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Narration Enhanced the Story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-2016

This is one of those rare and precious situations where the narration is so superb that it enhances the story experience significantly. Both narrators (especially Stephanie Cannon - I'll certainly look up other books she has narrated) are such fantastic voice actors they brought the characters to life with their interpretations of emotions and intonation. It really was very impressive.

The story itself is fast paced and the relationship between Sloane and Zeth is unusual to say the least. The ending to Deviant is quite abrupt so I'm glad that it's been combined with Fracture into a single audio book. The plot thickens significantly in the second half of Fracture, leaving me wanting to find out what is going to happen to Zeth and Sloane's adventure. I've got the box set of all 6 books from Amazon as an eBook but given how much the narration has enhanced the story I'll be buying the audio version for the follow-up books of the series.

Loved everything about this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-2016

I love everything about this book - the characters, the humour, the plot development, the ending... It' all very satisfying. Not to mention the narrator is a very convincing voice actress - the intonation is perfect and really enhances the listening experience. I know I'll definitely listen to this book again.

Story with heart, enhanced by Beautiful narration.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-2016

Amy Harmon is truly an amazing story teller and this time she tells a story of loss, compassion, love and letting go. The story's got heart and even though the plot is simple I couldn't help but feeling mesmerised by the lyrical quality of her words and couldn't help but caring about the characters in the story.

The narration is absolutely superb. Tavia Gilbert does more than what she normally does - here she sings, and this she does so beautifully! The already heart-breakingly beautiful story is enhanced by her performance as a narrator. So yes, I'd highly recommend the audio book.

Implausible storyline

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-2016

This was a really strange story. Probably the only positive for me was the intensity of Brett's love for Riley. But I do not like the lack of build-up that accompanies an Insta-love story and I tend to find it ridiculous that two people would have sex and fall in love while not trusting each other with secrets that are not exactly self-preserving in nature. Yeah I know this happens in real life, I find it ridiculous all the same. Also Riley recovered from her ordeal so quickly I think it can only happen in fictions. Last but not the least I do not believe in Brett's way of rescuing slave girls (this is not exactly a spoiler considering it is revealed quite early in the book) cause there is a law of supply meeting demand and he was playing right into that.

Overall, it is a ridiculous story.

The narration however is faultless and probably the best thing about this listening experience. Not enough to compensate for my credit though.

Beautiful story, perfect narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-2016

Wow I'm lost for words. I read some reviews posted here and was bracing myself for a really depressing storyline. But quite the contrary I'm actually feeling really elated and hopeful by the time the story ended. Like David and Millie said, it was devastating at times but it's the devastation that made it so beautiful and heart wrenching. But Amy Harmon is one who tells stories of faith and she doesn't leave her readers in a state of devastations but opens our eyes to see hope and beauty even in a journey full of adversaries.

And that ending was just so perfect. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

Both narrators have done a really good job as Moses and David/Tag, and as usual Zachary Webber = perfection. He doesn't just have a voice I can listen to all day but he's a great voice actor. His female voice doesn't sound ridiculous like in most cases where a male narrator has to do a woman's voice. And he's got a very authentic way of interpreting emotions that makes you feel what is intended by the words. So here we have a great story that's further enhanced by 2 wonderful narrators. A 5-star listening experience.

Depressing story of a sadistic psychopath

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-2016

This story is so full of dramas and graphic descriptions of torture. It's definitely not for the faint hearted. I thought the first two books of the series were dark and twisted but they were nothing compared to this one. Also unlike the previous 2 books this one offers minimal humour and absolutely no redemption whatsoever. What a very depressing story.

I'm not complaining about author J.A. Redmerski's writing though. I think she's a great story teller. I just found it hard to enjoy a story so dark and hopeless like this particular one. But that's just me.

Narration wise, both Kate Reinders and AndI Arndt are fantastic voice actresses who interpreted Cassia and Izabel very convincingly. Luke Daniels on the other hand sounds a bit ridiculous with a woman's voice but otherwise he is reasonable as Fredrik. I still think however with a story so full of angst and emotions I'd have enjoyed it more if I had read the eBook instead of listening to Luke Daniel's narration.

Fast paced story

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-2016

This story is fast paced and action packed. The words are succinct and effective in the way they convey emotions and atmospheres, which is fitting for this genre. The twist near the end took me by surprise but it made a lot of sense once it was revealed and explained.

When I finished the first book I had found Victor and Sarai likeable enough, but it's this book that has made me care about them. Not just them but Fredrik too... Yeah definitely Fredrik too! What an intriguing personality that one is. I will be reading more books from this series cause I'm not ready to part with these characters yet.

I'm giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 because Sarai/Izabel's training was mostly told not shown. Except for the little bit of Krav Maga that she underwent. And I would have liked a bit more interactions between Victor and Sarai/Izabel. But I'm probably just nitpicking here.

As for the narration, Kate Reinders does a wonderful job as both Sarai/Izabel and Victor, but I found Stephen Bel Davis' narration very stiff and inappropriate at times, almost like he's reading from a textbook. He sounds too old for Victor's 37 years and the way he expresses emotions usually feels quite off the mark. While Kate Reinders gives Victor a voice that sounds stoic and manly, Stephen Bel Davis makes him sound like an old man making exclamations where there should be emotions and wooden in other places.

Mind-boggling time travel romance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-2016

Really enjoyed the book. I couldn't stop listening as the mysteries kept me intrigued and I just wanted to find out what was happening to Johnny and Maggie. It was a wild ride and totally not what I expected as, unlike the simple plot of book 1, this book had plot twists after plot twists, while also providing answers to questions left open by the first book of the series. I highly recommend this book.

Silly plot full of cliches

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-2016

5 Stars for the narration. 2 for the storyline.

There are so many sexual innuendos that came across really cheesy and they just got old after a while. The plot is so unoriginal and full of cliches that I'm not sure I'll remember much of the story in a day or two.

The male protagonist is rude to his employees while the female protagonist made a really retarded decision on behalf of him which drove the plot forward but it was too contrived for the story to be convincing. From that point onward I just wanted the story to end and was really relieved when it did.

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Great story, spoiled by terrible accent

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-2016

The story is beautiful and the narrator had a really nice voice except that her fake English accent is tedious. I've got the book in Kindle format which I'll probably re-read one day, but I certainly won't be listening to it again!