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Swing Shift

Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Series: Swing Shift, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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Reports to write, forms to fill, coffee to drink, leads to run down. 

Gus’s life was a tedium and boredom he’d grown comfortable with. One that he sought out after he’d come back from his tour of duty.

A detective in the paranormal investigations department. A job he could work day in and day out in relative peace. One cold and forgotten cup of coffee at a time. 

It was an environment that made some sense to him. At least in comparison to civilian life where almost nothing did. On top of that, it gave him a chance to hide what he was from the rest of the world. 

An apex predator that made the entirety of the paranormal world fear him. His very species was often killed as soon as they were found out. 

By government and citizen alike. 

He’s a Boogieman. 

A name that made humans laugh, and vampires curse. It was a strange life to be sure. 

Now though, Gus’s stable non-life is about to be kicked over. Whether he likes it or not, he’s about to be handed a case that’s going to mess up his already screwed up life.

©2019 William D. Arand (P)2019 William D. Arand

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  • Joe
  • 25-07-2019

Wait. What? I enjoyed this romp?

This book is so far out of my wheelhouse, I was genuinely surprised that I continued to listen after the first chapter. Although categorised as erotica, the story is not explicit, fading to black at a kiss. Literally. Yes, it has a weird harem vibe going, but the male protagonist is not the "lead", rather dragged into the situation over time. It's not heavy-handed, nor overly misogynistic, though there are more than a few cringeworthy moments with descriptions of women in places, though less than in many "action adventure" stories I've read. I'd call it more polyamorous than harem. with a fetish for hypercompetant women. In short, I was expecting this to be male power fantasy rubbish. It is not. What kept me engaged was the world building and some decent characterisations of complex personalities. Gus, the protagonist, is surprisingly ell drawn: a monster with post war trauma who has, even if unknown to himself, a need for forgiveness. His desire to follow protocol continues to be a razor to the chaos of the world both inside, and outside, of himself. Alas, there are some characters that are less well drawn: the "innocent and shy" Trish who is a nymph is one that is less believable and problematic on several levels. Her character feels "dropped in" and schizophrenic at times. Now, the story itself. Dang! It's a crime drama ripped right out of Raymond Chander territory. Complex, but as it unravels, everything falls into place. I've read plenty of crime novels that don't do a half of the work in creating a conspiracy that this book does. Finally, the performance of the book is close to perfect. Andrea's voice acting conveys both character and emotion. She is so good that I've begun hunting down other novels she has worked on. A rare talent. In summary, this book is not highbrow. It's pure pulp entertainment. But it is mostly executed so well that you can look past some of the problematic issues of the characters.

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Swing Shift

William D Arand is one of the most talented and skilled author's. And it shows with this book I can't wait to buy his next book in this series. And with the voice acting talents and skills of Andrea Parsneau who makes the characters and world come alive with her narration. This book is bloody brilliant buy and own this book in Kindle and Audible....12/10 stars.

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Bloody great book

I’m not into smutty stuff. Book is well written. Loved it. And the voice actor is amazing. Does the sexy voice perfectly and does the blokes voice awesomely. Didn’t even question it I bought the next book as soon as I was done

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Well put together mystery

From an initially slow start, things really started to gather pace when the MC (Gus) caught up with the Contractor (Melody). From this point on I was hooked and kept going long after sleep was indicated. Andrea does an Excellent job bringing these characters to life and I am eagerly awaiting the second book in the series... If you have never read William D Arand before, this is a good introduction, but please go try others as they are all well crafted works and worth your time! I personally have an alert on for new releases and pre-order as I know I'm going to get a great story every time....

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Got 5 hrs in and meh

Can't finish this terrible mc apex predator that is a puppy in everything. And the mc voice very hard to listen to.

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AMAZING.

The whole world created by the author is amazing, its unique and just so well written out. The narrator is just pure amazing, im not normally a female narrator fan but I cant deny just how expertly how well done the whole book is.

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Great listen

I really enjoyed the story. Although alot of things could be improved upon, such as character relationships, They're a bit too faced paced. There are still some things that were left unexplained and some things that needed more explanation.

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Super entertaining, 90s cop movie vibe with magic

loved the story, it felt like the great late 80s to late 90s cop movies but added magic and other cool abilities, myths and legends. A great read/listen all around. 1 of my favorites in the authors universe so far. Andrea as always does a fantastic job bringing characters to life.

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Cheeky and fun

Great narrator and a fun and interesting story. Can’t wait to read the next one.

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Awesome

Loved it👍👍 The idea of the boogieman, the old legends was a fantastic thing to write up. Absolutely loving the story and characters

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  • Donald Tolley
  • 28-10-2019

I made it

This was a tough listen. I do really like the narrator though. The story was very lacking and juvenile sometimes. It almost seemed to be appealing to young teenage boys with all the sexual innuendo. Seems sort of insulting overall to women’s intelligence. Anyway it’s just my opinion but hopefully I’ll save you a credit you can use for a better book

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  • Joey
  • 30-09-2019

Mixed feelings about this book

There is quite a lot to like about this book. Many of the characters are interesting as is the story. I mostly enjoyed going along for the ride. There are two area of the book that were very irritating for me however. First is this gets very close to being a harem novel, and if there is a sequel it is sure to fall into that category. Now personally, I don't care how many partners a person has, but the "Every woman longs for the MC and they are all perfectly fine with the MC having multiple women" often kills any interest I have in a story. And don't think me one sided in this. I didn't like Laurell K. Hamilton's Merideth Gentry serie's harem aspect and orgy scenes either, even though it had a fascinating story idea. Although this book teeters on the edge of this, it doesn't quite, yet, fall down into the pool. The second big problem I have with the story is its a hidden world urban fantasy but the federal government is not only aware of the supernatural, but has agencies in place to deal with them. Now, if it was just the Feds, maybe I could deal with it. But quite a few higher level (captains) police also seem aware of the supernatural and the federal agencies involving them AND there are state level agencies (including police) that deal with them. Am I seriously supposed to believe there are all these people working for supernatural local and federal agencies, all of which have budgets that have to be authorized and paid for by committees which also include non-supernatural agents, and somehow in the modern age this is kept hidden? Even with the Orwellian control these agencies seem to be able to exert over media (and somehow never get revealed) this really stuck in my craw. But, if you don't mind (or you like) harem type novels and the massive (deep stateish) government cover-up doesn't bother you then this is easily a four star, maybe even a four and a half star book. Even disliking aspects of it as I do, the author made me interested in the characters (with one exception) and kept me wanting to see where the story and the characters were going. So I will pick up the next novel when that is available.

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  • Mike and Jen
  • 22-08-2019

Meh

I gave this a shot because I like paranormal noir type books. I got half way through and lost interest. It's a tame harem-style story without much real conflict. Conflicted, broody, evidently super attractive and over-powered MC with dark past starts collecting super attractive, over-powered women. The whole government agency to police paranormals that live amongst us was interesting but ultimately not enough to keep me interested.

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  • BikeVON
  • 27-07-2019

Meet our new hero Gustavus (Gus) Hellstorm

This is the first story that I have read/listened to by William D. Arand. From reading some of the reviews, this world is in the vein of his other works. For me it was a unique story because of the different characters in the paras (paranormal) community. Gustavus (Gus) Hellstorm is a boogieman. The boogieman is the frightening character from your nightmare. It is the ultimate apex predator. It feeds off your fears, can mark you (as in this woman is mine), and fear scent you, which can be permanent or temporary. How fear scenting works is not fully described. I found that disappointing because I missed the nuance of the meaning. Melody Lark is a contractor. Melody has seven different colors on her face. It makes her a rainbow contractor which is a rarity. It takes a very strong personality to deal with all the emotions and obligations that come with the contracts. The contracts correspond to an emotion or attribute: violet-giving, indigo-fulfilment, yellow-empathy, green-pain and suffering, orange-intellectual, blue-helps recovers from injury, red-sex. With that range of emotions Melody needs constant stimulation and challenges. She is known and The Lark. She thrives on action. Why she became a contractor or the process to become a contractor is not explained. Gus is a detective for the PID, which is the police department for the pars. He is never physically described. All we are told is that his hair is reddish-brown. From the narrator’s voice I pictured him as 6 foot 275 pounds and all muscled. We get more information about the physical attributes, attractiveness or ethnicity of the women in his life. This is a world were pars live in hiding while living with humans. ***spoiler*** They can do this because of a mask. This mask has runes which hides their true features. The mask is tied to their driver’s license. Nothing was said on how kids under driving age are masked. Gus works the swing shift and for PID department that is morning hours. Most pars action is in the evenings. Gus is a humbled and dedicated. He solves cases using standard police procedures. He is tired from his past where he had to be the apex predator to survive. Now he is just content with what he does. There is action of the paranormal type and normal police gun fights. The characters are interesting, funny (especially Melody) and intelligent. Each character goes through growth and change that enhances their appeal, even Trish who just cleans the office. The plot is filled with surprises. This is a 14-hour story and I was captivated from the beginning until the end. I even purchased the Kindle so I could read when I could not listen. Even though I liked the narrator’s voice for Gus, for some of the characters it was annoying. Even with the disappointment I discussed above, I will try another book by the author. I cannot wait until the next book.

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  • Adam
  • 30-07-2019

Aaaahhhh!! he got me again

didnt notice the author was the same that always starts with just enough interesting story for me to listen, then just becomes an adolescent fantasy of women. throwing themselves at the main character. this book is no different.

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  • Dwayne Ford
  • 06-02-2020

Dont support

wow if you ever contacting this author. he is one of the rudest ppl i have ever talked to. and when you confront him on it he just gets worse so unfortunately im gonna say piss off illiam

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  • mason
  • 18-08-2019

sub par

This book was slightly below average and completely forgettable. I would not recommend it at all

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  • Eric Olsson
  • 26-11-2019

Good fluff story for this genre, poor performance

I like to listen to this type of fluff fantasy story while I do jobs around the house, etc. This is a good one in terms of plot and characters. It was tough for me to get past the horrible voices of the narrator, though. The male voices, in particular, are stereotypical to the point of being cartoon-like. If the series continues on Audible, I hope they change out the narrator.

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  • AstroAmy
  • 29-01-2020

It's Okay

I'll start out with the positive, I liked the world created by the author, that there are supernatural beings living normal lives around us. However the idea that a third of people are supernatural and normal people haven't figured that out is somewhat unbelievable, but I suspended my disbelief, this is a fantasy novel after all. I also quite liked the hero Gus. Now for the negative. Definitely a male fantasy, every woman that Gus interacts with regularly (besides his mother) is super hot and wants to jump into his bed. Every. Single. Woman. I kept thinking "really? another one?". I know this is a "harem book" but I still found the female interest unbelievable. Also I found Melody particularly annoying, she is the instigator of the harem and basically she meets him once insists she is in love with Gus and moves in with him against his will and eventually he just gives in, it felt like she just wore him down, not that he was actually reciprocating. For a chunk of the book at the end Melody is not around and I found it a relief, although it was also odd she would not be in on the final showdown. I liked his normal partner and wished there was more of her and Gus working together. Then there is harem member #3, how do I complain about her without giving spoilers, all I can say is there is a character that she comes in at the end and is overly powerful and basically figures everything out, it was abrupt and felt unmotivated. I also found the motivation for the plot really unbelievable, I understand what the bad guys want in the end, but the way they are going about it is EXTREMELY counterproductive.

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  • bluzkat
  • 12-09-2019

Adolescent Sexual Fantasy

I passed by this book several time because of the over sexualized cover. Then, based on high rating, I thought I’d give it a try. At first I enjoyed the story. Interesting world building. Then, it went down hill with gorgeous, sexy women who only wanted to build a harem with the big, strong boogie man. GAG!!! The narration made it worse with all the male characters sounding like stereotypical dumb jocks. I couldn’t finish the book, and that says a lot. Based on some of the writing, it appears this author has talent. If he wrote this when he was 13 yo, he gets a pass. Otherwise, he’s wasting his gift. I hope he matures, for his own sake and that of his craft.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-2019

Love it, but it's frustrating

First off, I have never read any of this authors works before. I absolutely adore the setting and some of the paranormal species are damn cool. The main cast of characters are all pretty great and development is plentiful. However. The "harem" element was grating at best. It doesn't add much to the overall story and feels very forced at times. If the writing wasn't as enjoyable as it was I would say the only reason for it is due to the authors lack of ability to create proper relationships (in a general sense, not specifically romantic in nature) but the characters interactions are enjoyable enough fir me to think that's definitely not the case. I cant help but feel like the element is born out of indecisiveness and ultimately just makes an otherwise brilliant story fall a bit flat. I loved what I've heard, as the narrator was pretty damn good. As with most narrators the ability to tolerate their portrayal of the opposite gender is usually down to preference. Her narrative and comedic timing were on point and overall it was a joy to listen to. I just feel as if the silly "Everyone has maybe yes maybe no implied interactions with one another" thing should be toned down. Either have relationships, monogamous or not, or don't have them. This grey area just makes it harder to want to pick up any sequel in the future as character development gets more and more stifled whilst the blurry likes between characters promises no foreseeable form of closure. All in all I will definitely be keeping an eye on this great author, but the silly harem element will prevent me from picking up another of their books as its frustrating and pointless in the grand scheme of things. Unless it isnt obvious by now, harem elements ain't for me, and thats definitely soured the experience.

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  • Michael
  • 26-08-2019

Weak story and weird mannerisms from Andrea

I struggled with this book. The quality of the reading is high and the main characters premise is interesting. Personally the heavy accent given to the characters, the 'huh' and chuckle mannerism vastly reduces the immersion for me. I'd recommend you listen to the clip all the way through. I don't know if Andrea was instructed to chuckle for the characters with a huh snort, but its awfull to me. The story is also slow paced and has the typical Harem features of William's books. It feels forced and the dialog made me physically cringe. The universe is strong and premise good, however alot of the emotion falls flat.

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  • James martin housby
  • 25-07-2019

5 stars all round

Wow. Slightly different direction for William D Arnold but it works so well. The story is fantastic and as always Andrea Parsneau brings depth and life to each end every character. I honestly can't wait for more in the series.

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  • Gavin Whittaker
  • 10-08-2019

Awful, poorly structured soft porn

Hate it! Returning for credit back. Soo disappointed. I loved super sales series but this was just poorly written, Awkward soft porn. Straight from teenage wet dream. Paints all females as second rate fawning wet blankets.

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  • terence Leahy
  • 09-09-2020

full of great characters

I loved listening to this book the different characters women of course, each having unique abilities, one of the sexiest books I ever read without sex. just starting on book 2 I almost forgot ,the action is great story is unique I would love to be Gus

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  • matt
  • 13-03-2020

loved it highly recommend

great book highly recommend loved the back and forth between the characters and the inter connected plot

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  • Dan Wright
  • 07-10-2019

loved it

not what I was expecting. a late teens fantasy written around a great mystery and a wonderful writing style. a great story and book, dark and with meaning but playfully presents. certainly worth a look. a highlight of my audible listens this year.

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  • RADOSLAV MARINOV
  • 21-08-2019

awesome narration and a very gripping story!

Another home run from William D Errand! please continue this series! amazing story and a great choice of a narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-2019

I loved it.

I can't wait for the next book. Andrea's performance knocked it out of the park.

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  • RickG73
  • 31-07-2019

Absolutely brilliant, so funny, great story

Loved this, the adult humor was just perfect without vulgarity, got way better towards the end. I do hope the story and harem continues into many more books. Andrea Parsneau was so perfect with her voices and gave the humour even more impact, absolutely brilliant.