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Slave, Book 1 Audiobook

Slave, Book 1

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There is no sun. There is no moon. There is only gray - the smog belched from coal-fueled factories. The Workers silently shuffle to their assigned posts. The Outcasts watch from the alley walls. On every corner, a Watcher stands stone-faced, a rifle in hand. This is the only life that exists. Beyond the mountains is a dream. But dreams are foolish in a place like this.

Hannah has spent 19 years dodging Watchers and doing as she is told.

Do not look Watchers in the eye. Don't give them a reason to notice you.

When she wakes to the valley exploding in revolution, Hannah is forced onto a dangerous path, where nothing is what she believed. Suddenly freedom is in her grasp, and the way there requires working with the men she fears most.

©2016 Laura Frances (P)2017 Laura Frances

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    Lori 05-09-17
    Lori 05-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth your time"
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    Great start to a series. Definitely worth your time. A creative, well written, very entertaining, completely engaging and thoroughly enjoyable book. Even though the story starts out a bit slow, it still pulls you right in from the start and keeps your full attention until the end. It was one of those books I wanted to listen to straight through without stopping. I listened every chance I could. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

    After a lifetime of indoctrination Hannah's life is changed in an instant. Her whole life has consisted of constantly being afraid, controlled, watched and punished for any small infraction. A worker (slave) in a bleak, dreary, controlling and oppressive society. Suddenly, she and those in her unit are freed from their oppressors. They soon learn they have not been told the truth. There is a world beyond their valley that is different from anything they could have ever imagined.

    A revolution is brewing. A revolution intent on freeing everyone from the oppressive Council. Hannah soon finds herself a participant in this revolution.

    Great cast of characters. Loved both Cash and Eden but especially Hannah. Loved the growth/change in Hannah throughout the story. She was just an average girl in this world. Which just made her that much more likable. You could understand the wide range of emotions she was going through as her understanding of her world changed.

    Several interesting and one heartbreaking twists that I did not see coming.

    Stacey Glemboski does a fantastic job with the narration as usual. Every book that I have listened to that she has narrated has been a great listen. Pleasant voice that sounded age appropriate for the characters. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Really good character voices. Her male voices could use a bit more distinction. She was able to convey all the emotions of the characters. She brings the characters and story to life through her narration. Hannah's thought's are a big part of the story. It was always easy to tell when it was her thought's or she was speaking. Not every narrator can pull this off. Hopefully she will be narrating the rest of the series. Very enjoyable

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook b the author, narrator or publisher.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 04-29-17
    Amy 04-29-17
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    ".One of the best dystopian society books I've read"
    What made the experience of listening to Slave, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    The book was incredible .Its set in one of the most dystopian societies I have ever read about.It was eerily beautiful the way that Laura Frances showed us this world and the journey that we get taken on was one nobody should miss out on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Slave, Book 1?

    I really liked that the story was told primarily from Hannah's point of view.She is a reluctant heroine but a heroine none the less.Things were bad for her before the revolution but during and the time after the main events showed her strength of character in the face of such a dehumanising world and situation.I loved her resilience and her ability to adapt .


    What about Stacey Glemboski’s performance did you like?

    I had a very emotional reaction to this book. The emotional journey for the listener is up to the performer, and Stacey Glemboski delivered in a big way. She kept me engaged in the book, and elicited a wide array of emotional reactions.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A reluctant heroine thrust in to a grey grey world.Can she bring hope to her situation?


    Any additional comments?

    I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 04-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written."

    This book was all kinds of awesomeness!! It's been a while since a book captivated me so much but this one did, and it's weird because it's a very bleak world. Everything seems grey and dull and everyone is so cowed and afraid that there is no music, no laughter. Yet the author manages to make you want to be apart of this world!

    Hannah has always been told to "Do not look Watchers in the eye. Don't give them a reason to notice you." otherwise bad things can happen. She has always done what she's been told, but has questioned everything in her mind. The day that a revolution, of sorts, takes place, Hannah is caught up in it and now finds herself part of the rebels. How can she try to take down the people that made her this way, when she is afraid?

    I have to say, I loved Hannah. She felt "real". She isn't a typical heroine but shines non the less. She is forced to become a rebel, and while she loves the idea of freedom, her submissive behaviour has been so ingrained in her, that she finds it hard. She doesn't feel like she is able to do what the rebels want her to do, but knows she needs to find courage somewhere. There were parts where my heart broke for her and parts where I was rooting for her. She was just such an awesome character, and being in her head just made me love her more.

    The romance was a slow burner but nice. It kind of snuck up on Hannah even though the reader can see where it's going. I was happy that Hannah found someone, sort of :) The plot kept a steady pace and was engaging. The world building was amazing though. It's such a bleak world, but the author wrote about it beautifully and really captured the atmosphere and desolation. It was easy to picture.

    Anyway, this was such an engaging and entertaining read. Well written and developed, with characters that will capture your heart and a plot that will captivate you, this is a must read! Can Not Wait for the next one!!!

    Stacey Glemboski did an amazing job of capturing the feel of the place and she nailed the performance of Hannah. She brought across her cowed spirit but also showed us her inner thoughts and the hope she has in her heart. I need to see what else she has narrated!!

    I was voluntarily provided this free copy by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 10-12-17
    Robin 10-12-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Not quite there...."

    The book has great potential, but lacks the building of the characters which carries the storyline to the end.
    I struggled to listen to this book to the end of the story..... it just did not keep my interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-25-17
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    "Slave"
    What did you love best about Slave, Book 1?

    that the people don't realize they are slaves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    that it engaged me. I wanted to read more...can't wait for the next one.


    What does Stacey Glemboski bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A voice to the characters


    Any additional comments?

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claire America 08-12-17
    Claire America 08-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The best and worst of human nature"

    I'm not really sure where to start, honestly I'd rather be listening to it again than taking the time to write this review.

    I don't want to give anything away that would affect your enjoyment of the book, but I will say that this is a story with layers, there are lots of secrets and things are not as they seem.

    The story deals with some pretty awful parts of human nature but it's balanced with the good as well. The characters are interesting and complex and their interactions are even more complex.

    The narration is spot on, enhancing the emotions created by the story. The character voices were impressive, at times I forgot that I was listening to just one person.

    This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

    If you found this review helpful would you please take a moment to click yes below, thanks

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S 04-21-17
    S 04-21-17
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    "Dramatic"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the first time the workers saw the blue sky and real sunlight. It was so touching.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt quite emotional many times during the book. Hannah goes through so much throughout the story and you feel her fear, sadness and joy.


    Any additional comments?

    The reading was superb, dramatic where necessary and full of emotion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DubaiReader 04-17-17
    DubaiReader 04-17-17
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    "3.5 stars"

    I was thrilled to win a free copy of this as an audiobook, even though it was a little outside my normal comfort zone.
    Although I quite often read Young Adult novels, I usually tend to shy away from Science Fiction and Dystopian.

    The young heroine, Hannah, is trained to obey orders without question and never to look a Watcher in the eye. Her parents are dead and she lives alone in a Unit, with only her elderly neighbours, Norma and Albert, for company.
    Norma always assures her that there's more than one side to any story, but Hannah is angry and remains unconvinced.

    When revolution turns her life upside down, Hannah is a reluctant heroine, but she also learns what her friend Norma had meant and that not all Watchers are the evil men they appeared to be. In fact, they were as much slaves as her.

    The ending let the book down a bit, a bit too convenient., but I can't say too much for fear of spoilers. Some interesting explanations regarding the identity of the Slaves and plenty of opening for the next book in the series.

    What struck me, as I was listening to the narrator describing the lives of these workers, who lived only to serve the Council and who were constantly observed by the Watchers, was how much like North Korea this sounded. And as events unfolded, there seemed to be more and more similarities.

    The narration by Stacey Glemboski was clear and atmospheric, just sometimes, a bit too breathless in the less exciting passages. She didn't fall into the trap of periodically lowering her voice, which can make audios so frustrating to listen to in background noise.

    Although this was a free review copy of the audiobook, my review is completely unbiased.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NMwritergal 04-16-17
    NMwritergal 04-16-17
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    "On the fence about this one"


    Pros:
    1. Solid writing.
    2. Likeable main character (kind of a nice change from these kick-butt heroines—I mean, not every girl/woman is a killing machine, which seems to be the standard in this genre these days.)
    3. Interesting enough story—I was never bored.
    4. Very good audio narrator.

    Not so sure about:
    1. This is in the adult sci fi category. Probably should be in YA, though the character is 19/20, and the “romance” is about 75% less nauseating than what you find in YA. But she seems young.

    2. The novel is very interior—lots of Hannah’s thoughts and feelings and not a lot of action. I don’t need action-packed, but I think this could have used a bit more.

    3. The world. All we see is this place (what seems to be a city) with only “workers” who are in essence, slaves. It’s a landscape of buildings and constantly grey skies—the main character has never seen blue skies, the pollution is that bad. They’re in a valley so I guess I’ll buy that. But where are the people they are slaving away for? The council is mentioned, but that’s it. Hannah works in the cosmetics factory but never wonders who uses the cosmetics or even how they’re used. You never SEE anyone but the slaves and the watchers—the black-clad men who keep the slaves in their places by shooting them for the most minor of infractions. They are told that beyond the valley are mountains where wild beasts are. Still, nobody tries to escape? Granted they are given only the minimal amount of food to survive so they aren’t exactly energetic but…

    It was good enough that I'll probably listen to the next one as long as the price is low. I would not use an audible credit or spend more than a few bucks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dee LA 04-04-17
    Dee LA 04-04-17
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    "This was a great book one"
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    I listened to this book equating much of what Hannah, the main character, went through with what I learned in school about slavery in America. The fear, lack of hope, hunger and pain were palpable. This was a dystopian society past or future but many of the real themes of slavery and the slavery mentality were evident throughout. Bravo author.

    The narration was incredible. Most of the book took place inside Hannah's head. We felt her fear, her dashed hopes, her innocence.

    I loved this listen on so many levels. I look forward to book two.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Layla
    4/6/17
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    "One of the best SciFi/Dystopian that I have read."
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    I love SciFi but I am not into Dystopian. However this book changed my mind. It is one of the best that I have listened to/read. This shows how good the author is in portraying the characters and making them and the situation believable. There is no hope for the slave so the atmosphere is really depressing but this is good because this is what the characters are feeling. This also shows how good the narrator is at bringing out this emotions of the characters. I felt Hannah's depression and her fears

    Hannah is the main character and the story is told through her POV. I didn't know her name until she told someone quite a way in the book. I was surprised because I did not question it. I was immersed in her character that I did not think about her name or how she looked like.

    This is not your usual dystopian where the character is all brave and takes things in there stride. This is more realistic to me in that she was carried along with the circumstances and just acted to situation as they came along. This felt real and that it could have been anyone in her position it could have happened to. She was weak in character to begin with but she grow as she saw/learned/heard things about what life could be like. This gave her hope. She also made friends with people she thought she hated and she learns that not everything including human nature is black and white. There is romance but it does not take over the book.

    I gave it a four star because I found it to be slow at times.But other then that I thought it was a great read!

    I would recommend this book to everyone. There is not language or sexual content. However there is violence (mild torture) but it is to be expected in this type of book. I am looking forward to book two.


    This audio book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy Smith
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    4/2/17
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    "A mashup"

    Firstly I have been given a copy of this book and in turn I will give and honest and unbiased review.
    If you like The Host, you'll like this book, the narrator read this book in a story similar fashion. If you like the Hunger Games you'll like this book as well. I enjoyed this book, it was easy reading but would have appreciated a bit more "scene setting" the author didn't give me enough info to spark my imagination

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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