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review 2018-06-16 12:10
Horror-Ratten
Lost Souls - Audible Studios,Thomas Finn,Oliver Rohrbeck

Jessika Raapke ist Archäologin und mit ihrer Pflegetochter Leonie frisch nach Hameln gezogen. Hier wartet auch schon ein Arbeitseinsatz auf sie: sie soll einen mysteriösen Vorfall in der Kirche untersuchen. Ein Bauarbeiter wurde von einem Schwarm Ratten regelrecht zerfetzt und ein alter Sarg ist dabei beschädigt worden. In der Kirche findet Jessika einen archaischen Hinweis auf den sagenumwobenen Rattenfänger und weitere Unfälle mit den Nagern häufen sich ... 

Bei diesem Roman hat mich von Vornherein die Sage um den Rattenfänger gereizt. Ich finde es recht interessant, wenn (Horror-) Romane auf alten Märchen und Geschichten basieren und Autoren daraus ihre eigene Version spinnen.

Wie schon kurz geschildert, ist Jessika Raapke beruflich mit dem Unfall in der Kirche betraut. Sie soll die Artefakte bergen, damit alles seine Ordnung hat. Allerdings stößt sie auf seltsame Zeichen und Rätsel und eine Hetzjagd gegen eine Rattenschar beginnt.

Protagonistin des Romans ist eben Jessika, die mit ihrer Adoptivtochter Leonie nach Hameln gezogen ist. Jessikas Leben ist derzeit schwierig. Ihre beste Freundin ist gestorben und auf einen Schlag hat sie dadurch die Verantwortung für eine Teenagerin. Leonie ist nämlich gar nicht so pflegeleicht, weil es ihr eben schwer fällt, sich auf die neue Umgebung und Situation einzulassen. 

Dann kommt noch Kammerjäger Peter hinzu, der die bedenklichen Rattenvorkommnisse in der Stadt untersucht. Auf diese Weise macht er Bekanntschaft mit Jessika, weil der Nagetier-Unfall des Bauarbeiters von mehreren Stellen bearbeitet wird.

Die Figuren sind insgesamt gelungen, auch wenn es ihnen etwas an Tiefe fehlt. Sämtliche Charakterzüge entstehen aus der Situation heraus und sind ingesamt nicht bemerkenswert, was jedoch der Handlung keine Spannung nimmt. 

Die Ratten in Hameln verhalten sich merkwürdig. Sie rotten sich zusammen, sind äußerst aggressiv und selbst Kammerjäger Peter hat so etwas noch nie gesehen: Rattenkönige, durchgebissene Kabel, angenagte Menschen - in Hameln sind sie überall!

Hauptaugenmerk des Romans liegt auf der Rattenfänger-Sage, die von unterschiedlichen Seiten aus betrachtet wird. Thomas Finn bietet dazu unglaublich viel Wissen und Informationen, was sehr, sehr fesselnd zu lesen ist. Dabei geht er auf verschiedenste Versionen der Rattenfänger-Sage ein, spielt Interpretationen einzelner Aspekte durch und erklärt, wie die Gebrüder Grimm ihre berühmte Märchensammlung geschaffen haben.

Gerade dieser Teil hat mir ausgezeichnet gefallen. Es ist spannend zu erfahren, wann die Heiden wo gelebt haben, wie unsere Vorfahren mit dem relativ neu eingeführten Christentum umgegangen sind, und wie sich Adel- und Klostertum gegenüber heidnischer Bräuche verhalten haben.

Der Horror liegt in den Ratten selbst, weil Thomas Finns Nager schon grausame Biester sind. Man stelle sich vor, ein Rattenschwarm strömt auf einen zu und man weiß, dass es kein Entkommen gibt! 

Dementsprechend sind manche Szenen blutig und teilweise detailliert, was den Ekel- und Schauerfaktor insgesamt in die Höhe treibt.

Abschließend bleibt mir zu sagen, dass mich Thomas Finns „Lost Souls“ gut unterhalten hat. Eklige Spannung, sagenhafte Details inklusive, regt er das Kopfkino an, während von Artefakten aus alten Zeiten berichtet wird. 

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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text 2018-05-31 19:58
Got a response from Audible

So hey, rights issues really can result in titles no longer being playable even though you've purchased them, at least according to the Audible email I was just sent. Six Degrees of Assassination was affected by this, so I was sent a refund. I can't check whether the refund really did go through, but I'll add it to my To Do list to check after work.

 

Neverwhere, on the other hand, was apparently corrupted somehow. But here's the thing: their "fix" focused entirely on how to re-download the audiobook to the app on my phone. It didn't address the fact that I can't stream it on my computer via the website. I just checked, and that still isn't fixed. I've emailed them about this. I wonder, how much clearer can I be that this is an issue with streaming on their website, and has nothing to do with their app (which I almost never use)?

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text 2018-05-29 20:27
Audible question

Have you ever purchased a book on Audible only to discover sometime later that, even though it's sitting in your library, you for some reason don't have access to it? I'm having this issue right now with a work called Six Degrees of Assassination and will be emailing Audible about it. It's there in my library, but there's no option to start playing it:

 

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text 2018-05-21 12:15
Audiotour - Thirty Day Boyfriend

 

Thirty Day Boyfriend

by Whitney G.

Publication Date: November 2, 2017

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 

 

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Audible | iTunes

 

I should've never agreed to this arrangement...

 

Thirty days ago, my boss--Mr. Wolf of Wall Street, came to me with an offer I couldn't refuse: Sign my name on the dotted line and pretend to be his fiancée for one month. If I agreed, he would let me out of my employment contract with a "very generous" severance package. The rules were pretty simple: No intimate kissing, no actual sex. Just pretend to love each other for the press, even though I've secretly wanted to knock that sexy smirk off his face since the first day we met. I definitely didn't need to think twice about this. I signed my name and started counting down the seconds to when I would never have to deal with his special brand of ass-holery again.

 

I only made it to one minute...

 

We argued the entire four-hour flight to his hometown, failed to make a convincing impression with the welcoming press, and right when I was about to knock that arrogant look off his face in real life? He purposely dropped his bath towel in front of me, distracting me with his nine-inch cock to "show me who the bigger person was" in our relationship. Then he gave me his trademark smirk once again and asked if I wanted to consummate our marriage. Tragically, this is only day one. We still have 29 more days to go...

 

 

 

 

Thirty Day BoyfriendThirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emily has had all she take of her job and her boss. Then he proposed a whole new deal. With all that is at stake, can she really last thirty days?

Nicholas fights his attraction to his assistant every day. Following her second anniversary with his company, he asks Emily to do him a favor. If they can get along for one month, maybe that will be all it takes.

The voices provided by Erin Mallon & Zachary Webber were just really good to listen to. I think it was a great combination, and the inflections and tones added to the story. I really hope I get to hear them in another book. This story with these voices was just magic.

This was such a fun and sexy story. There was heat, terrific banter, and a trope that any serious romance reader can get behind. I laughed and enjoyed listening to this book right to the end.


***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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About Whitney G.:

 

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.

 

When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)

Don’t forget to sign up for Whitney’s monthly newsletter here: http://bit.ly/1p9fEYF

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-21 07:37
Sexy
Thirty Day Boyfriend - Phyllis A. Whitney

Emily has had all she take of her job and her boss.  Then he proposed a whole new deal.  With all that is at stake, can she really last thirty days?

 

Nicholas fights his attraction to his assistant every day.  Following her second anniversary with his company, he asks Emily to do him a favor.  If they can get along for one month, maybe that will be all it takes.

 

The voices provided by Erin Mallon & Zachary Webber were just really good to listen to.  I think it was a great combination, and the inflections and tones added to the story.  I really hope I get to hear them in another book.  This story with these voices was just magic.

 

This was such a fun and sexy story.  There was heat, terrific banter, and a trope that any serious romance reader can get behind.  I laughed and enjoyed listening to this book right to the end.  I give this audiobook a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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