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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.

    4 of 4 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa A. Wilson 06-06-17
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    "I had to keep listening"
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    This is a unique book. First, it is written in present tense. Second, it is about artificial intelligence. Neither of these interests me, but I was very interested in the dystopian aspect of this story. I am so glad I decided to try it. It was an incredible whirlwind story. I had to keep listening and find out what happened. The characters are strong and the plot kept pulling me back to the story (my silly kids get in my way of listening to books). It is a unique story blending cyberpunk and dystopia. It was very easy to see this story in my mind. I think the writing and use of first person only added to the strength of this story.

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    Amy 05-29-17
    Amy 05-29-17
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    ".YA Dystopian Fantasy heaven !"
    What did you love best about The Glitch?

    Lib wakes up in a desert ,barren land with hardly any memories and a deep feeling of fault and responsibility .The world she is in is a YA dystopian , sci-fi dream come true as is the story of Lib as we discover it throughout the book.Lib meets Sky who is a Glitch and lib is taken to Sky's clan.There she must decide who to go with Raj or Wolf . Raj wants to go his own way but with Wolf she has the security of the clan form the A.I.However things aren't what they seem with Lib as she remembers something that endangers her new friends.I really enjoyed watching Lib regain her memories and becoming a force to be reckoned with as the book goes on.This is an impressive story with many layers and a lot of depth.I am eager to read book 2 in this series. I hope Genevieve Kaplan narrates the next book also because we now know her as the voice of ,Lib,Bird,Sky,Wolf and so many other brilliant characters.Her narration was strong,moving and pulled she feelings from me with the depth she gave her performance .


    Have you listened to any of Genevieve Kaplan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but wouldn't hesitate to again


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Clans against the A.I


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shane 05-25-17
    Shane 05-25-17
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    "Dystopia is no reason to get depressed!"
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    The Glitch is a fine example of dystopian science fiction that isn’t mopey and depressing. So the world as we know it fell apart. There is no reason is adopt pessimism as a lifestyle choice. They don’t live as long as people who are optimistic, anyhow. Lib had nothing going for her. She was stranded in some desert wasteland, outside from her techno utopian home, the NORM. She had no memories of her identity, but a head full of useful information. Her new buddies, the Tracker Clan don’t easily accept outsiders, either. Despite everything, she kept hope and tried to make her situation better.

    I normally give a book four or five chapters to let the author find the groove and for me to pick up on it before I decide if finishing the story is worth my while. With The Glitch, I was hooked right away. This girl with no memories is discovering a post-apocalyptic world and I was there with her.

    I think Finn covered an important theme for the Young Adult genre in loyalty and interpersonal relationships. As we millennials (I’m the oldest in the group but still count myself among their lot) depend more and more on social media to supplement our interpersonal communication, it can be easy to lose track of what is truly important in human relationships, trust and comradery. Our heroine is a great example of someone who will really be there for you. If the Glitches and Tracker Clan were the cookie parts of an Oreo, Lib would be the cream center.

    I received a free audible code in exchange for a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

    The narrator’s voice was very easy on the ears. I dare say it is a pretty voice. I hope she keeps at the audiobook game.

    Normally I’m preferential to third person limited point of view, but this first person adventure worked really well. The plot also covered everything needed to stand on its own two feet while also setting a larger stage for the series to play out on. I’m looking forward to the next installment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer San Francisco, ca United States 04-12-17
    Kindle Customer San Francisco, ca United States 04-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Cool concept/universe, expertly narrated"
    What made the experience of listening to The Glitch the most enjoyable?

    Something different. Felt like a universe inside a computer network.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Glitch?

    The bad-assness of the main character when dealing with the AI


    What about Genevieve Kaplan’s performance did you like?

    Able to build excitement when needed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, but enjoyable just the same.


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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.

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    Erika 04-09-17
    Erika 04-09-17
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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.

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    Vaiva Lithuania 04-07-17
    Vaiva Lithuania 04-07-17
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    "Enjoyable listen"
    What other book might you compare The Glitch to and why?

    I believe those who liked "Skylark" by Meagan Spooner would enjoy this book too! It has similar story as far as I remember, mind you it has been 4 years since I read "Skylark", but I remember that main character first lived in enclosed world and got introduced to outside world.


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

    The moment I realised there was tech involved :)


    Any additional comments?

    I believe in the audio file I received towards the end of third hour there was a repetition of good 5-ish min of the same science.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

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  • Norma Miles
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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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