Friday, January 18, 2019

SPOTLIGHT: HORIZON BY TABITHA LORD | AUDIO BOOK REVIEW

Author: Tabitha Lord

Narrator: DW Draffin

Length: 8 hours 15 minutes

Series: Horizon, Book 1

Publisher: Wave Equation Media

Released: Oct. 25, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

 
Caeli Crys isn't living - she's surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can't help but risk discovery to save his life. Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he's only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind. As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek's command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers - full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli's unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.
 

 
Tabitha’s HORIZON series has won seven independent book awards including the prestigious Writer’s Digest Grand Prize in 2016. She has short fiction published by World Weaver Press, Electric Athenaeum Magazine, Grimbold Books, and more. Tabitha is also a partner and senior writer for Book Club Babble, and a managing editor for the Inkitt Writer’s Blog. She lives in Rhode Island and is married with four independent-minded and creative kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable black lab. She holds a degree in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and taught Latin for years at a Waldorf school where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.
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Narrator Bio
 
DW Draffin is an actor and narrator in San Francisco. He has founded his own science fiction theater company, sold screenplays to New Line and FOX2000, and narrated the books of authors he idolizes.
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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Tabitha Lord. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. 

Horizon (Horizon, #1)Horizon by Tabitha Lord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had the pleasure of reading a copy of this book a few years ago. But this time around, it's the audiobook and it's a completely different experience. While, for me, the book starts a little slower, it does get right into the moment Caeli finds Derek. Immediately, I fell in love with their blooming friendship and the romance that comes later. The horrendous adventures this pair undertakes is so well described and everything plays out. The entire book comes to a very satisfying ending, leaving you with the feeling that it could end there, but has an opening for continuation. Luckily, I do own the second book in paperback and can continue because I want to.
The audio for this book was smooth and clear. DW Draffin had a great performance. He definitely gave Derek a voice. I do, kinda, wish there'd been a female narrator for Caeli's perspective, but DW still did amazing on his own. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to listen to this book.

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