Box of Frogs

Fractured Faery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
Series: Fractured Faery Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
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One corpse. Several bizarre looking attackers. Some very strange magical powers. And a severe bout of amnesia.

Madrona is not having a great week. It's going to be okay, though. All she has to do is find out who she really is, protect a soap star from being attacked by a stalker, and work out why so many people seem so afraid of her. Because surely she's a good person. Right?

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Not Helen Harper’s finest

I’ve read & thoroughly enjoyed all the books in Helen Harper’s series: Blood Destiny, Highland Magic & The Lazy Girls Guide to Magic. Her books are well written & a lot of fun.
“Box of Frogs” has me scratching my head. Three hours into it & I have no clue what it’s about & so far there is nothing about it that makes me want to continue. The writing as well as the narration is stilted & awkward. The narrator attempts at an accent are unsuccessful, she sounds like she has a mouth full of marbles. I’m definitely NOT enjoying myself.
I’m still an avid Helen Harper fan & hope that “Box of Frogs” is a one off.

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answer this question

What would you do if you woke up and found out you were a superhero who had just killed somebody ; but all your memories were gone. No ID, no money, no clue how you fit into the scheme of things. Would you act like a teenager and run out and start trying to save people? Or would you go someplace secret and conduct some research to determine your abilities and your liabilities before you made a move.

the answer to that question will determine whether you enjoy this book because this heroine has to go a mediately get a cape and go save a cat! only to find out she has enemies. Sorry, I could not stick this one out.

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How NOT to end a book...


I liked these characters. They were well written and well rounded. The narrator did a good job. The pace of the book was good. Overall, the story was interesting but it was not a complete story. I understand what a book series is all about but each book should have a natural ending. You do not end a book with characters dead or dying in the street. You also do not introduce the villain with two or thee minutes (literally) remaining in your book.

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Crap ending!

What the heck that??? Just end in the middle of a scene??!!!
Wow! Should have released all three at once

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Really WTH

Really? You wake up next to a headless man and then guys try to kill you but let’s buy a mask and cape and run around and pretend to be a superhero. Really? Here’s an hour I’ll never get back.

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disapointed left me hanging, low auto volume,.

was disapointed, not as good as the other stores she wrote. it saw like a part of a bigger story

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abrupt cliffhanger ending

Good book overall. Lead is fun and keeps the plot moving forward always.

Ending is blah tho.

I don't regret reading the book but wish I had the next one in audio.

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A Box of Frogs

If you came here from Slouch Witch, then dont expect the same type of good time. Where Slouch Witch was fun, this one was silly.

If you just stick to the murder mystery and amnesia part of the story, then I think its a decent romantic comedy. You have a female lead who thinks she might be a Superhero but isnt quite sure. She falls into some tricky situations but makes it through with her "super power" and pure luck. Add in a Soap Opera star, sexy male interest, and a murder... now that's where we are with this one.

Unfortunately there is no real explanation on the Fairies or the other supernaturals. This part of the story felt underdeveloped. Also, I hate when stories are full of supernaturals who dont know the others actually exist. 😒 if there vampires, then you can bet there are werewolves. If there are Angel's then there are most definitely Demons. There is no way long lived creatures are on the earth and dont realise there are other supernaturals.

This is a great book if you're looking for a light read with a bit of corky.

The narrator had to grow on me. About a third of the way through I was able to relax into the story.

3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟- Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.

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Amazing story great narrator

Fantastic original story with an amazing narrator. If the story doesn't grip you than the great narrator will pull you in. Couldn't stop listening, day and night.

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Villain or Heroine

Villain or heroine is the question that as a reader you are asking throughout most of this book; sadly it ends in a cliffhanger and you still don't know the answer. This would be fine if they had the next book available but they don't and I don't know when they will. More of the books in the series are available in print so if I get desperate enough, I could actually physically 'read the book.' But as someone who listens while doing chores. Listening makes it much easier to consume my reading list.

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  • Ula
  • 10-22-18

Disappointment

This series is a massive disappointment with a capital D.
Loved everything about it from plot twists to romantic entanglements and even the bad guy! The thing that ruined it for me was the main character - Madrona. She's self righteous, narcissistic and over confident. She considers herself to be the smartest, prettiest and the most clever person in the room at ALL TIMES. Her inner monologues and any kind of interactions with other characters in the book made me cringe so hard that I was rolling my eyes in exasperation every 10min. The only reason why I stuck with it till the end was an amazing set up for the storyline and hope that as she rediscovers who she is she'll stop being so annoying.

Honestly! The most unbelievable aspect of the series wasn't fairys or werewolfs or even the bloody pink elephant! It was the fact that people around her could stand being around her and her enormous ego...

Awesome story and a great idea but it was hard for me to finish it.

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  • Katy
  • 07-05-18

brilliant book and brilliant audible

brilliant book by helen harper. the fairy is so different. enjoyed the book so much couldnt put it down. until finished listened and read.

voice on audible book perfect for the story

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  • L
  • 10-05-18

Okay

This isn't one of Helen Harper's best books. It took a while to get into the story, and to be honest the main character is very annoying. There were several occasions where I almost gave up on the book altogether but managed to keep going, and the story did pick up towards the end, however I'm not sure I liked it enough to bother with the next books in the series.

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  • Mrs. Casilda A. Slattery
  • 01-12-19

Enjoyed a good read

It was different, most enjoyable and quite funny in parts. Thank you for a good read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-19-18

Gripping Story and Well Read

I have to say that the book was very enjoyable and read with great enthusiasm and passion.
Gabrielle Baker definitely helped bring the characters to life.
I can’t WAIT to listen to book 2. Excellent!!

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 10-16-18

Fun Fantasy

I had really high hopes for this story as my previous reads / listens to Helen Harper’s books were a real treat. This one was a treat with one exception. This one ends on a cliffhanger! (There are further books in the series already released so this is no major problem.)

After waking up next to a headless body, being attack and slowing down time, Amnesia suffering, Madrona draws the conclusion that she must be a superhero. ( and then proceeds to invest in the usual comic book hidden identity outfit, complete with mask and cape. )

Several chance encounters lead her to discover that her initial assessment couldn’t have been more wrong.

Filled with humour, fabulous fantasy characters and heaps of adventure, Box of Frogs is the first book in the Fractured Faery series. If this book is any indication, then Helen Harper has penned another wonderful series.

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  • linda
  • 09-17-18

Very poor

Helen Harper is usually SO good. this is the worst novel of hers I have listened to. Narration is not the best. I will not follow this series.

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  • Steph
  • 09-03-18

Not keen on the narrator. Better read on Kindle

Not keen on the narrator. Better read on Kindle. Good story, great characters, good pace.

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  • Susan M.
  • 08-07-18

Not, bad, but . . .

This book is lightweight and fun, and reasonable, and the narrator does have some talent. However, she also has a lisp, which meant that I spent a lot of time wondering why anyone would choose a narrator with an audible speech defect. She's good at doing character voices, and putting feeling into the story, but there is still a lisp. It's like hiring a ballet dancer with a limp. However good the performance, you're going to notice the limp and wonder about why this person was chosen to perform.

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  • Imee_Benz
  • 04-25-19

***Faeries***

It's hilarious, fast paced and did I say hilarious lol I loved it and can't wait for the next installment.
the narrative well she is amazing, she is one of my top 5 female narrator thanks Gabrielle Baker x

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  • Ant
  • 10-28-18

A lot of fun

This book was a lot of fun. The main character's backstory is intriguing and I liked the light-hearted tone of the book.

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