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The Condemned

Echoes from the Past, Book 6
Narrated by: Wendy Wolfson
Series: Echoes from the Past, Book 6
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2015. Dr. Quinn Allenby thinks she’s seen it all, but when the remains of a young woman and her newborn are discovered in a cave in Cornwall, the only clue to her death is a smooth-edged hole in the top of the skull and the indisputable evidence that the victim was still alive, and possibly in labor, when the coffin was sealed. Torn between her professional commitments and her desperate need to find her missing twin, Quinn agrees to a daring plan, one that will lead to the Taliban-occupied mountains of Afghanistan and the snow-covered alps of Germany.

1620. After suffering years of abuse at the hands of her uncle, Mary takes the ultimate risk and sails for the New World, where the promise of a new life and an arranged marriage to a colonist await. Mary is determined to make her marriage a success, but her husband’s indifference drives her straight into the arms of the one man she thought she could never love.

©2019 Irina Shapiro (P)2019 Irina Shapiro

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  • Just My Opinion
  • 30-10-2019

Suspenseful!

This sixth book in the series is full of suspense as Quinn continues the search for her twin sister. Her boss and friend Rhys Morgan certainly shows his true colours in this book and my respect for him improves tenfold! Plus every woman should have a husband as patient and devoted as Gabe. Mary’s story is terribly tragic to say the least. As usual the book left me anxious to learn more about what happens in the next instalment. Of course Wendy Wolfson does a superb job with the narration. I received a free copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily provided an unbiased review.

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  • Sarah
  • 25-09-2019

Always an exciting new case for Quinn to solve!

Can't wait for Book 7 -- each book has two storylines unfolding simultaneously! As Quinn works to solve ancient mysteries using her supernatural gift, another present day plot and story is revealed. Love the characters! And love the variety of historic time periods -- all different! Keep the books coming Ms. Shapiro!

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  • Sara B
  • 08-02-2020

Beautiful

The series, Echoes from the Past is aptly named. Quinn is ready to solve another mystery with her supernatural gift. I love this series, it's beautifully-written, intense with dark elements. Irina Shapiro captivates the readers/listeners with her exceptional storytelling and remarkable characters. Wendy Wolfson's narration is flawless, thoroughly engaging the listeners.

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  • 匿名
  • 24-01-2020

Beautiful Tragedy

As with all of Ms. Shapiro's books in this series, readers know that Quinn is investigating death for the Echoes series. It's still always shocking to learn the details of the person's life whose remains are discovered. I'm glad that I'm not endowed with the gift of sight. I'd become too emotionally involved in the victim's story. I can't wait to see what's in store for Quinn's newly discovered family members.

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  • richard joesten
  • 11-11-2019

The Condemned

This is a fantastic series. Quinn an archeologist works with dicovering what happened to people in the past. In this read she goes looking for twin sister that she was seperated from after birth. This is a very riveting story with twists and turns. That captivated me from start to finish. The Narrator does a Fantastic at bringing the characters out. The Author does a fantastic job at bringing the read to fruition. I definitely recommend this listen. And the series. Shauna Joesten

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-2019

I think they are getting better

which is never tg case with series....each one us a bit better....love them all so far and cant waig for #7.

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  • Lisa M.
  • 30-10-2019

another great book

I love learning some history while enjoying these books. They are all sad unfortunately and the poor girl in this story is just another tragedy of science and medicine being very misinformed. But it is the way it was hundreds of years ago. I can't get enough of Irina Shapiros books. Atleast we get happy moments in the here and now. Now on to the next one.

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  • Guard Dog
  • 02-09-2019

Excellent story!

This is probably my new favorite in the series. Wendy narra tes it wonderfully. I couldn't wait to continue listening.

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  • Cathy Alexander
  • 24-08-2019

can't quit this series!

Seriously. this series needs to be made into a mini series or a BBC show. Yes it is that good! Cannot wait for the next installment. Br0avo!

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  • Kiss
  • 21-08-2019

Beautiful work

In 1620, England is trying to stabilize their new colony in Virginia and women are asked to go to the New World to marry men they've never met and start families. Mary is terrified to leave the only home she's ever known, but it's the only way to escape her abusive uncle. She bonds with her fellow wives during the voyage, but her intended is less than she hoped. A chance meeting in the forest with a stranger gives her hope her life could be something more. But in a time of unrest in Virginia, a step in the wrong direction could be deadly.
 In 2015, Quinn is called to a seaside cave, where a skeleton is found, evidence of a crude medical procedure and a birth evident. But she can't focus on the body when she receives news that her twin sister is missing. Through war-torn Afghanistan, Germany, and colonial Virginia, Quinn isn't just reconstructing the life of a long-dead woman, but her own reality as the puzzle pieces of her past fall into place.
 The historical work Shapiro puts into her writing is always fantastic. People have the idea of colonists who went to the New World as happy families who grew corn alongside the indigenous people and loved in cozy cabins. The truth is messier with colonial aggression, "main order brides," and a history that paints the settlers in a less than flattering light. Then there's this bit about the lost colony of Roanoke that had me going down a research wormhole, something I always enjoy.
 On the question of the Native Americans (Side note, I use this term as this is what my husband and his family describe themselves as. Others may dislike this term and we should take individual wishes into consideration.) described in this book, I always hold my breath when someone is introduced. Since going to college and marring my husband, I've learned more about tribal culture and the backstories of forced relocations and "re-education." So I'm always a bit annoyed with how some books "fetishize" the Native experience. But Shapiro didn't do that. The ones seen in the book were written as actual people with real struggles. The added conversations surrounding the differing religions and social hierarchies was also true to form, and I really appreciate the added depth.
 Overall, I thought this book was amazing. Between the narrative talent of Wendy Wolfson, the sweeping storyline, and the twist near the end that left me reeling, this installment was another hit.


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  • Rudi
  • 23-04-2020

Another Echo from the past

Book 6 in this series about Dr Quinn Allenby and her amazing gift to see into the past. Quinn has just given birth to her son Alex when she is called to a cave in Cornwall where they have found a coffin with the remains of a young woman and her baby. If you have read the previous books in this series, you know that the victims in her stories have endured a lot of hardships and not enough love in their lives. This story will grip you by the throat and wants you to pummel some sense in the way men treat women in that particularly era. As always the characters come so much alive and you feel all the emotions of despair, hope, love and loss. We come to learn Mary and what's to become of her as she boards a ship to the Colonies and her hopes to find a better life in becoming a wife to one of the many settlers and her disappointment and struggles with her faith in God. When she finally gives in it's too late and she will loose it all. We will never know if Mary was the light that kindled the hatred by the natives to start a war on the settlers a year later after her story ended, but I like to believe it's so and only right to know that revenge has taken place. Meanwhile in her own life Quinn finally comes to meet her twinsister Jo with the help of her boss and friend Reese. After an almost deadly search in Kabul, Reese finds her in a military hospital in Germany. Jeff, Quinn's father is delighted and crosses the Atlantic to finally meet his other daughter and together they travel back to London. On their way back Jeff drops a timebomb on Quinn but we will have to wait to see how that will ends. Wendy Wolfson does an excellent job with telling this story. It took me a while to get used to her voice but now I'm totally hooked. This whole series is amazing and every story grips you tight. A real recommender.

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 16-12-2019

Another awesome book!

I love my journey through history within these books, each one a beautiful, sad story (making me glad not to be alive then!) This one was doubly visual as i have recently watched JamesTown on TV. the past stories are always new but Quinns story carries on with each book which giving the continuity. I cannot praise this series enough and have been gorging on them one after the other, fantastic research and imagination by Irina Shapiro and excellent narration by Wendy Wolfson.

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  • Placid
  • 21-09-2019

Once more a world added to

This book continues an outstanding series. The mix of ancient information with the current day lives of the characters ins outstanding. This book also adds a twin sister who Quinn had recently discovered existed. This series continues to draw you in and will not let you go. Outstanding narration of the characters and expressed great range of voices and does emotion well. This book was provided free of charge with expectation of an honest review.

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  • Toni walker
  • 30-08-2019

Loved it

Every audiobook I say at the end what a book best one yet and again I will be saying it love all the characters you will never guess what really happens in the end can’t wait for the next one

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  • 匿名
  • 24-08-2019

Fantastic historical story set in Virginia

Another excellent listen. I am sad to be finished the 6th book in the series and can't wait till I get hold of the 7th book. A most read/listen... you won't regret it.

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 14-08-2019

Another solid addition to the series

1620: Having suffered years of abuse at the hands of her uncle, Mary takes a leap of faith and sets out for the New World where the promise of a new life and an arranged marriage to a colonist await. Despite Mary’s attempts to make her marriage a success, however, her husband’s indifference soon drives her into the arms of another man. 2015: When the skeletal remains of a woman and her newborn are discovered in a cave in Cornwall, the only clue to her death is a hole in her skull and indisputable evidence that she gave birth to her infant while she was sealed in her coffin. As Quinn tries to ascertain the identity of the woman, she receives news of a possible lead on her twin sister Jo, a lead that will compel her to travel to the Taliban-occupied mountains of Afghanistan. Will her dream of meeting her twin be realised and more importantly, will Jo be forthcoming? The Condemned is the 6th instalment of the compelling Echoes from the Past series. Once again, the author has beguiled us with the tragic story of the doomed Mary, who sails to Virginia in the hopes of a new life. We are given a glimpse of what life was like for the early English settlers as they tried to establish a colony. Fans of the tv show, Jamestown will relate in particular. As always, it was great catching up with Quinn as she juggles motherhood while searching for her twin and unraveling the mystery of her latest case. The way her character has evolved throughout the series has been a revelation. It’s hard not to be invested in characters we have come to know and love. This is another solid addition to what has been an exceptional series. The author has done an exceptional job of seamlessly weaving the past and the present. I received an advanced free audible copy of The Condemned and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Wendy Wolfson has once again masterfully brought the characters and story to life with her clear, concise narration. She is one of my favourite narrators for sure. I recommend this series for fans of historical fiction, dual time mysteries and psychic gifts.

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  • Ginger
  • 09-08-2019

Perfect combination of intrigue, suspense and Quinn

Macabre theme, captivating, brilliant, Irina never ceases to amaze me. Each of the stories she has written in this series keeps me fascinated, I can’t stop listening and when it’s finished, all my questions are answered, I’m begging for more. I especially love how she combines Quinn’s personal story with her job. Wendy Wolfsons narration brings these characters to life, you can feel the emotion, picture the scene, narrator, author perfect combination. Reviewed for the author for a fair and honest review.