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  • Hidden Species Series, Book 1
  • By: Louisa Masters
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Demons Do It Better

By: Louisa Masters
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I work for Lucifer. Only, it's not as cool and satanic as it sounds.

The truth is, I'm an admin assistant who applied for a job that sounded kind of interesting and ended up working for the Community of Species Government. I'm the only human in the office, and basically I ride herd on a team of rambunctious shifters and demons.

I also spend a lot of time avoiding Gideon Bailey, the demon I had a one-night stand with right before I took this job. He hates me, and I really want to avoid being murdered. But I've been offered a promotion that will mean working with him, so we're both going to have to get over it.

Plus, people are going missing. Pregnant people. And the word is that someone is dabbling in genetic experimentation. Putting a stop to that is more important than the sexual tension Gideon and I have been ignoring...isn't it?

©2020 Louisa Masters (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Tam
  • 29-09-2023

Love it,

In agreement with so many other reviews, something awesome about a book that makes you scoff, laugh, snort out loud. Love this book. Eager to read the nxt.

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A book I didn’t know I needed or would love !

New author to me, perfectly narrated by Joel. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series as this is a twist and mix to any other paranormal genre I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the plot and detail is intriguing. Louisa is brilliant at writing hilarious internal monologues and great banter with her dialogues. I’m really happy to support an author from my hometown, I’ll be sure to recommend you Louisa!

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Pleasant sequel

If you liked the first book chances are you will enjoy this one too. The author, Louisa Masters, was very creative in this second book by deepening the universe she created in the first book but without being predictive. Excellent narration.

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Enjoyable

This was my first Louisa Masters book and I enjoyed it. The interactions between the characters where funny and there were a lot of laugh out loud moments. There were a couple of gaps in the plot line at times and it was building up nicely but then it was suddenly the big finale and it was over, would have liked the storyline to be a little longer but overall a good listen and I’ll look to listen to others in the series now.

This was also my first Joel Leslie narration, I enjoyed his interpretation of the characters and I don’t think Sam’s drunkenness would have come across as funny has I just read it, he really brought the scene to life. I’m hoping he decides on Aidans Irish accent by his book, it was confusing as it seemed to start out Scottish, went to Northern Ireland and ended up a Dublin/midlands accent. Not noticeable to those not knowing the accents but confusing for those who do.

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  • Di
  • 24-01-2023

funny

one of the the funniest scenes I've ever read is in this book, and it's a fantastic story too. great world building and Sam and Gideon are great too Bravo.

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Laugh out loud funny

The drunk scene was amazing!! Joel is an amazing narrator and the writing is gold!!

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Louisa Masters masterpiece

Funny and irreverent, Sam is hilarious from the start and Gideon is hot. amazing audible rendition. I have read this book a half dozen times but listening to it gave completely different nuances. me thinks I will be buying more

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So much fun! The Narration is brilliant!

Demons Do It Better is the first book in Louisa Masters' Hidden Species series. The series is now complete and all books now have an audio version too (all Whispersync'd). Despite my having her books in my TBR for ages, this is the first time I have read/listened to her work.

Using the magic of Whispersync I was able to enjoy both the talented writing and narration of this story. I really, really, really enjoyed it. Joel Leslie did an amazing job with the voices and really made the story and the characters come alive.

This story went in so many directions, seemingly not connected, until they were. Without any spoilers at all, I didn't see one such direction happening and I wonder if this scenario will be dealt with in later books.

I loved the entire cast in this one. Often (but not always) the paranormal characters are the more strait-laced side of the casting equation. Usually their advanced age (and living in many eras) gives them an air of dignity and wisdom, which doesn't let them play the clown. Not here!! I don't think I've come across such an eclectic mix of personalities. There is the very serious (although often playful) character, Gideon, ranging to the utter goofball, Alistair. In between is a range of personalities, but they all have wicked senses of humour, and I'm really looking forward to exploring them all in more detail in the other books.

Joel Leslie demonstrated his vocal talents in this one. Not only did each character have an extremely unique voice, including the female cast members (which often seems more difficult for a male narrator), but in most scenes there were multiple cast members, often talking very closely together. The sound of him flipping from voice to voice, including different accents, is pure art and talent. Not to mention his comedic timing, which made an already funny script, hilarious!

My only critique was the romance side of things. I wish there was a bit more communication between Sam and Gideon. There were a lot of holes where you just had to fill in the blanks. Their interactions go from a hot hookup, to Gideon treating Sam like shit when he finds out Sam is now working at CSG; to Gideon suddenly becoming protective of Sam when he joins his team.

Their romance builds up from there, and you can see it happening, I just would have liked them to talk a bit more. It went from he hates me/I hate him but I want him; to sort of friends; to a hookup and both wanting to continue; to everlasting love, possession and obsession. The evolution was great, it worked, but it seemed to happen in complete silence! A few conversations where they talked about their relationship (especially at the point that Gideon gets the huffs and Sam is left to work it out with the help of the rest of the team) would have made this a 'not enough stars' book!

However, despite the above (and that was my only cause for a grumble), the story was amazing! There were so many things going on and I would never have guessed the big surprise (no spoilers) and I'll admit I got a bit teary at one point.

I'm so looking forward to the rest of the series!

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Compelling and fun!

I'm really picky when it comes to PNR books but the strong recommendations were hard to ignore on this one. Plus, I'm a big Joel Leslie fan.
I'm glad I waited until I was in the mood, because I'm pretty sure I'm going to want to binge the rest of the available audios now. Not only was this book interesting and easy to follow (the one thing that usually bugs me with PNR), but it was funny and had plenty of sizzling heat - without it being ONLY about the heat. Great characters and witty banter make this a fabulous story and of course Joel just brings it all to technicolour life in the audio!

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Great book very funny

I totally recommend this book. It's a funny sexy series. Each couple are just so funny. l have enjoyed listening to them flounder and fall in love in the most snarkiest fashion. Joel Leslie does an excellent job narrating as usual. Buy the series you won't regret it.

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  • Andrea
  • 28-04-2021

Wrong Pairing imo

2.6〜2.8 stars. I am not a fan of Gideon and Sam as a couple, I felt much more chemistry between Sam and Aiden (I also liked him much better)... I just didn’t feel a connection between SxG, even their “chemistry” is mehh. It probably doesn’t help that the first time we were introduced to Gideon (and before I knew the main love interest was Gideon), I said to myself I hope this isn’t him...😑 🤦🏻‍♀️. I don’t know, I just feel more for Aiden than I ever did for Gideon 🤷🏻‍♀️.

Also, while I do really love Joe Leslie as a narrator, his steamy scenes nearly always make me cringe or try not to laugh because they are so over done, it’s like bad acting (primarily for the bottom if there is one).... Sam’s voice just felt so over done and over exaggerated and a little annoying. Additionally, the (French????) accent that he used for Gideon was quite difficult at times to understand... I’m also confused as to where it came from but 🤷🏻‍♀️.

I probably won’t listen to the next book because I’ve heard that the two MCs featured there are even more annoying 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

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  • Tony Vertrees
  • 24-03-2021

Soooooooo funny!

Joel did such a great job! Gave life to the funniest book eva! The drunk lunch scene is awesome.

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  • Molly
  • 25-03-2021

Unique and funny!

This is such a unique take on the paranormal! And Joel Leslie’s narration from Sam’s perspective is absolutely fabulous, and so much fun. I really enjoyed the book when I read it initially, and I love the audio version even more. It will definitely be a listening favorite for me.

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  • Alyssa Davis
  • 31-07-2021

Has it all

I couldn't put it down. it has intrigued and comedy, love, acceptance. it is truly a very well-rounded book and it does not drone on and was quite addictive I listen to it all in one go!

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  • OG Mombie
  • 24-03-2021

Fun Story Great Narration

This is a fun unique take on the paranormal. I loved the story and read it several times before the audio book was released. I was very excited to listen to this story as I enjoy light hearted fun listens while working. Joe Leslie did not let me down, he did a wonderful job bring the banter and fun I always read in the story to life. This will be a great new addition to my go to favorites when I want a comfort read to lift my mood.

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  • Evil Edd
  • 24-03-2021

Great book

The drunken scene is the funniest scene ever recommend this book! can't wait to see more from the series.

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  • Vania
  • 30-07-2021

Paranormal romcom at its best!

Is there a way to give more than 5 stars? If so, I would definitely use it for this book! It's action-packed, steamy and super funny. Joel Leslie knocked it out of the park with this one, drunken Sam is a thing of beauty!

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  • Many Hat Momma
  • 10-07-2021

Exciting, fast paced, sexy fun!

A world of creatures living in plain sight with the human population, complete with their own leaders and government agencies, is the basis of this series. This book introduces the world, and Is a bit mind-boggling at first to understand. However, once the blinders are off and you ‘see’ the reality of the complicated world that Masters has created, the story dives into an engaging, fast paced, action packed mystery/adventure! Packed with a cast of super fun and engaging characters that you can’t help but love, this story starts a series that you’re sure to enjoy! I would give Joel Leslie 10 stars for this book if I could- one of my favorite voice actors, his portrayal of a conversation between 6 or 7 characters, each with super distinct personalities and wildly divergent world accents, is off the charts excellent!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-04-2021

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* Spoilers *

I believe this is the first book I've read/listened to by this author. I'm not exactly sure what to think of this book. I know for sure though that I had been wanting to read this book and the rest of the series for quite a while, but decided to wait until the audio book came out. The cover of this book and the summary also made it very appealing to read. On one hand, I knew what I was getting into, but on the other hand I didn't. I was a bit surprised that the first sexual scene happened in chapter 2, but I really shouldn't have since it was explained in the summary. My favorite scene throughout the whole book has to be during the lunch scene when Sam gets drunk. It was absolutely hilarious. There were a few scenes that I was either a bit uncomfortable with, cringed, or had second hand embarrassment for Sam. I also thought that this book was filled with an overload of information and some of it was a bit confusing or overwhelming. On one hand I appreciated all of the information, but on the other hand it was a lot to take in and some things I kind of forgot when it pertained to something later on. Like shifters needing someone else to open their phones, which I still don't understand why that happens. Relationship wise between Gideon and Sam, I honestly was as confused as Sam was about Gideon and his actions. I honestly would have liked some insight on to what he was thinking in his perspective. I also felt that due to the amount of information and focus on the plot ( along with how his character is to understand at times), there wasn't a whole lot of development between them on-screen on their relationship besides their lust and attraction for each other. I did find it cute how touchy feely they were with each other and how Sam ran straight to Gideon for protection when he suffered from paranoia.
I do feel a bit sad on what happened to Lily, but on the other hand I felt I wasn't really given the opportunity to really connect or have strong feelings for her (become attached to her character). I even suspected that she might be the mole in the group since she was the one assigned to watch over Sam and it was her account that was copied and hacked into. I was a bit surprised by all of the time jumps, which I'm not used to that. I also think that due to not reading MM for a while it was a bit uncomfortable reading/listening to those scenes (sexual scenes).
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The narration was done quite nicely. I did kind of think that the narrator was reading a bit fast in the beginning, but I got used to it. I think I will continue with the series once the next audio book comes out.

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  • Juli
  • 11-10-2021

Good Story

Love this narrator! I got this book because he is the narrator and turns out the story was funny and interesting. Buying next in series now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-2023

Fantastic voice acting

The story writing is great, very possibly a new favourite author on here, but the voice acting makes it. So many stories are made or broken by the performance and this is one of the best I've heard so far. Clear character differentiation, and the variety of accents is fab, and all very well done. Highly recommend!

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  • Mervyn Dacre
  • 22-11-2021

fun story but overblown narration

This is an entertaining story with lots of action, humour and general supernatural silliness. The problem is the narrator is so breathless and overdramatic that it feels like being shouted at the whole time, even with the volume & playback speed turned down. Every line is gasped and blurted and brayed, it's just too much.

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  • Jumpin' Bean
  • 19-05-2021

Amazing narrator

Don't get me wrong, the book was fine, but the narrator just took it to a whole new level. Honestly with 1500 audio books in my library I think this was the best performance I've ever heard. A funny story with moments of minor tension, bit of a feel good romance with demons and stuff. I'm off to see if Joel Leslie has narrated anything else that might appeal.

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  • Loobylou
  • 05-02-2024

3.5 Stars

I've read the book more than once and loved it but for some reason the audiobook just didn't do it for me. Joel Leslie did a fab job though with "Drunk Sam"!!

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  • ZOHRA
  • 20-01-2024

Good story. Bad narration

The story is very intriguing and enjoyable but the narrator took it too far with his dramatic approach. If there were a different narrator I would definitely recommend it.

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  • CathVerge
  • 02-01-2024

Enjoyable, fun read

loved sunshine Sam, his funny bestie Alister and the grumpy demon Gideon. fun and adventure

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  • Eliza
  • 17-12-2023

Good

Nice story with good characters and absolutely amazing narration, he truly did a superb job throughout

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  • marvellousmarmite
  • 14-11-2023

Fun listen

Loved the narration, thought it really enhanced the book. Liked Sam the human’s adventures in the world of the species! Found the first half funnier than the second, but will go and look for the rest of the series to see if they can bring down Dr Tish

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-2023

Epic

I loved the plot, and the performance.The humour was off the charts. The narrator did justice to the characters particularly Sam.

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  • P. Anand
  • 06-11-2023

fun story

This was such a fun story. It flowed smooth and fast and was likely a perfect story for Joel Lesley to narrate. I think I would have liked it to be a little longer. It's told from the point of view of Sam, a human who suddenly finds himself in the world of the supernatural. Sam is very sweet and funny even when he is trying not to be.One major negative is that other than Sam, Alistar and Gideon, other characters are a bit 2 dimensional. I would have liked to see a bit more of this world and the characters. 
I did enjoy listening to the book a lot and thought Joel was in his element.

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