The Coffee Legacy
By Katharina Bordet
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An old cafe, an even older legend and a new threat. When Isabelle’s secret past returns to haunt her nightmares, she must take action to protect her family from a threat that is closer than she realises. Set within the traditional Viennese café culture, ‘Wiener Blut’ (literally translated as ‘Viennese Blood’) is the story of café owner Isabelle Schindler-Krug and her role in a struggle for power that stretches back for centuries. As she tells her sons the legends behind coffee and Vienna, it becomes clear that one such legend is still in the making, with her own family caught right in the middle. This podcast is a full cast; it features the voice talents of: Mick Bordet, Philippa Ballantine, Tee Morris, Nathan Lowell, Mark Kilfoil, Chris JC, Sean Urquhart, Heribert Maimer, Odin1Eye, Richard Green, Starla Hutchon, Val Ford, Michell Plested, Paul E. Cooley, PC Haring, J. Daniel Sawyer and Quonundrum.
||TCL 01 - Melange||One day in November, Isabelle starts to tell her sons an old legend. An old legend about Wien and coffee.||2/25/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 02 - Fiaker||A man on a horse carriage shows that even the streets of a city as beautiful as Vienna can be dangerous.||2/25/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 03 - Mazagran||When Isabelle hears the sad news, her world gets turned upside down.||2/25/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 04 - Einspaenner||Trying to find out more about her aunt’s death, Isabelle realises that more members of her family are in danger.||2/25/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 05 - Grosser Brauner||Isabelle gets help from a PI, the legend about the other world and the royal family continues.||2/25/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 06 - Tuerkischer Kaffee||Do legends end with the "happily ever after", or do they just become reality?||2/25/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 07 – Obermayer||When the danger gets too much to ignore, Isabelle has to make a tough decision about a past long thought over.||2/25/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 08 – Verlangerter Schwarzer||Even though Karin’s world gets turned upside down, Isabelle has to leave her friend and go on a journey.||2/25/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 09 – Verkehrter||While Isabelle tries to protect her family in Neu Meidling, Dominik struggles with his in Wien.||2/27/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 10 – Wiener Eiskaffee||A young journalist comes to Isabelle’s assistance while Dominik finds out that the secrets affect more people than he thought.||2/27/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 11 – Franziskaner||The king is a new man upon being reunited with his daughter, while in Wien Mr H finds out more about the murder.||2/28/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 12 – Ubersturzter Neumann||Two families meet in Neu Meidling and Dominik tells a legend of his own.||3/1/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 13 – Pharisaer||The king and Daniel get closer to the truth – and closer to each other, while others try to run and hide.||3/2/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 14 - Kapuziner||With horrible news, Isabelle returns to Wien to confront Dominik.||3/6/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 15 - Maria Theresia||Whilst Isabelle and Dominik try to sort their life out, danger is approaching.||3/9/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 16 - Separee||Isabelle and Dominik return to Neu Meidling together, to save their family and the kingdom.||3/13/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 17 - Mozart||Two families. Both alike in heritage in fair Neu Meidling.||3/13/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||TCL 18 - Kaisermelange||One last legend... For more infos, Spin-Offs and specials check out www.wiener-blut.com!||3/19/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
This is how to write a good story. Start with characters and go from there. This is exactly what Ms. Maimer has done. The peek into Viennese coffee house life is fascinating, the coffees look and sound devine, and the characters carry the story. While I might be able to list these attributes, they’re not really something that would fit nicely on a checklist. It’s a first novel that doesn’t read like a first novel. I commend Ms. Maimer for not only putting the story into production as quickly as she did, but for doing it in such a polished form. One could probably always do more editing, but this story is far from unedited. I do recommend Wiener Blut, and after listening, I think you will too.
Katharina, I love this story so much, it was well written, edited and produced and directed. The podcast was produced very well and the host of well known voices did justice to the whole book, keep them coming. Hats off to you and everyone involved in bringing this podcast to us all.