Author: Beverly Nault
Narrator: Joseph Vernon
Length: 9 hours 20 minutes
Publisher: Beverly Nault
Released: June 25, 2020
Genre: Romantic Thriller
When Harold becomes the guardian of a beautiful, handcrafted kaleidoscope with mysterious powers, his world spins from black-and-white boring into technicolor chaos. Along with Pepper, their journey becomes a life-threatening race to save the ‘scope from falling into the wrong hands.
Harold’s a reclusive computer forensics expert forced to become an amateur detective when a mysterious kaleidoscope shows viewers more than pretty shapes and colors. He’s soon joined by Pepper, a spunky breast cancer survivor who challenges him to color outside the lines and look at life – and himself – differently, and Morrie, his only real friend who has his own secrets. Together they must solve the riddle of what makes the ‘scope work before the bad guys get their clutches on the valuable future-telling device.
Brilliant but socially inept, Harold has distanced himself from any connection to his dysfunctional childhood. Abandoned by a father accused of his mother’s death, Harold trusts no one until the ‘scope forces him to accept a circle of people he must learn to rely on. Just as he is on the verge of learning how it works and why his past connects to his future, he must face disturbing truths he’s run from all his life. Join Harold and his new group of friends, including Rhashan the mail room guy always ready with Caribbean-spun folklore, to Pepper who’s embracing life for all it’s worth. Keith and his partner Frank are also crucial to the solving but have some unfinished business of their own. When Harold’s past meets his future, everyone in the gang works side by side to discover who’s behind the incredibly exciting, but scary, advances in technology only dreamed of until now.
Bev’s been writing creatively since her first story, “The Line Who Joined the Parade,” won honorable mention in her mother’s extremely objective opinion. She and husband Gary have downsized and now live full time in their RV traveling the country when they’re not spoiling their grandkids.
“The Kaleidoscope” was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards Thriller/Mystery category, earned InD’Tale Magazine’s Crowned Heart and a Must-Read Review. Reader’s Favorite reviewers called it “the perfect combination of mystery, science fiction, romance and, of course, action.”
Awards for Beverly’s Fresh Start Summer series include the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild Excellence in Writing Award, Real Simple’s 21 Best Summer Reads list, and Honorable Mention in the Reader’s Favorite Writing Awards (2011). Her short story, “Camouflaged Christmas,” appears in the “21 Days of Christmas, a fiction devotional (2015, Broadstreet Publishing).
Beverly also co-wrote “Lessons from the Mountain, What I Learned from Erin Walton,” (Kensington) with Mary McDonough about her years working on the acclaimed television program, and her life growing up in Hollywood. “Lessons” won the Ella Dickey Literacy Award and has gone into five printings.
Since 2019 I’ve been happily creating audiobooks in the small studio that I built in our home. My wife and I own and operate a lovely bed & breakfast in upstate New York and the business affords me time to record every day (when I’m not preparing pancakes or Eggs Benedict).
In my younger days, I was a stage actor (I studied with Uta Hagen in Manhattan in the 90’s) and I really enjoy having the opportunity to work as a voice actor. I have recorded a number of novels as well as non-fiction books and I’m comfortable with a variety of regional American accents as well as British dialects. In addition, I’ve recorded vignettes for a sci-fi/fantasy series which releases monthly audio posts.
I serve as my own production engineer and I’ve invested in high quality recording equipment to help bring your prose to life!
Forced into hiding and sacrificing everything precious to him, Walter had accomplished something the rest of the tech-world vigorously debated was impossible. He’d worked as quickly as his limited resources allowed, but he finally reached his goal. Now the prototype awaited on final step, and it would be ready for real-world testing. A few more tweaks and the soft launch of which he’d dreamed was within his grasp. He unwound the protective length of fabric from the metal tube and exhaled a breath of adoration and pride. He’d polished the creation until it glimmered in the rays probing down through the high window into his basement workroom-slash-bedroom. He sighted down the shaft. His masterpiece, his swan song, was almost ready for the world.
Do you know what kaleidoscope is? For those of you who do not know, it is a toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of colored glass or paper, whose reflections produce changing patterns that are visible through an eye hole when the tube is rotated. If you had an object that could show you your future instead of these mirrored pieces of colored glass, would you use it? Or if you had a chance to view your innermost desires or fears, would you jump at the chance to view them? This concept is very trivial, yet inspirational in the technological advancement arena. Nault brings an interesting story to readers about a man who is given a Kaleidoscope, not knowing anything about it, and forced to come to terms with being comfortable with uncertainty.
When Harold gets a chance at a promotion of a lifetime, he knows this will show his ex how serious he is about his life. Being known as a passerby of his own life has taken him down some pretty shoddy paths, but no more. This promotion means everything. Determined to make his trust issues take a back seat, he becomes entrusted with a wacky kaleidoscope that was given to him by just as wacky of a man. Homeless in the park, this man gives him this object, before he is dragged away. Little does he know, this object has unknown powers. Everyone who looks in sees something different about their life. Some brush it off as a cool kinda toy, but some are perturbed by it and awed, even downright greedy to get their hands on it. Harold, being a tech geek himself, knows that there is a story behind this object if only he can find that homeless man and figure out why it had to be him to receive it. Being abandoned at an early age by his father after his mother’s death, he has always believed that his father was the murderer. Meeting a quirky, yet cute neighbor next door has lightened him up to the possibility that he shouldn’t keep living in the past. As his relationship grows with Pepper, so too does an age old mystery that may connect him back to his father and give him the answers he so desperately longs for about his mother’s death. Finally, he may be able to leave the past…in the past.
Nault has a compelling story filled with creativity and well-defined characters. The story is fast-paced and the characters are fun and unique; Harold being a tech savvy gent who lives in the past and Pepper being a spunky cancer survivor living as much as possible in the now. The author will most likely not have a problem luring readers in with the cover artwork because it is colorful and eye-catching. Since this is a review of the audio book, the story appears to be well-written solely by the narration alone. Vernon is fun and breathes life into Nault’s characters. His vocals are on par with situational cues and the emotional bouts that the characters face. There are a few hiccups in the narration, like a line or two would be repeated or a longer than average pause, but not enough to hinder enjoyment of the audio book. If you are a reader of fantasy and mysteries, you may be interested in traveling alongside Harold and Pepper in their quest to find answers about the mysterious Kaleidoscope.
An audio book was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to The Kaleidoscope by Beverly Nault.
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