Phoenix

Stardust, Book 1
Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
Series: Stardust, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (176 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

All Haley Jones wants for her 18th birthday is answers.

Thanks to an overprotective dad and a secluded existence in the Sierra Nevada wilderness, Haley has never experienced a typical life. Her dad claims there's a good reason for their isolation, but he refuses to tell her why, delaying her questions with the promise of answers when she turns 18.

That day has finally arrived, but the explanation raises more questions than answers. And when Haley wishes for the chance to explore the world, she finds that the old adage rings true - be careful what you wish for.

Contains mature themes.

©2015 Autumn Reed and Julia Clarke (P)2017 Tantor

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Love this Series!

This is a slow burning reverse harem series and I love how Haley and the Boy’s relationships progress and the building suspense in each book. This is only book one in the series but I would highly recommend starting this series. It’s well written and enjoyable to series to listen too. Can’t wait for all of the series to be available.

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Very good

I love the books and I am a heavy reader (or obsessed as my husband says) and these were some of my first choices for Audible since I had a career change and am driving a lot more. I truly enjoyed “Haley’s” voice, it actually suited the picture in my head for Haley and I have been able to listen to this series over and over. Highly recommend it for people that are hesitate to purchase an audio book.

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Why have I never listened to these books before?!?

I had heard a lot about the Stardust series by Julia Clarke and Autumn Reed before but for some reason I never had time to pick them up. I was on a work trip last week and decided to get book 1 on audio for the plane trip and I am so glad I did! This series is addicting, let me tell you!!

First, the storyline: I loved Haley and her tenacious attitude. I loved her inner monologues and her apprehension and cautiousness seemed genuine and not love at first sight, let’s trust a handful of strangers who keep appearing to kidnap me. She has a logical thought process which I can appreciate. I enjoyed getting to meet all the guys and see how she slowly adapts to her new surroundings when her life goes to crap. Couldn’t wait to pick up book 2!

Secondly, the narration: I loved Emily Lawrence’s performance and have definitely added her to my top 10 narrator list! As I mentioned before I hadn’t read the books before listening but I think based on the story I have heard, she embodies Haley and the guys. I think she does a great job with the different women and men characters, pleasantly surprised by her rendition of Liam. Great job, have already gotten the rest of the series available so I can continue to listen ❤️

Last but not least...the guys!!! Daaaang these guys are all so different but so awesome at the same time. Not sure how I feel about Liam and Jackson but I will find out soon since I am currently listening to Draco as I review this 🤓😉😍. I thought I would connect with Ethan the most because of his nerdy tendencies (totally my kryptonite!!) but definitely am loving the brothers and Chase the most 🤤

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Fantastic Reverse Harem series

I thought Emily Lawrence did a fantastic job with this book. Loved reading it, and loved listening to it.

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Error

I thought it was sci-fi or fantasy and it’s not so I’m not a good judge of the book.

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"Slow Burn"? More like, "NO Burn".

To call this a slow burn is disrespectful to fire.

Add to that that these were some of the most uninteresting characters ever drawn, and it sorely NEEDED some burn to keep me interested.

Not the least bit interested in buying the next, drag-along, naive girl-damsel who doesn't know she's beautiful book in the story. Sigh. More money down the drain.

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Great story

Really great story that held my interest so it kept me reading/ listening. The narration however was a little hit a miss at times but for the most part it was good.

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Loved it

This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. The performance by Emily Lawrence is spot on. This is definitely a slow-burn book, but I really enjoyed the building of the relationships between the MC and the guys. I've already started the next book in the series and look forward to seeing how the plot plays out.

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What a mystery! Good guys or bad?

This RH so far has a very PG start. Haley has been sheltered and secluded most of her life. Everything changes on her 18th birthday. Homeschooled with no high school diploma, identification or driver’s license she must figure out her past, find her father and navigate a world she’s been hidden from for most of her life. She’s taken in by 6 members of an intelligence team. Can she trust them? This book ends with a bit of a cliffhanger as we learn the team is definitely hiding something from her. I usually like a steamier RH but in this case, the story is good and the lack of steam makes sense because although Haley is tough and smart she is also very naive and inexperienced around people especially men. Can’t wait to start the next book!

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What the hell did I just listen to?

So, this is gonna get spoiler-y. You've been warned.

I only made it through a little over half of this audio before rage quitting. Why, you ask? It's not that the narrator was atrocious; Emily Lawrence does a fairly good job with her characterisations.
No, no. It was the absolute ridiculousness of the main female character's reaction to things. Haley was the epitome of Too Stupid to Live(TM). Keep in mind, I always give a bit of leeway to reverse harem novels, because they're usually a bit over the top and ridiculous. This starts out intriguing, with the mystery of the dad and why they've been in hiding, etc. After that's all revealed and Haley finds out the big secret, she ends up separated from her father but miraculously rescued by these two strange (but lyke omg uber cute) guys. She tries to escape ONCE. But after a new uber cute guy comes and finds her in the woods, she's like "yea, I don't really have a chance on my own currently anyway, it makes more sense to just go back with them." Uh... what? She goes back and starts getting chummy with these three dudes, bashfully drooling over them half the time.

Okay, fine, I can get past the first delusion. But then when they tell her they have to relocate and she should go with them, she declines. They act like it's all cool, but then DRUG and KIDNAP HER. But it's like all done in a really chill, non-creepy manner, and it's for her own safety anyway. *eye roll* Now... maybe—MAYBE (but doubtful)—I could have gotten past this if she had flown off the handle at one of them at her situation, or they had acted at all apologetic or regretful. But no. No that's not what happens. TSTL Haley is a bit mad, and sort of yells at one of the guys, but as she's yelling she thinks to herself, "I know I sound overly outraged right now." Uh... WHAT?! How does one sound "overly outraged" upon discovering they've been mother-effin DRUGGED AND KIDNAPPED? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! There is no limit to the outrage in this situation! Freaking blow up parliament like it's the 5th of November! It's acceptable, you were drugged and kidnapped. And this whole time while she's semi-railing at this dude, she's thinking about how he's cute or whatthef*kall. No. No ma'am. I can take a lot. I've read some weird stuff. But this is my damned LIMIT.

Tl;dr ...this book contains a TSTL naive heroine who pines over creepy-calm (but totally cute and mysterious, omg) "for your own good" kidnappers.

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Good start but not the full story

Felt this was a foundation builder for the series, a bit slow but great characters can't wait to see where it goes. Only ⭐️⭐️ as its more of a long prologue to the next books than a story in its own right.

This book is not a stand alone. Part of a series so you must read on to find out the rest of the story.

Girl turns 18, finds out some well kept family secrets, then her father (whose hidden her away and home schooled her like an assassin) goes missing and then randomly 6 guys turn up and take her under their wing. The end

Shame this isn't a box set so you can read the whole story as one and not in instalments.

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  • Felicity
  • 01-29-20

Awesome!

I love this book. This is similar to the ghost bird series which is one of my favourite. This wouldn’t be one of my favourites, simply because I feel like I didn’t connect to the emotions of the book as well. The story itself is good and I like it, it is just that I wouldn’t pick it first. I love that each of the boys are so different, and yet they are so connected like a family. The main difference from this book and the ghost bird series is that in this book, Haley doesn’t completely trust the boys and while reading this, I found myself agreeing with her. With all this though, I still like this book.