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City Between Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
Series: City Between Series, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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When you get up in the morning, the last thing you expect to see is a murdered guy hanging outside your window. Things like that tend to draw the attention of the local police, and when you're squatting in your parents' old house until you can afford to buy it, another thing you can't afford is the attention of the cops.

Oh yeah. Hi. My name is Pet. It's not my real name, but it's the only one you're getting. Things like names are important these days. 

And it's not so much that I'm Pet. I am a pet. A human pet: I belong to the two Behindkind fae and the pouty vampire who just moved into my house.

It's not weird, I promise - well, it is weird, yeah. But it's not weird weird, you know?

©2018 W.R. Gingell (P)2019 Tantor

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Excellent, although sooo ocka

Funny and frivolous, this book was a delight.

Pet is an unusual character, having raised her herself (after being home-schooled previously) since she was thirteen. Her outlook on life seems bizarrely accepting of the weird happenings that become her life, but again, she is only 17, no family or friends and no media influences (ever) other than Google at the library - you can’t expect her to behave like a normal teenager. When two fae and a vampire move into her house/life and offer her dream-come true, for the measly exchange of becoming their temporary pet (nothing perverted, think of her as their cat, who can conveniently cook). The males are varied and I particularly enjoyed the banter between the vampire, who refuses to speak English, and Pet, who cannot understand Korean.

For those of you not Australian (not your fault, blame your parents), the colloquialisms may be odd, and as you listen to the Audible version, it is performed excellently, although the accent used for Pet is broad enough to take some adjustment (and that is from a local!). Having said that, the narrator does a wonderful job of sounding natural for younger girl. There are no annoying speech rhythms, pauses or over-acting.

I loved this and have already bought the next book, written and Audible versions. When will the rest go Audible, please?

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  • Circejane
  • 05-11-2019

Both book and audiobook are surprising delights!

I stumbled across this series in Kindle form, and was happily surprised at how original and GOOD it is. Let's face it, there's a lot of mediocre to crappy urban fantasy fiction out there. This isn't crappy, it's great!

I have three ratings categories for titles that I read and like.

1. Like them enough to buy them.
2. Like them enough to reread them soon after finishing the last one.
3. Like them enough to buy the audiobooks to be able to listen to them because I want to reread again, but can't spend all my time reading and I need to actually get things done. Yay, audiobooks!

This series has ticked all the boxes, and has reached Category 3. The characters are well-crafted and interesting, the world building is original and excellent, and the writing is excellent overall. A good book doesn't make a good audiobook, as we all know. Thankfully, the narrator for this series is PHENOMENAL. Much of the action in this book could be confusing (shifting realities, characters finding themselves oozing from one dimension to another to another, creatures in disguise), but the narrator brings everything into focus in the best possible way, making the story even better. Narration is clear, characters come alive, and the action and environment are both fascinating and understandable. I'm American, and have no problem parsing the narrator's (very appropriate) Australian accent. Hooray for good diction!

Five stars, and this series is now an automatic buy in both ebook and audio format for me.

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  • Maria
  • 03-06-2019

Fantastic to listen to!

Love this series! I hope Audible makes all the books in this series available as an audio book. The Narrarator is fantastic.

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  • AllAboutThoseBooks
  • 23-03-2019

Wonderful Performance of Wonderful Story

The narrator captures the youth and tenacity of the main character perfectly. Each voice is distinct. The story contains sophisticated world building and manages to craft a plot that could stand alone, while still building a solid foundation for the series. I'm only disappointed that there is still some waiting left to do before the next two books come out on audio and that book four is still being written.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-03-2019

You Won't Regret Listening to it!

Oh. My. Vampires. What in Tasmania did I just read?????

I've been hearing about W.R. Gingell's books for a while now and finally picked this one up since it is in Kindle Unlimited. Wow. Just. Wow. I was so blown away.

This book is one of the craziest things I have ever read. The author just has such a zany imagination. I'm in awe.

In some ways, this book shouldn't work. The main character is barely described. We don't even know her name. So much of the backstory and current story and stuff that is happening is never fully explained since Pet doesn't want to think about how her parents died and her fae and vampire owners aren't going to explain things in too much depth to their pet.

Oh, yeah. Did I mention the main character kind of ends up a human pet for two fae and a moody vampire? Honestly, that should be creepy. Or weird. Well, it is weird. But it somehow works in this book. I'm not even sure how it works. Maybe because the main character is just so sarcastic and fully embraces her role as a pet...down to being mischievous and sometimes disobeying just because she thinks she can get away with it.

And the world building in this book. All the layers and craziness. I can't even begin to explain it. Probably because the book doesn't fully explain it, and it somehow makes it all the cooler because it isn't fully explained.

What I also really loved was that this urban fantasy is set in Hobart, Tasmania. Sometimes even international authors set their urban fantasy books in England or the United States, but this Aussie author fully embraces her locale and all the dialect and slang that goes with it. All the slang really added to the book, and I just LOVED it.

There is some blood and violence. Some mild descriptions of a vampire ripping people's throats out, that sort of thing. Mostly blood and sound is described while anything more gory is skimmed over.

The audiobook narrator does a great job with this crazy book. I loved the trace of Australian accent that reminded me of the setting but wasn't so overwhelming that it made the book hard to understand. Well done. Well worth a listen.

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