Welcome to my blog tour stop for A Human Element, book one of the Element Trilogy, by Donna Galanti narrated by Chase Bradley. You can see the rest of the blog tour below!
Audiobook Title: A Human Element (Element Trilogy #1)
Author: Donna Galanti
Narrator: Chase Bradley
Publisher: Auspicious Apparatus Press⎮2017
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes
Audio Release Date: Jan. 10, 2017
Evil comes in many forms…
One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next.
Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together.
But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.
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A Human Element wrapped me around its finger from the first chapter. Immediately, I was so intrigued by the many layers of characters and their different perspectives. What I really loved about the book was that while you’re reading (or listening) there is a clear line that connects each of the characters, but even that clear line has its shadows. It isn’t immediately obvious how or when Laura and Ben will connect, but it’s obvious that there is a specific night where their timelines intersected and it’s only a matter of time until it does again, but it takes years. It’s the years in-between watching them grow that I found fascinating. For most of the book, my questions mounted on top of each other one by one as I raced through the story until finally like a waterfall they all tumbled down with answers.
Laura is delightful. She’s levelheaded, yet still able to maintain a cheerful demeanor even as her own life seems to be crumbling around her with tragedy after tragedy. Instantly, I felt a connection to her despite having a very different personality than her. She felt like a friend I could always count on, no matter what. Ben was much different for me. He made me want to reach through my speaker and strangle him with every bad decision he made, yet I was proudest of him in the end. Once they finally came together, even their whirlwind romance was something I could get behind and that’s saying an awful lot for me. I’m usually the biggest pessimist when it comes to how quickly people fall in love in books. Though there is a moment where they both mention this fact and that I definitely appreciated.
Chase Bradley’s representation of each character was flawless. I found myself forgetting who was narrating and getting lost in the inflections and intricacies that made each voice different from the rest. Laura’s voice was impression particularly, I couldn’t believe it was Bradley still speaking when I could clearly hear a woman’s voice in my ear.
What I really loved was the book’s capability to be very low key about the sci-fi nature of the book. While these characteristics are center to the plot they never mask the characters and their trials. I also loved how the book wrapped up. There were equal parts happy ending, equal parts sadness and topped off with a slight cliff hanger that made me excited for the sequel.
Rating: 4 stars
About the Author
Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books) and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs with other middle-grade authors at Project Middle-Grade Mayhem. She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on the writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools. Visit her at http://www.elementtrilogy.com and http://www.donnagalanti.com.
About the Narrator
Chase was born and raised in a quiet town in upstate New York. He concentrated on musical pursuits through most of his younger years, excelling in anything that had to do with using his voice. He attended college in Potsdam, NY, where he studied Wilderness Leadership, Sociology and Vocal training at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Chase’s dream since he was a kid was to be a voice over artist and professional musician, but after college, he decided to spread his wings and explore the world a bit first. He worked as a mountain guide in Alaska, leading Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, and Backpacking trips. He traveled all over North and South America for work and pleasure, climbing and skiing everything that stood in his way. After meeting a beautiful woman (in Alaska of all places!) and falling in love, he settled down in Lake Tahoe California, where he currently resides with his wife and two children. Chase has finally returned to his roots and works as a full-time voice over artist and plays weekly shows with his band. Things have come full circle, and the dream has been fulfilled. Chase does commercial voice-over work but has found that his true passion is narrating audiobooks. He has narrated 14 audiobooks to date, with more to come! Chase is constantly looking for ways to improve his narration and deliver the best possible performance for the authors and listeners.
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Mar. 16: 2 Girls And A Book (Spotlight)
Mar. 17: XOXO Book Blog (Giveaway, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 18: The Phantom Paragrapher (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 19: Dab of Darkness (Review)
Mar. 20: Blogger Nicole (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 21: Lilly’s Book World (Review)
Mar. 22: 4 the Luv of Sanity (Review, Playlist & Giveaway)
Mar. 23: The Bookworm Lodge (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 24: The Pursuit of Bookishness (Review & Giveaway)
Mar. 25: Lomeraniel (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 26: Kristina Stanley (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 27: Holed Up In A Book (Review & Giveaway)
Mar. 28: Hall Ways (Giveaway, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 29: Spunky n Sassy (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 30: SMADA’s Book Smack (Review, Giveaway, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 31: Ronelle Antoinette (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Apr. 1: Bound4Escape (Review)
Apr. 2: Book Lover’s Life (Spotlight & Giveaway)
Apr. 3: My World in Words and Pages (Review & Giveaway)
Apr. 4: A Page To Turn (Review & Author Interview)
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Donna Galanti and Auspicious Apparatus Press. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.