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Ninja at First Sight: An Origin Story (Knitting in the City)

Knitting in the City
Narrated by: Em Eldridge
Series: Knitting in the City, Book 4.75
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the USA TODAY best-selling author of Truth or Beard.

What do a cynical former Marine and a sheltered former Olympic contender have in common?

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

He has a girlfriend, and she's never been kissed.

He's sullenly sarcastic, and she's earnestly empathetic.

He can't stop thinking about her.

She knows she should keep her distance.

Nevertheless, when opposites attract, the results may be unexpected, but they're also undeniably magnetic.

Ninja at First Sight is a stand-alone, prequel novella (for book five of the Knitting in the City Series, Happily Ever Ninja).

©2016 Penny Reid (P)2016 Penny Reid

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  • Ian
  • 08-03-2016

Penny Reid is a Master!

What made the experience of listening to Ninja at First Sight: An Origin Story (Knitting in the City) the most enjoyable?

Honestly, Penny Reid is a master story teller. Contemporary romance is littered with tropes, and that doesn't bother me, but I love that Penny Reid doesn't use them. She always surprises me.

What did you like best about this story?

Favorite moment.
Thinking to myself, 'Oh no, she's about to (Spoiler)' and discovering I was completely wrong.

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

She's a good narrator. I didn't really notice her to be honest and that's about the highest praise I can give. When the narrator disappears and it's just you and the story.

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  • Hope
  • 25-03-2016

Unnecessary snippet; a teaser?

Any additional comments?

I am a fan of Penny Reid's, although I prefer her Knitting in the City books to her other books. I was looking forward to reading another episode of that series even though it was a novella. What this turns out to be is a prequel to an upcoming book. I'm not sure why it was published except to be a teaser, or perhaps to bring a bit more income to the author. (I do support authors being able to earn a good living.) However I felt that this short book was really unnecessary. If this backstory is necessary to the upcoming novel, a skillful author will work it in to the story line; if not, leave it on your computer.

I think the best books are written quite tightly; they don't require prologues or epilogues. A good story evokes all kinds of questions in the readers' minds but doesn't have the need to answer every single one, up to the number of children and grandchildren the heroine has, for instance. The best books leave us with lots to think but do complete the essential story arc. Penny Reid writes contemporary romance, a genre which is often sneered at, although romance readers know that the best romances are as good as books in any other genre. That said, we romance readers still deserve the best writing, and many romance authors really do deliver, and Penny Reid is an author who can meet very high standards.

So why does this little novella exist? It's not particularly well-done or interesting. If it's a teaser for an upcoming novel, we shouldn't have to pay for it. If it's essential to that novel, it should be included in that novel. It certainly wasn't worth my time and money.

I also wish, once again, to request that readers for books are chosen more carefully. I think that actors or whomever it is who wants to narrate books should get voice training. Em Eldridge doesn't do a very good job differentiating between different characters; her male voice(s) are not believable. In addition, she has a regional accent which she should work to eradicate. In particular, she substitutes short i's for short e's, i.e. pin instead of pen. She is a somewhat sloppy narrator as well, and it makes the heroine less believable as the intelligent, talented young woman she is supposed to be.

This is a book that lovers of fan fiction might enjoy; for me it was a disappointment.

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  • Pam Audio-Fanatic
  • 04-02-2019

Fun and Witty!

Ohhh why did I wait so long to listen to this! It was witty and funny and just downright fantastic.
What I love is how Penny can make a serious topic and give it balance with fun and humor.
Greg might just give Cletus a run for his favorite place in my heart. That accent lord be!
The narration in this is 100% the best and I want MORE!

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Elena F. Wildrick
  • 08-07-2019

Debates of mean girls

Wow the self restraint that Greg had was amazing. Fiona and Greg’s debates were sometime hard to follow which only had me more intrigued in their upcoming relationship. I truly want to learn how Fiona becomes a cia operative. Thought it was cool how penny inserted Nico’s restaurant into the story way before they ever met! The world is truly small.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-06-2019

Fi Fi Fiona

always the most mysterious having a small story about her pre knit city was good.

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  • dektolia
  • 22-06-2019

I didn’t enjoy the college age characters as much as the rest of the series

I’ve really liked the rest of the Knitting in the City series, but not this story, most likely because I’m not 20. Greg is also my least favorite character of the series with a lot of dialogue that I didn’t enjoy. I was hoping to hear more about what Fiona does between college and the “present day” in the rest of the series.

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  • Brooklynn777
  • 09-03-2019

I ❤️ Greg

Greg is definitely among my top five book boyfriends. After finishing both this book and Happily Ever Ninja, I’m sad to say goodbye to Greg and Fiona. They are by far my favorite couple
in this series, though Fiona annoyed me at times in Happily Ever. Still, I’d love a whole spin-off series for Greg and Fi, spanning their time between college and kids. With her badass job, it could be amazing. Plus, more Greg!!!

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  • Catherine
  • 11-01-2019

This series just keeps getting better!

Each character Penny Reid creates for this series is more interesting than the last. Here she gives us two characters who have been formed into interesting and complex persons by the challenging and atypical lives they have led. Fiona’s reasoned decision to start living her life by meeting new people and trying new things leaves the listener more frightened for her feelings than she is for herself. And seeing her go toe to toe with the disputatious Greg Archer reveals the nucleus of the woman that will become the wise and enigmatic motherly member of the knitting group around which this series revolves. Plus, as romance stories go, seeing Greg’s adoration of and respect for Fiona is completely enchanting and left me wistful for a Greg of my own.

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  • Susan
  • 27-11-2018

Holly clifhangers!

I live the knitting in the city series. This new twist is fun and flirty

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  • N.Sum
  • 12-11-2018

Novella prequel - Fiona

Having read the first three Knitting in the City books and being intrigued by Fiona I was happy to see this come up in the Romance package. This backstory is written with the same wonderful feeling and true to life character as the other books.
I love this story! It is funny and clever and a tiny bit angsty and achingly wholesome because Greg loves Fiona so much and they take their time to really know one another. It is beautiful.
I am an old, married librarian and have read many, excellent, romance stories. Penny Reid is a treasure; I am going to read everything she has written.
The narrator is excellent too!