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The Glitch Audiobook

The Glitch: The Glitches Series, Book 1

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On the brink of extinction, being human means more than just surviving.

In Lib's world, it's dangerous to deviate from the norm. In fact, for someone who doesn't live up to the Artificial Intelligence's standards, it's practically a death sentence. Lib learns this the hard way when she wakes up in a barren wasteland, with her memories erased, and only one thought lodged in her mind:

"It's all my fault."

Lib is a Glitch - an imperfect human component of the utopian world called the Norm. Now she's thrown out, Lib will be forced to team up with two other Glitches, Skye and Raj, and the mysterious Rogue Wolf and his clan to survive. Wolf only cares about the survival of his group, but Raj thinks they can hack the A.I. and change the Norm for the better.

Now, Lib will have to decide which path to choose - whether to go with striking loner Raj or stay with Wolf and his tight-knit group. Her heart is drawn to both, but she's carrying a deadly secret that could jeopardize them all. Will she be able to save her newfound family and stop the A.I. before it's too late?

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    Rabid Reader 04-02-17
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    "Interesting YA story"

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this YA dystopic, sci-fi story of a fight to survive in an inhospitable world where the controlling AI wants to destroy everything that doesn’t live up to it’s standards. I found the concept of this world to be fascinating, a bit reminiscent of a ya version of the Matrix meets Mad Max. The plot is not overtly complex but it still has enough intrigue, twists, and action to keep your attention. The narration in the audiobook brought the characters to life, you could feel Lib’s confusion, indecision and frustration, Raj’s hate of being away from the Norm, Skye’s uncertainty and her need for friendship, and Wolf’s struggle over his attraction to Lib vs his obligation to put the Clan’s needs first. The romantic aspect of the story was a bit strained in its development and it would have been better if Wolf’s character had been explored a bit more so that the reader could have seen more depth and a softer side to him. There were some glimmers of a love triangle in the story and I was happy the author didn’t head in that direction, as that has been flogged to death in so many other ya books. Bird’s character was fascinating and contradictory. Her struggle to interpret her visions caused her to flip back and forth between being friend and foe; it kept her interesting and unpredictable. I liked the slow development of Lib’s character as she went from having no memories of her past, to understanding who she is and making her own decisions as to what road her life will take. Overall, I enjoyed this interesting audiobook and will look forward to hearing the others in the series. I received this audiobook as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion or my review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 04-20-17
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 04-20-17 Member Since 2015

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    "A dystopian-technothriller-sci-fi mashup"

    Lib is a glitch, though we don't really find out what glitches are until about halfway through the book -- you can tell that they are important. Lib also can't remember anything. They suspect a total memory wipe. She starts to remember bits and pieces and will soon find out just what part she will play in helping or hurting society.

    When I first picked up Glitch, I genuinely wasn't sure what I was getting into. Sometimes I like to just skim the synopsis of a book because reading it beginning to end can really ruin the surprises and overall feel of a book. I knew that this was going to be something like a dystopian technothriller book, but it was so much more. There are elements in this book for readers who enjoy a vast number of genres. If you enjoyed the Hunger Games, you will like Lib and the dystopian world that she is thrown out into. If you like sci-fi, you'll enjoy the world itself and the other side of the wall. Thriller and technothriller fans -- wait until you find out what glitches are (or when she connects for the first time).

    Honestly, the only reason that this book didn't get 5 stars was because it felt like it had a rushed ending/no ending at all. It was building up to this big reveal and it just seemed to leave the readers mid-cliffhanger. Sure, that's a great way to sell more of your second book, but some people will just walk away and never continue them.

    Overall, The Glitch was a really interesting mashup of a ton of genres that I enjoy. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Lib, but by the end, I ended up liking her. The clan was also an interesting aspect to this. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about the nomadic lifestyle and kind of ridiculous names, but by the end, I understood the reasoning and thought it was a nice touch.

    The narration for The Glitch was done by Genevieve Kaplan who I thought did a really good job with Lib and telling her story.

    I was given a free copy of this book and it has not affected my review in any way.

    If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it. If you'd like to see more like it, please go to BriansBookBlog DOT com.

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    Stephen Bergquist 04-09-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Review "the Glitch ""

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased." Great story in first person by Ramona Finn. She brings you from the mysterious opening through to the revelation. Genevieve Kaplan gives us a wonderful performance, making it easy to follow and feel the events and story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erika 04-09-17
    Erika 04-09-17

    Budding audiobook enthusiast!

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    "Glued from the beginning!"

    This book starts with a disoriented young woman. She can't remember anything than she hears someone else and hurries to check out the situation and finds a young lady who appears to be harmed by a thing called s sentinal. She doesn't know what it is yet and instinctively saves the young ladies life. Soon she remembers who she is but doesn't yet know what to think about the strange harsh environment.

    The story is fast paced and full of action as the main character Lib takes up with a hroup of rogues after learning she is a glitch. The world building is excellent, including the terminology. I felt like I was in the story. It switches from the Norm, a place where techs are and the AI controls. The glitches come from there after a single mistake. The rogues are humans who live in the harsh world outside the Norm.

    This story is a sci-fi, a little dystopian, safe for all aged readers and several hours of enjoyment.

    I recieved this book from the author for an honest review. Loved it! Hoping for a second book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-06-17

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    "Intriguing concept but execution comes up short."
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    I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

    The idea behind the story is very interesting. I could easily envision this as a movie or tv series, however the execution come up short for me. Often times I own copies of the books I listen to (either physical copies or digital) and I love the whispersync feature many books offer. Even when the books don't have whispersync I will sometimes jump back and forth. I don't own an actual copy of The Glitch so I can't say whether some of the odd sound of the narration was due to the narrator's delivery of the work or merely awkward writing. As I said I could see it as a movie or tv show and much of that that is due to how it reads (or in this case how it sounded). Much of the action seemed more like stage direction, stiff description. The old adage of 'show don't tell' repeatedly came to mind as I listened. In the form the story was told it felt very much like a writer's rough draft. They were getting down the bones of the story and would clean it up on further rewrites. I don't know much about Ms. Finn, and looking at her Amazon page it looks like this was her first novel, unless she has published previously under another name. If that is the case then I can kind of understand why it feels rough. This is by no way a criticism ... well no I suppose it is, but it's by no means meant as a harsh one. Everyone has to start somewhere. When I go back and read some of the early works of my favorite authors I see that they too weren't perfect their first time out.

    The important thing is that she has a story idea that is interesting. And she definitely has that here. There are some odd inconsistencies in the story, mostly with how the main character seems to randomly refer to things as if she doesn't know what they are when only a short time earlier in the same chapter or the chapter before seemed to know exactly what she was talking about. Yes, the main character starts the book with memory issue, but this wouldn't account for the issues I am referring to. One such example would be blood. At one point she remarks on an animal getting hurt or killed, red stuff spilling out of it. Then a guy gets hurt and she knows it's blood. Later on she's back to referring to it as red stuff. A huge issue? Perhaps not, but it was noticeable and happened with a number of things.

    All that being said, and what is probably more important to this review, I enjoyed the story enough that I want to know what comes next so I'll be grabbing a copy of the sequel and likely getting the 3rd book in the trilogy with it comes out in May.

    Now as for Ms. Kaplan's narration. While I can't say there is anything particularly bad about it, I can't say it was anything special either. I definitely have some favorite narrators and sometimes it just takes me a while to get used to a new voice. For the most part it works. At times it felt like some sentences stopped abruptly and at other times like two sentences had been mashed together. As I noted earlier I can't say whether if it was due to her delivery of the lines or the lines themselves. (when I've experienced this with other narrations this is where I'd compare the book to the narration.) Also there are a number of chapters where the audio is odd, almost sounding like there is an echo. And chapter 30 almost sounds as if it were recorded in a small closet or something. I believe the first chapter I noticed this was chapter 20. At first I thought perhaps my headphones were going (wouldn't be the first time. I blow threw them fairly regularly), but I switch to different recording which sounded fine and once that chapter was over the recording sounded normal again. It happened again another chapter or two later. but it's most noticeable and jarring during chapter 30 (which might be audible file # 31 or 32 if you are listening) as soon as you hear the narrator say 'Chapter 30' you'll notice it. Does it make the book impossible to listen to? No, but as I said it is noticeable and quite jarring when it occurs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie S. Texas 05-23-17
    Julie S. Texas 05-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "good little distopian adventure"
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    I received a copy of this audiobook as part of a book tour in exchange for my review.

    The Glitch is a pretty exciting first book in a new series that definitely gets me curious to see how humanity will defeat AI. That's the basic premise - our protag Lib wakes with no memories and saves another girl's life, then follows her to her rogue clan. These clans survive and scavenge in this cyberpunk universe (which is cool, I don't read a lot of cyberpunk, but it is a fun subgenre) connecting to ports when they can get away with it to "steal" resources from the AI and hiding from the drones out to eliminate their existence.

    Lib has a purpose, though she doesn't understand it yet. She needs to find the Glitches, but she is one, right? During her time with the Tracker clan, she learns and grows as a human, rather than as a failed "tech" project she believes she is. The book is short, so we don't get too much character development, but we do get some quickly established friendships and even a romance.

    I liked the writing style and the turn of phrase the author uses. The descriptions of emotions and attraction between characters were especially lovely for such a short novel. It made the quick pacing, and short timeframe feel believable. I also really liked that Lib used humanity against the AI - emotions, fears, love - to fight back. I'm curious to see how this will be used in the coming fights.

    I enjoyed the audiobook narration. The voice and cadence are both pleasant and great for listening in the car on my drive. I especially liked how she made the times when the characters yelled out at each other from a distance sound as if she was yelling through a tunnel. That was a good touch. The different character voices didn't sound too different though, but I still knew who was talking from context and narration, so that didn't matter. I do enjoy when a narrator can do very different voices for all characters, but that wasn't needed in this book.

    Overall, a good read. Quick, fast-paced, and left me curious enough to be interested in future books.

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    Lori 05-15-17
    Lori 05-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Really good start to a series"
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    Really good start to a series. Entertaining, engaging and very enjoyable. It's a little different from anything I have read recently. While there are little things here and there that may remind you of another series/movie, it stands on it's own as a creative, interesting and original story.

    A post apocalyptic/dystopian world that has been taken over by an over zealous AI.
    When artificial intelligence takes over and decides what is best in the greater good the consequences are deadly. Not only for humans.

    Even though the story starts off on the slower side it still pulls you right in. Immediately you are trying to figure out what is going on and what happened to this girl which keeps you glued to the story. Before you know it your deep into the story and can't stop listening. This is not a fast paced, non-stop action story, but it does move forward at a steady pace building the suspense and mystery as the story unfolds.

    Great cast of interesting characters. It wasn't just the main characters of Wolf, Lib, Skye, Raj that were interesting, many of the secondary characters were just as interesting. Lib the main character is just as confused and unknowing about what is going on as the reader is. As she learns we learn. Wolf is an enigma, which makes him even more intriguing.

    Genevieve Kaplan did a great job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Really good character voices. She was able to make you feel the emotions of the characters. She was able to bring the characters and story to life through her narration. Very enjoyable.

    The audio quality changes throughout the book. It sounds hollow or like she's speaking through a tunnel at times.

    I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series. Hopefully the rest of the series will be on Audible soon and she will be narrating them.

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

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    Lomeraniel Spain 05-14-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 05-14-17
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    "Great premises but subpar execution"

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ramona Finn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    A sixteen year old girl wakes up in the desert with complete memory loss. She finds a girl in trouble close to a metallic platform and she discovers that she can connect to it. The other girl, Skye, takes her to her camp to meet her people. She struggles to recover her memories, but she remembers little more than her name is Lib. The camp is composed mostly by rogues and just some glitches. Rogues are people born outside the Norm, and glitches are former techs at the Norm but discarded due to an error of fault. Lib will try to find out who she is and why she is hearing voices in her head and having strange dreams, and also what exactly is the Norm.

    I loved the concept of this book and I wanted to like it so much, but I found its execution subpar. I do not think it is because it is a YA novel, since there is romance in it but not too overwhelming. I found the characters flat and did not care a lot for them. I found the descriptions and some of the events confusing. I think this could have been a great story because there is really good material to build something big, but the book feels just a bit more than a draft. This was disappointing.

    I found the memory loss a bit weird. It is unusual to forget things like the sun but then, it could be justified in this case, but then the way she talks to herself implies that she remembers more than what she really does. Not sure if I am being clear. I found it a bit clanky.

    I liked how Finn has the reader guessing all the time about what the Norm is and how it works. I think this is why I like dystopias so much. But here we just get some ambiguous details about it. Plotwise, there is a long build up but I felt the end of the book rushed and rather inconclusive.

    Genevieve Kaplan's narration was correct but a bit flat. Chapters 20, 22 and 30 sound different than the rest, with clear reverberation. I also found the silence at the end of most chapters too short, sometimes shorter than the regular pause between sentences, which felt strange to the ear and broke the rhythm.

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It seems interesting enough but fails in its execution. I wished to be something that was not, and that saddens me, because I foresee the same problem with the next books. I would like to see where the story goes but I do not know if I will be bothered to listen to it.

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    Chanda Reads 04-28-17 Member Since 2014

    .wife. mom .Navy veteran. bookworm .ravenclaw. gym rat .mountain girl. dreamer . Blogger at ChandaReads dot Com

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    "Solid YA dystopian sci-fi"

    Review of the story:
    Glitch starts off by immediately throwing readers into a whirlwind of action. Our female protagonist (Lib) wakes up in a desert and remembers nothing- and I mean, nothing. Not her name, age, what she looks like, or even basic words at first. Over the course of the book Lib starts to have fleeting memories about who she may have been and her "purpose", but it's not until the end where we start to get big answers.

    After Lib wakes up she notices another girl in trouble and instinctively saves her life. The girl (Skye) brings Lib to a group of people surviving outside the "Norm" (where Lib learns she was cast out from). The group of people is called a Clan and is comprised of Glitches like Lib, and Rouges, people born outside the Norm. It take a little bit longer than I would have liked to get an explanation to what a Glitch actually is, and this starts to enter spoiler territory so I won't go into it too much. I can say however, that Glitches are people who used to live inside the norm but were tossed out due to the AI who runs the norm deeming them as malfunctioned.

    As the story progresses we see Lib struggle to gain the trust of her newfound friends and start to uncover truths about the Norm, the AI, herself, and the world that is falling apart around them. There is a little romance, but it definitely doesn't overpower the main story-line.

    The Clan reminds me of the Grounders from the show The 100. The language that is more harsh and to-the point, the lack of technology, and the reliance on folk-like traditions showed similarities to that group. If you like that aspect of the show, I think you will love the world that Finn has built outside of the Norm.

    My only complaint about the book is the lack of character development. I am very much a plot driven type of reader, so the action in this book was appealing to me. I do think however, it could have been slowed down a little for more character development. This would have allowed for more emotional connection not just to the protagonist, but also to the supporting characters that die throughout the book.


    Review of the audio:
    Genevieve Kaplan does an okay job at narrating the book. There were times where I felt like she rushed the words and I thought I was listening at 1.25x speed, but she would usually even herself back out within a few minutes. Her character voices were distinctive and I never had a hard time trying to decipher who was speaking.

    Final Thoughts:
    – Overall, the book was pretty good and I would recommend it to anyone interested in dystopian sci-fi. I will continue the series to see what happens to the group.

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    Camilla 04-23-17
    Camilla 04-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An exciting and interesting book"

    I listened to this one in one day. It's a good and interesting story, and I had to know what happens... (I actually bought the next book for my kindle the next day, so I can continue the story).
    The narrator did a good job on the story.
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    ""The Clan must come first.""
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    A pleasant, easy to listen book with an intriguing storyline, well read by narrator, Genevieve Kaplan.

    A young woman wakes up, burned by the sun, in an exposed and barren landscape without memory of where or who she is. There's another person there, too, who calls herself Sky and explains she must be another Glitch, like herself, but wiped. And Sky takes her back to seek shelter for them both with Sky's Clan.

    Simply told with short uncomplicated sentences in the first person from the point of view of the girl who calls herself Lib, the story of where they are, as well as her own identity, slowly unfolds. Ms.Kaplan's reading is clear and easy on the ear with different characters gently distinctive in their conversation. Although there are excitements along the way, and the whole is awash with a sort of introspective tension, this is not a fast paced, full bodied action thriller - more thoughtful instead.
    I was fortunate in being gifted my copy of The Glitch by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks. It was a pleasant change of pace from much of my reading which I very much enjoyed. Suitable for all ages from young adult upwards. Although completely standalone, there is a sequel which I will almost certainly read in the near future.

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