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Megan Bramel

PLEASUREVILLE, KY, US | Member Since 2010

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  • Arena One: Slaverunners: The Survival Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Morgan Rice
    • Narrated By Emily Gittelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    New York, 2120: America has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this postapocalyptic world, survivors are few and far between. And most of those who do survive are members of violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium is where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever.

    Megan Bramel says: "Huge disappointment."
    "Huge disappointment."
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Morgan Rice and/or Emily Gittelman?

    This story had great potential, but it seemed more like a rough draft than something ready to be published. The reader did an okay job with what she had to work with, but if I was her, I'd be irate that something was published with so many mistakes. Was it laziness or what? She trips on some words and has to repeat a phrase, more than once. Now anybody reading a book would do this, but to not go back and re-record that paragraph is just ridiculous! The same descriptive words are used over and over. The protagonist keeps getting hurt, near fatally, and then the "next day" those injuries are forgotten as she is injured again.
    I don't usually write reviews because I'm not very good at describing what I've read. I'm also not a big critic. I enjoy "brain candy" type novels as well as serious ones. This was just so poorly executed that I feel like I need to warn others.
    So, in a nutshell; the story had potential to be great but its execution was terrible. Blatant mistakes, unbelievable injury, in great need of a thesaurus and an editor!


    What could Morgan Rice have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Edit, edit, edit. This would be okay if it were a first draft. With a lot of polishing up it could have been great.


    What didn’t you like about Emily Gittelman’s performance?

    I don't think it was her fault...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. There were so many mistakes I couldn't do the whole "suspension of disbelief" thing.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Everneath

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brodi Ashton
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (221)

    Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned - to her old life, her family, her boyfriend - before she’s banished back to the underworld... this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists. Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance - and the one person she loves more than anything.

    Kale says: "A Hauntingly Beautiful Debut"
    "Marathon worthy"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Everneath again? Why?

    It's been a long time since I couldn't stop listening and go to sleep! I finished at 3am and contemplated downloading the 2nd book right away. (On here buying it now, the next morning.)


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

    Yes, see above


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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