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The Bridge Kingdom

Series: The Bridge Kingdom Series, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What if you fell in love with the one person you’d sworn to destroy? 

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom. 

But as she infiltrates her new home - a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas - and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?

©2018 Danielle L. Jensen (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • Amy
  • 23-05-2020

The Bridge Kingdom

love it! couldn't stop listening this book really had me hooked from start to finish. only thing I didn't like was the silly rain and thunder audio inbetween chapters.

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Good solid story

I will admit that it can be a little slow in places. I nearly gave it away, but only had 1 hour to go, so I thought “I know how this is all going to end” and I wanted to see if I was right. I am happy to say I was NOT. Colour me surprised, but I didn’t see that coming (obvious NOW, duh!). I am about to download the sequel.
The narrator is a little dramatic, but pretty good overall.

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Give it a chance

It's a story with a strong female lead, which I like. They world-building I good and the plot is interesting. However, I reunited it for my self by reading the summary of the secound book

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Hooked me all day

It may not be the most unique story, but the narrative and characters enough depth and intrigue that has me desperate for the next book in the series. Well read.

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Captivating story, excessive performance

I found the exaggerated performance of the male narrator incredibly frustrating, taking away from the narrative itself. Each chapter also began with thunderstorm sound effects which felt childlike and extremely unnecessary. Overall, the story is beautiful and I'm intrigued to see how it ends but the audible aspects let the entire story down.

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  • Jen
  • 22-11-2018

Incredible!

Cannot even begin to express how much I loved this!
Voice actors incredible, story amazing!

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I loved this book

And can not wait for the next one. I couldn’t stop listening.

Narrated awesomely.

Grab it, you won’t be sorry.

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  • Christy Skinner
  • 09-04-2019

I'm Pissed

This book was fantastic...until the end, if you can call it that. There wasn't an ending, just a lead in to another book BUT there isn't another book. I listened to almost 12 hours of this book to find out it leaves you hanging???

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  • ange2262
  • 17-10-2018

Enjoyable Read

I loved the Malediction series and if it's possible I think I love this one even more. Finishing this book in less than 24 hours it's no surprise that this book has made it to the top of my list of best reads in 2018.

The characters were fun and witty, passionate and strong. First person point of view switching between Lara and Aren throughout the book, which I thought was expertly done. I really enjoyed the duel perspective, it certainly brought the story together delving into both their lives. The narrators were excellent as well, which made the book that much better.

The slow burning romance was quite refreshing, rather than the insta-love many books tend to have. I wouldn't say the romance was a huge part of the book, there was a lot of spying, deceit and manipulation. All in all it was an excellent balance of many things I love in a fantasy novel.

Lara held back throughout the book, not wanting to give away her secrets. It was nice at the end to see the full extent of her training and I am so excited to see her full potential in the next book.

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  • Terri F
  • 06-04-2019

Cliff hanger!

I wish I hadn’t spent the hours on this very slow moving book for something, albeit predictably, to finally happen only for it to end in a cliffhanger.

I love Laura fortgang aka Tillie Hooper so I was happy to hear you narration for the most part. It was just really long and a lot of boring that could easily have been completed in one book if there was no true world building going to happen.

If you want to listen maybe wait till the series is done before you get this one. I’m annoyed I wasted so much time

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  • Turtle 1
  • 03-05-2019

A war book, not a romance. Awful

I might have misunderstood the glowing recommendation for this book. The review said there were parts the listener went back to over and over. I had a completely different experience. It was horrific. The death and misery were constant. I managed to keep slogging through waiting for good news or happy conclusion, disappointed again. Absurd violence. I want to get my money back.

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  • CCW
  • 11-11-2018

Edge of my seat

I actually had to take a break when the story started to reach its climax because it was so thrilling I couldn’t handle my anxiety over the characters! Thrilling and well crafted; I can’t wait for the next book! (But this is NOT “teen” reading.)

Only negatives: The obnoxious thunder and rain sound effects between chapters are just annoying and distracting. And one of the minor male character’s voice is like nails on a chalkboard - luckily not frequently heard - he’s somehow both low and high pitched at the same time.

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  • E.B.
  • 10-11-2018

A new world

Enjoyed the romp of the book and the world the author created. My main complaint is with the narration. There is a woman and a man, and one would think that the man would do the man's parts, the woman the woman's. But no. When the female voice tried to do the men's voices she sounded like Cookie Monster, and the man has a smarmy way with one particular character that makes my skin crawl.
The story finished on a cliffhanger and the sequel isn't out yet, so had I know that I would have waited to have the full series available. And my hope is that the producers re-think the narration.

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  • Raylene Rospond
  • 30-11-2018

Great story - listening challenge

I love this audible original and can not wait for the next edition. However it was disconcerting to hear the changes in the narration throughout the book. You develop a connection with the voices of the characters and to hear them change every few chapters interrupted the experience of the book.

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  • Bonnie Buchanan
  • 30-05-2019

Ugh! Nooo U DIDN’T!!

I am so MAD right now! I can’t believe the Publisher ended the Book where they did! Noooooo!! (i say that with a SMILE, because I was so into the Book I didn’t want it to End! Much Less end where it did, which was a pretty awesome moment! A Perfect Cliff Hanger type moment where You know what comes next and can’t wait to hear it happen), There had better be a Book 2 when I go looking or I may go mad waiting for its release!...Yes!, This book is one of “those” books! It draws You into the tale. It has aspects of Betrayal, Murder, Violence, A Love Story, Fighting, War, Thrills, etc..., with such well written deep characters, that You will find Yourself caring about and siding with various characters. You will come to recognize that everything in this World is not neatly Black and White, but often a murky shade of Grey and then next moment fully White or Black, before it shifts back yet again to a deeper shade of dark Grey. That is what this story is like, it oscillates back and forth between coovb

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  • Mark
  • 01-11-2018

Nothing here

So I have no idea how this book is getting good reviews. The world building is horrible, character development is non existent and the book has a terrible case of slide show syndrome.

First thing I noticed is how little detail there is in the world. Scenes transition without explanation, for example they were in a building, I think, one paragraph, and the next paragraph they were in the forest with no explanation why they were heading there l, until they're there.

The main character will worry about blowing her cover and act in a certain way to keep from being discovered; in the next sentence she is displaying her expertise and no one questions this.

I got halfway through this book before calling it quits. This book feels like it was written by a teenager with little understanding of how characters should act, or how a book should flow through a story. Events happen to the characters instead of characters influancing events, giving the book an "on the rails" kind of feel.

I was hoping, after reading the reviews, that this would be a good book. Unfortunately, if you like major explanations like, why is this country with no resources and no strategic value being attacked by other countries, than this isn't the book for you. The worst part is any information you do gain isn't organic, most of the story is doled out through exposition dumps at random points.

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  • Carolyn Wood
  • 09-11-2018

Epic!!!

What a refreshing and epic new series! The end left me with chills and praise for the heroine. I am in love with the characters, the writing, the world building, and the story line. Bad ass women are the icing on the cake . The romance was a slow and realistic burn, but man was it hot once it was lit. The action and intrigue kept me engaged and on my toes.. I finished this in one night. Who needs sleep when you have an audible of badassery?? Both narrators were excellent. Now I have to endure the wait for the next book, woe is me!!!!

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  • Penelope Winterbottom
  • 07-11-2018

Excellent

Well written.. full of wit, murder, plots and twists.. romance not your typical heroine nor romance.. love it can’t wait for second book!!!!

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  • Phillip
  • 31-08-2020

Brilliant loved every moment

Great story by Danielle L. Jensen ,James Patrick Cronin is my favorite narrator, JPC and Lauren Fortgang brought this book alive, I cannot wait to listen to the next one :)