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Friday, March 2, 2018

Audiobookworm Presents: Dante's Gift by Aubrey Wynne; #Audiobook #ReviewTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #Review

Author: Aubrey Wynne
Narrator: Tom Jordan
Length: 3 hours 5 minutes
Publisher: Plato Publishing
Released: Nov. 27, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating:  5 Stars

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Aubrey Wynne. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Kathleen James has put her practical side away for once and looks forward to the perfect romantic evening: an intimate dinner with the man of her dreams and an engagement ring. She is not prepared to hear that he wants to bring his grandmother back from Italy to live with him.

Dominic Lawrence has planned this marriage proposal for six months. Nothing can go wrong-until his Nonna calls. Now he must interrupt the tenderest night of Katie's life with the news that another woman will be under their roof.

When Antonia's sister dies, she finds herself longing to be back in the States. An Italian wartime bride from the 1940s, she knows how precious love can be. Can her own story of an American soldier and a very special collie once again bring two hearts together at Christmas?

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trailriding and all things Christmas.
Her short stories, Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete's Mighty Purty Privies have won Readers Choice Awards and Dante's Gift received the 2016 Golden Quill, Heart of Excellence, and Aspen Gold award, as well as being a Maggie finalist.
Aubrey’s medieval fantasy series launches in 2017 with Rolf's Quest. Besides the Chicago Christmas novellas, Aubrey will also release "A Vintage Romance" series inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. The stories will be set in the 40s & 50s.


Narrator Bio

Some babies were born with a silver spoon in their hand. Tom was born holding a microphone. Well… almost. From the age of 10, Tom was carrying his trusty cassette recorder and microphone with him everywhere - conducting interviews, doing impromptu skits with friends and family - he even took it to school and narrated plays that he wrote with friends. WIthout any idea where this would lead, other than the obvious radio DJ jobs, Tom stumbled upon voice acting in 1994 through a friend who worked at a local, Los Angeles radio station. She helped him get a few gigs and opened a whole new world - beyond his portable recorder. Family and a “real job” took over for almost two decades, however, as Tom had to temporarily put this part of his life on hold. When podcasting started in 1995, Tom jumped on the chance to build a modest home recording studio and create his own shows without having to take time away from his family or job. One of these podcasts, The Unreal OC, he did with his wife, Elizabeth, and there are still dozens of hilarious episodes you can check out online at
Tom didn’t start recording audiobooks until early 2017, so he’s a relative newcomer to this field; but, as you’ve read, he’s no stranger to narration, in general. Tom loves audiobook narration - and has produced all 22 of his books “in the margins” surrounding a busy life with a full time job as a marketing copywriter, three kids living at home, and his wonderful, supportive wife who, among other crucial things, “helps keep the chaos controlled,” according to Tom. Tom’s audiobooks are all on and you can listen to some samples of his narrations as well as his commercial demo on his website,


Would you consider the audio edition of Dante's Gift to be better than the print version? 

I have not read the book but I can say that this was a very pleasant experience. It leave me on the fence about whether I would purchase the book or not. I enjoyed having Mr. Jordan read the story to me. It also frees me up to do other things and still get my book fix. I could picture listening to this story as I go about getting the house ready for the holidays. Or even as I put all the holiday stuff away.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dante's Gift?

I think the most memorable moments came when Dominic's grandmother comes back to the states and tells Kathleen a story about true love. In this book you get two romance stories for the price of one.

Which character – as performed by Tom Jordan – was your favorite?

It might surprise you but it was Antonia. He doesn't try to sound female but he doesn't have to in order to enjoy listening to him tell this tale. Antonia had a way of having me think of my own grandparents and that just brought an automatic smile to my face.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wouldn't say that I had an extreme reaction but I did really enjoy listening to Antonia's story. Just like Kathleen, I came to look forward to where the story was going.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Jordan has the perfect voice to bring this story to life. He changes his tone just enough that you can tell when a female is speaking. Ms. Wynne has written a perfect Christmas romance. Mixing the past with a current romance was something I looked forward to. The story shows that the women of the past can have something in common with today's women. I hated having to stop but when your boss comes in to the office, you can't really keep listening - even though I wanted to. There was never any perfect spot to stop which made it just that much harder.

It may seem like a Christmas story but you could listen/read this book at any time of year. It's a story that seems to end too quickly. But the good news is that you can go back and listen to it at any time. Mr. Jordan has the type of voice that you just have to listen to what he's saying. This means you're left with no choice but to concentrate on what he's saying. You also know if a narrator has done their job when you can visualize every scene that passes by. This story made me a fan to both the author and the narrator.

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  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen and review Dante's Gift. Can't wait to see this up on Audible!

  2. Thank you for stopping by. If you look for my review on Audible, my profile name there is ElyLibrarySec.


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