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Afterlife Audiobook

Afterlife: Afterlife Saga, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Afterlife...just some gothic nightclub where gossip is fuelled by the presence of a rich and unearthly, handsome family or afterlife...the strange place where time seems to stand still and guests feel the presence of something more powerful held within the confines of the VIP.

Keira is new to this small, cold town and is running from a past that seems to feast on her darkest memories. She finds living with her sister away from English soil to be just the ticket to the new life she is trying desperately to find. So when the offer of a job at the infamous gothic nightclub Afterlife comes along she thinks that lady luck has finally found her. That is until its seductively dark and forbidding owner Dominic Draven sets eyes on her.

All at once she is captivated and plunged into a world she never knew existed, but the deeper her obsession with Draven becomes, the harder it is to decide...should she stay and continue to work within the shadows of the supernatural or should she run from a madness she thinks may consume her?

Warning: This audiobook not only has sexual content but is amazingly addictive, with its dark mystery, haunting horror, seductive twists and one sexy dark lord that has the listener drooling every time the name Draven is heard! This audiobook has been written by an UK author with a mad sense of humour. Which means the following story contains a mixture of Northern English slang, dialect, regional colloquialisms and other quirky spellings that have been intentionally included to make the story and dialogue more realistic for modern day characters.

©2012 Stephanie Hudson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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    Lena 08/11/2016
    Lena 08/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "very basic book. Terrible accent from reader "

    The book is great for someone maybe 12yo. Struggled to get past first 2 chapters and gave up. The accent play was terrible. Would have been less irritating if just read normally.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chrissie 30/08/2016
    Chrissie 30/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    Had to finish it quickly cos it was brilliant, cant wait for next great book....wow!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Inkleindtoo
    19/01/16
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    "Loved IT!!"

    I have been in love with this series since I found it a few years ago. The Afterlife Saga is a series that can be read and reread over and over. I'm glad I tried out the audible version. Afterlife fans will be glad to hear that there are extra scenes and extra lines throughout this version, adding some details and even some extra steamy scenes. This book brings you into a world of demons and angels where not all demons are bad and not all angels are good, but some of both are here on earth to protect humans and maintain a balance. this series keeps you on your toes while you follow the love of Kiera, a human, and Draven, an angel/demon halfbreed. Another person wrote in her review that this a book for teens, I dont know what she would allow her kids to read, but I certainly wouldnt want my daughter to read this....yet.... ill recommend it when she is older, as there are detailed sex scenes. Like I said, I liked hearing the audible version and will definitely be getting the other books as they come out in hopes that they too will have extra scenes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    18/03/16
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    "European Narrator"

    Storyline was great, for the length of the book it went by fairly quickly. the Narrator was really good, however her impression of how Americans talk is slightly insulting. she pretty much made us sound like slow rednecks high on paint fumes. She does get better in the second book and I still recommend listening to this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Delaware, OH USA
    29/01/16
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    "great job Rebecca"

    I love this series and own all the books. I decided to purchase the audio books to give me something to listen to while cleaning or in the car. I have to say the first book is at this time the only book given a discount to customers who have already purchased the books. Book two is not discounted. I find this disheartening. I had hoped to purchase all the audio books. At almost $30.00 each I don't foresee that happening. With that said, the audio books are well done. I wondered how the characters would be performed. I will say I think Rebecca did a good job. I have already listened to the book twice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    27/12/15
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    "Love the story"

    Narrator was good story was better. Finished in two days. Yep, couldn't stop listening. Can't wait for the next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Colorado
    21/05/16
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    "Story is great, narrator is HORRIBLE!!!!"

    The series is fantastic, 5 stars for the author. However, the narrator is absolutely terrible!!! I listen to a lot of audio books, a variety of narrators, but this poor gal is so bad, I quit listening after 3 chapters & just read it!!! All of her "American" voices are identical!! Frank, the brother in law, RJ the female friend & worst of all, Draven sound the exact same (let alone all of the other American voices)!!!!!! I'm so incredibly disappointed, if Ms Hudson would have found a decent narrator, it would've been ok!! Save your money!!!! 😠 Oh & the immersion reading does NOT work!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cheri2057
    NY
    23/02/16
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    "Wow this is fantastic"
    What did you love best about Afterlife?

    It kept you interested! Constant story. People are complaining about length all I have to say is wow to keep me interested, never boring. I love length I feel I'm getting my money's worth! Keep it coming! Ordering the 2nd book now.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was not repetitive it was a story that kept you not wanting to stop.


    What does Rebecca Rainsford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion and real life into the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    I hope she continues her story and many more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly
    Walworth, NY, United States
    11/02/16
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    "WOW... I liked it but it was way to long."

    Afterlife could have been better if they cut out about 10 hrs. With less time describing the surroundings and the thoughts in Keira's head. It would have moved along much faster. I'm hesitating on buying the 2nd book because its even longer. I don't think I can do it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/01/16
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    "I loved this book!"

    Dark and angsty! The book is like a Gothic twilight in a much better way, with an intensely gorgeous story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    7/01/16
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    "26 hrs of a teenage love drama"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think teens can like it


    What could Stephanie Hudson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    cut out the half of it, change dialogues and make less boring story


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it was easy to listening


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lexi
    29/11/16
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    "It is a good book yet it is NOT in many ways"

    This is a difficult book to review. It is a good book yet it is not in many ways.

    I’d like to start by saying I absolutely love long audio books. With that being said, this book is way too long. The reason is that it is filled with chapters of absolutely NOTHING! Meaning the book does not move forward. Nothing is accomplished or revealed during these long winded chapters. It is so long winded that you forget what questions you are waiting to be answered causing you to drift off, and lose interest. This makes listening frustrating as the story itself is very, very intriguing and just a plain good story.

    The author has great talent in telling a good story, but the way she tells it is indeed frustrating. I understand dragging a story out a little to build suspense but it is possible to drag it out way too long and risking the reader completely not caring anymore about what happens in the end. Throughout the book there are lots of contradictions. For example, the heroin is special in that she cannot be controlled by the Hero’s kind, yet the hero can control her in all of the sexual scenes due to her being emotional. I would be better for the story if he and his kind simply could not control her period/at no time.

    With all that being said, I will read the next book in the series as it is better than a lot of the crap out in this genre and the story is just that good. Let’s just say, I will be fast forwarding through the unnecessary stuff. Although this series is about a young girl who has major self-esteem issues, it is not necessary to make her completely stupid! She is portrayed as so utterly stupid so much so that lots of readers will not be able to relate and it will take away from the believability. Cutting this story down several hours, and adding multiple points of views along with a narrator who can expertly read with DIFFERENT voices, will do wonders for this series. The narrator’s male voices are horrific.

    Pros:
    Excellent story
    Excellent characters
    Good action
    Intriguing
    Lots of supernatural shenanigans

    Cons:
    Heroin is utterly stupid unnecessarily
    Lots of unnecessary fluff not needed
    Heroin falls down 95% of the book
    Heroin cries 95% of book
    Heroin’s hair is described 95% of book (unnecessary)
    Heroin being a complete doormat, falling down constantly, and being utterly stupid all at once will be too much for some readers.
    Major issues are described without addressing them at multiple times throughout this book
    On the small occasion that a major issue is addressed, it either is contradictory or not really addressed
    Although the book is about supernatural/magic, there are Lots of things just simply don’t make sense

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Tracey
    11/01/16
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    "Oh good grief !"

    more than 20 hours of description of how overwhelmed/tearful/shy ( basically pathetic) the "beautiful but she doesn't know it heroine is !! The "Hero" is the usual strong dark silent type who goes all soppy with lust. It a mills and boon style formula story but dragged out. A nipples being described as "points of desire" sort of thing !!
    Formula stuff that is so bad it's sometimes funny. The American accent the reader employs is also some sort of revenge for dick van dykes English accent in Mary poppins I think. It was painful to listen to. And I don't think I have ever thought or said "oh good grief" whilst listening to a book so often !!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Sussex
    24/04/16
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    "Just don't do it! Save your credit."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like weak, pathetic, foolish female leads, shallow character development, and predictable plot. You'll also need to be able to tolerate a narrator whose voice for the male and American parts is less than stellar (her main character was good though)


    What could Stephanie Hudson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewrite it? I would have preferred a more in depth attempt at world building and a stronger less foolish lead character. Kira is more like a dithery, child than a grown woman who has a traumatic past. She is beautiful but doesn't know it, she's jealous of dravens beautiful female friends and they are jealous of her having his blind love. Her relationship with draven seems shallow and it is irritating, they meet up a few times in dreams and he's overbearing and she is pathetically submissive and they are obsessed with each other but nothing much has happened at this point. Then she starts work at the club he owns and they brush past each other a few times blah blah blah plus the constant references to how he makes her core feel made me want to bang my head against a wall or some other mild self harm behaviour. The lack of world building was especially disappointing and considering the overall length of the book, it doesn't seem like much happened at all really. Obviously this is a fantasy novel because Kira got a green card to work stateside without a job offer before she got there like it was easy.....


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rebecca Rainsford?

    Possibly, although I'd prefer her not to try the male parts especially if they are supposed to be American


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Afterlife?

    Maybe some of the dream meetings but I'm sure that it would have been better if it had been shorter overall. I'd attack it with a ferocious delete button to find ways of chopping out and changing lots of paragraphs to be more compact


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a literary snob Ill read most things but this was painful, the angel/demon thing and the mortal/immortal love thing are both right up my street and the story has potential to be good but needs more depth especially as it felt like an endurance race to get to the need of it,

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • egal
    14/10/16
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    "whow"

    I loved it got lost in the story read with a beautiful voice off to listen to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • katie
    16/09/16
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    "Love it."

    I loved this book. I've listened to the entire series so far and can't wait for the next one to come out! Gets me through my shifts at work and I end up listening at home too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lyndsey Marchant
    5/09/16
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    "Accent issues..."

    Loved the story, but hated the bad American accent.... If you can get last this, it's a great book....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joe Jones
    4/09/16
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    "Simple story with too many clichés"

    A simple romantic storry, think Barbara Cartland with fantasy creatures. It actually reminded me of 50 shades but without the bondage! Not for me, but I think 14 year old girls will love it. Narrator was fine but her American voices were terrible and her attempt to do a macho, sultry sexy voice for the lead character is laugh out loud funny

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • gucky
    Lübeck
    9/08/16
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    "Boring & Cringeworthy"

    I really liked Twilight and expected this to be similar and maybe a bit darker. Sadly it has just a very predictable plot and a exceptionally stupid protagonist. The only good thing was the setting itself "dark Goth club" and "remote old house". You should only read this if you are in the habit of reading the last page of a book so you don't get any suspension in the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    Pwllheli, Gwynedd, United Kingdom
    10/07/16
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    "Good romance book."

    This book has a good story, however reminding me of other books I have read. I have given it 5 stars because it was well read, and as I said a good story which makes me want to know what happens next. My feeling is the story is just really being and look forward to hearing the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • boudmaria
    UK
    7/06/16
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    "interesting plot"

    liked the story but way too many sex scenes.. i personally don't like listening to sex scene descriptions. but others might like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louise Dunne
    19/05/16
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    "I could only get through 2 hrs... not good"
    What disappointed you about Afterlife?

    It was way too Mills and Boon for me. Sorry


    What could Stephanie Hudson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    To be fair I didn't get far enough through the book to give a fair review on the storyline.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Rebecca Rainsford?

    I haven't listened to anyother books narrated by women, this was my first and it was really disappointing...
    Rebecca's natural accent was pleasant and easy enough to listen to but her American accent is cringe worthy so much so I couldn't listen anymore.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The first 2 hrs are pretty boring but as I said - maybe not a far review given I count only get through 8% of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry not for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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