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Girl Gone Nova

Antigravel
Narrated by: Shannon Vendemmia
Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Handle the Most Difficult Girl in the Galaxy, or Everything Blows Up.

When an alien princess arrives, a jaded celebrity handler has to keep her happy. But will he manage to get through her visit, when catering to her spoiled needs is the only way to prevent her from exploding the Earth, when rebels are trying to assassinate her, and when he starts to seriously fall in love with her?

©2017 George Saoulidis (P)2019 George Saoulidis

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Establishes A Few Bits of Interesting Sci-fi

*This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.*

With an under a 3 hour run-time this short story created a light fun earth tour ride involving a spoiled princess with the universe ending exploding power. I went in knowing it wasn't going to have enough time to fully flesh out the characters story arc but I still highly enjoyed it. There's 30+ short chapters that move the story along, world build, or simply develop one of the few characters. The tone was never overly serious and that was the right choice here. You have characters easily cursing like sailors and those humorous as intended.

Our Cast:
Our MC Guillermo is a cool collected experienced handler that typically deals with spoiled rich kids but he seems to be able to handle himself in all kinds of situations. He's cool headed UNTIL he meets our red skinned princess.

Kaiveli - The princess is spoiled, demanding, and short tempered. Her meeting someone like Guillermo who stands up to her but also tries to please her gives her pause to change even just a bit. Her rendition on the front cover instantly grabbed me.

Teddy - You have snarky AI's in a lot of Sci-fi stories but Teddy is upfront murderous. The contrast of a teddy bear to a outright hostile princess protector was a nice touch. You can see the change in his attitude towards Guillermo in the last bit, growth is there but light. Teddy grew on me quickly.

Narration: Shannon Vendemmia did a good job with distinct voices for enough of the characters. This is always an important factor in narration and I'm glad in how it was handled. Clean and easily understandable.

Everything happens lightning quick so as long as you keep that in mind I could see you enjoying this bite size short. Strong language and one adult situation.

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Good Short Story That Could Be Expanded Upon

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Girl Gone Nova was a really good short story, although it ended somewhat abruptly. The concept of a spoiled brat princess isn’t necessarily unique but the sci-fi aspect that she’ll unintentionally blow up a universe if she gets upset is something new. I’d like to see this book expanded upon or sequels be made in this universe as there’s not much room to explore in the span of just over two hours. I was really intrigued by the world the author built and it sounded like there was a lot more to this universe than just the portion we were given a glimpse of in this novella.
Overall this was a really good short story that I’d listen to again with a group on a short drive. If there are sequels released I’d definitely be interested in checking them out. I think there is a lot of room for character growth and world building.
I thought the narrator was good, she did accents and changed tone for the characters, but the audio was a bit off. It sounded like there was an echo as if this was recorded on an omni-directional microphone in an open room. Since it was only a short story I was able to deal with this but in the future I’d suggest they adjust their microphone settings.

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Interesting!

Interesting book! The only strange part for me was the robot teddy bear! Cool story and great narrator!!! Would love to listen to another book by this narrator.

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Another quirky, amusing short story

This is the fifth book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. Each one has been a short story and I have enjoyed them all.
Guillermo is a human charged with the protection of an alien princess during her visit to Earth. The princess was spoiled and naive, and Guillermo learns that if she becomes upset or angry she could explode, destroying the earth. Her ship’s AI, who was a teddy bear, is just as dangerous as the potentially exploding princess. The name of the ship was funny. I enoyed the way Guillermo did not put up with any of the princesses antics. With rebels trying to assassinate her, he has his work cut out for him. The ending is quite abrupt, but I think appropriate.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Shannon Vendemmia ) and I would listen to another. She does okay narrating. Her style makes it obvious you’re being read to, yet it was still a good listen. She does have a few distinct character voices, but several are very similar.
The audio quality was not up to par. It was like listening to her in an echoing room (tinny sound-kinda hard to describe).

There is no excessive violence. There is swearing and one sex scene.

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a very good short story

a very good and very fast short story it was very enjoyable I liked it a lot the narrator was very very good and overall it was a great listen

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its ok

the story is fun and action packed but too short. There is not enough time to develop characters or care about them.

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Good, quick read.

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

I enjoyed the mini book. I would have liked it to be longer so we can really experience the fullness of the novel.

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good listen

kind of short but overall story was enjoyable. the narration quality was not top notch but narrator did a good job. I thought she did an excellent job doing the voice of the man.

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A brief adventure in space

Here we have a short story of a handler/bodyguard "to the stars," summoned to attend to an alien princess who is analogous to children of rich people here on Earth. It's a fun, light listen, but be aware there's a brief sex scene that might be embarrassing to be caught listening to at one point. Be aware there's not much character development, though, which I feel is ok for a short story.
The narrator puts a lot of effort into making each character distinct, but the recording quality isn't the best. At some points it makes the narrator sound quite harsh, which was a bit of a bummer.
My favorite character is the robotic teddy bear that has an obvious disdain for humans.
Overall, it's a good listen. This is my third book from this author that I've enjoyed, and I'll continue to check his writings out
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No Real Character Growth

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, an alien princess arrives on Earth and is provided with a handler to cater to all of her whims.

I thought/hoped that this was going to be a fun or sarcastic social commentary but it is not. Instead there is a superficial narcissistic princess who has desires like an out of control toddler - sort of like Veruca Salt on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory [I want the goose who laid the golden egg and I want it now.] She asks for hurricanes, pyramids, the crown jewels, etc. and is never denied. Unfortunately, for me, while I believed there would be growth, change in her character - there really wasn't and it became too much of the same note.

Other reviewers expressed problems with the audio, I did not hear any. I thought the narrator did a good job, provided voices for the different characters and kept a good pace.