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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Audio Review: Wail of the Banshees by Robert Poulin

Title: Wail of the Banshees
Author: Robert Poulin
Narrator: Bodine Boling
Format: Unabridged Audio
Length: 8hrs 54mins
Publication: November 21, 2013
Source: Author
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Audience: 18+

My name is Veronika Kane and dying, dying was just the beginning.

How was I supposed to know that getting smashed on my 21st birthday would lead me to becoming the 9th victim of a serial killer that's been stalking Philadelphia's streets for months? Now I'm a ghost and unlife is pretty scary. Reapers, wraiths, ghouls, gargoyles: all of the monsters that I thought were storybook characters are real! On top of it all, the powers that be in the ghost world want to enslave me and use me in their own diabolical plot to manipulate the people of the living world. Too bad I didn't turn out to be the kind of ghost they wanted me to be, and I'm not about to let them turn me into one of their puppets. These ghosts are responsible for my murder and the murders of eight other women. 

A rebellion is coming, and the ghosts that run this place are about to find out just how big a mistake they made when they had me killed. 

My name is Veronika Kane and being murdered isn't the end of my story. 

My Thoughts: This is the incredible story of Veronika Kane's journey to make the best of her second chance and to destroy the man who killed her. Veronika Kane's mortal life ends and her unlife begins, and she makes the most of it. From the beginning it was easy to tell that Veronika is something special. She is determined and observant, these two traits serve her well as the story progresses. Veronika finds trouble at every turn; by following her instincts she finds unlike allies and great powers. 

I was very impressed with this story. Immediately I was drawn into limbo with Veronika. I love characters like her. She is tough and relentless yet compassionate. I did not want to stop listening to the audio. I found myself carrying it around with me everywhere. 

This is an unabridged single-voiced audio. Bodine Boling does an excellent job at differentiating each character. She utilizes accents, tone, inflection, and tempo. Boling brought life to the characters. I felt as if Veronika was speaking directly to me. Pace is maintained throughout the productions and the plot flow without interruption. The original work lends well to audio format. 

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds amazing. Not only is about ghosts the main character, as described by you, is tough and relentless yet compassionate. You couldn't ask for a better female character. I am looking forward to reading this book! :)