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Wizard's Nocturne Audiobook

Wizard's Nocturne: The Sixth Jonathan Shade Novel

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In the conclusion of the three-volume time travel sequence, Jonathan Shade is sent back to 1926 to kill an upstart wizard named Henry Winslow. Henry wants to die because in order to achieve his goal of immortality, he must first achieve resurrection.

Jonathan Shade and Kelly Chan are part of a larger plan playing out across time, and while Henry Winslow is a major player, there's someone else acting as the mastermind, and his name is Jonathan Shade.

Shade's plan relies on changing the way things happened in the 1920s...but if things change too much, there won't be a future to which any of them can return.

©2015 Gary Jonas (P)2016 Gary Jonas

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    Norma Miles 04/02/2017
    Norma Miles 04/02/2017
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    ""Magic. You gotta love it!""
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    For a wizard with no magic of his own (other than that of being impervious to the magic of other people), Jonathan Shade really gets about a bit. Currently stuck in1926 at the grand old age of 85 (as he says, "Getting old sucks, and not in a good way"),, he still has to perform his mission, the destruction of the would-be immortal. Of course, this is complicated by his having brought up Henry like his own son ...<br/>But help, of a kind, is at hand in the form of a youthful Jonathan and some of the gang, including Kelly, arriving back in time to accomplish the actual murder. Yes, it does help to have read the two preceding books in.this time travelling trilogy within the Jonathan Shade series, but not essential: the twists and turns might be mind bogglingly elaborate but it's such a fun story it is easy just to go along with the plot without trying to test the theories.<br/><br/>As with the previous Shade books, the dialogue is tight, often funny, lots of memorable one liners and the characterisations are good. This time the story is recounted entirely in the first person, again, from the point of view of Jonathan Eaton, the name Shade the older is using during his prolonged stay in his past. As always, Joe Hempel is Shade, slick talking, quick thinking and devious: his narration is perfection. Could have been tricky having to voice two Jonathan's, but Mr.Hempel overcomes this effortlessly, somehow differentiating between the two whilst still maintaining the voice of Jonathan for both. So impressive.<br/><br/>This is such a fun series, I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrills and spills and a tiny touch of magic with their action. A big thank you to the rights holder who gifted me a copy of Wizard's Nocturn, via Audiobook Boom. It certainly brought some extra magic into my life. Hope there is more to come ...

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    Mr. R. Esdaile London 26/01/2017
    Mr. R. Esdaile London 26/01/2017 Member Since 2010

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    "A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE SERIES"
    What did you like most about Wizard's Nocturne?

    As always Gary provides a great story with plenty of laughs<br/>This is a welcome continuation of the series


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  • med c
    24/01/17
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    "BOOK 6"
    What made the experience of listening to Wizard's Nocturne the most enjoyable?

    Another suspenseful audiobook in this series. It kept my interest all throughout the book. Looking forward to the next book in this series


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MelHay
    Adamsburg, PA
    13/02/17
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    "Did NOT let me down! I got the twist I looked for."
    What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

    So glad to be listening to Joe again! He IS Jonathan Shade. Joe voices the attitude and personality of the characters just as I would hear them with the cues given in words by the author. We get two versions of Jonathan at the same time and Joe's voicing of both fits each Jonathan. One's older and wiser in what he says, the other is younger and hotter with his words and actions. Joe slips into the characters with ease and I believe his voice to be them. By this point in the series, Joe has perfected the seamless narration and he's part of the book. There are NO distractions from the story, only adding a new dimension to the story through voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There is a moment with Henry and Jonathan that was so touching that my eyes welled up. It was perfectly places with the build up of their relationship and gave me the feel that the big moment was coming for Henry. Well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Jonathan found a friend and more in Henry as he raised him to be a good man. He's told Henry much of what's to come. Sure there are a few details that Jonathan held back, but the major outcome of what's to happen this day and change Henry's life was always known to Henry. They have planned for this. We don't know all the plans, but we get to know them as Jonathan goes through the actions of bringing things together this day. We even see the interaction with Rayna.<br/><br/>It's neat seeing how time and events overlap. We see some events from Jonathan's side that connect with Rayna's events in previous books. Very cool! We didn't get as much from Rayna's POV in previous books, but what we did get was powerful and memorable because I wanted to know what came of her in this time, it resurfaces here and we learn.<br/><br/>I know Gary always has a sly way of changing everything in a story. It all fits and smoothly moves along yet still surprises me.<br/><br/>Wow. What a twisted time line. lol. Hats off to the author for keeping it all straight and in line, keeping the events and time streams clear as they are different with each character living their own time line. And he kept me up on what was happening with each character in a way that I didn't feel it was repeated or adding unnecessary information, it all works in with the story.<br/><br/>This book ends the three book arch with Jonathan and Winslow, so you really need to read the previous two books, but not necessarily the first three books.<br/><br/>What changes made affect the future? Jonathan is doing a few things different, so will it change the world and time Jonathan was from?<br/><br/>I really enjoy Gary's twists at the end, he lived up to my expectations. I'm ready to see what is next in Jonathan's life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kathleen
    10/02/17
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    "Always Entertaining!"
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    I like how this story wraps up a lot of the loose ends. Also, after a lifetime of adventure and loss, Jonathan Shade has become more subdued and insightful person. The twits and turns continue in this story but JS uses a more thoughtful approach to achieving his goal of getting the timeline back on track and saving the lives of his friends. I think most fans of this series will like how it all warps up. Joe Hempel continues to do an outstanding job with the narration. I can easily recommend this audiobook.I was given this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bookaholic
    Ohio, USA
    10/02/17
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    "Most threads tied up...I think."

    In "Wizard's Nocturne," Gary Jonas continues Jonathan Shade's time traveling adventure, which began in book four. It's now the 1920s and an elderly Jonathan Shade has been waiting for his younger self to appear and kill Henry Winslow. Only then will he have any hope of returning to his own time. He's been planning this for about 50 years but, naturally, very little goes as planned.

    It appears that Jonas has done an admirable job of tying up the loose ends and paradoxes...though I'm going to have to go back and listen to the whole series again to make sure. :-) (That's the fun part of time travel novels!)

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • cyndi
    30/01/17
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    "I really enjoyed this series!"

    I love listening to Joe Hempel and this series was great to listen to. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • erobbins33
    21/01/17
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    "Resolution! At last!"

    This book wraps up the subplot from books 4 and 5 nicely. Without giving away anything, because of the time travel paradoxes, you never know who is going to be alive from one scene to the next, what they've experienced, or who even exists. It's like parallel universe theories, but I think the author explains it better than I ever could. This part of the series was so engrossing that I often lost sleep to finish just one more chapter! (Seriously, there were nights I didn't go to bed til 2 am!). Now that I've finished book six, I'm okay with waiting for the next book to come to audible. Not to say I won't snap it up immediately, but I'm no longer on pins and needles! Very well written, voiced, and produced, I'm glad I started this journey. I'm on auto-buy from now on.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • in1ear (John Row)
    Aurora, Colorado
    18/01/17
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    "Previous Entries Seemed More Focused"
    What did you love best about Wizard's Nocturne?

    I enjoy all of Gary Jonas's Jonathan Shade books. This was a bit less satisfying. I got a big kick out of references to Historic figures, "Nocturne" has those. Excellent storytelling skills of Joe Hempel. Still exceptional in that regard. I really enjoyed all the accurate references to Denver, Colorado and surrounds in previous books. Wizard's Nocturne was missing those. It's been three or four months since I listened to the previous book in the series and I was lost, frankly. I just didn't have the time to go back and relisten... <br/><br/>That may be the issue, but, for me, this episode just lost some of the attributes of previous ones.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gary Jonas? Why or why not?

    Yes, of course! He's a great writer.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favorite?

    Joe does a great job with all the character voices. And he has a perfect sense of timing and inflection of humor, etc. His voice is comfortable and easy to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are funny parts, so, yes, I laughed several times and at leasy smiled a lot. Lol!


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion, it's more fulfilling to listen to all of the books in order. <br/><br/>Thanks for the opportunity to review it!<br/><br/>This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nomi
    09/03/17
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    "Story is a bit rambling"

    I jumped in right in the middle of this series. I enjoyed it once I figured out what was going on. The story felt a bit rambling at times but overall I loved it. Definitely going to grab up the other books.

    As always Joe Hempel did a wonderful job. Very enjoyable.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DabOfDarkness
    Ojo Caliente, NM, United States
    28/02/17
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    "Entertaining but needs map of timelines."

    Note: This is Book 6 in the series and I recommend reading at least the previous 2 books as there are major things that happened in those books that both explain and affect characters’s decisions in this book.

    This book takes place in New York 1926 roughly 50 years after the previous book, Sunset Spectres. The Jonathan Shade from the previous book that decided to raise the young Henry Winslow long ago changed his name to John Eastman. Now Henry is a man in his prime and he and John are in business together and have a good relationship. However, John knows from his previous timeline that his younger previous self, Jonathan Shade, is due to show up and kill this version of Henry Winslow. Also, his once-girlfriend Reina is due to show up as well, from a different time jump. Things are about to get very, very complicated.

    This was a fun book and while there are many things I liked about it, I did feel all the time traveling stuff got jumbled and was difficult to keep track of. I wanted a time jump map. Still, with that confusion I got enough enjoyment out this book to want to continue the series.

    First, I like that John gave 50 years of his life to raise Henry in a loving environment, giving him the basis to become a good human being instead of the evil Henry Winslow that Jonathan Shade and crew have been trying to stop from becoming immortal. John is the mastermind in this tale, knowing some key specifics about how things will go down with the time jumps. In short, he’s trying to keep everyone he cares about alive. As we know from the previous book, one of his best friends died back in 1877. Now he just might have the chance to change that.

    As John’s friends and even Jonathan start popping into 1926, none of them seem to recognize him as a much older version of Shade. This allows him to manipulate things. John and Henry have been leading members in an occult group for many years and John has set in motion a plan to initiate a new member, which will give John access to this man’s stunning find – the Emerald Tablets. These ancient artifacts are the source of the immortality spell that the evil Henry Winslow is trying to enact. 1926 is the stage for his final step in that spell.

    This story had little bits of sentimentality laced through it everywhere. For instance, a vibrantly alive Esther is doing quite well as Mr. Eastman’s secretary. John knows he probably shouldn’t have hired her, based on his past experience with her ghost, but he couldn’t turn her down. Plus this way John believes he can ensure that Esther, alive or dead, doesn’t fall in love with him and suffer a broken heart for decades. I liked these little nods to characters we lost in previous books. Yet their appearances and different reactions/interactions with various characters also added to muddying the timelines and making it difficult to keep things straight.

    Along with all the scheming that takes place in this book, the story wraps up with a decently long action sequence. Some people get what’s coming to them and, as always with this series, some good folks perish as well. This time they weren’t characters that I was heavily invested in so my heart didn’t ache like it did at the end of Sunset Spectres. There’s a lovely afterglow in which some things are explained and the surviving characters make plans to have lovely lives. I am pleased that my favorite characters are still alive and kicking though I do wonder what the author will do next. What a mess with the timelines!

    I received a free copy of this audiobook.

    The Narration: Joe Hempel is just simply great at this series. I really enjoyed him giving voice to the older, wiser John Eastman and the younger, still cocky Jonathan Shade. As always, his Kelly Chan and Esther are great. His emotional scenes, such as that between John and the good Henry, were very touching.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    13/02/17
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    "Really enjoyed this series!""
    If you could sum up Wizard's Nocturne in three words, what would they be?

    Resolution At last


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jonathan Shade, You don' know what trouble he will be in next


    What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

    As always, Joe Hempel is Shade, slick talking, quick thinking and devious: his narration is perfection


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are funny parts, so, yes, I laughed several times and smiled a lot


    Any additional comments?

    Very much worth the credit

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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