Official Review: Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon

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Official Review: Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon

Post by ZenaLei7 » 15 Aug 2017, 17:58

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Strong Heart" by Charlie Sheldon.]
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Strong Heart is a fascinating novel filled with adventure, mysteries, and drama. Set in the Pacific Northwest, the story is written by Charlie Sheldon and narrated by Laurel Ann White.

Tom and his Native American friends, William and Myra, are packing up for a backpacking adventure through Olympic National Park when an unannounced visitor shows up at the front door. This visitor turns out to be Tom’s unknown granddaughter, Sarah. As Tom reluctantly agrees to take Sarah hiking with him, he has no idea of the struggles that he and his companions will face. When Sarah disappears, Tom is determined to find her. Eight days later, she reappears and tells of an impossible story of what happened when she disappeared. As the other three try to make sense of Sarah’s story, they face even more challenges after they go back home.

This is the first time that I listened to an audiobook, and I was surprised to find myself enjoying it. The narration was well done, but at times it was a bit flat, and it felt a little monotone. I liked the variation of the voices between each character because they were all distinctive. However, I think I still prefer reading books rather than listening to them.

Throughout the book, the descriptions of the scenes including Olympic National Park were vivid, and it was easy to visualize the scenes. The mix between science and legend added a unique twist to the story. Even though the author didn’t provide much background information on the characters, it wasn’t necessary as it wasn’t difficult to keep up with the story.

Most of story is told from William’s point of view, but some of the story was told from Sarah’s point of view. When Sarah recounted her story behind her disappearance, I was a little confused at first and wondered if I had accidentally skipped a part in the story. Her story seemed so bizarre that I had to go back to the beginning of her story to make sure I didn’t miss anything. To me, it seemed like she was gone for months when in reality she was only gone for eight days. It was until later on in the book that I realized the meaning behind her story.

The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was the ending. It seemed abrupt and left a few questions unanswered. However, I think that was a minor detail, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to those who like to read adventure stories mixed with Native American legends and archaeology.

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Post by kandscreeley » 17 Aug 2017, 08:30

I enjoy listening to audio books on long trips. This sounds like one that I might have to put on my list. Thanks for a lovely review!
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Post by ZenaLei7 » 17 Aug 2017, 08:37

kandscreeley wrote:I enjoy listening to audio books on long trips. This sounds like one that I might have to put on my list. Thanks for a lovely review!
Thanks!
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Post by Ndayisabayamado3 » 17 Aug 2017, 10:21

I really liked this adventure story it's highly amazing to read.

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Post by Amagine » 17 Aug 2017, 10:24

I also like audio books and this one sounds like an interesting book.

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Post by ZenaLei7 » 17 Aug 2017, 10:36

Ndayisabayamado3 wrote:I really liked this adventure story it's highly amazing to read.
Thanks for reading!

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Amagine wrote:I also like audio books and this one sounds like an interesting book.

Great Review! ?
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Post by Odogola Benjamin » 17 Aug 2017, 23:27

Wow, beautiful mind, beautiful books but yours is such abrilliant one.

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Odogola Benjamin wrote:Wow, beautiful mind, beautiful books but yours is such abrilliant one.
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Post by The Researcher » 17 Aug 2017, 23:30

Nice review! It looks like you enjoyed the adventure in this book. Thanks for sharing your views.
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Post by ZenaLei7 » 17 Aug 2017, 23:36

The Researcher wrote:Nice review! It looks like you enjoyed the adventure in this book. Thanks for sharing your views.
I did enjoy it! Thanks for reading.
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ZenaLei7 wrote:
The Researcher wrote:Nice review! It looks like you enjoyed the adventure in this book. Thanks for sharing your views.
I did enjoy it! Thanks for reading.
You are welcome. I enjoyed reading your review.
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Post by Haifa_books » 18 Aug 2017, 12:47

i like your review ,i read all the important things that i need when i wanna
read a review ,and yes i'm one of those who like adventures books thank you dear :)

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Haifa_books wrote:i like your review ,i read all the important things that i need when i wanna
read a review ,and yes i'm one of those who like adventures books thank you dear :)
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Post by IsabelMay » 18 Aug 2017, 14:26

Native American legends are an interesting feature. I'm glad I'm not the only one who notices that narration in audiobooks can sometimes be flat and kind of ruin the story itself but hopefully it isn't a big problem here.

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Post by ZenaLei7 » 18 Aug 2017, 14:38

IsabelMay wrote:Native American legends are an interesting feature. I'm glad I'm not the only one who notices that narration in audiobooks can sometimes be flat and kind of ruin the story itself but hopefully it isn't a big problem here.
It wasn't a big problem here. Thanks for reading!
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