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Afterlife Audiobook

Afterlife: Afterlife Saga, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Afterlife...just some gothic nightclub where gossip is fuelled by the presence of a rich and unearthly, handsome family or afterlife...the strange place where time seems to stand still and guests feel the presence of something more powerful held within the confines of the VIP.

Keira is new to this small, cold town and is running from a past that seems to feast on her darkest memories. She finds living with her sister away from English soil to be just the ticket to the new life she is trying desperately to find. So when the offer of a job at the infamous gothic nightclub Afterlife comes along she thinks that lady luck has finally found her. That is until its seductively dark and forbidding owner Dominic Draven sets eyes on her.

All at once she is captivated and plunged into a world she never knew existed, but the deeper her obsession with Draven becomes, the harder it is to decide...should she stay and continue to work within the shadows of the supernatural or should she run from a madness she thinks may consume her?

Warning: This audiobook not only has sexual content but is amazingly addictive, with its dark mystery, haunting horror, seductive twists and one sexy dark lord that has the listener drooling every time the name Draven is heard! This audiobook has been written by an UK author with a mad sense of humour. Which means the following story contains a mixture of Northern English slang, dialect, regional colloquialisms and other quirky spellings that have been intentionally included to make the story and dialogue more realistic for modern day characters.

©2012 Stephanie Hudson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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    Kelly Pasalich 24/07/2017
    Kelly Pasalich 24/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Too slow and not 100% on the narrator"

    I am kinda liking the book and Rebecca plays the main character of Kiera perfectly but she is not good with the other voices. All of the American voices she does sound the same and Draven's voice is all wrong. The book moves too slowly. You are waiting and waiting for something big to happen and it just isn't coming. I want to know more about Dominic Draven and what they are but it is like paint drying. Kiera can be very annoying, she is constantly doing everything wrong. She reminds me a bit of Bella from the Twilight Series, always getting in trouble foolishly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lena 08/11/2016
    Lena 08/11/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "very basic book. Terrible accent from reader "

    The book is great for someone maybe 12yo. Struggled to get past first 2 chapters and gave up. The accent play was terrible. Would have been less irritating if just read normally.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chrissie 30/08/2016
    Chrissie 30/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    Had to finish it quickly cos it was brilliant, cant wait for next great book....wow!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jessica
    18/03/16
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    "European Narrator"

    Storyline was great, for the length of the book it went by fairly quickly. the Narrator was really good, however her impression of how Americans talk is slightly insulting. she pretty much made us sound like slow rednecks high on paint fumes. She does get better in the second book and I still recommend listening to this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Inkleindtoo
    19/01/16
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    "Loved IT!!"

    I have been in love with this series since I found it a few years ago. The Afterlife Saga is a series that can be read and reread over and over. I'm glad I tried out the audible version. Afterlife fans will be glad to hear that there are extra scenes and extra lines throughout this version, adding some details and even some extra steamy scenes. This book brings you into a world of demons and angels where not all demons are bad and not all angels are good, but some of both are here on earth to protect humans and maintain a balance. this series keeps you on your toes while you follow the love of Kiera, a human, and Draven, an angel/demon halfbreed. Another person wrote in her review that this a book for teens, I dont know what she would allow her kids to read, but I certainly wouldnt want my daughter to read this....yet.... ill recommend it when she is older, as there are detailed sex scenes. Like I said, I liked hearing the audible version and will definitely be getting the other books as they come out in hopes that they too will have extra scenes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Colorado
    21/05/16
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    "Story is great, narrator is HORRIBLE!!!!"

    The series is fantastic, 5 stars for the author. However, the narrator is absolutely terrible!!! I listen to a lot of audio books, a variety of narrators, but this poor gal is so bad, I quit listening after 3 chapters & just read it!!! All of her "American" voices are identical!! Frank, the brother in law, RJ the female friend & worst of all, Draven sound the exact same (let alone all of the other American voices)!!!!!! I'm so incredibly disappointed, if Ms Hudson would have found a decent narrator, it would've been ok!! Save your money!!!! 😠 Oh & the immersion reading does NOT work!!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Delaware, OH USA
    29/01/16
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    "great job Rebecca"

    I love this series and own all the books. I decided to purchase the audio books to give me something to listen to while cleaning or in the car. I have to say the first book is at this time the only book given a discount to customers who have already purchased the books. Book two is not discounted. I find this disheartening. I had hoped to purchase all the audio books. At almost $30.00 each I don't foresee that happening. With that said, the audio books are well done. I wondered how the characters would be performed. I will say I think Rebecca did a good job. I have already listened to the book twice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shaila
    20/01/17
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    "Is it over yet? And the narrator's accents... 2 thumbs down."

    I found this book very drawn out. Really, it could've ended hours before it did, if the author didn't take so long to get into the heart of the story. I can only assume that the author spent so much time on the build up for use in future books because it really did not help this story that much. Also, the Narrator had a terrible American accent which she used for several characters in the book which made it hard to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Donna
    Perth, Australia
    19/12/16
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    "I really wanted to like it but...."

    The premise of the story was good. I so wanted to like it as I am looking for a new series to get lost in and the reviews were positive. However one thing I cannot take is wimpy stupid female leads. Keira is a pill, there is no way around it. Every classic stupidity in a situation, she makes. I am curious about how the story goes on because I know that there are more in the series and as I said the story had potential but I don't think I can stand to continue it. The narrator was not the best choice for this book though as a narrator she is ok. So basically, good potential, annoying female who is supposedly intelligent but doesn't use her brains, which considering her history should be more aware of stupid actions than most Disappointed

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/12/16
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    "I returned the book after chap. 5, its THAT bad."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who don't mind terrible narration?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephanie Hudson again?

    Its not fair that I have to rate her story in stars. I didn't get a chance to listen to it. I really liked the concept of her story and still might get it in print, unfortunately the narrator is so bad its left a bad taste in my mouth for any of her other books. I am willing to try another story so long as it's not narrated by Rebecca Rainsford.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Rainsford’s performances?

    absolutely NOT. Her voice is so monotone its embarrassing that they picked her for this story. <br/>I had high hopes because of this strong statement......"Warning: This audiobook not only has sexual content but is amazingly addictive, with its dark mystery, haunting horror, seductive twists and one sexy dark lord that has the listener drooling every time the name Draven is heard".... and was crushed to find it was bullshit. <br/>I stopped listening when the main male character started speaking... he sounds like an ethnic goat who sucked helium and tried to speak. Doesn't sound like an alpha, more like a sissy la la.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not in my opinion. I couldn't even finish it because the narration was SO BAD!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • madpharmd
    12/05/16
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    "Ah, Draven!"

    Stephanie weaves an incredible journey that ensnares the imagination. It truly enjoyed Kiera's story and meeting all the Draven's. While the narrator gives you a good feel for Kiera, I would have preferred a more masculine voice for Dominic (as this is what I had heard in my mind when I read the book before then listening to the Audible version)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cheri2057
    NY
    23/02/16
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    "Wow this is fantastic"
    What did you love best about Afterlife?

    It kept you interested! Constant story. People are complaining about length all I have to say is wow to keep me interested, never boring. I love length I feel I'm getting my money's worth! Keep it coming! Ordering the 2nd book now.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was not repetitive it was a story that kept you not wanting to stop.


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

    Emotion and real life into the story.


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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    I hope she continues her story and many more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/01/16
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    "I loved this book!"

    Dark and angsty! The book is like a Gothic twilight in a much better way, with an intensely gorgeous story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Tracey
    11/01/16
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    "Oh good grief !"

    more than 20 hours of description of how overwhelmed/tearful/shy ( basically pathetic) the "beautiful but she doesn't know it heroine is !! The "Hero" is the usual strong dark silent type who goes all soppy with lust. It a mills and boon style formula story but dragged out. A nipples being described as "points of desire" sort of thing !!
    Formula stuff that is so bad it's sometimes funny. The American accent the reader employs is also some sort of revenge for dick van dykes English accent in Mary poppins I think. It was painful to listen to. And I don't think I have ever thought or said "oh good grief" whilst listening to a book so often !!

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Lyndsey Marchant
    5/09/16
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    "Accent issues..."

    Loved the story, but hated the bad American accent.... If you can get last this, it's a great book....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • boudmaria
    UK
    7/06/16
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    "interesting plot"

    liked the story but way too many sex scenes.. i personally don't like listening to sex scene descriptions. but others might like it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Sussex
    24/04/16
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    "Just don't do it! Save your credit."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like weak, pathetic, foolish female leads, shallow character development, and predictable plot. You'll also need to be able to tolerate a narrator whose voice for the male and American parts is less than stellar (her main character was good though)


    What could Stephanie Hudson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewrite it? I would have preferred a more in depth attempt at world building and a stronger less foolish lead character. Kira is more like a dithery, child than a grown woman who has a traumatic past. She is beautiful but doesn't know it, she's jealous of dravens beautiful female friends and they are jealous of her having his blind love. Her relationship with draven seems shallow and it is irritating, they meet up a few times in dreams and he's overbearing and she is pathetically submissive and they are obsessed with each other but nothing much has happened at this point. Then she starts work at the club he owns and they brush past each other a few times blah blah blah plus the constant references to how he makes her core feel made me want to bang my head against a wall or some other mild self harm behaviour. The lack of world building was especially disappointing and considering the overall length of the book, it doesn't seem like much happened at all really. Obviously this is a fantasy novel because Kira got a green card to work stateside without a job offer before she got there like it was easy.....


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rebecca Rainsford?

    Possibly, although I'd prefer her not to try the male parts especially if they are supposed to be American


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Afterlife?

    Maybe some of the dream meetings but I'm sure that it would have been better if it had been shorter overall. I'd attack it with a ferocious delete button to find ways of chopping out and changing lots of paragraphs to be more compact


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a literary snob Ill read most things but this was painful, the angel/demon thing and the mortal/immortal love thing are both right up my street and the story has potential to be good but needs more depth especially as it felt like an endurance race to get to the need of it,

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Beccy
    11/06/17
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    "Good opener"

    I was recommended this series by a friend based on similar books we have both listen to. Not as blown over as was predicted and not too sure of the concept at the moment, but will keep listening to the series to see where it goes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Su Amazon Only
    10/05/17
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    "The voice & story don't mesh"

    My first time listening to this author, after being recommended to try it.

    I enjoyed the story, but couldn't get on with the narrators voice at all. I have no issue with regional accents - in fact am a fan, however the dreadful attempts at an American accent and the tongue tangling involved when voicing the male characters dialogue were pretty poor and did nothing to enhance story or characterisation. The voice was also very young sounding - younger than the twentysomething heroine ( I'm not old, btw) which might be fine for YA, but there is some mature content here, and read in that voice it just sounded unconvincing and wrong. I don't think I can bear to listen to book 2 in the series because of it. Too annoying, sadly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • egal
    14/10/16
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    "whow"

    I loved it got lost in the story read with a beautiful voice off to listen to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • katie
    16/09/16
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    "Love it."

    I loved this book. I've listened to the entire series so far and can't wait for the next one to come out! Gets me through my shifts at work and I end up listening at home too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe Jones
    4/09/16
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    "Simple story with too many clichés"

    A simple romantic storry, think Barbara Cartland with fantasy creatures. It actually reminded me of 50 shades but without the bondage! Not for me, but I think 14 year old girls will love it. Narrator was fine but her American voices were terrible and her attempt to do a macho, sultry sexy voice for the lead character is laugh out loud funny

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • gucky
    Lübeck
    9/08/16
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    "Boring & Cringeworthy"

    I really liked Twilight and expected this to be similar and maybe a bit darker. Sadly it has just a very predictable plot and a exceptionally stupid protagonist. The only good thing was the setting itself "dark Goth club" and "remote old house". You should only read this if you are in the habit of reading the last page of a book so you don't get any suspension in the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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