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The Unseen

Echoes from the Past, Book 5
Narrated by: Wendy Wolfson
Series: Echoes from the Past, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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2014. When skeletal remains are discovered in a bathtub concealed in a secret chamber in a London mansion, Quinn’s only clue is a Fabergé necklace that may have belonged to the victim. As she delves into the life of Valentina, a young Russian refugee who came to live in the house after the Russian Revolution, she’s reminded once again that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. 

1917. Wealthy, beautiful, and titled, Valentina has enjoyed a gilded existence, but the winds of change blow across Russia, forever sweeping away the life she knew and bringing unspeakable pain and loss. Thrust into the role of head of the family, Valentina quickly learns that not everyone can be trusted, and sometimes true love can be found in the most unexpected places.

©2018 Irina Shapiro (P)2019 Irina Shapiro

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  • 🎧 Jhommie Kem-ing
  • 04-05-2019

The Unseen by Irina Shapiro

Emotional and full of bitter sweet memories. The history was superb and the amazing ability of Quinn is wonderful. To where Irina gets her story from I'm not sure but what I'm sure of is this is definitely one of a kind and really remarkable. The narration by Wendy Wolfson was also great. Her male character narration was really good. I love the total package of everything in this novel!

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  • Just My Opinion
  • 29-10-2019

Different Twist!

This book took a different twist than the previous books, which was a nice change. The person murdered actually deserved it as he was a vile and despicable human being. There was however still a lot of sadness and emotional moments through it as it involved the Russian Revolution and other delicate circumstances that main character,Valentina, had to endure. We also learned more about Quinn and Gabe’s lives and family. This series continues to be highly entertaining and enjoyable to follow and of course Wendy Wolfson helps make it that much more enjoyable with her amazing narration. I received a free copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily provided an unbiased review.

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  • Kiss
  • 18-04-2019

Another Hit!

In 2014 Quinn is settling into a routine, trying to juggle her work as an archeologist, being a mother two two children, one of whom is a newborn, being a wife, having a social life, and still using the past to investigate murders from long ago. When she's brought to a London flat, she finds it frozen in the Edwardian ages, but that's not the strangest part. There's a skeleton in a clawfoot tub, hidden behind a secret door. Now Quinn is left to use her special talents to find out who the person was, how they died, and who killed them.
 In 1917 aristocratic young lady Valentina narrowly escaped Russia with her life, as being well-born was a death sentence in the Revolution. She makes it to London with her mother and younger siblings without the wealth and prestige she once enjoyed. When a relative named Dmitry offers his help, Valentina's family accepts without considering the secret cost. Who was once to be their savior soon becomes Valentina's worst nightmare as the family fights for survival in a new land.
 Armed with a Fabergè egg necklace, Quinn dives into the past to solve the mystery of the body left to rot in a London flat for a hundred years. But that's not the one on her mind. The whereabouts of her long lost twin still haunt her and she's left to wonder who she will find first, the killer or her sister. 
I really identified with Quinn in this book as she tried to find a balance in life with a new baby. It's nice to see a normal character who doesn't immediately fall into the role of picture perfect mom who has it all without a care. She puts in the work, as all parents do, and it was lovely to see her overcome different challenges. Although most challenges she's faced so far like a plot to murder her, the reveal of her birth family, and the fact she can see through time are some many people will ever go through. Valentina's story was an interesting one. When we think about the Russian Revolution, we usually think about the lost princess Anastasia and the rest of the Romanov family or the wild death of Rasputin. We don't see much about the aristocrats that managed to hop trains, flee their homes on horseback, or buy their way to a different land, dressed as a peasant. Her struggle to grieve the loss of her former life and her father and fiancé while trying to keep her remaining family afloat was something I can assume many faced when in a supposed safe place. From page one, I worried what would happen to poor Valentina. 
 Shapiro did a fantastic job weaving in Russian history and facts into a thrilling drama of betrayal and loss. I suppose that shouldn't be surprising since Shapiro herself was born in Moscow. Still, many authors forgo historical facts to focus more on just the story. She does neither, perfectly pairing the past and present to create a book that doesn't sacrifice a thing.
 I don't think there will ever be enough praise for this series, which is perfect for lovers of women's fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, time travel, romance, or just plain good books.

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  • Cricket
  • 04-07-2020

Love, Love...

I absolutely love this series. So far this has been one of my favorites! I am on to the next book in the series.

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  • HEIDI GRIFFITH
  • 31-05-2020

💜 covid19 binge series

Love the characters, and the historical factors in all the books of this series. Now, on to the next...

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-05-2020

Another Geeat Listen!

I love this series! Great writing and a great narration! Can't wait till the next one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-2020

My Favorite in the Echoes Series

This was my FAVORITE book in the Echoes from the Past Series. I loved the main character's attitude, determination , intelligence, and forward thinking mindset. She was a woman well ahead of history. I appreciate the sacrifices that Tina Swift made in order to preserve her family and secrets. I admire people who can take secrets to the grave.

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  • richard joesten
  • 05-11-2019

The Unseen

This series just gets better with each book in the series. I love how Quinn is able to get past obsticles in her own life as well. As do what she does for her work. The Narrator does an astounding job at the voices and personalities. The Author does a fantastic job at bringing to worlds into this read. I am loving this series. I would love to see it on netflix. This is a fantastic audiobook. A definite must listen. Shauna Joesten

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  • Lisa M.
  • 27-09-2019

Yes!

I'll do my best not to give spoilers. Book 5 is by far my favorite. To gave a skeleton be someone that deserved to die was a great and welcomed twist to the Echoes of the Past series. This book is set in a very different time and place. Some in Russia and of course England. Plus being set in the 1900's it's nice to get some input from family members still alive for Quinn to talk to. I highly recommend this book and series. I very much enjoy all the work that is obvious in getting history right and being able to blend seamlessly with the present. Irina does a great job of quickly luring you in and giving us a history lesson. The narrator is obviously professional and skilled in helping give each character their own voice. No mispronounced words or weird pauses that some new narrator's for whatever reason keep in their released recordings. Great Job Irina and Wendy on a book very well done.

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  • sherry Christenson
  • 15-09-2019

There are not enough stars for this book!

The Unseen is brilliant. Probably my favorite since the Lovers. I love everyone of the books in this series but this one is just extra special. It’s difficult to say why without spoilers so I will just say o wish I could give it 10 Stars! Wendy Wolfson is just perfect as she is in every book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-2019

Brilliant

Yet another book in this brilliant series. Irina has a wonderful way of capturing peoples lives and portraying them in a very realistic way.

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  • Marie Palmer
  • 29-11-2019

An amazing series continues!

This instalment takes us back to the Russian Revolution ... Irina Shapiro certainly sets a good understanding of the country and times! Whilst in contrast Quinns present day story continues with intrigue and fascinating twists and turns. I can not recommend this series enough! 🎧AudiobookObsession 🎧AudiobookHeaven

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-2019

Another wonderful Book

Each book gets better than the last. High praise for the author. I highly recommend... you won't regret it 😍😍

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  • Placid
  • 28-07-2019

Attention getting

This book continues the series but with a twist. It introduces a past in Russia. In the effort to unravel the mystery of a skeleton discovered in a tub Quinn discovers a long and sordid history of the family that involves the family of the owner of a home where a reckless has been passed down. The story is very well done and keeps the listener in suspense throughout. The narration is very good. This entire series has been exceptional and very entertaining. This book was provided free of charge and this review was freely given

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 16-07-2019

Compelling fifth instalment

1917: On the eve of the Russian Revolution, newly engaged, seventeen year old Valentina Kalinina has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. Having come from a privileged and sheltered background, she is unprepared when revolution breaks out, bringing unspeakable pain and loss. Her country now in turmoil, Valentina and her family seek refuge in England, in the hopes of a new life. Thrust into the role of head of the family, Valentina must contend with lies and deceit, betrayal, sacrifice that will end ultimately murder. 2014: When skeletal remains are discovered in a bathtub, concealed in a hidden chamber of a London mansion, Quinn’s only clue is is Fabergé necklace that may have belonged to the victim. As she tries to piece together Valentina’s life, Quinn must juggle her job, motherhood, her search for her twin sister as well as her relationship with her estranged mother. The Unseen is the fifth compelling instalment of the Echoes of the Past series and is a dual time novel set in 1917 and 2014. This time the author transports us back to the eve of the Russian Revolution. We’re given a brief insight into the chaos and violence following the storming of the Winter Palace by the Bolsheviks who ousted the provisional government and proclaimed Russia to be the first communist state. Due to their wealth and prestige, which had now become a death sentence, Valentina is forced to flee to England where they must rely on the hospitality of a friend of their mothers, Dimitri Ostrov. And so begins the defining chapter in Valentina’s life that will see her try to put her grief aside for the life she has left behind, in place of the hardship she experiences as she tries to adapt to her new life a foreign land. Some of the things that Valentina had to endure was extremely hard to read and yet despite it all I couldn’t help but admire her quiet strength and self sacrifice. It was great catching up with Quinn as she juggled motherhood as well as her job. It was good to see Gabe being so supportive as a husband and father. We finally learn the truth about Sylvia and the night Quinn was conceived as well as answers on the whereabouts of her twin sister, Jo. This has been another well executed thoroughly entertaining novel, magnificently threaded and building to a climax that is neat and satisfying. I received an advanced free audible copy of The Unseen and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Wendy Wolfson has once again masterfully brought the characters and story to life with her clear, concise narration. I recommend this series for fans of historical fiction, dual time mysteries and psychic gifts.

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  • Toni walker
  • 12-07-2019

Amazing

awesome wonderful it was written awesome the characters I loved every minute of it. The story was page turning couldn’t put it down until the end can’t wait till book 6 so if you are looking for a mystery with some romance this is the book for you

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  • Gyrithe
  • 15-05-2019

to go back in time

Irina is so well prepaired and correct in her historic books. that it is a joy to listen. it takes me back in time. you feel the dilemma and the heartache in her books, when She spinns the tale of a time in history, it is like you are there. it is you Running from a russia in caos and revolution. it is you fighting for your family. And the narration is so well performed that it gives you that extra something to feel what happens. I love the mix in this series, where we follow our psykic in present day and a new history in a every book. I need more books like this.

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  • Jan M
  • 08-04-2019

Past and Present

The Unseen by Irina Shapiro is probably my favorite book by the the author that I have listened to so far. I love this past/present story-line. 1917 Russian Revolution has intrigued me with the stories of Anastasia. Granted this book has nothing to do with Anastasia other than the time period. I was immediately pulled into Quinn's search for her sister, the walled off bathroom with the body in the tub, and the characters from the past. It's brilliant how the author weaves things together. The imagery is this book is well done, along with the details. I loved how the author included the suffragettes into this book, and how women's rights were so limited around 1920 in London. Wendy Wolfson's performance was spectacular. She has distinguishable voices for the various characters, and I loved her Russian accents. Echoes from the Past series are all standalone books, but one really gets the full effect listening to each individual book. I highly recommend both this book and the series. I cannot wait for the next one.

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  • Reggie
  • 06-04-2019

This series just keeps getting better!

I can’t say enough how much I love and enjoy this series! The historical part is fascinating and I’m ever thankful that I was born in the late 20th century. I’m no feminist, but the injustices of centuries ago make my blood boil. In this story, archeologist, Dr. Quinn Allenby, is investigating the discovery of a skeleton in a hidden bathroom. What she sees, through the use of an inherited faberge egg necklace, is the story of a young Russian woman, who was the daughter of a Count. The time is during WW1, when civil unrest between the ‘working ppl’ and the Russian monarchy turned deadly. Young Valentina is engaged to her childhood friend and love of her life, Alexie, but the planned celebration never comes to pass. When rebels break into their house, her father is killed, as well as Alexie, who came to their aid. Valentina, her mother, sister and brother travel to London, in search of her mother’s cousin. After several months of no response, and the small family barely surviving in a hovel, cousin Demetri arrives. Surely life will be better for Valentina and her family...it does...for a while...then Valentina’s life is shattered! No spoilers but I must say that it’s gut wrenching! Meanwhile, Quinn is searching for her twin sister, while adjusting to motherhood with a kindergartner and a baby. This is another fantastic book in the series...each one is better than the last! The narrator is perfect for this series and does a fabulous job with all of the characters. Truly another ‘unputdownable’ book. I accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.