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Playing in the Rain

When All That Matters Is Freedom (Escape Series, Book 1)
Narrated by: Carrie Coello
Series: The Escape Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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When the effects of a hypnosis-inducing drug fade, April slowly begins a conscious awakening. Memories of her past are unclear and she has no recollection of her identity or her whereabouts. 

As the days slip by, April realizes there is more to life than existing when she is introduced to an occupant who does just that - her sister. The more she learns about her environment the more she wants to escape. 

Will April remember her past, her sister? Will she have the courage to leave? And if she does, where will she go? 

Experience through April’s eyes her struggle to remember and her determination to escape in this post-apocalyptic sci-fi suspense story.

©2018 Sandra J. Jackson (P)2019 Sandra J. Jackson

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Great listen

Not a bad story overall. There were some plot issues and moved awfully slow at times but the characters were interesting and story engaging. The voice talent did a top notch job. No complaints there at all.

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The story kept me hooked and I was thoroughly entertained.

I just finished this audiobook, OMG! The narrator did amazing! The voices for different characters fit perfectly. The book is very interesting as it takes us on a journey of revelation and we along with April feel eager to know the whole secret. What I liked about the book was that it's plot was totally fresh. Hence, I didn't know what to expect. The story kept me hooked and I was thoroughly entertained.

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Good New Series

This book is very Sci Fi in that the main character April wakes up locked in a facility with little to no memory. She is being used as a Lab Rat, if you will. I will not spoil the story but I really did enjoy listening to her adventure of rediscovering who she is and why she is locked up. Well worth the listen as the narrator is great also!

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beautifully narrated!!

I thought the voices fit perfectly for each character. I really enjoyed the narrator's voice.

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Suspenseful dystopian tale

The story opens with two young women, known as A2 and B2, who have no memory of who they are or where they’ve come from. They are in a sterile environment, a hospital or maybe a lab, and are given daily injections to keep the memories at bay and some kind of vaccine. When the women escape, I was as curious as they were: what’s out there? They were locked up and uninformed. Have they really escaped? What has happened in the outside world? And what were they being vaccinated against?
I was sent this audiobook by the narrator Carrie Coello. She did an amazing job creating a distinct voice for each character. She has a wonderful voice that I enjoyed listening to and a great sense of pacing. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Extraordinary

I received a free code to listen to this book and I did so willingly.

This was a truly nerve wracking experience. I enjoyed it immensely.

very well narrated by Carrie Coello
Sandra J Jackson are a very talented author and I look forward to hearing more of them

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interesting listen

Such an interesting and unique story. I kept listening because I had to know what happened. Alas, I'll have to listen to the 2nd book to find out. Not sure if this is dystopian or apocalyptic but something has happened!

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A suspenseful escape story

This is a suspenseful escape story about two people trapped in an unknown world. The world is post-apocalyptic and not much is learned about the world in this part of the series. The beginning of the story reminded me of the Xenogenesis trilogy by Octavia Butler where the main character wakes up trapped in an unusual environment and remains trapped there while slowly learning where they are. It also reminds me of the beginning of Butler’s Fledgling story where the main character wakes up with amnesia and you experience the character’s disorientation. Overall the author does a good job of creating a suspenseful escape tale and the narration is excellent in maintaining that tension. I’m looking forward to learning more about the world in the next book.

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Great book and narration

I LOVE these types of books. This one did not fail me.

Very mysterious. Tension causing. Edge of your seat story.

Not to mention the narration was wonderful. From the moment she started reading, I was captivated. Her voice is very soothing.

Cant wait for the next book.

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Interesting thriller, hard to stop listening!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, trying to puzzle out what was happening and why. It is a captivating post-apocalyptic/suspense novel and I can't wait for the next book to find out what happens next! Do yourself a service and don't read the description before listening/reading the story, just enjoy the mystery as it comes.

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  • Helen
  • 08-22-19

amazing book

could not stop listening to this book made me late twice lol
post-apocalyptic sci-fi suspense story.
well written by Sandra J. Jackson
Narrated by: Carrie Coello who brought everything to life
book 2 please

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  • James Thomson
  • 07-05-19

A very interesting listen...

I originally planned to just listen to half an hour of this before bed, but I ended plowing through two hours of it and got up early the next day to listen to it at work.

A stunning debut, that has that perfect magic of enthralling writing combined with a captivating performance. I’ll say nothing of the plot for fear of spoilers, but it’ll be interesting to see what the next instalment brings. Well worth your time.

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  • Finola H. J Clark
  • 10-02-19

Gripping dystopian near-future novel

From the very first word I was hooked. The story unfolds in tiny, captivating snippets of a young woman going about her day in a decidedly odd situation. It's unclear exactly where this young woman is, or what's going on, and who her captors (are they captors?) are, but with each scene the author takes you and her characters a little further down the road of discovery.

The story is full of suspense and I was kept on tenterhooks the whole way through as new characters emerged, equally mysterious and you begin to get a hint of what's going on in this near-future world gone awry. At the end of the book I immediately started the second book, unable to wait to find out what was going to happen next.

Excellently written, with great narration, I found myself immersed in the story, enjoying the very real characters in a decidedly scary situation.

I was given a free promo code for an honest review of this book... well, I loved it! Highly recommend!

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  • deafmick
  • 09-09-19

I like this audio book got to give it 5 out of 5 100 %

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  • medy
  • 09-01-19

Playing in the rain

This audio book is written for the young adult audience ,but anyone of any age would enjoy this. I was hooked and can't wait to see where this series leads.

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  • R. Simons
  • 11-06-19

Fantastic!

This audiobook sucked me in from the very start. Two girls are in a facility, they are given memory blockers, every day. They don’t know anything from one day to day the next and are living pretty much like robots. Then one of the girls, April, “wakes up”, she follows the same routines that she has done for as long as she remembers but she is aware of everything. She can’t stop following the routine as cameras are trained on her. Can the girls escape and get their memories back fully?
This was so intriguing and unique, I don’t think I have come across a book/audiobook like this before. I just had to continue to listen, barely had a break until I had listened to the whole book. It was intense, thought-provoking and fantastic.

This is the first book in the series, and if the other books are as good as this, it is going to be an absolutely brilliant one.

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  • Victoria Schwimley
  • 10-30-19

Interesting story

Although I like the idea of this story, I felt the story line could have been better. There seemed to be some span of time going by without a lot happening. It started out with a captivating introduction to a young girl emerging from a drug-induced type of hypnosis. She has no memory, and we understand she’s in grave danger and must escape to save her life. From there, we expect a lot of action, but it’s a big disappointment. There are minimal characters, as she’s locked away, and the only contact she has is with her sister and her two captors, with whom she has little interaction. Al-in-all the story was enjoyable, and I continued listening, knowing there was a book two. The narration was okay. The recording was clean and the narrator had a strong voice. To me, the narrators voice seemed a little flat and could use a little more spark, but that’s just my opinion.