Title: A Thousand Piece of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Audiobook Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Number of pages: 368 (9 hrs. 16 min. Audio)
Time it took me to read: 6 Days
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.
I have to admit that this book started off slow for me. It was hard to delve into the world for some reason at the beginning. Like other reviewer’s I questioned if this was something I wanted to stick with but I sure am glad that I did. Before I knew it, I was along for the ride and what a ride it was.
Think historical fiction in alternate realities. Claudia Gray takes the what if questions of history and creates her own world with them. What if the USSR was still in existence today? What if global warming happened a lot sooner? I thought Claudia’s own take to these questions very clever and was one of the main factors that had me so enthralled.
So there is your basic love triangle, well sort or. It’s more the predating run around where the girl hasn’t decided who she wants to be with. But there is none of that overly dramatic characters spurting out declarations of “I can’t live without you” type dialogue. It’s under the surface at first and lets you get into the story before… well, read it to find out.
The ending was so unexpecting for me that I woke my daughter up with a few intelligible cries. I seriously didn’t see it coming and actually loved it. Some authors have problems with this type of plot device but not Claudia. Truly was one heck of a read and I 100% recommend it. Heck, it even made up for the beginning of the novel so 5 stars from me!
More about the book and Claudia here
As a reminder the three things I personally rate in a voice actors performance are:
(1) Transportation: how well the actors’s voice transports you into the story
(2) Distraction: things that the actor’s do/say that distract you from the story itself
(3) Different Voices: how well the actor can differentiate between different character voices.
A little about Tavia Gilbert: She has narrated hundreds of audiobooks and has earned several awards for her talented and beautiful voice. Another series I have listened to that she has narrated is the Eve Series by Anna Carey. I have to say that I love this audiobook narrator and will definitely be checking out other books just for her voice.
(1) Transportation – 5 Stars
Like I said in the book reivew I had a problem with the beginning of the book but I really think that is more the story itself. Tavia’s voice was clear and it was easy for me to just sit back, listen and become one with the story. The tone was just right and Tavia’s voice is soothing enough to transport me into the story. Which I love!
(2) Lack of Distractions – 5 Stars
It seems like I am on a winning streak when it comes to this category. Look, when you are listening to an audiobook you are sharing an intimate exchange with the narrator. If you are like me and listening through headphones while in line for that uberly expensive frappuccino, you are going to pick up on any tics the narrator may have. Like do they moisten their lips too close to the microphone or do they sip water while reading and you can hear the moisture in their mouth? These are things that distract from the story and can really kill it for me.
Like I said, I am on a winning streak and have not had any bad experience so far in the month. Tavia’s voice is flawless and keeps me in the story itself and that is one of the most important things for me.
(3) Different Voices – 5 Stars
This category is a little difficult for me to rate because I think anyone who does narration with different voices is already very talented. I can not even begin to understand how they do it. With that being said I have listened to many audiobooks in my time and really love when the narrator can clearly distinguish between different characters.
Tavia’s voices were clear and I can understand why she has been so successful in her voice acting career. Sometimes, the male voices are hard to distinguish between the different characters but that is not a problem with Tavia’s work. Between Paul, Theo and Marguerite’s father I could tell who was speaking and a can still do so without the necessary dialogue markers.
More about Tavia Gilbert here