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Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Series: Mine (Battles), Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
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Something happened that night in the woods at Camp Red Hawk. But all Joel and Leah can recall is sneaking out for a late hike with five camp friends - and that only the two of them and their friend Mike returned. They have no memory of what happened to the others. No memory of anything after leaving the camp.

In the years that follow, they realize something has changed inside of them. They are different from others in ways they never should be. In ways that send their lives down disturbing and terrifying paths. As they grapple with adulthood, their only hope for understanding why they've been altered lies with them finding each other again. But how is that possible when their memories of one another have been erased?

©2016 Brett Battles (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 10-11-2016

A thrilling sci-fi adventure

Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I loved this one and will try out more

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

Yes, and I almost did

Any additional comments?

Hello, dear Audiobooks Fans! As you may well know, Brett Battles is one of my favorites authors and when I ”heard”, earlier this year, that he is working on a new book set apart from his regular series, I was very excited! I waited almost two additional months after the Kindle release in order to get my hands on the audiobook and I’m glad that I did!

I will try to be very careful with what I tell you about the story, because I want to make you want to read it and, at the same time I must avoid spoilers at all costs… Ok, let’s try this!

Mine opens with a scene reminescent of all those scary movies that were airing on US Cable in the late 80s. A few teenagers are in Summer vacation at Camp Red Hawk, deep in the woods and some of them want to do something brave and totally stupid after their minders fall asleep. As you may imagine, everything goes terribly wrong and they all end up missing… After a few days, just three teens are found, and they are changed forever…

The story spans over 20 years and follows the three of them, a girl and two boys, as they try to understand what happened that dreadful night in the woods. Maybe, if they all three put together what they remember, they will find an answer, but how? Their memories of each other have been erased!

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Mine is something new, something different from what Mr. Battles usually writes, but it is as good or even better, in some aspects, than some of his previous works. I think that Mine is targeted at a younger audience, somewhere between the ages of 16 to 24, not at fully grown male adults of 33, but, even so I listened to it almost continuously from start to finish and I can say that I loved it!

When I said that Mine is even better than some of Brett‘s previous works, I was thinking about the deep character development we can find in this book. Brett Battles is a Thriller writer at heart, with Quinn, Project Eden an Poe he delivers non-stop action, but with Mine and with the Rewinder series he takes his time to tell the story differently, and I like that very much! As I was listening, I discovered that I was deeply caring for Joel, Leah and even for Mike, cheering them on, wanting to unravel the mystery…

If you like Paranormal and Sci-Fi thrillers, you can give Mine a try and you’ll discover why I love Brett‘s work so much!

Another nice surprise, for me at least, was the selection of Kirby Heyborne as the narrator for Mine. All other series by Brett Battles are performed by some great and award winning actors that include names like Scott Brick, Abby Craden, Vikas Adam and MacLeod Andrews.

I have to admit that I didn’t listen to any audiobooks narrated by Kirby Heyborne before Mine and that I was a little anxious. I’m very picky when it comes to narrators, but I shouldn’t have worried at all! Kirby does a fantastic job with the narration, he reads, he acts, he can switch between voices easily and by doing so he keeps all the characters well differentiated for the listener… Near the end of the book there are some very tensed moments and I think that he overacted, just a little, by shouting too loud in some scenes… but, I won’t keep that against him as he delivered a great overall performance.

As a side note, I want to add that both me and my girlfriend, Alina, are listening to audiobooks everyday and as we are usually talking about what we read, I discovered that she enjoys Kirby Heyborne’s performance of the two of the three audiobooks in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy… She is at the 3rd right now and maybe she’ll start writing a few reviews soon…

I hope to see Brett Battles as he announces the next book in this series very soon and I can’t wait to listen to more audiobooks performed by Kirby Heyborne, as I enjoyed his narration very much…

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Thank you!
Victor

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  • mommermom
  • 21-04-2017

An unexpected surprise!

I only purchased this book because it was on sale and I had a few dollars left on a credit. I very soon decided I had made a big mistake. The nature of the story did not draw me In at all, but I figured I'd hang in there and I'm so glad I did! As the characters developed I became more and more interested in the story and was soon hooked and could hardly stop listening. I grew to really like these characters. Syfy is certainly not something I would ever intentionally select but this book had enough of an interesting story to make it worthy of a good listen. The narrator also grew on me and by the end of the story I think I could become a fan of his.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 05-05-2017

interesting, creepy, spooky, and haunting

Mine: a hole in the ground for digging out ore
Mine: to delve deeply
Mine: belonging to me alone
Mine: a bomb waiting to explode

They are all there, but not necessarily all at the same time. This is Battles drifting quite a ways away from Jonathan Quinn and The Eden Project. It's disturbing and unsettling, freaky Twilight Zone, and very well done.

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  • Wayne
  • 02-01-2017

Very entertaining contemporary sci-fi!

Mine is not at all like Brett Battles traditional novels such as his espionage novels of his Jonathan Quinn series, or his post apocalypse novels of his Project Eden series, or his modern detective novels of the Logan Harper series, or even the suspense thrillers he co-wrote in the Alexandra Poe series. On the other hand Mine is contemporary sci-fi sort of similar to Battles' recent Rewinder series. Few modern authors cross so many genre lines. I am very interested to see what the soon to be released The Excoms by Brett Battles will be like. But, Mr. Battles, please keep on releasing a new Jonathan Quinn novel every year.

I found Mine fascinating and entertaining. Narrator Kirby Heyborne is not totally new to me. He narrated Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Neighbor in Lisa Gardner D.D Warren series, and The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain each of which is in my Audible library. Heyborne is a very accomplished and competent narrator with a superbly clear voice. He is also and actor, singer, and song writer.

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  • Charles Elmore
  • 13-04-2019

A Fun Sci-Fi Adventure with a bit of Superhero on the Side

2016's "Mine" from prolific novelist, Brett Battles, is the first entry in a series of cliffhanger novels revolving around a group of young people who experience an unusual event that occurs one year at summer camp. This experience leaves them changed in ways reminiscent of a Marvel origin story if written by Stephen King. The narrative shifts regularly between the characters, devoting a chapter or two to each. More questions than answers are offered as the plot unfolds and may be summarized as a variety of, "Just what is going on here???" A shadowy villain emerges early on and appears to be pulling everybody's strings, but the true nature of this antagonist is just more fodder for the questions-to-be-answered-later category. Sinister overtones are more than implied.

Whatever one may take away in general from a Brett Battles-penned escapade in terms of plot, character development, or the sci-fi premises he employs, it's difficult to find any fault with the overall experience his books deliver. Whether one finds oneself frustrated with a particular character's poor decisions or lack of efficacy, groaning at a corny bit of dialogue, or rolling one's eyes at a forced romantic subplot, one never questions the tale itself: it is what it is, and, almost always, what it is—and "Mine" is no exception—is an entertaining fantasy that leaves one helplessly awaiting the next installment.

It should be noted that the entertaining aspect of a Brett Battles audiobook is helped along a great deal by such notable narrators as Kirby Heyborne and Scott Brick. Heyborne helms this particular escapade with aplomb, providing vivid voice acting to the various roles. One can only hope he returns for the promised sequel, which according to my calendar, is overdue.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-2018

absolutely loved this book!

absolutely loved this book! I hope there is a book number two. I also liked the readers voice.

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  • Paper Poppet
  • 19-08-2018

Lame

Just not that good, lame plot, super predictable, kinda boring, and while sorta original also pulled from numerous sources for inspiration...

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  • Kim
  • 24-07-2018

Mine

When I started this book, I was expecting a horror novel. There are definitely some twisted and messed up things that happen, but I wouldn't put this in the horror genre. I'm not really sure how I would characterize it. I enjoyed the story, because it flowed nicely, was well-written, and had some unexpected things happening. The character development was a little lacking, but not bad. The ending was vague, which I like.

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  • Ron
  • 28-05-2018

Strange, Unpredictable and Original

A strange un-predictable story line that is full of suspense. Many reviewers complained that this story is written for teenagers and although that is true, it is also full of drama. Although you are never told how or why the two teenagers have the visions they have, I was taken in by the story. Since I love tales that are totally out there, I have to give this 5 stars.

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  • DTB
  • 03-02-2018

Horrible

Why did the children have to die??? Children are supposed to be rescued. A good book does not let children be tortured and enslaved. I was so disappointed, shocked, and disgusted.

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