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Depravity Audiobook

Depravity: A Beastly Tale, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Benella is concerned with two things - avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark, misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast.

When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet the fate isn't one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.

A classic fairy tale with a seductively dark new twist, the A Beastly Tale saga begins with Depravity.

Intended for mature listeners due to sexual situations and moderate language. This book is one of three in the series.

©2015 Shattered Glass Publishing LLC (P)2016 Shattered Glass Publishing LLC

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    Brains, Beauty and BOOKS! Arizona 08-23-16 Member Since 2016

    Audio Reviewer under Audio Flow. I enjoy delving into the imagination of writers and hearing it read aloud by seasoned and new audio actors.

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    "What A Cliffy!!!"

    "I received a copy of this audiobook for a review. All opinions are my own."

    What happens when you take the beloved story of Beauty and the Beast, and add a little steam? You get Depravity.
    I own a copy of the printed book, but had yet to read it. So when I was given the opportunity to review, of course I said yes. This is a period drama, so I had to adjust my listening ears and give it a chance. Unlike the last few audios I've reviewed, this took a lot of concentration.
    Haag, does an amazing job with research. I say that because of the language and attention to detail about what it must have been like to live during this time. I immediately time-traveled to where socio-economic ideologies relied upon trade, property and status. Much like today the lack of "coin" to a poorer, less established families will at times, push you to your limit.
    Benella, the heroine of the story, is a feisty and curious young woman, who struggles to keep her family in tact, while trying to escape the courting of men who she holds no interest. Instead, she finds herself connecting to an unlikely source. In her efforts to stay away, she is consistently drawn to the mysterious person behind the "fog" agreeing to meet his demands for money and food. Tensions continue to grow and then IT happens...Not that IT you pervy pervy lol, but something happens and since I'm the QUEEN of no spoilers, I can't tell you what IT is...
    Sierra Kline brings a refreshing take on the narration. I liked her, but at times found it hard to believe her as 18/19 because she sounded a tad older. Nevertheless, her intonation and accent provided a good fit for the character.

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    Krista Montalvo Ohio 09-09-16
    Krista Montalvo Ohio 09-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "In love"

    I love this series so excited they have made there way to audio! Love this twist to my favorite fairy tale!

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    Dawn Yacovetta 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating Beauty & the Beast Adult Version"
    Where does Depravity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was such an intricate and captivating take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. I love the way Melissa Haag takes me in a direction that I don't expect to go. Her characters are full of depth and you immediately get a feel for them. I've always loved this story, but she ramps it up into an adult version that draws you in and doesn't let go. Although it includes some adult situations, I found it more readable and intriguing. It is filled with danger and magic, gives you chills and makes your heart pump faster.

    Ms Haag weaves a colorful story, helping the imagination to take us into the tale, becoming a part of the scene. I found myself looking forward to the scenes with Benella and the Beast, my mind capturing the dynamics of the strong young woman and this powerful beast and wondering when her heart might weaken toward the beast and her responses might become more submissive to his nature.

    Though I'd read the book before, this audible copy really brings life to the story. I can't wait to hear subsequent books.


    Have you listened to any of Sierra Kline’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never heard her narrate before and was quite impressed. She has a very flexible voice and does the male parts well. Her inflections and the changes in vocals for each character are well emphasized. It is not an easy job, and she did it well.


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    Mama Reniazen Springfield, MO 08-31-16
    Mama Reniazen Springfield, MO 08-31-16 Member Since 2016

    Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps owner/blogger, lover of the written and narrated word, if you write it they will review.

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    "A unique fairy tale retelling for mature audiences"

    I am utterly enthralled by the Beastly Tales and head over heels for this narrator. She did such a wonderful job capturing Benella's spirit and the Beast's anger. I wish I had time to begin the next book right away as I simply must continue this captivating journey!

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    Rebecca L Rogers SAN ANTONIO, TX, US 08-28-16
    Rebecca L Rogers SAN ANTONIO, TX, US 08-28-16

    Rebecca L Rogers

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    "Transports Me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Depravity to be better than the print version?

    The narrator really brings to life the story and the essence of the book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Depravity?

    Benellas interactions with the beast were always edgy and unpredictable


    Which character – as performed by Sierra Kline – was your favorite?

    Benella


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It amazed me how tender the Beast was with Benella even when he was angry


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    Jon Woodcock 08-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very entertaining"
    Where does Depravity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great story re-imagined for the adult listener. Desperate for book 2. This ranks up there with my favorites.


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    MomofBoys 08-18-16
    MomofBoys 08-18-16
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    "I Didn't Think I Could Love It More!!"
    What did you love best about Depravity?

    I love all of MJ Haag's books and Depravity is no exception. Depravity is a dark retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. I love the storyline, pace of the book and main character.


    What about Sierra Kline’s performance did you like?

    I felt that Sierra Kline did an exceptional job with Depravity. She was wonderful with the many voices in the story. Sierra immersed me once again in this story that I love and have read several times. It has left me wanting to purchase the audio books for Deceit and Devastation.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the narration, Sierra Kline!!

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    Lynn 08-11-16
    Lynn 08-11-16
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    "Totally Compelling"

    I'm a sucker for the Beauty and the Beast story line, but this was really well done. The familiar plot feels fresh and the characters feel rich and real. The stakes are incredibly high and there's an air of mystery and magic that permeates the entire world. Add that to another solid performance from narrator Sierra Kline, and I'm very excited to hear how this develops in the next book.

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    JackJo 08-10-16
    JackJo 08-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So damn good!"
    What made the experience of listening to Depravity the most enjoyable?

    Having read the book previously, I knew it was a good book. I love audiobooks since I can go about my daily chores and still enjoy a book.


    What about Sierra Kline’s performance did you like?

    She was amazing! Maybe one of my new favorite narrators. She keeps a wonderful pace when reading and when she does a man's voice, it doesn't sound ridiculous. She knows her range and makes it work for her.


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

    Most definitely! It's maybe the quickest I've ever listened to a book. Even knowing what would happen, I couldn't stop listening. I even listened in the shower.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one!

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    TracyVin 08-09-16
    TracyVin 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "sucks you straight in"
    If you could sum up Depravity in three words, what would they be?

    teasing, darkish, and lush


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Other than Benella (the main character) I'd say Ila, one of the Whispering Sisters.


    Have you listened to any of Sierra Kline’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is this first of her performances for me. She does a really good job of pulling the listener into the story. I kept expecting more when the story ended.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end when it came time to save her dad.


    Any additional comments?

    I really can't wait to listen to the other two books in this series!

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