Struck

Narrated by: Jelyne Helms
Length: 8 hrs
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The headline read: A Deserted Town: Where Are the Missing?
The missing. That’s what their friends and family had become.

Laney and Leela are identical twins, except for a birthmark and two very different personalities. Home for the summer after college graduation, they go on a camping trip with their two younger siblings. When they return home, they find the town empty. Everyone is missing, including their parents and Laney’s boyfriend, Hollister.

Besides some strange marks on the ground caused by a lightning storm, there aren’t any clues, and without any leads on the disappearances, the police leave the town isolated and closed off. Laney falls into despair, and Leela is not sure how much longer they can remain in their home, hiding from the authorities.

When a mysterious man named Curwen arrives, claiming he wants to help them, Laney and Leela aren’t sure how to proceed. He decides to tell them the truth even though it is forbidden - he works for the leader of an underground resistance, and he knows what's happened to their friends and family. Curwen offers to help the twins on a mission to rescue their parents and Hollister - a mission that could cost them their lives. They must decide whether to trust him or risk being separated from their loved ones forever.

©2018 Rachel Langley (P)2019 Rachel Langley

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Fantastic Story

I really, really enjoyed this book. It makes a great stand alone book, but I definitely want to return to this world and find out what happens next. It was suspenseful and funny and serious and magical (Kim of). It was all the things I like. There were plenty of holes in the story, so it’s not exactly believable, but I didn’t care. I just really enjoyed the story line and the characters. The narrator was great. She did an awesome job with all of the voices. I can’t wait to listen to the next book in the series. I received this book for free at my request from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Fun premise with cool elements!

Good narration. She gave a clear performance and fit the characters well. I do wish she had a bit more variation to her voice for different characters, but overall, I enjoyed the listening experience.

Love the premise for this story. Laney and Leela, twin sisters, are camping with their little brother and sister, and Laney’s boyfriend, Hollister. Hollister ends up leaving a little early to plan a surprise for Laney. There’s some strange lightning type strike thing; the group starts home after that, but when they get to their town, all the people are missing. Including, the twins’ parents and Hollister. The twins and their bro and sis stay in hiding when the government comes to investigate, so they can find out what happened and save their parents and Hollister. Luckily, they find someone who knows more than they do; it turns out the people were taken to a different dimension. So, the twins set out on a mission to a different dimension to save their parents and Hollister. Things definitely aren’t going to be easy; especially when there’s too many secrets going on. This new dimension has some weird traditions and they don’t listen to much reason, so the girls are in for some dangerous things.

Loved the fun adventure and there were some cool, unique elements to the story. The story is too slow at times; too much inner monologue, but had interesting moments. We get POV chapters from Laney and Leela; which is great, but they would be doing and thinking similar things, so it gets a bit repetitive. I would’ve liked a bit more action. The twins also don’t really act like they are in their 20’s; more like they are teens, so I would’ve liked a bit more maturity to them. Some of their actions were weird at times; Laney was a bit annoying and both sisters needed more common sense, but I still liked both twins and the supporting characters. I also enjoyed the little bits of romance to the story; Laney and Hollister have a sweet connection.

Overall, there was enough fun elements to keep me entertained and wanting to continue the story with the next book. There’s some intriguing ways this story has developed, so it’ll be interesting to see how the plays out in the next book.

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Struck sci-fi/paranormal adventure

Laney and Leela are twins living with their parents after college. They, Laney’s boyfriend, their parents and two siblings encounter a strange event on their family camping trip. A strange storm and unusual lightning wake them from their sleep where they wake to find their parents and Laney’s boyfriend missing. Their disappearances begin a course of events that take the twins further from home that they have ever been.
This was an interesting and exciting story! I liked the way it was told from both twins’ points of view. The pace was good and the drama kept me listening longer and longer. It was hard to stop listening when real life butted in.. I am excited to grab book 2 on Kindle unlimited and see what happens next! I give Struck 4 stars!

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Exciting Intrigue and Sacrifice

Imagine being in love with your soul mate and everyone in your world knows it.  Then waking up the next morning only to discover your world is no more; everything has changed; everyone is … just gone.  Laney and her twin, Leela, travel to a distant place to try to set things right and rescue their friends/family but to do so means traveling in the light, a powerful and dangerous journey with a most uncertain outcome!  The girls are faced with serious consequences as they move forward with their plan, it becomes clear that not everyone will be coming home.

Rachel Langley, the author, weaves a delicate story of love and compassion, intrigue and betrayal, and morality.  The dialog, action, emotions are all genuinely young adult and realistic.   Langley builds each character slowly with detail both physically and emotionally.  There were a few twists that made the story more moving and exciting.  The story, the characters all flowed smoothly.  I liked the way in which we heard from both of the twins – seeing their perspective was satisfying.

The narrator, Jelyne Helms performed the audiobook wonderfully.  Her voices were realistic and comforting – just the perfect pitch and tone for each character.  She read the book comfortably and seemed very familiar with it.  Her tone and inflection gave weight to her characters sounding appropriate ages.  Plus she captured the personality of Leela and Laney perfectly.

There was only one small minor glitch in the publication.  Otherwise, the production quality of this audiobook was top-notch.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Struck.  I hope to hear the second part of this series.  I want to see how things play out.  The cliffhanger was perfectly timed and presented.

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Interesting and Satisfying!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I was pleasantly surprised with how much this book picked up after the first quarter! Langley wrote a beautiful blend of sci-fi and dystopia/apocalypse with distinct, lovable characters that will grab a hold of anyone looking for a YA novel. Usually the romance in YA novels is cringey, but Langley did an awesome job of not writing anything like that in here. I don't want to give too much away, but the world she created was intriguing and giving us chapters with different POVs was an excellent way to get to know the inner-workings of each character. Jelyne Helms did a wonderful job narrating, giving each character their own tone!

My only gripe is I wanted to explore the world she created a little more, maybe get the POV of someone from that world. Despite this, I'll probably wind up getting the second book just to delve deeper into the sisters worlds!

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  • 01-24-20

Entertaining book with great narration

I was provided with a free Audible copy of this book. While I was never obligated to write a review on it, I chose to do one anyway; all opinions are my own.

Struck is a well narrated book, with decent narrative to drive you forward. The hook points and story is well told from the narrator, who uses prosody and register well to carry the story forward.

The audio is mastered well, with an exceptionally low noise floor and clear and consistent voice types for different characters. The story is well read, with good pacing and excellent timbre from the narrator. In all, I was pleasantly surprised with the narration and it helped to immerse me into the story.

The story is an interesting one. We follow two twins who have gone camping when everyone they know and all the people in the town they are from goes missing.

The concept tees up nicely for a dystopian epic fantasy adventure. It doesn't quite take off on one, slightly more tamed, grounded in a more realistic realm. The books heroines (The two twins) are off to discover what exactly happened to everyone in the town.

There are several arcs of concern for our twins. Their family, of course, but also one twin has a powerful love interest who is also missing. They are compelled to investigate this issue.

I liked the story in this book. The writer did well to build a picture of the world our heroes find themselves in. With a powerful drive to complete the quest they unwittingly find themselves on.

To begin with, the story starts slow, it is not helped by the fact that the twins have similar names and are narrated with similar voices. But after a while the plot begins to pull you in.

When they stumble upon a person who offers to help them find their missing family, the fun really begins. In all it's a fun and exciting book that tells a fun and exciting story. It's one I would recommend.