Ren Lewis has seen it all, or so he likes to think. He's encountered every danger known to man. Due to his powers as a Dream Traveler and unstoppable work ethic, he's experienced more than any human alive. But Ren is about to have a brand new experience.
He's being dragged on a family vacation.
When a life altering event falls on Dahlia and Ren, he agrees to take a break from work and explore the west coast with his family. But since not everyone in the Lewis clan can dream travel, Ren is forced to endure regular travel in a car. This vacation from hell is actually a spiritual excursion meant to pull the demons out of Ren. The most powerful man in the world is stripped from his element and visited by three wise women whose jobs are to make him come to terms with his past, present, and future. This is a Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol retelling using a modern day Scrooge.
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A great novella in which Dahlia drags Ren, Adalaide and Lucien on a road trip to hell (if you believe what Ren has to say that is!) Ren's sarcastic humour and general disdain is once again in full flow in this novella and I loved every word of it. You can not help but love this caustic, but amusing, character as he tries to hide his emotions and fear behind repartee and arrogance. With shades of A Christmas Carol, 3 women push Ren forward on a journey of self discovery that will hopefully help him find some peace. Wrapped up within the humour, sarcasm and enlightenment, are whispers of future darkness, suspense and sadness. In the audiobook version, Tim Campbell does his usual great job of narration. His voice creates images of the story and characters in your mind, which enhances this great story even further. Ren's story pulls you in, captures your heart, makes you think and makes you smile. It is touching, humorous and revealing, but it also has an edge of uncertainty and fear threaded within it. I can not wait for the next part of the story. I received this audiobook at no cost and under no obligation.
our favorite sarcastic jerk goes on a family vacation, and adds his own special blend to the mix. there are a few lessons for him to learn as we find out about a secret Dalia is keeping. ren has to figure out how to accept his emotions and deal with his past. which is of course something he doesn't want to do. I think this is a great addition to the series as it shows him evolving with the additions to his family. this can be read alone but you might get a few surprises from the language and conversations as you won't know the back story. strong language, no sexual content and no cliff hanger.
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This utterly awesome novella should ideally be listened to after "The Monster Inside the Monster", book 3 of the Ren series. It was the ideal story to start off some festive holiday
This was the ideal story to start off some festive holiday listening this year, as Sarah Noffke provides an extremely hilarious but also very heartwarming Ren-version of 'A Christmas Carol'. Ren's girlfriend, Dahlia, forces him to endure a family vacation accompanied by his daughter, Adelaide, and grandson, Lucien. It turns into the most memorable road trip for Ren as he meets three wise women, a lot of goats, a laid back gas station attendant, and a cool surfer dude. In the process, he learns a lot about himself and comes to terms with aspects of his past and makes further progress as far as his personal development and his relationships with the people close to him are concerned. Ms. Noffke also drops quite a bombshell into the storyline, which made me rather desperate to get the next Ren book because surely after that announcement there has to be another one?! I have previously admitted to being head-over-heels in love with Ren, and while I'd rather not analyse what that must surely say about me, some of his observations about life and humankind are simply wonderful. Yes, Ren is still extremely rude and snarky, but there were scenes during Ren's vacation here where I found myself wholeheartedly agreeing with his opinions. I now love him even more after all that he has gone through on his first ever vacation. There were so many moments where I was laughing out loud throughout this.
Tim Campbell once again narrated this epic adventure in a perfect manner. I don't know what else I could possibly say that I haven't said before, but with his British accent, the timely pacing and the faultless delivery of the sarcasm and disdain he just embodies Ren perfectly. There were no problems with the quality of the production.
Definitely a must-listen for all Ren fans!
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This was my first book by Sarah Noffke, so I came into this without knowing anything about Ren. He was not at all what I expected, given the "monster" description in the title. The dynamics between him and his family was delightful. The narration was very good. The is a slight similarity to "A Christmas Carol" in that Ren meets three wise women who give him advice, but it's not overwhelming. I'll listen to it again.
I received a free copy of this title from AudiobookBoom in exchange for an honest review.
A truly amazing story with great character development. It has some fun magical realism, like the kind you'd find in a Marquez novel. Brilliant narrating as always from Tim Campbell. I look forward to the next entry in Ron's journey, especially after the revelations we received in this. Bring on the next Ren adventure!
Our beloved ren goes on a family vacation. He encounters odd things, starts to appreciate things that are in his life, new hardships are uncovered. This was a really nice short read. It took rens hate for trees and goats to the max. Lol
I got this book via audiobook boom. I have not read the three books that came before this one but I still enjoyed it. I loved the humor that was throughout the book. The adventure was very well written. Poor Ren stuck in a suit for the entire adventure. Having to get it cleaned at each hotel. I loved the family banter. He almost missed the point of the three ladies who gave him the wisdom he needed to enjoy his life right now and not dwell in the past. The narrator really brought the story to life.
I'm glad that the author decided to write another book about Ren.
He has developed a lot since the first book and has gone from
an egotistical know-it-all,
to a bachelor
and now, to a spouse and is still growing and developing.
I don't want to say too much about this book and give anything away.
Overall, an entertaining and worthwhile read, the only problem,
now I want to read more about Ren..
I liked Tim Campbell as the Narrator, he did well.
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I began this novella super excited to hear all about my favorite little family, when slowly but surely things went from good to ugly over just a few short chapters. As I dove deeper and deeper into the story I knew, this isn't right! I don't listen to books like this! This isn't happening, this isn't happening! WHY I screamed!
Dahlia, the superstar pop diva has dragged Ren and his daughter Adalaide with her baby Lucian on their first family vacation. Great! This should be a belly full of laughs I say to myself. Not entirely wrong, but the story does take a very serious note from in the middle until the end. In the beginning of the vacation, they run out of gas and end up at a lonely gas station in the middle of nowhere. While Ren is trying to figure out how to get the attendant to pump the gas for him, without him indulging the fact that he doesn't know how, he is approached by an odd old woman. She warns him that he will encounter three wise women along his travels. These women give Ren cryptic messages about life, his past, present, and future. And with Ren's super paranoid personality to boot, the relationship between him and these women is hilarious!
I love this odd little family Noffke has created. They are the total opposite of my family, and what I secretly always wished for in parents as a child. Because of my love for this series, the turn this book takes really messed with me. I guess cause I forgot about the differences between Dahlia and Ren, and was so wrapped up in the latest arrival, Adalaide's baby distracting me from who these books are really about, Ren.
Tim Campbell reprises his role once more for us as Ren Lewis. Ah Tim, how do I love thee, let me count the ways...1) Brilliant accent! 2) Comidic timing. 3) Zero filter, and telling people what you really think! 4) Vocabulary, and proper usage just at the right time, (see comidic timing!). 5) The fact that I can not tell the difference between you and Ren! Acting skills, like a boss! I could go on, but then I wouldn't have anything new and cool to say about you in the next review ;)
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What an entirely different aspect of Ren. I saw a different side of Ren, still crazy sarcastic but warmer in his cold ways. This series has left me wanting more and I really don't think it is the last of Ren. There are some unexpected twists that killed me, made me want to cry. Sarah Noffke is able to make her character come alive. I feel like I could run into any number of them eround town. I can't wait to talk to them again, I don't want to leave them. Please Sarah, get back to work, Ren isn't done speaking to you.
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