Monday, September 19, 2016

Forgotten Voyage: the Deadliest Maritime Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of

I just listened to two amazing audiobooks. These books had me staying in my car long after I reached my destination. These stories are  exquisite and the narrators are gifted story tellers.  I recommend you settle in your favorite chair and prepare for a wonderful listening experience.

Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys 
Read by Jorjeana Marie, Cassandra Morris, Will Damron and Michael Crouch

In 1945 World War II is drawing to a close and bands of refugees attempt to escape the oncoming onslaught of the Russian soldiers, by boarding a ship to safety. Among the refugees are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find strength, courage and learn to trust one another as they journey toward freedom. Each hopes to recover something lost during Hitler's reign of terror. Told in alternating voices, this story will enthrall you and as you realize the story is a fictionalized account of the true story of the Wilhelm Gustloff you will hold your breath as you wait to learn the fate of the beloved characters. This is a story you will not soon forget.

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne read by Derek Perkins

Truthfully I like this story, but I absolutely adore the narrator, Derek Perkins. Derek's voicing talent makes this a truly enjoyable read. I must confess,  I have never listened to a romance novel. This one was definitely worth listening too.
The story begins in an orphanage where a precocious 8-year-old girl,  Farah Leigh finds an injured 11-year-old boy named, Dougan of the clan Mackenzie and tends his wound. Farah names the boy her friend. She is his first friend ever and they become inseparable. In the way of children they vow to love each other forever and Doughan at the age of 13 handfasts with his Fairy. Unfortunately misfortune befalls them and they are separated. 17 years later Farah Leigh Mackenzie is a widow. Farah meets Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben. Dorian is wealthy villain and will fight to the death to get what he wants and to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged him. What he wants now is Farah Leigh Mackenzie. Farah has never met Dorian before and cannot understand why he is interested in her or her secrets. 

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