Today I am pleased to present the AudioBook review of one of my “Favorite Reads of 2012“: To Russia With Love by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. And, for those of you who are fans of the full-length stories, the Bytes of Life shorts that serve as companion pieces and highlight the characters in a more personal way, providing insight into the clever pairings and their “off adventure” activities, the audio versions of these shorts are in production and will be released shortly!
To Russia With Love is the second book that I read in this series and the second Audio-Book production from this team of authors with the narration provided by Tim Gerard Reynolds. When I read these books last year – this was my favorite of the two: and the same holds true for the audiobook version. While Countermeasure served to introduce readers to the series, this installment helps to clearly display and define their dependence and reliance on one another, while they battle against the odds to solve another piece of the mystery.
Tim Gerard Reynolds has a lovely style and voice for narration: his un-characterized accent is just touched with a dash of lilting Irish softness that maintains clear enunciation and ease for all listeners. When character voices and accents are called for, the soft lilt becomes a strong brogue, and even manages to bring in a solid Putin-esque Russian guttural clip to the characters from Russia. Particularly genius is his ability to insert a soft pause between the voices of different characters without causing undue hesitation in the rapid-fire dialogue. This pairing of Reynolds with the work of Almeida and Aubrey is a well-polished production, with the narration serving only to highlight the work and not distract from the story.
Don’t despair listeners: there is a TON of action, adventure, danger and humor in this story, with a plot line that again could be ripped from the headlines. These authors have done their homework and manage to convey highly technical information with a sense of immediacy and context that never feels “teachy” or is hard to follow. Mixing those elements with the underlying love story of Cass and Trevor, with the moments of knee-shakingly erotic scenes will be sure to please, and serve to deepen the reader’s / listener’s appreciation for the love between the two.
This production is a winner on all fronts – and one that is sure to please fans of the series. Just be sure that you have read or heard Countermeasure first. You will appreciate To Russia With Love much more if you have.
Stars : Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Title: To Russia With Love
Author: Chris Almeida, Cecilia Aubrey
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Published on: 30 July 2012
Source: Audio Producer
Audio Length: 17 Hours: 51 minutes
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NSA tech expert Trevor Bauer is on the hunt for his missing parents who disappeared six years ago under suspicious circumstances. When a digital clue leads him and his new wife, Cassandra, a former CIA operative, to St. Petersburg, they must infiltrate the Russian mafia and outsmart a ruthless crime lord to get their hands on the critical information.
Their mission backfires, leaving Trevor a prisoner and forcing Cassandra to go on the run to protect him. Alone and in the middle of a gang showdown, Trevor must decide...will he do whatever it takes to escape the mafia and get to Cassandra before she flees the country? Or will he risk everything...including his life...to secure the clue he so desperately needs?
The suspense driven COUNTERMEASURE SERIES combines full-length novels and Bytes of Life short stories about sexy, technologically inclined men and women. The series is filled with heart-stopping danger and enough twists and turns to make a hair-raising rollercoaster seem tame. In the series, Trevor Bauer, a tough as nails NSA geek, and his even more tenacious love interest, Cassandra James, are on a quest for clues in the mysterious disappearance of Trevor's parents. Joined by fate, their search drops them into the mysterious and violent world of data espionage, one that tests their love as they sweep the world with romance, sex, and ingenuity to find answers that will have the power to change their lives forever.
A copy of this title was provided via Audio Producer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.