From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Colleen Gleason, writing as Joss Ware, comes the award-winning paranormal romance series set in a devastated world.
Everything they knew is gone...
From the remnants of devastation, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind's last hope, but they cannot survive this devastated world alone.
When Dr. Elliott Drake emerges from a cave after traveling fifty years through time, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are overgrown jungles, and what's left of civilization has been repressed by crystal-wearing immortal beings. But even more unsettling: Elliott has acquired an extraordinary ability--the power to heal.
But even that gift, in a world that lacks the technology and infrastructure of his past, is a two-edged sword for Elliott.
Jade Kapiza, who'd been imprisoned by the immortal beings, has been in hiding for years. But now she's determined to help the human race fight back against the control of her captors. She can trust no one...but when Elliott comes into her life, he pushes at her defenses and begins to tear down the walls she's built so carefully.
Yet the mysterious doctor seems to have secrets of his own. Can Jade trust Elliott with her heart, even as they risk their lives to save a band of innocents?
And can Elliott find a new place for himself--a home--in this new, ravaged world?
©2010 Joss Ware (P)2013 Colleen Gleason
"Joss Ware's vision of the future is dark, complex, and sharply original." (Nalini Singh)
"Brilliantly conceived and executed." (Library Journal)
"Joss Ware makes even the end of the world sexy!" (Kathryn Smith, USA Today bestselling author)
I really enjoyed this story, it ranks up at the top of the books I've listened to this year.
Sebastian Field nailed the performance. A good narrator can make or break a story. Some books that I've loved were ruined by a poor narrator. He did an excellent job.
As I wrote in the title, I NEVER read end of the world, apocalyptic zombie stories. NEVER. Cannot tolerate them. The author sent me the voucher for this story in exchange for a fair review and once I started, the thought occurred to me that I really didn't want to listen to this. Once I started listening, I actually thought, "What have I gotten myself into?" But having agreed, I hated to back out. Glad I didn't, because the story made complete sense. It is wonderfully written, has a well conceived back story, and left me with a good feeling inside afterwards. I can highly recommend this.
I like to read. I enjoy the process of reading print books. And I have never taken advantage of an audiobook before this one. But I can see how listening to a book has its pluses. That said, If listening to books is your thing, then I would recommend this audio over the print version. If you're going on a road trip or traveling, I would recommend this audio over the print version.
I've never listened to an audio book before. I tried once to use the 'voice' function on my Kindle Fire, but the robotic reading annoyed me, so I turned it off and read the old fashioned way. But Colleen Gleason offered up a few copies of the audio book of her Envy Chronicles. I've read the Envy Chronicles paperbacks. But I was curious about the audio version, so I took her up on her offer.
Dystopian is not my 'go to' genre. But I like Colleen's historical novels, like her style, and am up to reading whatever she writes. I won't go into what the book is about. Between the book blurb and the many reviews, the story line is already there. She's got it all. A very interesting story about 5 men who go exploring and find themselves in the future after an apocalypse. They encounter groups of people existing and trying to rebuild a new civilization from scratch. There are 'monsters' in the dark bent on disruption, power and control. There is mystery, suspense, and a direct connection between the characters and the past and present. And what Colleen Gleason book would there be without romance and hot sex.
But this review is also for the audio telling of Colleen's story. The narrator of Book 1 is Sebastian Fields. He has a very engaging voice without sounding too affected. Although he tries to distinguish vocally between the characters, he doesn't go over the top with his interpretations. And because of Colleen's expertise in story telling, Sebastian has no problem drawing the listener into the story so that you feel like you are a part of this new civilization.
Colleen Gleason has an audio book with an entertaining story and an engaging narrator, I have no problem recommending it to lovers of the dystopian or romance.
Honestly, I enjoyed Sebastian Fields interpretation of the gangas. He manages to pull off a difficult task without going over the top.
I loved the story line that Colleen has written. She has a very creative mind, and I love reading her work
I liked the story line. The character interaction keeps you listening and keeps you intrigued.
I honestly wasn't fond of the narrator. He sounded monotone, and he sounded like he wasn't into the story. I didn't hear any excitement in his voice. The various accents that he did do gave it some depth, but when he was attempting to sound like a female, he failed. There should have been a female narrator along with the male.
Trying to live through the night.
When five men emerge from a cave, they find that the world, as they knew it, is gone. Fifty years has passed, but they have not changed. As they journey to seek other survivors, they learn that each of them possess an extraordinary power. They are driven to see what is left and seek safety from the zombie like creatures who hunt them. Then they meet Jade, a runner, who is trying to save her friends and her world from the evil that caused this devastation. Will they survive? Joss Ware/Colleen Gleason has written a story that gave me chills. What if our life was destroyed in a heartbeat? The story is so incredible and the danger so exciting. I was hooked. The characters are well written and the setting so powerful. I was especially drawn to Jade and Dr. Elliott Drake. They are a intriguing couple. They fight the attraction they feel, but finally realize that we need someone to love and to love us. This is a suspenseful story that is filled with unexpected twists. Beyond the Night is the first book in the Envy Chronicles. I can't wait to start reading the next one. I want to know more about Envy Nevada and her people and about the Immortals and their plans.
I enjoyed the narration by Sebastian Fields. He was perfect.
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