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'A Question of Boundaries' is an almost unusual book. As hoped the narration does not begin with a laborious backstory of the alternate timeline that this book centres around. Instead of treating the reader as a student, learning the world of the book, we are brought along for the ride and find ourselves caught up in the search for Caroline's father, presenting itself as if a murder mystery before morphing into its final form. Several times while listning I found myself trying to puzzle out, what is this book? I would advise listners to simply strap in for the ride. Please note that this review was facilitated via a free review code meaning I did not pay for this book, instead agreeing to provide a (hopefully) unbiased voluntary review once I was finished listning. Had I paid for it, I highly doubt I would seek to return it.
It is worth stating that the narration is rarther sing-song. It took me until the conclusion of the first chapeter to ajust to the fast paced flowery tone and I prepared myself a negative impression. As I listened further however the tone and slight inflection used to differentiate dialogue from the rest of the book as well as the books theme of a rarther prim an proper way of concluding affairs in this re-imagining of a post-independance America brought me to appricate the narration. When in rome after all, the fast paced no-nonsese narration mirrored characteristcs I must assume Mrs. Featherstone would expect with all the chaos she tolerates throughout the book. Additionally the sing-song and fake or forced sounding narration, in my mind at least, highlighted just how old-fashoned and over the top this world is. Steamcarrage may well be my newst word.
While the fast pace did take an ajustment I rarely found the need to rewind portions or listen again. Background noise is mercifully absent and near the end the occasional microphone jostling could be heard which does deserve a mention. As always one should listen to the samples provided as I can imagine the frills and pace would discourage some listners. It you want to truely listen to the world that is crafted I have little trouble advising you led this your ear. Perhaps don't listen too loudly however, it will not help you catch any more details from the story and may give you a headache.
Oh My Goodness!! There is so much going on in this book that I doubt it can accurately categorised. Is it romantic? Yes. Is there an element of suspense? Yes. Is it a historical story? Yes. Are there paranormal aspects and characters? Yes. All yes but also a little bit... no, not quite!
Have I confused you? I kind of hope so, in a good way, because that makes it all the more interesting. For instance, the story is set in the USA in the late 1800s. The country has been completely isolated from the rest of the world for several decades to avoid the spreading of the plague. There is a monarch and the upper and lower parliaments, not unlike the traditional House of Lords, with its inherited seats, and the House of Commons. It is also set in the age of industrial development with the invention of various technology as well. Plus, there are shifters, mediums, telepaths and so on. There are also little moments of time-shifts but I don't want to get into further detail, because that would be a spoiler. Suffice it to say that with each added element the plot thickens, twists and gets more interesting.
What a fantastic imagination author, Sandy Bruney, has!! I wouldn't mind listening to more of her books.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
This was a unique and interesting romance with paranormal elements (time travel.) I listened to this with my 14 year old and we enjoyed it. Narration was good and story kept us listening from start to finish. Looking forward to book 2.
** A copy of this audio book was provided in exchange for an honest review**
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I got this ARC via audiobook boom. I am not a fan of time travel books but this one is a good one. It is filled with shapeshifters, magic gates, greed, and corruption. The narrator was good and she brought out the emotions that each character exhibited. The story was well developed and kept me listening to the entire time. I completed it in two sittings and was well pleased with the entire story. There was not a real cliffhanger but you know that there should be more books.
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