she ever again join in the song of her people and let it lift her onto the night winds?

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What the Critics Say

“Bledsoe turns standard urban fantasy tropes on their head by reimagining modern elves as a tiny, isolated ethnic group unsure of their own origins…The slowly unfolding mystery of the Tufa is a fascinating and absorbing masterpiece of world-building.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Fantastic new paranormal

First book in series, there are two narrators and I think they do a wonderful job. I am familiar with Stefan Fudnicki, but not with Emily Janice Card. The story revolves around a group of people called the Tufa. They lived in an area of Tennessee, and was there when the first white men came to the area. I don't want to give away the story, because it progresses, and you find out things that will draw you into the characters. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I have read others by Ales Bledsoe, but I think this series will be something far above his others.
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- Bonnie

Great characters

Sometimes i'm not certain if it's the book or my mood...i really enjoyed this one, but it was a little too vanilla. The plot and characters were terrific, but it needed more intensity to be five stars...and that won't make sense until you listen to it. I do recommend it for it's great characters and the theory behind the book. I hope we see more of this story in a second or third book. I find that first books in series tend to be less detailed and lacking direction when compared to the middle or end of a series..
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- Joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.