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Jessica's had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged for people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she's crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, and hides it and herself away from the world.

But when two men she can't ignore enter her life, everything changes, including the nightmares. The two of them couldn't be more different. She will do anything to be with one of them. Even tell him the truth about angels, why she never sleeps, and the scar on the back of her neck. But one of the two has set events into motion that will pull her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.

©2010 Keary Taylor (P)2015 Keary Taylor

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Mediocre

Worth a try! The narrator did a great job. she read with such emotion. In contrast, the story was slow. It did have a nice end, but it drug on too long. There was too much description (never thought I would say something like that) and too much long winded monologues. It had such great potential. However, the story line was an original one and that is why I continued and why I encourage you to give it a try, if not for the sheer originality of it all.

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At chapter 12

Where's the story/engagement/plot? This story is pure rhetoric, I'm bored. What's the point? She can't sleep without nightmares, characters are boring. May not finish this book much less series.

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What could have been...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who is looking for a book with very little substance.

What was most disappointing about Keary Taylor’s story?

Two things tie for first place:<br/>1. The Plot - this could have been a really interesting plot concept. But instead of focusing on the angels and their judgment trials, the author chose to focus on the sappy relationship that has such little bearing on the story.<br/><br/>2. The Characters - they are good, or they are evil. Period. There is no depth to these characters. Even the main character, who should have come out of her ordeal damaged in some way, was just peachy keen and drooling/gushing over her shiny new boyfriend. <br/><br/>If I wanted fluff reading, I'd pick up a trashy romance off the shelves at the grocery story.

What didn’t you like about Anne Marie Susan Silvey’s performance?

The vocal volume. It was either so low that I couldn't hear the dialogue, or so LOUD that my eardrums nearly burst. Pick a volume range and stick to it!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Branded?

Ummm....all of them??

Any additional comments?

Don't bother.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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If I had to read it I wouldn't have

Audible makes getting through some books easier. This story was OK. The performance was not. I was hoping she'd get better she didn't. and that made it hard to enjoy the story. But this story was full of great details and short on actual good story.

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Story lacks plot!

The story started out promising, but as I went through the story it became very stagnate. I continued on for the "plot to thicken," but was very disappointed. I am one to always finish a story, but I should have put this one down as not being worth my time.

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The Nightmare From Judgement Day

I loved ....I loved... loved this set of books and only hope Keary Taylor continues to write this Saga.
It's somewhat put me on the mind frame of Twilight Fiction Fan, however with Angels & Demons instead of Vampires.
Jessica is so my type of normal chick with kra-kra troubles .. who ends up meeting the hot sexy buff rich guy, Alex while the hottest Baddest ACE Angel in Hell is chancing after her affections?
This is an awesome must listen to Audible.com favorite ...I first came across this book on my kindle on Amazon and wanted so badly to hear it narrated ....well, I must say...Great Job Anne Silvey....smoothly done 4star performance.... luved ....luved ..luved you! The villain in the story Cole even makes you wana fan yourself ....way to go Keary! keep writing ...I'll keep reading....

An Author DeAnn DeVille Review

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Unique YA story about angels

Would you try another book from Keary Taylor and/or Anne Marie Susan Silvey?

Yes - I liked this story. It was a little slow but the story was unique, thought provoking and definitely provided an escape from reality.

What about Anne Marie Susan Silvey’s performance did you like?

The narrator did a fair job with the various characters voices which helped in distinguishing which character was speaking.

Was Branded worth the listening time?

Yes and No. It was a little slow at times but other times I was engaged in what was happening. I had an overwhelming need to know what happened, so I sped up the narration to help get through the slower parts of the story more quickly. It seemed to help.

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It was okay

The narrator was good but it was hard to get into the book for awhile but by the 8th chapter I was able to get into it and it is a good story but I don't think it is remember able

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Love this perspective on Angels...

This is an amazing story, very detailed, keeps you interested. narrator was great, showing emotion, truly giving the best to make sure you felt what the Characters felt.

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What would you do if you nightmares were real?

Jessica is a young woman who keeps a wary distance from most people. Whenever she falls asleep she is judged by condemned and exalted angels for the lives others have led. Whether she goes up or down there is always pain. Anyone she has ever told including her parents assured her they are only dreams but Jessica knows the truth.

While bits of the story seem repetitive in the beginning stay with it. Silvey is a great narrator and I am looking into her other performances.

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  • Hannah
  • 02-27-16

So Glad I Gave This a Chance

This was the first paranormal romance I've read, and I have not been disappointed. I've been a fan of Urban Fantasy for years, and when I was this was on offer and the audiobook so cheap, I decided to give it a chance. The narration is fantastic, in just the style I enjoy. The story itself, though predictable to some extent, was an enjoyable ride. Other than a little bit of a pacing problem in the 1st 1/3 (I just think it would have been good to have all plot lines begin at roughly the same time), the book was well written.

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