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When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Talia trains to become one of the country's deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible for their deaths: Ian Crane. Luckily, Talia was born with a gift - the ability to read and influence the minds of others.

At 16, Talia is poised to graduate from the McDonough School for the Talented, where she learned to control her abilities. Now there is only one obstacle standing between her and the retribution she craves...Talia, herself.

Her greatest asset may also be her undoing; while a formidable weapon in the field, Talia's talents prevent her from both shutting off the mental connection she shares with her questionable boyfriend and blocking out the thoughts of a beguiling fellow recruit. But Talia can't afford to have the feelings and distractions of a normal teenage girl, when her life is far from normal. She must regain the single-minded determination that has brought her this far, or it may cost Talia her life when she finally faces Crane. And even after being molded in to a weapon of war, she'll still have to find the strength it takes to pull the trigger.

If James Bond and Sookie Stackhouse had a love child with a yearning for vengeance, her story would be Talented, an adventure about powerful teenagers who aren't afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.

©2011 Sophie Davis (P)2016 Sophie Davis

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AUSOME BOOK!

What did you love best about Talented?

Everything, i can't wait for the next one :) Narrator was really good too, and loved the slightly dark tone of the book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Talia, I felt like I really understood a lot of her issues

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

She really brings the characters to life, I felt like I knew them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, but I also needed a brake to think about what was happening and anticipate the next part. It's what makes it fun.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait till the next one!!! HURRY UP :)

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Can't Wait To Read More!!

Sophie Davis spins a fast paced tale in Talented. I quickly became invested in Talia and her world. Angel Clark does a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. I am eager to read more in this series

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Excellent!

I really loved the storyline and look forward to the next book! The narrator Angel Clark does a fabulous job bringing the characters to life and leaves you on the edge of your seat. Check out this story, you won't be disappointed!

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Absolutely loved it, can't wait for the next one

Thrilling tale, the audio narrative fit perfectly with it too. Absolutely loved it, can't wait for the next one...

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Hooked from the start!

Would you listen to Talented again? Why?

Absolutely. I was hooked after listening to the first chapter and couldn't wait to devour the rest of the book. Angel Clark is an amazing narrator and she makes the characters come to life. Book bub had posted an ad about the Talented series and I'm so glad that I gave the book a chance. Sophie Davis is an amazing author whose stories will grab you from the very beginning. When I started listening, I was immediately hooked to the book after one chapter. By the end of the book, I was hooked to the series. I can't wait to see where this story goes next!

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  • TR
  • 03-12-18

Actually painful to listen

The narrator makes it hard to enjoy the story. When speaking as Talia she has a very high pitch voice that sounds like a 10-year-old whiny child. I found it impossible to get into the story when all I could do was think about wanting to stab the main character just to shut her up.

Please do yourself a favor and skip this book. Trust me when I say, absolutely doing you a huge favor if I convince you not to listen to this one.

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EXCELENT

I have read these books 3/time this time I began them on audible!! Well written extremely interesting LOVE LOVE these books. One down fall on Audibles side Talented the first book is only one available on Audible boo.

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Good story but the narrator was off

The narrator's voice when the main character is upset approaches high pitched screaming squeals. When there are two female voices to speak, it is even worse.

The story has good plot turns with a cliffhanger that makes you want to listen to the second book. By the end you are not sure who is the villain.

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Voices

Why must the main character whine and have such a high pitch voice? It almost makes it difficult to listen to. The mental voice is so much more stronger – I wish that the voices were more similar...

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  • C.Jensen
  • Park Forest, Illinois United States
  • 09-19-17

Best narration I have listened too, great story

Where does Talented rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I personally cannot stand listening to audio books. This narrator hooked me in from the start. There is something very soothing about her voice. It reminds me of story time back in kindergarten. Her inflections were fantastic.Her reading was never monotone, very very fluid! I would listen to her again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Talented?

I would say for me it was watching Talia learn how to maximize her powers and descover what all she is capable of

Which character – as performed by Angel Clark – was your favorite?

Talia for sure, but I enjoyed Eric as well!

Any additional comments?

I was at work listening, and I would have to double the speed sometimes, and I have to admit Angel still sounded great in faster speed :) The actual story was a bit of a slow start for me hence the 4 stars, but midway through it moved fast and picked up pace. I look forward to buying the rest of the series.