Introductions

The Academy: The Ghost Bird, Book 1
Narrated by: Natalie Eaton
Series: The Academy: The Ghost Bird, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (274 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From USA Today best-selling author CL Stone, listen to Introductions, the first book in The Academy Ghost Bird Series.

With an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone. When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way. Grateful for an influence outside of her parents' negativity, she quickly bonds with the boys, hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friends. Only the boys have secrets of their own and they'll do anything to keep her safe from the knowledge of the mysterious Academy that they've sworn allegiance to. Bit by bit, Sang discovers that her friends are far from the normalcy she expected. Will her loyalty change when she's forced to remain in the dark, or will she accept that she's traded one house of secrets for another? Meet Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke, and North in a story about differences and loyalty, truth and mystery, friendships, and heart-throbbing intimacy. The Academy, ever vigilant.

©2012 C. L. Stone (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Great story, great listen

What did you love best about Introductions?

I like the meeting of all the charecters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sang and Kota. Kota in this book because he is a standout but I like all the boys.

Have you listened to any of Natalie Eaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes,in the other books I\in the series and yes I enjoy it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure

Any additional comments?

This is a reverse harem novel, but a very slow burn.

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Totally LOVE this series!!

I was introduced to this series through this book being offered free on kindle and I LOVED it!!! Read all 12 books in one shot and patiently waiting for more! So this year, I wanted to revisit this series on audiobook and I fell in love all over again! I loved the narrator's voice for Sang and how she changed her voice to give each guy a unique voice. I can't wait for more of these books to come out for kindle and audible!

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Introductions

This is just the beginning of this story. Nice guys meet abused teen. This book seems promising but it should have been a longer start to the story.

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Not my favorite

I didn't see much purpose in the story until close to the end. the first several chapters flounder as a young girl named Sang escapes her abusive home and hangs out for the day with a group of teenaged boys. They do teenage things, not very exciting and the writing is a bit dry.

Eventually its revealed that the boys are special in some way but not hint as to how or what. If you enjoy slow paced then this is it.

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A new favorite series.

a great listen.
The narrator does an excellent job making each character feel like an individual. the pacing is good and had me picking the book up every chance I could. I look forward to listening to the next installment.

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A great RH series find.

I devoured the first 6-7 books in a matter of days (while I was supposed to be on vacation). I put off starting this series for a little while, as I am a big fan of more fantasy/supernatural books than I am alive of life(?)/real life/drama books, but I am so glad I finally got around to starting the series. All of the characters have individual personalities, and feel well rounded, and of course become even more fleshed out throughout the books. Can’t recommend this series enough.

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Not my usual

This isn't a sit down at once and know the whole story. It's not really a story even. It's like the author is stretching to prepare for a marathon. I don't know yet if I love the series but I'm interested enough to read/listen to the next installment. (assuming the next book isn't a complete story)

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love this series

if you haven't read this yet, you have to try it. this is a great series with many great characters.

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Great Book

I absolutely loved listening to the way Sang met Kota. it made me feel like I was there seeing everything as it happened. Very well written and told. Highly recommend!

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Perfection!

This books reminded me that their are still good guys out there. If the other books are anything like this one, then I will be a fan for life!
Natalie Eaton did an amazing job at making each character's voice differentiate. She did an fantastic job with the boys voices. Quite impressive.
C.L. Stone never fails at providing flawless writing that will keep you at the edge of your seat craving more and more. The individual relationships that Sang has with each of the boys is so unique. Her tenderness is so sweet. I cannot wait to begin the next book!

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  • JBo
  • 09-28-17

A good version of Ghost Bird 1

I had previously listened to the two-narrator version of Introductions, the first book in the Ghost Bird series and enjoyed that but I've also enjoyed this version and the narrator was very good at presenting the characters' emotions and differentiating between them so you can tell who's speaking at any given moment. I am pleased that all of the books in the series (currently released) will be put into audio & I'm looking forward to getting the full set! Sang Sorenson has had a bad start in life but with the arrival of the Academy boys it's going to get a lot more interesting and dangerous. Book 1 sets up the first meetings between key characters and introduces them to the school where some of the action / conflict takes place. It ends on an intriguing note - not a cliffhanger - and the reader is set up nicely for book 2.
I will re-listen to this.

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  • Jess
  • 05-25-20

Well performed

I love this series and I think Natalie Eaton had done a beautiful job performing them. I've read them through ast least 3 times, and I'm in my second go round listening to them. It takes longer, but I really enjoy getting another perspective on what to emphasize and where, plus the accents and voices just give so much extra depth to the story

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  • Felicity
  • 01-30-20

LOVED IT!!

I loved this book. I have read this and am rereading it, as well as planning on reading the rest of the series and am loving it. The relationships between both Sang and her mother, and Sang and the boys are completely different but both are good. I am loving it so far and find myself - like with any good book series - caught up in the emotions of the book. I completely and utterly love the differences between the boys and how they each are different and yet, perfect for Sang and what she needs to be more confident. I find myself laughing in this book so many times and am still amazed that it has no kissing in it, and yet it is an amazing story. This is like the insight from someone who is seeing things for the first time and helps you take a second look at it and appreciate it as well. C.L Stone is an amazing author, with amazing ideas and creativity. I give this book full marks, I loved it!