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The Queen of All That Dies

The Fallen World, Book 1
Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
Series: The Fallen World (Thalassa), Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
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In the future, the world is at war. For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.

All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can.

Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who's taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can't conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption.

Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.

©2015 Laura Thalassa (P)2017 Laura Thalassa

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Worst narrator...

The breath she lets out at the end of each sentence is the most annoying sound. It really ruins the flow of the story and I'm not sure if I can keep listening...

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  • Heather
  • 13-04-2018

This narrator....

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Love the series, happy they made it into an audio book, but I really wish they had picked a different narrator. It's like all of her sentences trail off and don't feel completed. I know this sounds crazy, but it's almost like she's trying to sound sly. Like, I could picture her reading this with her eyes narrowed and looking around shiftily.

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  • Christina
  • 24-03-2018

Will have to read!!

Oh my gosh! I loved the Bargainer, so I figured I’d give this series a shot! But the VOICES!!! Good lord!! So bad! The way she has a little breath after every sentence.....and the man’s voice!!!!! Yuck!! I will definitely have to read this one

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  • Heather D.
  • 30-05-2018

Horrible Performance

I couldn't even finish the audiobook because the narrator took a long, loud breath at the end of every single sentence. I went back and read the book on my Kindle and loved it! The story is great, just like Thalassa's other work. It's just a shame the terrible narration ruined it.

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  • Humble listener
  • 25-10-2017

Love this Series

This series is amazing from start to finish. I love the readers and how they give a good description on the characters, looks and influential power of each individual. Will read and listen again and again.

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  • Dabeyba
  • 08-01-2019

Entertaining Book

I like the history, for moments gave me a mix emotion between the characters, what she should be feeling and what not. But like I mention I enjoyed very much, the only thing I would change is the narrator is very annoying how she breath like she is running out of air of having a sexual experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-08-2018

Really disappointed...

Seems like some kind of cross between Hunger Games and Beauty and the Beast, only it isn't very well written. One-dimensional characters with simple motivations, and a heroine that displays every single treat of any YA-heroine ever. "I have never realised that I'm pretty before." But of course she is. "I can't possibly impress the king who has known so many women," and he swoons the second she enters the room. Not very credible.

Serenity is simple, and appears more like a stubborn teenager than a heroine, who keeps repeating that she hates the king because he killed her parents at the same time she is physically attracted to him. Terrible portrayal of Stockholm Syndrome. From their first meeting, she's fangirling about the king in narration and spitting in his face in dialogue. He rapes her, and she enjoys it. The narrator even goes so far as to explain away her anger at him for killing her family as sexual frustration. And she keeps repeating the word "king" so many times it's like the author uses it to impress the reader of his power.

The king is supposed to be really evil, and yet the only thing he cares about is her. He's lived forever, and never cared about a thing, but when this teenager shows up, he automatically falls in love with her. Nah.

The narration lacks a lot of descriptive parts, and it feels as if the story rushes ahead, making it hard to follow, picturing places and people, and simply ticks off people and places and dialogue, with very little detail.

And the narrator reads every. single. sentence. with the same intonation and rhythm, and exhales hoarsely at the end of every sentence, which is extremely annoying and makes the story even worse. And her French accent is terrible.

Sort of sorry that I spent a credit on this.

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  • Kay
  • 06-01-2018

I STILL love Laura Thalassa!

This story was incredible. I wasn't sure if I'd like it - still waiting around for the 3rd book in the Vanishing Girl trilogy - but I loved it. Can not wait to find out what happens next.

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  • Heather
  • 11-12-2019

Great story, horrible narration.<br />

Love all of Laura Thalassa's work, even her earlier writings. I bought this book at a discount because there was no way I'd pay full price for that narration. The narrator has to some how be related to William Shatner because she has the same inflection he added to his famous Star Trek character. I would recommend reading this book instead of listening to it until it gets rerecorded.

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  • Killian
  • 19-11-2019

this is hard for me

I'm a massive Laura Thalassa fan and had read all of her books but this series and I wish I had started with this. You can see how much she has changed and improved over the years. Insta-love is also not my thing so this was hard. I love the concept and if she writes more in the future I'll be glad to see how it goes. But in conjunction with L.Schroeder it was difficult to get through. The way Laurel drags out sentences and her cadence rubbed me wrong.

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  • Christine Harkins
  • 30-09-2019

Good story but

I really hate when the heroine can't keep her emotions under control. Freaken Stockholm Syndrome. He's the Hitler and you're the Eva Brown... Really annoying...

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  • Vanessa
  • 13-11-2018

The worst narrator

I was so excited for this book and this plot but Lord... This narrator is the worst. I didn't enjoy the book half as much as I should've and I actually wish I didn't waste my money for a subpar narrator. However good plot and story.

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  • Stephanie Lynn
  • 07-12-2019

Acquired Taste?

I wasn't a fan of the narrator, especially at first, the accents weren't realistic at all, but after the first half-hour or so, I got used to it, and just started focusing on the story, and found I didn't even mind! Which is good, as I can't wait to start listening to the next book, and I was worried at first that I wouldn't be able to get into the story if I couldn't get used to the narrator's style.

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  • michela
  • 19-10-2019

Had to return it when I heard the King's accent

Couldn't get past the narrator. I bought it despite the reviews thinking I could get past a shaky narrator but when I heard the king, I just couldn't.

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  • sarah marrie
  • 18-02-2019

Better than expected

This audiobook was better than I expected. I was got really invested in Cerenity and the king; after having to listen through the 1st 20 minutes