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Ash

Narrated by: Jay Snyder
Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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A former mercenary turned blind priest, Ash is running from his amoral past - a victim of a power-hungry corporation, Titanus, which used him for mysterious experiments, discarding him when he lost his sight. 

Through its experimentation, Titanus unwittingly created a dark mirror world called Shade, a place where no human can survive - except for Ash. By opening a rift, Ash can escape into Shade, where his vision is restored, his wounds heal more quickly, and, if necessary, he can drag his attackers in with him, turning them to dust. 

While attempting to implement a global teleportation system, Titanus makes a grave error and opens several dangerous rifts, which threaten to tear the planet apart. Believing Ash to be the only one able to close them, Titanus exploits those Ash cares about most to coerce him into cooperating. 

But the creatures they have inadvertently released from Shade will be the least of their worries.

©2019 Luke Romyn (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Simply Brilliant

Ash is the latest supernatural thriller from Australian author Luke Romyn. Aside from the typical heart pounding action that Romyn adds to all his work he brings a plethora of well developed, new characters that are sure to become favorites for years to come. Luke not only gives an action packed story but also teases the intellect with the very nature of the Universe itself.

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An action packed nail biter from beginning to end!

I enjoyed this book very much. Very well written and kept my attention and interest. I would love to see a sequel to this book or even better a prequel! So mush of Ash is still a mystery.

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Great Intense Science Fiction

This is such a great story! The narrator is fantastic and it is jam packed full of intense scenes. It has great characters and a great plot!

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ASH is incredible

This character is a step above your normal hero. The depth of morality developed in Ash is extraordinary. The narrator’s voice drew me in and kept me completely immersed in the story from beginning to end. Highly recommend.

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I reallyI loved this book

From the beginning, I was hooked. The author and reader weaved a story that I was surprised.

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Mostly Very Good but last 10% Disappointing

Luke Romyn writing is quite good and Jay Snyder's narrating performance is as well, especially for Ash. The thriller aspects of the story is on par with other stories by such authors such as Dean Koontz.

I found the areas where the Ash's primary antagonists met their ending was not all that exciting and at least in one case, wasn't known until sometime after the Boss battle and then Ash only heard about it secondhand. The ending was an unsatisfying faux-ending in that there were open issues and while there was a hint that another story may follow this one, it was far from certain, leaving the listener perplexed.

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it was ok

I can't say poorly written, but I could see the plot unfold three or four chapters before it happened. I kept listening just so I could get to the end. it is a 2nout of 5 star story. 😪

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written by a child?

I bought this book hoping the premise could carry it . . the premise seemed sound, but the writing was so simplistic I could not proceed. Either the author underestimates the intelligence of the reader or the writer has not read enough book s to know where to pitch the premise.

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Ash

the only reason I listened to this dump story was because of great pleasure to Jay Snyder. He is a brilliant narrator.

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  • 08-04-19

good listen!

ending kind of dropped off, was expecting more. hopefully the next one will fill in the gap.

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  • T
  • 06-20-19

PROMISING START TO A SERIES

Not too keen on the reader, but the story was okay. Loved the dog/shadow hound. Good start to a series. A bit of this and that from other books in the genre, but a good listen anyway.

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  • Ka Livingstone
  • 09-10-19

Ash

I wasn't to sure about this book..but I can honestly say it was BRILLIANT!.the narrator is fantastic...get it you will not be disappointed!!

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  • Jessica Telesford
  • 08-29-19

fantastic!

struggled to stop listening to this book when I had to take breaks for things like work or sleep. Ash is a unique and complex character! love it!!

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  • sonia nayyar
  • 08-13-19

So much to unpack...

Phew...where to begin. as a whole, if you're looking to be entertained and you're ok with action/sci fi cliches then this is for you. However if you're looking for some substance you might struggle.

The character of Ash is made up of every cliche in the book. Hes ex military now in the priest hood, built like a brick shit house ( you are reminded of his stature and strength throughout the 46 odd chapters), talks like a robot/philosopher, has elite tastes but is a man of the people, a heart of gold and innate darkness. He's everything and nothing at the same time. Even in the realms of story telling hes pretty hard to buy.

The characters of colour are borderline stereotypical, the accents cringeworthy. You are reminded of their ethnicity every other sentence, even though names and accents are used. I don't need to be reminded that the Haitian guy is black or ebony every 2 minutes. As far as I can see this doesn't aid the narrative in any way except to "other" the character of colour.

The female characters are dealt with in a lacklustre manner. They are one dimensional at best, play either to the ex bitch wife or innocent love interest role depending on how they're needed. It would have been interesting to get into their backgrounds with the same priority Ash's is. No such luck however.

The whole thing seems like a lost opportunity, this story has the workings of something that could be great but what you actually have is a mish mash of major troupes like other dimensions, super powers, inter dimensional monsters, possession, the Vatican, shady corporations and human science experiments . They all collide together and honestly it feels like whiplash.

Similarly the pace is all over the place. The first half is great but by the middle of the story I was begging for some kind of conclusion. I groaned everytime a new chapter announced itself. its overly long and spends minutes explaining surroundings and identical corridors. it was a marathon to get through this purely because I had to see it to the end but I had no pleasure in doing it.

All in all do I need to know what happens to Ash further down the line...I dont know. Will I probably suffer through another book to find out...maybe. but that might be my own issues!

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  • Q26
  • 06-28-19

You need to listen to this story

This story has had me gripped from start to finish, let there be a second part

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-19

Fantastic

Have read the book twice and the story is brilliant, but wasn’t sure what to expect with audible as I had never experienced it before. I have to say this was fantastic. It’s like a whole new world of story telling. I love it and so glad that Ash was my first experience, a book that has an incredibly engaging story, I can’t wait to see where it goes next. Thanks.

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