23 May 2017

Carrie Turansky's "Shine Like the Dawn" -- Audiobook Review by Carrie Fancett Pagels


Shine Like the Dawn
by Carrie Turansky
(narration Anne Flosnik)
Tantor Audio (2017)

To be Savored!!!

I listened to Carrie Turansky's newest novel via a download from Audible.com. I really enjoy her books! 

One of the things about this book is that is is very well suited for audiobook because there is a fair amount of repetition to clarify things. That makes it easier to stop and start your listening. I usually listen while cleaning or if I am not feeling well. This is a sweet romance with lovable characters set in England. I loved spending time with Maggie and her family! I am hoping little sister, Violet, gets her own story later!

As far as narration, what a thrill! Anne Flosnik is one of my favorite narrators so having her narrate this book was a super treat. This also contributed to me wanting to savor the reading listening experience rather than rushing through it. Since it could be six to twelve months before Carrie's next novel I didn't want to binge listen. 

Extras: There are secondary romances in this book to enjoy. I will say that was a little bit distracting while listening. I think if read with the eyes that would all be a super bonus to the book. I will likely re-listen to this book sometime so I can catch all the lovely layers better. If you are a dedicated one-time read type of person you might want to opt for the ebook or paperback versions. 

Genre: This story overlaps a bunch of subgenres, which is fun. It is primarily a Christian historical romance but with mystery/suspense. There are mystery components as this is a murder mystery and some interesting "red herrings" that will have you wondering. 

Bibliotherapy: This is a great book for people to listen to while going through court cases or when involved in situations that resulted in death or injury. The unfairness in situations, the dealing with people lying, the stress of court -- all those things are portrayed very accurately in Ms. Turansky's book. This story is a contender for Bibliotherapy Book of the Year on OWG Blog. 

Giveaway: Audible.com download of Shine Like the Dawn. Answer this question -- Have you ever had to deal with a grievous injustice? How did God get you through it?

22 comments:

  1. Hi Carrie, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about the audio version of Shine Like the Dawn. I was so pleased with the narrator and loved the way she brought the characters to life!

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    1. Thanks for writing this lovely novel for us to enjoy, Carrie! And what a blessing that you got such a great narrator, too! Lovely listen!

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  2. Sounds like a great narration!

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    1. Great story to be narrated by a fantastic narrator!

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  4. This sounds like a great book! I had some people really hurt me and do some unfair things to me. God helped me choose to forgive them even though they were never sorry. Thanks for the giveaway! Meganleigh844@gmail.com

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    1. This is a great listen Megan! Sorry that happened to you. We live on earth and bad stuff happens here s lot. Hugs!

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  5. So true! Thankful that we can be overcomers in Christ! Thanks for the hug : )

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    1. Congrats on winning the audiobook, Megan Scott! I know you'll love Carrie Turansky's new novel on audiobook!

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    2. Yay! I am super excited to win this book!!! I've heard so many good reviews. Thank you so much for the giveaway!!!

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  6. I have this audio book in my to be listened to list. Thanks for your review. I will savor instead of binge.

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    1. You'll be glad Carrie Turansky's audiobook in is your queue, Andrea!

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  7. I don't know as if I ever have...

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Hi Charis! One of my grad school friends has a wife named Charis! Thanks for popping by!

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  8. Yes I had a person to hurt me so bad it felt like my heart was torn to pieces! Second by second, minute by minute God helped me. I could hardly live, I couldn't eat or sleep. I was in such a terrible shape but I still had to go in to work and it was almost impossible. But prayer and God's Word got me through. Thank you Jesus!
    I would love to win this audiobook!
    grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. BRENDA, I thank God He brought you through that horrible pain! PTL! Will enter you!!!

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  9. Great review Carrie! I didn't listen to an audio version but it sounds like it would be lovely to listen to.
    I loved Shine Like the Dawn!
    Blessings, Tina

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  10. Well no, not really. I've had a few speeding tickets, but I guess I deserved them. Unfortunately. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Hi DANA, I understand what you mean about deserving some speeding tickets lol! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. A wonderful review, Carrie! I enjoy listening to audiobooks while I'm preparing meals or gardening and I certainly loved reading Carrie Turansky's Edwardian Bride series. I look forward to Shine Like The Dawn as well!

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    1. Thanks, Kate Breslin! I'm planning on listening to one of your novels on audiobook soon!

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