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Slayer

Slayer, Book 1
Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Kiersten White comes a brand new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.

Into every generation a Slayer is born....

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers - girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One - she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams....

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested - because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

©2018 Kiersten White (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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This was not a big winner for me

I read a review that said this book was a must for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fans and that the narration was really good and I can't really agree with that. While I enjoyed the thought of a book set in the world of Buffy, it didn't quite live up to my expectations of a great book or a very good listen for me.

Okay, I'll start with the story itself...It was okay, I just can't call it good/great. There wasn't anything about the characters in the story that made me really like/love them or particularly relate to them, and that is pretty key for me in any story, whether fantasy or realistic. If I don't care enough about the characters, then I just don't end up being very invested in the story and what happens to the people in the book. I love YA, but I felt like these kids were a little too immature for me. I will say it did make me want to go back and watch old episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" though, so mission accomplished with that.

I was not a fan of the narration. From the very beginning I kept toying with returning the book and just getting the ebook so I could read it myself instead. The narrator was very deliberate and kind of slow in the way she spoke, to the point that it almost sounded robotic to me. Maybe others will enjoy it as much as the other reviewer I saw did, but I just struggled with it the whole way through. I literally stopped playing it and almost logged in to Audible to return it at least 3 times but in the end I kept going.

I hate to leave a negative review, but I just felt like this audiobook missed the mark and since I only saw one review when I looked at it, I thought it might benefit someone else to have a heads-up...

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A must for Buffy fans

I found the story very compelling and the characters well developed. I was scared that I would not enjoy this at all as a die-hard Buffy fan. But, I have to admit that it was such a good story and the narrator was also very good. 5/5 stars

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Moronic. Don't waste your time, money or Audible c

I realized that as a man in his 40's that I was not the target audience for this book, but being a huge "Buffy" and Whedon fan, I thought I'd give it a shot. If you are reading "Slayer" in hopes of recapturing some of the magic of the Buffy Whedonverse save your time and your Audible credit for something else.
The characters were one-dimensional archetypes, the story-line was heavily derisive with an obvious conclusion ("Chekov's Gun" much?), and the prose was puerile. Also, the narration by Madeleine Maby was uninspired at best. Ms. Maby's acting was so familiar (unoriginal) that I checked her list of previous works to remind me where I had heard her voicework before. (The answer to that was "I hadn't".) Also, how does a voice actor get a job narrating a book in which a third of the characters are Irish, without being able to do a passable Irish accent?

I don't write many negative reviews. Usually If a book stinks I just return it.
Readers of this review may ask "It's a YA book set in the universe of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", what did you expect?
My answer to that query would be, "Not much, but more than this."

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YES

This book is every BTVS fans dream come true. I LOVED it. I was a little nervous to start it, because I was afraid it would feel off somehow, since the buffyverse has been my life for so many years now. But this is honestly a perfect addition to the fandom, and I can't wait for the next book. I'm totally hoping for a spinoff tv-series based on this series.

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Gerrrrrargggg

A nice little slayer story. Easy to listen to. I will follow the series. The end.

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Buffy Fans will Enjoy!

As a fan of the Buffy verse I enjoyed this story and finished within a week. I loved the other side of the Buffy verse that wasn’t much explained (the counsel) and loved the mentioning of Buffy and her friends throughout and how much this story stayed true to the Buffy verse while at the same time creating new characters.

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A fun return to the Buffyverse but too tied to the source to let new cast stand on their own

I am a huge Buffy fan and have followed the series as it continued into the comics. This book takes place somewhere either at the start of “Season 9” or immediately after “Season 8” of the comic book universe. Because of this it may alienate some fans who have not followed the Dark Horse Comic continuation. This could be lessened if the story was less persistent about tying itself to Buffy and her past deeds. Because of the intrinsic tie to the events caused by Buffy it makes sense to mention her, but basically every chapter has a reference to something Buffy did, fought or even something about the Angel series. If you are a fan of the show and the comics then these tidbits aren’t necessary as they rarely tie to the story, if you are not a fan (with just a general understanding of Buffy mythos) this just serves to confuse you. I found it pulling me out of the story more than pulling me in. It is weird to constantly mention Buffy when she is not a character in the book (dream sequences aside), as it just makes you miss a character you already know and love.

I enjoyed the story overall though and it had interesting original characters, and a few fun subtle call backs (like demons cannon to the universe). Most of the twists were not so subtle but still enjoyable and Athena is a likable character who made believable human choices, faults and all. I enjoyed this book and am eager to see what the next phase of the story will hold.

I am not sure if a non Buffy fan would love this book though (since it so often makes mention of her deeds), and if you have not read the comics you will feel it. Although Buffy Season 8 is almost a flawless masterpiece of 50 issues so if it inspires you to check them out then that is great! If you have watched the show and followed the comics (at least through Season 8) you will enjoy this book.

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A pleasant return to the world of Buffy.

This book was exceptional. Not only pleasant to listen to but a great story. It makes subtle but major connections to the shows and the original movie, giving it a depth that was surprising, and without causing resentment for not focusing on past major characters. A well thought out expanse of the universe leaving me excited for more to come.

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