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Dawn of Eden

Narrated by: Therese Plummer
Series: Blood of Eden, Book 0.5
Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (412 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Before The Immortal Rules, there was Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden - as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems....

©2013 Julie Kagawa (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Unnecessary but Decent Enough

After thouroughly enjoying the first book in the series, I was eager to dive into this one. Luckily it was only a few hours of seemingly wasted time. Any back story received from this was either already known or assumed. The only thing it provided was the initial motivation behind one character which was summed up in one line.

It felt like the author wanted to write a sexual/romantic part into the series, but didn't want to do it with the main characters. The last eighth or so of the book became interesting, but it ended shortly after. If it wasn't for the solid narration, the score would have been lower.

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A (bad) Harlequin romance with zombies

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is a Harlequin Luna imprint, described by its editor as a place for "female-focused fantasy." Well, it's poorly written and irredeemably cliched even for a Harlequin of any imprint, but it currently has a 4.1 average rating so it must appeal to people who like this sort of thing.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I have been craving light and humorous lately, and Carl Hiassen's Skinny Dip is fun enough so far. It reminds me of an episode of the Rockford Files with a sprinkling of Columbo.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It wasn't the easiest book to read because the dialogue is so inane, but Therese Plummer does not do male voices well at all. I also found it irritating that the Illinois farmer was read as as a stereotypical southern hick.

What character would you cut from Dawn of Eden?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

There is a rather graphic sex scene. My understanding is that this is the prequel to a series geared more to YA audiences. This is definitely not YA. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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what is wrong with her

all her stories seem to be developed around weird creatures. Dragons, zombies, vampires etc...

i read talon by Kagawa and really liked it, so decided to give this book a try. Though, story was on shorter end, it was good. she is obviously really good writer - the way she developed and described everything; i might have a nightmares tonight...

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I loved it!

Only complaint is that I did not want it to end. This book is meant as the prelude to the series, it did not disappoint. I love the characters in this book. I hope we get to see more of the main characters in the trilogy. On to the next book.

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good

excellent story well written but way rushed on the romance it was like we meet two days later we kiss and make live then one week marriage consideration weird

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I Guess I Know Now Why This is in Audible Escape ~

I adored The Immortal Rules - although it's been quite a while since I read it. I saw this included in Audible's Audible Escape, and I'm on a 2-month trial there.

Right off though, the doctor gives "eight mms of morphine into his veins" ... and as I was listening to the audio, the narrator said "millimeters". I was able to grab a sample of the book to check and see if the error was with the narrator or the text, and it was the text. Millimeters is a length, this needs volume. Should be milligrams, mg ... right? Just one of those "I can't be the only one who noticed that" and was surprised it made it through editing, both text and audio.

There was also and audio blip "he said ... he said" that should have been edited out.

I liked the story, and the background on the Red Lung sickness ... I while this was put out by Harlequin, I really wasn't expecting the bodice-ripper sex scene. Once upon a time, maybe I was a little interested in that type of romance writing ... now, it just always seems over-the-top and, repetitive, as each author tries to describe sex so earnestly. Eye-rolling for me. I guess maybe that's why it was included in AudibleEscape though!

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Romance novel disguised as a horror book

Despite this being a romance novel this could have easily been a great Horror Story that was never allowed to fully develop

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The story was very intriguing and kept you wanting to hear what was going to happen next. But the end was a total let down.

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Interesting

I did not understand the ending. I would be interested in learning what it meant

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Harlequin sure has changed

A surprisingly good story. I almost forgot it was a Harlequin. Action packed with lots of mysteries. Some were unexplained at the end of the story so I hope there will be a sequel.

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