Someone is keeping watch over the machine. Should it ever have been built?
The lure of the find behind the loose hearthstone at Hazleton House was too great. The schematic excited Evan, Reenie, and Ivy for different reasons, but it is Kayla who actually begins building it. Her ability to focus to the exclusion of all else is just one of the effects of her Asperger's.
The scribbled initials, E. W., were merely a curiosity, until it's discovered they belong to Eli Whitney. But strange footprints and disturbing visitors let Evan know that the theft of his sister's prize schematic isn't just a coincidence.
It becomes obvious that the generator has no apparent power source. And Eli Whitney was only the first to die because of the machine.
Soon, they realize their enemies are much bigger than they had imagined, and the threat the device poses could topple an empire. The secret now threatens those at Hazleton House.
Who is trying to stop them?
What made the experience of listening to The Shadow Constant the most enjoyable?
Unique characters doing their best to adapt to a difficult medical condition.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Of course Kayla
Have you listened to any of John Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No but he is a good narrator that makes us feel closer to the characters.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes I was touched to get close and personal with people who have this disease.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review..
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the book was very good and very interesting and the scientific parts and the history boards are extremely well written and well described I loved the book very much and enjoyed it I think I will give this book to my sister she needs to listen to this book I loved it so very much
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
You don't find out what the 'shadow constant' is until the very end. Up until that point though, this listen delved into history, science, technology, corporate espionage, kidnapping, and romance with an overtone of Aspergers thrown in for good measure.
The story was incredibly intriguing with a host of bad guys. The good guys win, of course, but the getting there was special.
The narration was pretty special too. As stated, this book tackled quite a bit of subtext but the narrator kept it all afloat. I really loved how he handled the Aspergers character. He gave her warmth and depth and did not just rely on inflection.
There was lots to like here.
Where does The Shadow Constant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Average to slightly above. The storyline is one I'd typically enjoy, but the author gets sidetracked by politics a bit too often and this ends up detracting from the story. Additionally, three of the four main characters are female, yet the narrator is male. This felt odd and was a bit distracting, although the narrator did a fine job with the book.
Would you recommend The Shadow Constant to your friends? Why or why not?
If asked directly, sure. But there are other books I'd recommend first if I've got someone looking for a good mystery or thriller.
What about John Thompson’s performance did you like?
Thompson did a good job handling the narration of four characters, especially the three females. His narration was well-paced, and he did a great job of using vocal inflections to convey emotion without going overboard.
I did enjoy this book but thought a little drawn out. It has mystery, action, sci-fi, and relationships. The main characters are Kayla (has Asperger's) her brother Evan his fiancé Reenie and Ivy. Kayla and Evan invested into Reenie’s inherited planation to turn it into a museum when everything seems to go wrong. Recommend if you enjoy a thriller with historical touch. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you