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Editorial Reviews

Pagan Moore is just having a regular day in her senior year of high school - chatting with her girlfriends at her locker, avoiding the undead "wandering souls" who have stalked her for years - when she encounters a strange boy with smoldering good looks. He is also dead and visible only to her, but unlike the other souls in her life, he can speak. In the first book of Abbi Glines's Existence trilogy, the young adult heroine finds herself torn between love and death. Ashley Litz performs the audiobook with the exaggerated dialogue and emotion befitting melodramatic teenagers - and paranormal romance.

Publisher's Summary

What happens when you're stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course. Pagan Moore doesn't cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him. Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face.

Problem is, she knows he's dead. Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn't realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all. He is Death and he's about to break all the rules.

©2011 Abbi Glines (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • B.
  • 11-04-13

Really Awful Narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less whining and self pity. Pagan's personality was as grating as the inferior narration. Most of the Glines books offered by Audible have great narrators. Listening to some of the characters in Existence was little better than trying to enjoy screeching nails on a chalkboard.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ashley Litz’s performances?

No.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • 07-11-14

Love the Story!

I really enjoyed this story and the narration is "mostly" good but her Miranda voice makes me wince and her whiny Pagan voice is a bit irritating.

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  • Mikelynn
  • Springville, UT, United States
  • 02-19-14

Helpless character but entertaining performance.

Would you try another book from Abbi Glines and/or Ashley Litz?

Yes from Ashley Litz, I am sorry to say that I will not be able read any more in the Existence series as I couldn't finish the first book.

What was most disappointing about Abbi Glines’s story?

The main character is helpless. She can do nothing for herself and the only redeeming character is the love interest. Overall the interaction between them is unbelievable that any person would continue to be attracted to a girl who complained so much. I kept wanting the main character to stand up for herself, or change her circumstances, but she never did. Also, I was unable to finish when two innocent people burned to death so the main character could satisfy her suspicions about her love interest. If she had stood up for herself or had tried to save lives or do anything with selflessness I would have been more inclined to finish the novel. Not a good role model for teens.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I enjoyed the narrator's performance and I will look for her work elsewhere.

Was Existence worth the listening time?

Perhaps not. I didn't finish listening as the story was very contrived and the characters became irritating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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worst voice ever

I love this book but the narrator is the worst I've ever heard. apart from pagan and dank everyone else sounds like caffeine hyped barbies. makes it harder to listen to.

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Too juvenile

The first couple of hours were a struggle. The writing and dialogue are stilted and juvenile, and the narrator tried to make up for it by being too loud and peppy.

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  • Tracy
  • Tupelo, MS, United States
  • 11-25-13

Story was very good. Narration not so much.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Dank. He was a good mix of bad boy and sexy heart throb.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ashley Litz’s performances?

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked that Dank stayed in the hospital with her and sang to Pagan every night.

Any additional comments?

I enjoy the story a lot but had to stop listening because the narration was so annoying. I actual went and got the book on my Nook just so I could finish it without having to listen. The story is a little slow to start but it picks up.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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story is awesome!

the story line was great. twist and turns in any direction and keeps you wanting more. although one problem is the narrator. the valley girl with a lisp kinda gets annoying but other than that. great book.

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3 stars

Hmm where to start? The story has me intrigued but this may be a book that is better in print. I found the narrator too whiny and high pitched when she narrated for Miranda.

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Amazing!!

This. Book. Rocks!! I loved the story, the characters, the turmoil. It was a joy to listen to :) Getting book 2 ASAP!!

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Not as bad as some say

I’ve read some really poor reviews for this audiobook. What sucks is the narrator is getting the short end of the stick.
I’m a narrator, so I do have a bit of insider information concerning this, if you will.
While Miranda’s voice IS annoying, the audiobook would not be available for sale unless the author approved it. All of it. Of course, minor details like the narrator voicing someone who only appears once or twice with a weird or annoying voice isn’t really relevant. And it wouldn’t be prudent to reject the entire audio because of it. But Miranda is a relatively major character. If the author didn’t like the way the narrator voiced her, you wouldn’t be hearing it this way. I get that Miranda’s voice is annoying. I totally get it and agree. If you look at who Miranda is, it makes sense why Ashley voiced her this way. She’s in high school, and her mommy and daddy are loaded. Her dad gives her anything and everything she wants. So it isn’t far fetched to think that she’s a bit bratty and spoiled. And if I were narrating this book, I’d do something similar with her voice. Not this loud and high pitched, but something similar nevertheless. It may be annoying, but it isn’t all the narrator’s fault.

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  • Ms. V. Cistiakovaite
  • 01-08-15

Best Twilight follow up so far

Being a huge Twilight fan I've read quite a few Twilight-esque books. None are as good. They simply can't be. Twilight was the first original. But most of Twilight still search for that next fix - I think Existence is the best Twilight-eque books I've read. I think most Twilight fans will enjoy it.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 11-15-15

My new favourite series

Any additional comments?

Pagan can see lost souls. She ignores them, they don't speak, all is good. Until one day an extremely sexy soul talks to her. Dank. Dank is no ordinary soul though, something that Pagan soon learns, and this is no ordinary love story. Gosh, how I love Dank. Love the writing. Love the story. Just. Love.