Ride the Storm

Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
Series: Cassandra Palmer, Book 8
Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4.5 out of 5 stars (272 ratings)

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Ever since being stuck with the job of pythia, the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up to the lifetime's worth of training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the fabled pythian court. Catch up to the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It's been a trial by fire that has left her more than a little burned.

But now she realizes that all that was just the warm up for the real race. Ancient forces that once terrorized the world are trying to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them....

©2017 Karen Chance (P)2017 Tantor

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Never-Ending Slog!!

I don't know what happened with this book. I took me over a month to get through. Narrator didn't help but the story line was weak and repetitive. It consisted off, ''Traveling back in time to save Pritkin, getting chased, getting in trouble, getting beat up or thrown around, panicking, getting shoved back to her own time, rinse, repeat'' for 90% of the book. I seriously took naps while listening to this book and missed nothing. By this time I would expect Cassie to be getting a handle on her power and be half-way competent. But she's still reacting to everything and everyone. I understand she's under a lot of stress but by the second or third time the Past Pythias keep showing up to stop her, she should start planning for it!! Instead she keeps bumbling along.

I hope the next book is more streamlined, some actual plot happens (we got a nice cliffhanger at the end of this book) and Cassie actually puts what she's learned to use!!

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Can’t get bad narration

I can’t stand this narrator. I’m sure he book is good. All the rest were, but this narrator has a strange accent and pronounces words in a way that’s makes me cringe. I gave up. I wish publishers would realize how much a bad narrator can destroy a great novel. I’m done. Can’t listen anymore

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The third narrator but same events as before...

This is book 8 in the Cassie Palmer series. I really like the series but I am having some issues with it. First let's talk about character development. Cassie is our lead but she has developed the least of anyone in the book. She hasn't gained any more control of her powers... She hasn't learned any physical tactics... she hasn't had an "aha" moment on whose pulling the strings... she is the same exact Cassie from book 1. At this point, it makes her come off as incompetent.

Then we have the timing of the book. From book 1 to book 8 it seems only about 4 months have passed. Really? I've been binging these books and even I feel that more time should have gone by that that.

I feel things are getting a bit repetitive. Once again Cassie is still trying to save Pritkin... Cassie is constantly naked or without shoes... Cassie barely makes it back when she travels to the past... again, it's book 8 lets wrap this up...

Another thing is this authors need to put characters from other books in her novel. I mean it's ok to mention them... but she goes so far as to make Merlin a main character, travels to Camelot, and putting her own spins on events that happened. Now if this was a remake then go for it. But this is a completely different story... what's t he point. Come up with your own characterrs and make it more original.

I truly dislike the use of these famous people of the past being used in this fashion. Rafael is a vampire. Wouldn't he be super famous if not rich? He still could paint even if he used a different name. She also uses Casanova as a pretty main character. And now with this book, I feel it's gone overboard. Stop the madness.

What I'd like for the next book is for Cassie to grow a backbone. There was a spark when Cassie denies Mircea a series request, but I have a feeling she will flop. I have high hopes for the Cassie Palmer series and I want it to continue just not to repeat over and over again.

Thankfully there wasn't another narrator change. The audio version is on narrator number 3. It's funny because the first narrator was the best one. Now I'd be happy to just keep the same one.

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except for some scrapes, this would have 5 stars.

The story was good, the reader was terrific. The engineering was what messed it up. A couple of places had sentence repeats, but even worse were the places that sounded stretched or scratched. That was annoying and difficult to understand.

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My heart 💔 Broke

Great book, but my heart broke when the love interest said what he did. I expected more out of him, and yet he showed himself to be worst than Tony, because at least Tony was honest about being how selfish he is. I mean I get what he did. I get why he did it. However, that does not mean I do not understand the type pain he caused Cassy. And what he did at the end was deplorable. I think she would have always went back and rescued his wife, because she loved him, and you do that for the people you love when you can. Now, I will always remember him in a negative light. I wonder how I will see him in the dory series now?

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Good book, real iffy narration

I like this series but the narrator for these last three is just...rough. Her pacing is strange, and I swear sometimes it's clips of separate recordings and you can hear snippets of like someone else saying something in the background? Plus her pronunciation is all over the place. Sometimes on just general words, I swear she says 'cluekless' in chapter 28, around 12h 7m 5s remaining. Which wouldn't be so bad, except other times it's on things like names, etc. I get that it's gonna change book to book when the narrators change....but she changes pronunciations of things or the voices she uses for people chapter to chapter or scene to scene. It makes it hard to follow sometimes, and you wonder if anyone proof listened before giving the OK on this. :/

But, all in all it's about the book series and I really do enjoy Karen Chance's writing and Cassie Palmer - just maybe go with the kindle version if you can!

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absolutely f'n perfect!!!

I've loved this series for years and years, but this is hands down the best instalment to date. if you love Cassie, you need this book!!

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Long long journey to the end

good ending too bad it took 3 books a d several years to get there

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excellent

I can't wait for the next book...can't wait to see what choices she will make.

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Great book and amazing series!

First off I LOVE this series, it's one of my favorites. I really enjoyed this book, I've re-read it about 4 times now and I'm sure I'll read it again in the future. I always find a little something I missed before.