Ren Lewis, who has faced every danger known to man, is about to meet a challenge he's convinced has the power to undo him. When he discovers that his daughter, Adelaide, has been hiding a pregnancy he goes into hiding himself. Having a daughter was one catastrophe he struggled with. But now, being expected to welcome her baby into his home is not something Ren knows how to assimilate into his life. With a new ferocity he throws himself into his work in order to avoid family responsibility.
And there's enough work to keep him occupied with Vivian Bishop trying to infiltrate American homes, intent on controlling and manipulating their residents. Ren soon realizes that Vivian is his perfect enemy. She's strategic, brilliant, and stunningly beautiful.
In this third and final installment, the monster in Ren will have to do the unspeakable. He will have to evolve. Nothing in his life can be approached employing any of the strategies he's used before. The evolution of Ren might be his undoing, but it might also be the one thing that brings him real happiness.
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This last audiobook in the REN series does not disappoint, the evolution of the characters, the humour, heartbreak, intrigue and suspense will not let you put this captivating audiobook down. Not only does Ren have to navigates the turbulent waters of becoming both a father and a grandfather, but he must also discover the mole within the Lucidite Institute and defeat the brilliant Vivian before her plans, for both him and the middlings, come to fruition. The excellent narrator breaths life into these amazing characters and he hits the accents, nuances and emotions just right. This is a heart wrenching, hair pulling, breath taking, beautiful end to the series. The twists and turns in the the plot, the growth and change in the characters, and the roller coaster of emotions the author and narrator takes us on is simply amazing. From Ren himself, to Adelaide, Dalia and even Vivian, the maturation and depth of character shown is excellent and yet the author and narrator still managed to keep their individual quirks and personalities intact throughout the evolution. I loved how characters from her other books were interweaved in the story, not only enhancing the story but also adding depth to the Dream Traveller world as a whole and helping the reader form a cohesive timeline between the various books. I am sad that this is the final REN book, as I have truly enjoyed this amazing character. His caustic wit, arrogance, dry sarcastic comments, brilliant mind and flawed personality has kept us laughing, made us want to strangle him, but has also caused our hearts to bleed. Tim Campbell did an amazing job with Ren's accent and portrayal of his abrasive, yet appealing personality. The amount of emotion that this character has been able to elicit from readers is a testament to how well written these books are and how fully developed this character is. We will mourn that we will no longer hear that snarky British accent as we get to listen to Sarah's words. This audiobook was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
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This was the final installment in Sarah Noffke's Ren series about my favorite sarcastic and obstinate British anti-hero. There will be spoilers if you have not yet read, or listened to, books 1 or 2, The Man behind the Monster and God's Little Monster, which I would highly recommend as this trilogy is brilliant entertainment (and there is a boxed set now, so all three together for one Audible credit!).
This one starts off right after God's Little Monster and is full to the brim with emotions as Ren struggles to come to term with the fact that not only is he a father but he is about to become a grandfather. His daughter, Adelaide, is so much like Ren it would be scary if it wasn't so hilariously funny, and then there is the monster inside the monster, a screaming baby boy, who is causing havoc with Adelaide's emotions and is bringing out the most altruistic version of Ren we have ever seen. On the work front, Ren makes some rather unconventional decisions in order to defeat Vivian and save humanity. How his girlfriend Dahlia puts up with him I really don't know, the woman must be a saint.
This was a bittersweet ending as it was the last part of Ren's story and I have completely fallen in love with these characters, above all Ren. I hope there will be more of him and his family in the future. I always tell myself I am going to savor these slowly, but then I end up listening to the entire story in one go. Every time.
The narration by Tim Campbell was faultless in my opinion. Tim is Ren. He perfectly embodies Ren's persona and lends him just the right mocking and tenacious voice to bring Ren truly to life. There were no issues with the production.
Overall, a fantastic mix of humor, action, emotions, and intrigue within a paranormal fantasy setting.
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Ren's new found daughter Adelaide is with child, HOLY COW! Still working on how his daughter will fit into his life, Ren is blindly slapped with the news that his accident is having an accident. Good Lord help us all!
Ren and Dahlia had just gotten back together when Adelaide showed up to throw a monkey in the mix. Having a mini me wasn't working for Ren at all, but she grew on him, like an unwanted goiter. Just as the happy father/daughter duo started relaxing into their new relationship, Ren finds out from Trent that she is pregnant. All the while, Ren is still hunting down the notorious Vivian, this weeks villain. I have to say, just when I thought Ren was beat, by both his daughter and Vivian, he goes and has hindsight! The plot twist was brilliant, and I loved every minute of it! The drama Adelaide served with her newborn was very intense, and unpredictable. I really appreciated how the story stayed true to the real world in regards to Adelaide's postpartum depression. Adelaide felt abandoned by Ren and her mother, so it is natural that she not have any maternal instincts for her own child, or even know how to raise him on her own. The entire family dynamic is really screwed up, but their hearts for one another are there, just buried under a lot of negative memories.
In the end, I was brought to tears, whether sad or happy I will not say. You will have to find out how their story ends for yourself. I highly recommend the Ren series because it has been the most insightful and real book to date...for a fictional story that is, and he says a lot of bad words, right up my alley!
Tim Campbell returns to narrate for Sarah Noffke, yay! We almost lost him back on book 2 production, but with the help of her fans and friends, we were able to beat Tim into submission. Tim performs on a 5 star quality level with every performance! His hard edged brilliant tone for Ren is spot on, and he is just such a great story teller. I love Tim's British accent, (I have no idea if he's British) and I could listen to him all day! Great job Tim!
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I have to admit something, I don't like to see this series end.
This book won't disappoint, Ren is still Arrogant and Sarcastic as ever.
The storyline was emotional, nail biting, with several twists and plot turns.
Overall, I enjoyed this last book as well as the entire trilogy and I'm sorry to see it end.
As usual, Tim Campbell did really well with the narration.
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I have really enjoyed the Ren series.The story evolves and enlarges the readers understanding of what makes Ren tick.His suffering and happiness combine into a hellava book.This is the darkest of Sarah Nofkes books,yet it is my favorite.It reveals the dual natures of humans and the struggles we all face to some degree in our lives.I am going to really miss the snarky Brit.Yet I have hope that we might see a series based on Adelaide or Lucian's lives.The narrator has a pleasant voice and does an amazing job portraying the story.I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Ren Lewis has never faced a challenge that has beat him, but this might be the one. It is a huge challenge he learns he cannot run from, but must face and not even on his terms. Can Ren survive this challenge?
This is another wonderful book in the Ren Lewis series by Sarah Noffke, and I stand by my last review that this is one series you should definitely get the audible version of, and listen too, as Tim Campbell is Ren Lewis. This is probably the most perfect match of book and narrator I have ever listened too. I also suppose I have a soft spot for that outspoken, snarky, Ren that actually says what everyone is thinking, but never says. I suppose someday I want to grow up to be Ren.
Of course Sarah Noffke and Tim Campbell did it again and brought good ole Ren Lewis to life. This poor guy you'd think that he had had enough in the last book, but guess what nope. Life slaps him with another twist. This book was awesome I loved watching Ren actually come to terms with a few things in his life. And watching him deal with the craziness that was handed to him, he went and handed craziness right back to it.
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Wow… Sarah Noffke really tested my love for Mr. Ren Lewis in this series, but bottom line – he is exactly who he claims to be. Nothing more, nothing less, and I love the hell out of this character for that. In “Monster Inside…” we pick up right where book 2 leaves off – with Ren basically scrambling to save his sanity. He’s dealing with the pregnancy of his newly discovered daughter as well as with trying to devise the perfect strategy to put an end to Vivian’s evil plans. The way Ren deals with these situations crosses into a weird grey area that had me shocked, confused, saddened, and eventually led to understanding and acceptance. Ren wouldn’t have gotten what he needed out of life had he not stayed true to himself, despite the fact that his actions are what most people would deem questionable or all out inappropriate. In the end, I’m sad to see Ren’s story conclude. I’m hoping that maybe we’ll see him again in some of Ms. Noffke’s future works.
I've been dreading writing this review, so it is long overdue.
I loved the banter between Ren and Adelaide in book 2. They were basically not talking throughout this installment though, so it lacked a bit of the lightheartedness that I had grown to love and took a more serious tone. Overall, it felt less polished than the previous book.
Further, although I really ought not to let my personal beliefs shade my rating of a book, I had a particularly hard time with the way pregnancy/childbirth/newborn care was handled.. it felt more like an exaggerated t.v. drama and didn't jive with the "genius" characters and the powers of the dream-travelers. Similarly, I found the treatment of the "mole" entirely inconsistent with the treatment of Joseph in the Lucidites series. Items like these left me frustrated.
I still enjoyed the book... Vivian was a fun villain... I just know it could have been better. Usually the final installment of a Noffke trilogy blows me away or leaves me in tears... but this one just sorta fell flat. I suspect if I were to reread this I would be less critical of the author's plot choices and more enamored with the beautiful prose.
I received this audiobook from the author free for review.
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