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Audiobook Review

The Lesson

Cadwell Turnbull
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average rating is 5 out of 5
average rating is 4 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Tender Portrait of a Community in Peril


🧡 The strength of this book is in its portrayal of humanity in the face of an alien threat. It paints an intricate picture of a tight community in the Virgin Islands living under an oppressive regime imposed by alien invaders. Every single character is beautifully crafted.

💚 The concept of the aliens only occupying one area gave this a realistic dimension and created parallels with very earthly points in history. Meanwhile the tension imposed by the constant subtle threat of violence was gripping.

💜 Where this falls down is in exposition and world building. The aliens’ purpose wasn’t explored enough. And it might just be me, but I didn’t entirely understand the latter half of the plot. It also ended quite abruptly. Having said all this, this was well worth the listen thanks to the characters, who have stayed with me.

I listened to this free Available on Audible Plus.


🎧 An absolutely compelling performance by Janina Edwards and Ron Butler that really brought each and every character to life. The tone was understated, which made it both a chilled and, at times, chilling listen.

🎧 So exciting to see the high attention to detail that went into the audiobook elements, right down to the chapter listings.


Nothing for this one. Maybe next time!
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The Lesson


An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years, the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of super-advanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders, and a peace that cannot last.

A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witness and victim to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.
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