I love it when a story not only meets my expectations, but exceeds it, and Tasha and Mason both far out exceeded any expectations I had on Reconstruc..Show More »ted, book one in the Building a Hero series. The story and performance were both entertaining and refreshing.
This audiobook is a little under five hours long but was well written, moved at a steady pace and had very convincing characters. Each scene and chapter evolved naturally, and was not forced. While there is some action in the story, the main focus is developing the characters, and building up the plot.
In the beginning of the story, we are introduced to the main characters while at a private party West is throwing. He has requested for his personal assistant, Cornelia, to set up this party, to bring over a group of ballerina's to have fun, and sex with because hey it's on his bucket list. A picture is quickly painted on the type of man West is by how he takes advantage, and treats his assistants along with everyone else. He's arrogant and has an big ego because he's rich, and he can buy his way in life.
Cornelia needing the money to help support her family, works for West, and is really good at her job, but for her it's not all about the money, she honestly cares about West.
As the story progress, we witness a miracle! West slowly starts to change they way he thinks and reacts to the world; however, this is not an overnight process. Some of these changes are brought on by his feelings for Cornelia, as he starts to mold her and gives her a more active role in the business. Also, he starts to change due to his failed friendships and his passion for his company. It was entertaining and sometimes funny watching him grow, from a all around jerk to someone you could be proud of. West and Cornelia started reminding me of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts from Iron Man.
I really loved the plot, and how West and Cornelia's relationship developed, but it was Mason's performance that really brought the story and characters to life. He projected the right amount of emotions into the characters, and you could easily hear the arrogance in West's voice and the hopefulness in Cornelia's.
This was a great story, and I will definitely be recommending it my friends! (I'm a big fan of whispersync deals and right now the kindle version and audiobook is at a great price. I would certainly buy it now before the price changes in Kindle. Who doesn't love a good sale.)
Augmented, book two in Building a Hero series, was a great addition to the series and picks up where book one leaves off. While I enjoyed this story, ..Show More »and will definitely listen to the next book, I felt the story lacked compared to book one. Book two ends on a cliffhanger with a few unanswered questions so book three will certainly have a lot to wrap up.
Action/Suspense: There's a good mix of action, suspense, and drama but more on the mild to medium side.
Characters: Great character development! This story is told from multiple POV's, and really develops each of the characters. While it appears West and Cornelia relationship may be on the rocks, we learn more about Dalton and the female who wants to study his condition. By far Jessica, Cornelia's younger sister, is best character and my favorite! I love her positive outlook, and all the crazy things she says.
Romance/Sex: The romance is fairly mild; however, there is an in-depth scene.
Narration: Mason Lloyd does an awesome job narrating this story. Each character has their own voice and is consistent between the first two books. I love how he projects the different emotions throughout the story. Great job!
Credit/Sale/Review Copy: Whispersync deal! I love a great sale, and honestly I could not use a credit for such a short story.