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Bride

Narrated by: Becca Ballenger
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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The year is 1795. Frankenstein’s monster has given his creator an ultimatum: Victor must build the creature a mate, or watch as the monster destroys everything and everyone he has ever loved.

You know their story.

You don’t know hers.

She is born into darkness, her destiny entwined with an unspeakable evil. Her sole companion is her creator, the inscrutable Victor Frankenstein, gatekeeper to a life she has never experienced. As her understanding of humanity takes shape, she must contend with the horrific nature of her intended mate and conflicting feelings for her creator.

She wants more from life than to be the bride of Frankenstein’s monster, but will she seek freedom, vengeance, or something else entirely?

©2017 Kyle Alexander Romines (P)2018 Kyle Alexander Romines

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Bride

I have to admit Bride is not in my typical go to genre. After reading the blurb, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. This is proof why I should go outside of my comfort zone to keep from missing out on an awesome. I had the pleasure of listening to the audio version and enjoyed every single minute of it. Becca Ballenger did a fantastic performance. Her voice was perfect for this book. I plan to give it another listen some time soon.

I would give Bride one hundred stars if I could. I would love to give Kyle Alexander Romines another try to see where else his imagination takes his readers. This one was awesome. I highly recommend it.

I received the audio version of this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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  • David
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 05-24-19

Even better than I expected!

I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

What can I say but “Wow!”

The story was fantastic, and the narrative performance was also amazing!

Kyle Alexander Romines has written an exquisite companion piece to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and you can tell that this was a labor of love for him as a writer because of how much care he put into honoring Shelley’s work as original source material. Any fan of Frankenstein will become an instant fan of Bride.

Becca Ballenger’s narration gives great atmosphere to the story, and her accent draws you in, allowing you to believe that she truly is the title character of this work speaking to you.

I don’t want to gush too much for fear that my opinion of Bride will come across as disingenuous, but if you’re a fan of Frankenstein like I am, then grab this book! You won’t be disappointed.

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Bride of Frankenstein

I read the original classic horror story, Frankenstein, many, many years ago. I have recently reread it and have fond memories of all the campy movies that have been made from this book over the years.

However, nothing could have prepared me for the wonder that is this book, "Bride"! This tale is told from the perspective of Justine Moritz, a young woman who served as nanny in the Frankenstein mansion. After her lynching for the murder of young William, she soon finds herself reborn as a creature created for Viktor Frankenstein's monster.

This was a wonderful book and so much more than a horror story. The emotions evoked by Justine's tale ranged from empathy, sadness, fear, love, longing, and revenge. The author does a great job writing a unique perspective on a classic tale. The descriptions throughout the book make the reader feel like they are living the story, not just listening to it.

The narrator, Becca Ballenger, does an amazing job and I found myself totally caught up in this story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the original Frankenstein, as well as those who just love a good horror story. I was given the opportunity to listen to the Audible version of this book by the author and chose to review it.

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A completely unique take on the bride of Frankenstein!

Bride by Kyle Alexander Romines and narrated by Becca Ballenger is an Audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This book is a completely unique take on the bride of Frankenstein! The whole story takes place from the view of the "bride", Justine. Throughout the story the reader gets to know more about the first creation of "monster", Victor himself, and others in relationship to Frankenstein and Justine.
This has a unique plot and characters that hooked me right away!
It is a horror story, but it is so much more! There is so many emotions expressed by all players that this author makes you feel. My emotions were all over the place! It was suspenseful, heartbreaking, tender, crushing, horrifying, and more. Certainly unpredictable!
The narrator performed this perfectly! I was lost in the story and never once thought of her voice as "the narrator's" voice. It was always the character's voice.

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Spellbinding story and narration!

Enjoyed this so very much. Kept me deeply interested, and I didn't want to stop listening. Narration was wonderfully done, which only added to the spellbinding effect of the story.

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Bride

The Frankenstine monsters story from another viewpoint.Very good.Becca Ballanger was a terrific narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • TU
  • 05-22-18

So good!!!!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So... dang... this turned out to be one heck of a book. This was a cool way to approach the whole, Bride of Frankenstein thing. The conflict you experience through her eyes make for a fascinating and entertaining listen. The narration is great as well. All in all, if you like the horror genre, or even just the classics, you should check this book out. It is a masterful homage to the old with a fresh feel to it.

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Breath of Life for a Classic Tale

Without a doubt, this is a wonderful spin on the classic Frankenstein tale. The dialogue, the action, the pacing are all fresh and exciting. Not only did I enjoy the story, but the narration was top-notch as well. I highly recommend this book to all who are a fan of classic horror. The telling of the Bride's story is incredibly intriguing.

I look forward to other works from Kyle Alexander Romines in the future.

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An Excellent Creepy Listen.

At the beginning of Bride I was wondering if I would like the listen as it felt like it was dragging a bit but by the third chapter I was hooked. It kept my interest through the end and finished strong.
Following the main character's progress from when she was first reborn until she regained her memories was interesting. Her journey from the point where she regained her memories in full had lots of suspense and drama which are my favourite things in a scary book.
For me Romines really brought out the human side of the characters, making them all very relatable, which is not easy in something so fantasy based. I felt empathy for the creature, I understood Frankenstein's motives and my heart ached for Josephine. An emotional, touching read.
Becca is an excellent narrator for this book, the way she differentiated the characters made it easy to keep track of who was who. I really enjoyed the sound of of her voice and would happily listen to another book narrated by her.
Overall I would say the I highly recommend this audio book, well worth the listen.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kyle Alexander Romines. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Engaging, enthralling story

4.5 STARS. AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. What first drew me to Bride by Kyle Alexander Romines was *SHOCK* the creepy cover. With the eerie coloring, stormy sky, graveyard, and of course, the shadowy veiled woman, how could I pass-up the chance to have a read (with my ears)? Happily, the story held within is just as intriguing in this interesting companion story to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Both books share the core elements of being horror with a bit of suspense and much tragedy, but Bride has the added element of romance. Strangely, it is really love that ultimately drives the action and consequences of nearly every event in the story – and it works.

Romines sets the stage with an excellent prologue that shows just how beautiful and vibrant main character Justine is before her death, and it shows just how quickly mob mentality can change the world in a blink of an eye. The consequences of that fateful day are far-reaching. As Justine is re-born, she’s also re-named Persephone. Even while Persephone doesn’t understand the significance of her name, readers know that it’s apropos enough. Just like the Greek goddess was abducted to become the wife of Hades, Justine was taken to become the wife of the Creature created by Victor Frankenstein.

As Persephone evolves and becomes smarter -- brilliant really -- she discovers love and tenderness. She reads stories that raise her awareness of feelings of affection, and naturally, she has those feelings for Victor. Again, author Kyle Romines does a terrific job of allowing readers to feel what Persephone feels and aptly describes her evolution as random pieces of Persephone’s memory return to her and she blossoms. But always lurking in the background is the Creature – fierce, dangerous, mysterious, but not wholly evil.

When Persephone grows smart enough to put the pieces together, she gets pissed… uh-oh. There is ruthlessly executed revenge, but there is also regret, heartbreak, love, and compassion – and Persephone the monster is more than anything else, human. Persephone struggles with her feelings, and her revelations make her (and readers) question who are the real monsters in the world.

Love is as much a driving force as hate and vengeance, which was a surprise to me. Had I known this beforehand, I likely would have passed on reading Bride, so I am glad I didn’t know. The book is longer than it needs to be, and there are two major plot holes that I feel need to be addressed regarding Victor and the Creature. However, Bride keeps the reader engaged and enthralled with its twists and turns, and the story finishes perfectly. Predictably, yes, but even this ending has an unexpected twist and there is definitely unfinished business that could merit another book. (I would read it.)

ABOUT THE NARRATION: Technically, there isn’t a single glitch in the recording. It’s professionally done, through and through. Narrator Becca Ballenger gives readers a wonderful performance with perfect pacing (I listened at regular speed). She speaks in a British accent, and in true Brit form, keeps the delivery fairly even with the emotions coming across in the enunciation and slight inflections of the words. Her voicing of Justine/Persephone is outstanding and authentic, making listeners forget they are hearing a work of fiction. She skillfully tackles male and female characters, giving each of them unique voices, and her delivery of the Creature’s lines perfectly conveys the rage within him. Well done.

Thank you to AudioBookWorm Promotions and the author for providing me an audio download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 07-19-19

A Romantic Addition to the Frankenstein Genre

It’s an interesting addition to the Frankenstein fractured fairy tales out there. The first half of the book is mostly romance. It feels very Victorian romance even after Justine joins the ranks of Dr. Frankenstein’s creations. The second half of the book was much more interesting to me. Justine, who was renamed Persephone by Victor Frankenstein, and then later Penny, has gone off on her own. She’s made friends, lost people she cares about, tested her strength and ability to live and travel on her own.

Even though the second half was more engaging, it was still a romance story. Romance just isn’t my cup of tea. Penny/Justine is desperate to be loved and accepted but she also desires vengeance. This part of the story had a Wuthering Heights feel to it with all the storms and hate and misplaced romantic feelings, especially since Victor’s first creation (a very angry brute) is still around wreaking havoc.

I recently listened to another book by this same author, The Lords of Wrath, which I liked very much. So I had certain expectations going into this story, and I wasn’t expecting so much of the plot to be Romance driven. That said, this book is well written and the characters well developed. It’s just that the Romance Genre doesn’t often hold my attention.

Bride does give us a little bit of a redemption tale. So many characters have so much to be regretful for – those who wrongly accused Justine in the first place and are responsible for her death, Frankenstein’s first creation, Victor for so many reasons, and even Justine/Penny. She’s late to realize how she’s wasted her second chance, how her actions have harmed so many, including the innocent. In the end, some characters get what they deserve and some don’t. It was a realistic ending. I loved the little twist that closes the story out. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Becca Ballenger was a great choice for this book. She had the perfect voice for Justine/Persephone/Penny. Her male voices were believable and she had distinct voices for all the characters. I especially appreciate how she was able to capture the many, many emotions of the characters. There were no tech issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kyle Alexander Romines. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • R. Simons
  • 07-16-19

Absolutely brilliant!

Imagine, One minute you are happy, you have the love of your life, you are in a job which you enjoy, and you hear a scream and go searching to see what it was, get tired and have a nap, burnt to death for a crime you did not commit. The next thing you know, you have woken up DEAD!
That is exactly what happens to Justine, she literally wakes up dead, no heartbeat, cold and with scars. All thanks to Mr Frankenstein. He made a deal to his other monster to make a bride for him.
Justine has a new name and new life, but she starts remembering what happened in the life she had before death and it isn’t long before she is back to the place it all started.
This was an absolutely brilliant story. I have not actually read the original Frankenstein book but everyone knows about the monster he created.
Bride audiobook is narrated by Becca Ballenger, I must say I enjoyed her reading of the book a lot her voice kept me captured throughout. Her performance was great, she bought life into each character and it felt like I was right there watching everything happening.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kyle Alexander Romines. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.