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Mackenzie 'Mac' Wharton had agreed to guide a group that had wanted an adventure on her mountain. They got more than they bargained for when they were all abducted by a group of aliens....
King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire....
Torkel Alonson has had enough of being ignored and looked over by females on his adopted home world of Enotia....
Riley St. Claire has always followed her own rules. When she discovers her current employer is not as law-abiding as she thought, she has to leave town in a hurry....
Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, Jesse has learned to use the darkness and the remains of the city to survive and keep what was left of her family alive....
Being dragged through a mirror, naked and screaming, onto an extraterrestrial ship was bad. Finding out I had been sold to a huge alien male who looks like the devil was worse....
Some scary-looking aliens have just boarded our little asteroid mining station. What the hell do they want with this floating rust bucket? When I encounter their general, I find him insufferable....
Dragon shifters are a dying breed. There are so few females left that if drastic measures are not taken, and soon, it'll be over for the species. The threat of extinction looms....
Ha'ven Ha'darra is the Crown Prince of the Curizans, an advanced species known for their technology. They may not have the power to shift like the Valdier or the Sarafin, but they have hidden....
Jillian Milzner has lived a life on the run. Things go from bad to worse when her grandfather's goons snatch her to deliver her to a man both terrifying and straight out of her sexiest daydreams....
For most, a plane crash means the end of life. For Dusti Dawson, it's just the beginning...Dusti and her sister Batina survived the crash, thanks to a couple of brothers....
Ally Marshall isn't just a wolf shifter - she's a Seer. But a girl doesn't exactly need special powers to know that Derren Hudson despises her entire kind....
Drago, King of the Isle of Dragons, is the last of the magnificent dragons of the Seven Kingdoms. Bitter and alone, he abandons the emptiness of his realm....
Abby Tanner is content to live on her mountain while she creates beautiful works of art and enjoys the peace and quiet....
At 457 Preor years old, Jarek sen Claron is a dragon ready for his final flight into the skies. This voyage to Earth as the War Master of the third fleet will be his final assignment....
Angel was whisked away from a life of abuse as a child when a guardian angel flew her in his arms and gave her to a Lycan couple to raise and love as their own....
When a potential threat against her life forces Eva Daily to seek shelter on another world, she must offer herself to the Interstellar Bride Program....
Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash....
Cassandra Chamberlain has always stood out. It's hard not to at 6'1" and 165 pounds, with jet black hair and sapphire blue eyes. And if that isn't enough, she is also brilliant, graduating from Harvard at 15, teaching at MIT at 19, and up for the prestigious Magellan Award at 25. She's never really fit in. Not with her peers, not with her contemporaries, only with her family.
But everything changes when the Earth is attacked, and Cassandra and her niece, Victoria, are the only survivors. Suddenly the smartest woman on the planet has to relearn everything. Everything she's believed to be true is challenged, and she has to learn to survive, not only for herself but for Victoria, because someone wants them dead.
Admiral William Zafar is the youngest Admiral ever in the Coalition fleet, the hero of the Battle of Fayal. At 7'1", he's 325 pounds of Carinian male in his prime who is feared and respected throughout the fleet. He is a royal from the House of Protection, carrying its birthmark, and considers its king one of his oldest friends.
But when the Regulians destroy a previously unknown planet, leaving only two survivors, he finds he's willing to risk it all to protect the woman he loves from the Regulians and the Carinian traitor that wants her dead.
Another outstanding story by M.K. Eidem, with excellent characters and world building! This was more than just a Sci-Fi Romance, with the alien race know as the Regulians who are out to destroy the "light." In their quest, they destroyed earth, and Cassandra and her niece, Victoria, are the only two survivors who were rescued by the Admiral and the Coalition fleet. Cassandra is not only a strong female character, but is very smart, and begins to not only fit in, but is able contribute by using her knowledge and skills. It was awesome hearing these two characters interacted with everyone, and how they became important to both the admiral and his son.
As this story unfolds, we see how Cassandra and Victoria both adapt to their new world, and how their fates are actually entwined with the alien race. However, while they are welcomed as the "two loan survivors," there are some who are not happy with having these two "stowaways" around, and attempts are made to remove them. During these times, we really get to see what these girls are made of, and how far the Admiral will go to protect both Cassandra and Victoria.
Due to the length of the story, Cassandra's and William's relationship evolve naturally, and is not forced. There's a lot of attraction between the two of them, and you get a sense of knowing the characters. Overall, an awesome romance with both action and suspense.
The performance was SPECTAULAR! I loved the multi-narrators, and sound effects! The audio performance really enhanced the story, making it more of a audio drama. Kudos! Job well done!
This is a great story for any Sci-Fi romance fan, and I'm looking forward to the next story being released in audio! Credit or Sale ~ it's excellent deal either way!
27 of 27 people found this review helpful
I have read all of MK Eidem's books, and since I enjoy listening to audiobooks I purchased Cassandra's Challenge. I have to say that this was the best performed audiobook I have ever listened to. I really enjoyed the multiple voices, it felt like listening to a play! I hope other authors will start to use multiple voice soon. The story itself I have always loved, and listening to it made it seem almost new again. If I could give it 6 stars, I would. Great work, Michelle!
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
I read CC a year ago and liked it so much I suggested that Audible record it. The performance on the whole was very good but the sound effects left much to be desired. I found the clomping, chomping,and retching to be a distraction rather than an enhancement, and the ten second pause after announcing each chapter was just plain irritating. The story was a good romantic suspense that developed in a logical manor with enough twists to keep me interested. I got a little tired of the main characters making out like rabbits, but that is where the 30 second skip ahead came into good effect. All in all I greatly anticipate Victoria's Challenge.
23 of 26 people found this review helpful
Great story! And, I really enjoyed the sound effects as well as the multiple people performing specific characters. I would definitely purchase an audiobook that is performed like this again. The only thing worth mentioning is that the narration of Cassandra is pretty flat and monotone throughout the whole book. I realize she's supposed to be methodical, logical, and intelligent but I felt that if I had been reading the book to myself I would have imagined her with a little more passion. Minor irritation but it doesn't distract from the audiobook too much! I may just be being picky :-)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This was a pretty good book. The storyline and characters were well rounded. I don't know that I understand the need of this author to make everyone one of her Heroines extremely young yet with the characteristics of a 60 yr woman I don't know. It's somewhat insulting and this time we have a 9yr old female with the characteristics of a 20 yr old, that's unsettling.
I do overall like her story telling. I wish she could a be slightly more imaginative with her descriptions and differences between Earth and was is supposed to be an Alien culture.
Most of the slang, food and weapons were similar if not the exactly the same. This same book could have been written as a futuristic or fantasy world rather than trying to compare the two races of people.
I like the dramatic narration as it kept me engrossed. The female narrator needs to be changed for a better actress as she presented bad inflection , accents and pronouncement of words.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
I struggled with the narration. It reminds me of an off off Broadway bad acting workshop. I prefer good narrators simply reading rather than the bad acting, awful sound effects, repetitive wording and long pauses between chapters.
You would think a story about an alien culture would have more differencs in words and meanings. I wanted to throw something when I heard the term "slam".
The love scenes between William and Cassandra were cringe worthy complete with virtually the exact wordin each time. The narrators display no emotions.
The Idea of adult male with "feelings" for a nine-year-old girl was disturbing.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book had everything I love. It had hot sex scenes, action, aliens, love, a strong hero, a strong woman lead and a you got what you deserve ending. LOVE IT!!! The writing is great, the narratiom is wonderful and the sounf effects are just a bonus. I love this author and truly am a fan!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is the first book with what seems like surround sound that I have listened to and it took a bit of getting used to. It was unexpected to hear various noises such as jet, bombs, walking etc. made this very distracting at first. Cassandra and Williams story was very good with excellent writing. The voice of Cassandra I never really got used to but the male voices were pretty good. Overall good and I look forward to seeing where this series will go. Happy listening.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What would you do if the earth was destroyed? In Cassandra's case she is saved by the admiral of an alien fleet and his son. So begins their story and what a story it is! As Cassandra and her niece are trying to adjust to a new life after the earth was destroyed, they find they have an enemy on board the battle cruiser. In the mean time the admiral discovers a traitor from his own planet. Are they connected?? You will have to listen to find out, because if you have read any of my review, you know I don't like to give the book away. I will tell you this, if you like a good love story (there are 2 in this story), mystery, adventure, and getting the bad guys, then you will like this book.
M. K. Eidem has done another great job of building the storyline, people, and a new alien race and planet. There are many twists and turns in this story and yes sound effects are included. The use of 4 narrators is also a smart idea as the number of people in the story would be to many for any 1 narrator to be able to do justice to. I look forward to the next book in this series and I am also waiting for the next book in the Tornian series.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
This was a wonderful listen. I enjoy the sound effects and the actual dual narration. Every book should be read in this fashion. Audible books are for entertainment not just listening. The story was enjoyable after the first couple of chapters. I listen to this type of book for the narration more so than the story line. If the narration is good then so will the book, A must listen. You will probably enjoy it.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
This book was hard to put down!
I must speak of the performance of this audible book first. We have a relatively good narrator but what brings the book to life are the specific female and male voices for each of the characters and the background sound effects that bring each scene to life without actual visual. This is the first I've experienced and it's like experiencing a movie with everything except visual input.
The story itself was entertaining and certain aspects of it showed in-depth understanding, research and development of scientific issues/ideas from which flowed a believable story. A few points are taken away for the predictable aspects of the story and the over indulgence and dull delivery of erotic parts.
Generally I found the book very interesting and endearingly romantic. I also think there is a lot especially on the political front from which further books in the series can build upon. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The story follows Cassandra and her young (9 years old) niece Victoria who become refugees from Earth which is destroyed at the start of the book. We watch Cassandra and Victoria struggle to come to teams with what has happened and Cassandras quest for justice for Earth.
There is an acceptable love story which runs though the book and hold most of the story together. It is quite amazing that this distant plant speaks very good English and only has different item names.
I found the book quite enjoyable but nearly gave up about halfway when Cassandra was trying to trace the traitor code - too much detail and rather boring.
I think that a couple of hours could have been cut from the 22 without affecting the narrative. I am not sure I will reread 22 hours is a long investment of my time to do it twice.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I might have stuck with this if it had been edited down to a more reasonable length as I did have some curiosity about the story, but I concluded I couldn't give it another sixteen hours of my life.
Narration - there is a narrator and people voicing the characters. They have clearly been recorded separately, as the person playing Cassandra always sounds as though she is in a large echoing room, when people she is talking are not. The actress does not appear to have read around her lines and generally is fairly unemotive. It is especially noticeable when she says something with no emotion, then the narrator says - "she said angrily/sleepily etc.."
It's not giving anything away to say Cassandra and her niece are the sole survivors from Earth. They are on a spaceship and the story picks up again a few days later. I can only think that their rescuers are particularly unempathetic, as a couple of times people with whom they have been interacting over those days apologise for not remembering that every one they know has just died.
There is very little background or world building. Cassandra herself, who is meant to be super intelligent, shows no curiosity at all about their rescuing race or their enemies. It is some five hours in that we are told a little about their family system, but that doesn't arise out of any enquiry by her. By the stage I stopped we have been told nothing at all about the enemy except their name. If I were the only one of two survivors I would be asking for a little more information. As a reader I also wanted more idea about the ship she was on - it has families on board, is that because it does long voyages; there is more than one place to eat - so are there hundreds of occupants; it apparently doesn't have a captain, as Cassandra's lover is the admiral, but also is in charge of the ship. I don't think the author has visualised things for herself. We are constantly told that Cassandra, at six foot one, is considered very small, yet there is no comment that she finds everything outsized for her use.
I found the characters quite one dimensional and was left wondering how William ever achieved the rank of admiral. His reaction to any problem seems to be to yell and swear at whoever brings him bad news.
All in all, if this had been cut down to a short novel the basic plot would have kept me going, but there was insufficient to keep me interested for its length.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This was the longest audio book I've read sdsdo far. I loved the story and will definitely read this author again. I appreciated the sound effect's but they were also a bit overdone and districting, the long pauses and musdmusdic between chapter's especially so.
I couldn't finish this book because the narration was awful, will think twice about buying anymore of her books if it's the same narrators
Wow, just ... wow. Once I started listening to this book I couldn't stop. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. The story is inspired, the performances of the readers are stong and consistent and the background music and sound effects added another level that really drew me in. This combination has resulted in 'Cassandra's Challenge' becoming one of my favourite books to listen to.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book until the voice of the king came in and I couldn't stop giggling he reminded me so much of Ringo Star narration of Thomas the tank engine!
The voice of William was brilliantly done, not so much Cassandra.
The book itself is really good, intrigue and mayhem all thru, thoroughly enjoyed it.
I have all this series so far in book form but this is the first audio books I have ever brought. I thought it was really great. I'm going to buy the rest of the series when they are out.
So far I have enjoyed all MKE books the audios have been very well recorded. Waiting eagerly for her last 2 books to be available on audio too finish my collection.
What did you like most about Cassandra's Challenge?
I thoroughly enjoyed the story
What did you like best about this story?
the interplay between the characters
Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
I did find the long pauses between chapters annoying as it broke the flow of the story and I thought the music introducing the chapter unncessary
This book is one of the best audiobooks I have listen too. The book is sci-fi and romance rolled into one. Cassandra is the true queen of the house of knowledge. How will she become queen and will her life mate lose everything. 5 stars from me. I loved Cassandra niece 9 year old Victoria she has some guts.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Wow i am blown away, i first bought this book in digital form and i am sorry to say but I didn't like it so i stop reading it, alright i guess i judged it too soon, but its not the main reason i stop reading it, i wan angry that the author killed everyone on earth except our heroine Cassandra and Victoria Chamberlain. Anyway it was unfair of me to judged Michelle until I finished reading so i I decided to buy this audio version and am i glad i did it, it has opened my eyes and took my breath away literally, i love this book the characters has depths and the storyline was well written and thought off. I have fallen in loved with Tory and Cassy and the Zafar men and all the supporting characters, they bring their own uniqueness into the story which makes it a whole. Michelle has done a stellar job in creating not just characters that likeable but also believable and unique in their own way. Following their journey to Carina iI have laugh, cried and danced and loved with them and of course got mad at those who dare threatened their safety and happiness. I love you Michelle and those narrators you guys are magnificent in your own special ways of portraying each characters. Apart from M K Eidem books I haven't had the privilege to listen to this type of audio book being read with sound effects, it makes more real it gives it more life and credibility, i love it and will always crave it, i am just glad Michelle has more books to come :) than Thank you 🙏