this series has a great amount of character development. The main character Ren begins his story at an early age and alludes to other stories in this..Show More » authors repertoire. many of us have followed him through the other stories. We were all dying to hear where he came from, why he did what he did, and why he is who he is. And now we know. We see the evolutionary development of a character who is the most natural and Human of all the characters I've ever read. He is irritated, he doesn't care about things but yet he still puts his life on the line everyday to help the world as a whole. He doesn't care for people but will save Humanity. I, personally, absolutely adore his utter snark throughout every scene he has ever been it.
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..Show More » 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.
This story gripped me from the very beginning, by the first page I was once again captivated by Ren Lewis. The perfect British accent, nuances and the..Show More » deep, sexy baritone of Tim Campbell's voice portrays Ren perfectly. The author created an intriguing storyline that soon has you captivated and the character development in this book is amazing. Ren's dry, sarcastic humour and unique view of the world immediately brings a smile to your face while at the same time his opinion of himself pulls at your heartstrings. His sarcasm and arrogance is the protective film he puts around himself to try to keep others at bay, it's his way of protecting them from the monster he considers himself to be. In this second book of the series, even more cracks are appearing in Ren's "protective film," as both new and old characters work their way into his life and heart. Ren is flawed in all the right ways, you cheer him on, bleed for him, and hope for the best for him in the end. It's a shame that he couldn't have joined the Vagabond Circus when he was young, he might have had a different attitude towards himself if he had. Seeing characters from some of the authors other series adds depth and Intricacy to the Dream Traveler world as a whole. This mixing of the different characters meshes the different timelines in the various series to give you a sense of continuity and the passage of time. It is a complex, integrated world that keeps you captivated and once you enter it you don't want to leave. I think my favourite Ren saying in this book is "Some people are just jerks no matter how nice you are to them." The irony of him saying that to Roya is just too funny. This is an exciting, funny and suspenseful book, with very well developed characters and a fast paced, innovative storyline. Ren is his beautiful, sarcastic, caustic self and you can not help but love and hurt for him. His character bleeds with hidden need but his intelligence and arrogance mask it well. I love the new (and old) characters in this book and the intriguing villain is shaping up to be the authors best to date. The surprises, suspense, humour, and emotions, coupled with the excellent narration, makes this book difficult to put down and the bombshell at the end is defiantly going to be problematic! I can not wait to see where this story goes next. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review
This last audiobook in the REN series does not disappoint, the evolution of the characters, the humour, heartbreak, intrigue and suspense will not let..Show More » 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.
Ren: The Monster's Death is the final installment in the utterly awesome Ren series. I don't think it's necessary to provide a summary of this part. B..Show More »ecause this is book 4 you'll either be familiar with Ren's story or if not, you really need to start with "Ren: The Man Behind the Monster" and follow this series in order. It is such a fun but also emotional rollercoaster ride. The entire journey has been a full five-star listen for me, but with this one, Sarah Noffke really has outdone herself. This installment exceeded my expectations. I've always enjoyed the humor in these books, but with this final part, Sarah Noffke has created an immensely poignant, affecting and philosophical tale about one man's refusal to be parted from the love of his life no matter what. Yes, this is a dystopian / fantasy story, which is a genre I don't tend to pick very often, but I've absolutely loved my outing into the world of the Dream Travelers. It is suspenseful, mysterious and magical and delves deeply into topics such as love, loss, hope, commitment and sacrifice. It is such a touching tale, an exciting cross-genre experience, it is easy to enjoy and to take something away from it and become emotionally captivated even for non-fantasy readers/listeners like myself.
When I saw the title, I wasn't sure I'd be able to handle it considering my ridiculously absurd feelings for Ren, a self-centered, obnoxious and rude man whose sarcasm is out of this world. But Ren has been on a tremendous journey and has grown a lot as is evident from his relationships with his partner Dahlia, with his daughter Adelaide, with his father and his grandson as well as with his boss at the Institute. On a side note, I thought the part of the storyline regarding President Douglas was wicked. Really wonderfully done, Ms Noffke. What a great way to include current concerns! The ending left me sad (because there will be no further Ren books) but also delighted. I am now looking forward to the author's new book, Alpha Wolf, which will feature Ren's daughter Adelaide and will further explore the case Ren had started working on. I'm hoping some of the other well-loved characters from the Dream Traveler world will also make an appearance.
Tim Campbell once again narrates this installment, and like the other audiobooks in this series, he completely owns it. He is Ren. There isn't one thing that I could criticize. Superb performance. One of the saddest things about finishing this series, I will truly miss listening to Tim Campbell/Ren. There were no issues with the audio production.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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