Born with the power to control minds, hypnotize others, and read thoughts, Ren Lewis is certain of one thing: God made a mistake. No one should be born with so much power. A monster awoke in him the same year he received his gifts. At 10 years old. A prepubescent boy with the ability to control others might merely abuse his powers, but Ren allowed it to corrupt him. And since he can have and do anything he wants, Ren should be happy. However, his journey teaches him that harboring so much power doesn't bring happiness, it steals it. Once this realization sets in, Ren makes up his mind to do the one thing that can bring his tortured soul some peace. He must kill the monster.
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This well written and narrated audiobook is excellent. It tells the story of Ren Lewis, a dream traveller who was born with amazing gifts, but instead of seeing them as a beautiful thing he sees them as making him a monster. It is not so much the gifts themselves but rather his abuse of his ability to read thoughts, hypnotize and control minds that causes him to view himself as such. This book details the story of his life and what made him the sarcastic, apathetic, abrasive and yet totally appealing character that he is. It chronicles Ren's misuse of his powers, his mistakes, sorrows and the contacts and actions that cause him to change. I loved how the author tied in all her other series and filled out the details about Ren that were missing in the other books and yet she didn't give too much away for those who haven't read them yet. Ren is my favourite character in all of Sarah Noffke's books. He is complex, tortured, a jerk and yet you can not help but love him. His dry sarcastic humour and underlying loneliness and despair draws you to him, your heart bleeds for his losses and pain but at the same time you want to shake him and make him realize that he has worth and is not the monster he thinks he is. Tim Campbell's narration fits this character perfectly. His deep, gritty voice and correct British accent (even down to the pronunciation of words that are said differently in England) brings the character to life and reveals that underlying sexiness that is so appealing in this character. The Dream Traveller world that Sarah Noffke has created in her books is intricate and captivating and this story continues to add depth to an already amazing world. I can not wait until the next audiobook in this series is out.
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When I started this I didn’t know there were entire YA series, The Reverians and The Lucidites, in which Ren appears as a character. It didn’t really matter because this worked as a stand alone with enough information provided to get a feeling for these two series and their settings. In fact, after finishing this, I have become interested enough in this world of dream travelers that I am quite keen on listening to more.
But back to Ren The Man Behind The Monster. This was basically Ren’s autobiography from growing up as a young boy in a tiny, quiet village in England who discovers his special powers to the present day when Ren is in his mid-forties. Ren is the sort of character you can’t help but love, although most of the time he was totally self-centered, arrogant and rude. Initially, he used his skills to manipulate people in order to get money and sex. Quite the jerk and totally full of himself. But he also had some rather endearing moments and by the end, he had totally won me over.
This was a really fun listen and I finished it in one setting. The narration by Tim Campbell was excellent. Ren is the narrator of his own life in this audio book, and Tim Campbell brought him to life perfectly. Very smooth sounding and a pleasure to listen to. There were no issues with the production quality.
I am not sure whether it would make more sense to start with the Reverians or the Lucidites series before listening to this, but if you are already familiar with those, then I would definitely recommend listening to Ren’s memoir because he is a fantastic character, and his story was full of drama, action, romance, humor and great observations on life and people. A really good character study by the author.
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I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
It was a good addition to this series!
Its and Origin story of Ren, a funny character who is kind of mean and heartless...but deep down he is not that bad!
This would be an interesting movie...the whole series would!
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Ren is a jerk...yep 100%...he is stuck up and selfish, dishonest and a scammer...But on the other hand he loyal and smart...and deep down has a decent side...he learns many life lessons and ultimately decides to play for the good team! Great story!!
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Ren: The Man Behind The Monster #1 is about a man named Ren, and he is a very powerful Dream Traveler. This story is the life of Ren essentially. You, the reader, will be inside Ren's head throughout the entire book, getting first hand knowledge of what makes this man tick. Watching Ren grow up from a boy, living in a country setting with his parents and older sister, to a middle aged man who finally finds the peace and balance he was looking for. It is quite a journey, for the character and you!
Ren is a main character from the Lucidites Series by Sarah Noffke. His character in the Lucidites Series came off as a very pompous, arrogant jerk of a man, that was just downright hateful at times. The way Ren was so emotionally detached in the Lucidites series, always made me wonder what was it that made him like that. Well, I got to find out in this book! Ren's story is deep. Dream Travelers all have powers, but to each his own. Ren's powers crippled him in such a way that it made it hard for him to socialize like a normal child would. With being able to read others minds, and hypnotize them to do his bidding (a very tempting evil if you will), this could corrupt the saintliest person. So needless to say that when Ren was of age, he immediately moved to London. There is where he swindled money from people with his mind control, and became a billionaire in the process. So Ren never actually worked, or went to college, he made his living by stealing. This is what Ren's internal struggle was all about.
The relationships that Ren had with others were really heart breaking. The only people he truly loved were his parents. His older sister hated him to the point of trying to murder him! His sister Liza was a Dream Traveler snob, who hated her own mother because she was human. Their father was the Dream Traveler, and he never understood where this hatred for humans came from with Liza. Let me just say that for as little as Liza is in the story, her presence is a punch in the gut! I hated that little witch, and loved every humiliating moment she had due to Ren! Ren's parents were so loving and understanding, that it was just a reminder of how powerful unconditional love is. Once Ren grows bored is when he stumbles into trouble that will forever change his life, (thanks to Liza) and cut him out of the world for a couple of decades. Then when he returns, life really hasn't changed, just matured, and he is faced with finding out who he really is. In the end their is only forgiveness.
Once I realized this book was about the same Ren as from the Lucidites Series, I was uber excited! I know, I know....This book could be a stand alone because it's about Ren, the man, and the author does a great job of covering enough about his time with the Lucidites and Voyagers, it's self explanatory and comes much later in his life anyways. HOWEVER, I do highly recommend you read or listen to the Lucidites Series because it is an EPIC YA Fantasy Adventure!
Tim Campbell narrates Ren, with a lovely deep, arrogant English accent, and I love it! He does such a great job portraying Ren vocally! If you know Ren the character already, then you know when you hear Tim that he hits the nail on the head with his performance! Tim is now added to my growing list of narrators that I am stalking. Fantastic job Tim!
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So many things. I greatly enjoy Noffke' s writing. I find so many little pearls of wisdom tucked into her books that I've often said if I'd highlighted hard copies as much as I highlight my ebooks, they would disintegrate! There is actually a quite lengthy quote which I loved. I don't want to plagarize the whole thing so I'll only include my FAVORITE parts, such as:
"What I didn't realize before is that it's not about the whole, it's about the individual."
all the way through
"It's a fortune from a Chinese cookie. It reads:"You cannot run from who you are."
and of course, there's:
"Nothing last forever. Everything is fleeting. And yet, that's the very reason life has meaning. When things cost effort to gain and are finite they are of value."
Those first 3 sentences in particular are very lyrical, don't you think?I find Ren to be an exceptionally interesting character but Mr. Campbell's narration was really the cherry on top!
Ren, of course! He isn't always perfect but neither am I. Ren's mother was a close second and I think I might like Jane if I got to know her better. I think both Ren and Jane remind me just a little bit of myself, which is probably why I like them so much. Ren's mother reminds me a lot of my mother & also my grandmother, somehow. I think it was her sweet demeanor no matter what happened.
He is perfectly suited to Ren & performed a myriad of not only voices, but accents with apparent ease. I most often prefer female narrators but I greatly enjoyed Mr. Campbell's voice and overall timbre. Especially as Ren - I actually found it quite soothing. Most of the time. Sometimes the story didn't call for soothing, obviously.
Honestly, no. I wanted to drag it out as long as I could! I know there's a second book forming in the author's head right now, but I'm nothing if not impatient...
I sure hope Tim Campbell will narrate the second book! I can't wait to read it...until then I'll be reading more of Noffke's YA works.
I absolutely loved this book.Sarah Nofke is extremely talented at creating well developed characters that I feel connected too.I have enjoyed reading The Lucidites series and this is her best book yet.The story of Ren,and the influences and experiences that created this flawed yet intriguing man is amazingly written.The Narrator is quite pleasant to listen too and does an incredible job portraying Ren.I highly reccomend this book to any fan of the sci-fi and YA genres.This is one of the best books i've read this year.I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Ren Lewis was born with a combination of gifts as a Dream Traveler that no one person should have. He has the power to control minds, hypnotize others, and read the thoughts of anyone he touches. The last gift causes him the most grief and he grows into a sad and lonely person with nothing but contempt for mankind as a whole. What compelling forces will bring out the worst in Ren? Will he be able to redeem himself and find any sort of happiness?
Noffke’s first book in the series Ren, The Man Behind the Monster is outstanding! Ren is a breakout series based on the character Ren Lewis who appears in both The Lucidites and The Reverians series. It grabs your attention the moment you start reading it and keeps you engaged until the very end. This is one of the better books Noffke has written.
The book is narrated by Ren and serves as his autobiography. It briefly mentions his roles in The Lucidites and The Reverians series, but not enough to spoil those should you have not read them. It is spell binding and will have you rooting for Ren regardless of the circumstances. I am looking forward to listening to the audio version as the voice behind Ren is fantastic!
Ren is such a curmudgeon and goes out of his way to make others dislike him. He takes advantage of anyone that can feed the monster consuming him from within. A life altering event causes him to seek a way to destroy the monster. You will need to read the book to find out if this arrogantly awful, selfish man indeed has emotions and a heart like the rest of us.
to learn his background
no this is the first time ive listened to him
yes you cant leave Ren he is just to interesting
Sarah did a very good job on this story and I loved hearing Rens background. he was one of my hate to love him characters in her Lucidite series and im glad he got his own story. thanks Sarah for giving me the chance to read and listen to Ren's story.
*I was gifted a copy of this audio in exchange for a honest review.*
I was so excited to learn there would be a book all about Ren! I loved him in Sarah Noffke's other books and loved that he got his own. I hear there will be more as well. Who can resist the snarky ass that he is?
This book filled in Ren's story from childhood through adulthood. We got to see who Ren really is and learn his background welding both The Lucidites and The Reverians series. (I do recommend reading the two series first as there are a bit of spoilers in Ren's tale.)
Ren was born a dream traveler with the ability to control others. He learned early on just how powerful he was and used it to become rich and upperclass. He is a brilliant man but get mixed up with the wrong crowd and ends up abusing his power. He eventually realizes the "monster" that he's been and tries to fix his mess.
I listened to the audio version and thought the narrator, Tim Campbell, was an excellent choice for Ren. I could fully imagine I was listening to Ren tell me his life story.
I can't wait to read more from Ren and Sarah Noffke.
This is an amazing book. With Ren it's a love to hate to love him in this book. Highly recommend the audiobook to everyone . The author knows how to write a good book that the readers/ listeners keeps on coming back for her books
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