Set apart from other 18-year-olds, Ana Hughes knows she is different. A life-threatening heart condition smothers her future and she yearns to feel normal....
Unaware she's been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she's sent after the death of her mother....
Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day's work for a faerie training to be a guardian....
Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father's disappearance, her mother's erratic behavior, and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating....
An ancient legend draws them together. His dark soul will tear them apart. Sometimes the only fairytales that exist are the dark ones....
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer....
When 18-year-old Ari Johnson is transported from her bedroom into the chilling realm of Mount Qaf - home to the terrifying and mercurial Jinn - she learns a truth that rocks her very world....
Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she's believed to be true about her family, life, and future....
This is the story of how the only daughter of a lawyer and a midwife became the famed Queen's Poisoner....
Amelia grew up in a world of half truths. She knows she's an Elder but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control, but he refuses to explain why....
Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Swimming and spending time with Tatiana, her best friend, are her only sanctuary....
Seventeen year old Kris Young is on the run from a throng of superhuman golden-eyed freaks hell-bent on seeing her dead, and she doesn't know why....
Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic....
Allie's not sure what scares her more - losing her life to the Goddess of Night...or losing her heart to one of her protectors....
In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she's going crazy. After her complete freak-out at a high school party, her family is too....
Sara Grey's world shattered 10 years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now, at 17, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why....
What would you do if you were swept into an alternate dimension and faced with the truth: Life does exist outside of Earth?
When Reece is almost violently kidnapped, her entire life begins to change. She soon learns about the man who saved her life in the park and instantly is filled with questions about who he is and why he seems so familiar. The answers she receives from Levi are something that Reece would never have imagined possible. There is life beyond Earth, and it exists because of her!
As she struggles to cope with this theory, she is forced into a futuristic car where she meets another strangely familiar man who introduces himself as Harrison and informs her that he and Levi are from a dimension known as Pemdas. Traveling at what appears to be light speed, Harrison continues to inform Reece that he and Levi are her personal guardians who are sworn to protect her at any cost.
Impossible! Reece can't accept this and begins to question exactly who these men are and where they are taking her. Her answers come swiftly when the car they are in transports them into an entirely different environment. She is rendered speechless as she studies the vivid nature that surrounds them.
Transported into a magical land? The supernatural dimension of Pemdas appears to have traces of Earth in it, but is still worlds apart. It's filled with classic beauty and an electrifying atmosphere, and Reece is completely overwhelmed by what she sees. But her journey is only beginning....
Emperor Navarre Oxley explains to Reece that engraved in her mind by a powerful ancestor is the key to taking over multiple worlds...including Earth. Evil shape-shifting creatures known the Ciatron want to steal the map from Reece's mind and take over all of the dimensions and worlds in the universe. The Guardians must protect Reece in order to save Earth and all of the dimensions that exist due to Earth remaining unaltered.
As Reece finds herself increasingly attracted to Levi, Emperor Navarre's son and her personal guardian on Earth, she finally opens her mind to this new world and starts accepting the unique lifestyle of this enchanting world. With this, she discovers sweeping landscapes and capricious creatures who transfer their energy to the people of Pemdas. Most of all, she experiences peace in her life like nothing she has ever experienced.
Her newfound peace is instantly replaced with the shock of her life when she is placed in grave danger! Betrayed, the Guardians now must defeat their greatest enemy as all dimensions turn against them. They are forced to place Reece in grave danger in order to make peace with leaders of all dimensions. Will Reece Bryant be taken from the protection of the Guardians and forced into the hands of the Ciatron?
Now that the Key's true identity is exposed, the Guardians find themselves in the greatest disadvantage that they have ever known. If the Guardians lose the power to protect Reece, the Key, every living being will fall victim to the greatest enemy Earth has ever known.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
If the writing had been better; if the story had been better; if the narrator had been better.
Would you ever listen to anything by S. L. Morgan again?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Annoyance. A presumably intelligent woman who is in medical school pining over someone she hardly knows because 'he's so handsome', ad nauseum. There was endless descriptions of fabric, furniture, the color of foliage. Ugh. The big showdown at the end is a big flop where nothing actually happens. There is an alternate dimension on Earth with considerably advanced technology that resembles a cross between Jane Austen and Downton Abbey where everyone speaks English. Needless to say, there are lots of problems with the plot. Oh, did I mention the aliens with flying saucers?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about The Legacy of the Key?
The reviews made it sound really good, but only one review on the page gave it low stars and they were the only ones that got it smack dab right. The narration was slow and the book was even slower and I grappled to see the plot.
What could S. L. Morgan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Chapters 5 through 15 could be completely cut from the story, they don't even expand on the love interest part. There was little to no plot and the first time it is kind of introduced is in chapter 16. The start is okay and then it just falls off in to shopping and details about people clothing. The world building got out of hand and I would like to see more substance. More plot. I felt like the characters were flat, didn't change or evolve or learn anything at all. It was very black and white and the bad character just gave herself away, it was all too easy with no struggle so when I got to the end, there really was no climax. Idea is good, world is good, but the story needs work.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Natasha Soudek?
I don't think the narrator was too terrible considering what she had to work with. I found the voices a little extreme and at times hard to understand. Every time Simone talked, I wanted to rip my ears out. She needs to mind her pacing, action scenes should be faster than the rest and it almost seemed like she was talking that slow on purpose, but I struggle to finish this book, but made it in order to give it a thorough review.
What character would you cut from The Legacy of the Key?
There is really only a handful of characters, but none of them learn anything or evolve or struggle. For instance, I would like to have seen Reese try to get along with Simone in the beginning instead of make a snap judgment and be right. The story would have been a lot more interesting if they were friends and then Simone betrayed her. I would have like to see Harrison have more of a role because he actually seemed like the only character with personality, maybe he fell for Reese too and had to battle Levi out for it. In any case, I feel that there was so much that could have been done with this book and it just kind of falls short of the reviews I read.
Any additional comments?
Romance is nice, but plot is important. Without the plot, the romance just feels like it is ill deserved. Make them fight for it. Tear them apart. Make someone lose an arm. It was just too easy.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Slow narration that stressed every word. She, pulled, out, her, chair. Then, she, sat, down.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I loved the story. The performance not so much. Sometimes she forgot which voice to use.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This story is good. I struggled to finish it due to the narrator. I listen to tons of books on Audible and this woman is hands down the worst. Took her longer to say words than if they were spelled out!!! I want to listen to the second book but I just can't. It was literally torture to listen to this books at times. This is a good SciFi book destroyed by the narrator.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Story was enjoyable, though formulaic. Narration bugged the crap out of me. The main character was done very well but the accents on the others were quite annoying. And, since when do you EVER pronounce Navarre New var? And she's an actress!
Unfortunately, a really awful narrator ruined what was an interesting story. If I decide to finish this series, I think I'll read the actual books. This narrator is officially on my "never want to hear again" list. Her choices for character voices are gratingly unrealistic.
Couldnt put it down can't wait for next book. I need to know what's next and I know I won't be disappointed.
Delightful introduction to different dimensions with beautiful descriptions and rich development of plot and characters. Constant mispronounciation of mischievous was irritating and a hiccup in the listening experience.
I was excited to listen to this book when the picture of the cover appeared to show that it had won two awards. However, the story never developed into anything amazing that would merit bestowing any kind of award into it.
My first difficulty with this book was the narrator. She read the characters with one inflection only, even when the story indicated that their voice changed a specific way. She horribly mispronounced some of the most basic of English words. Finally, she made mistakes when voicing character dialog, and butchered a bonding scene by reading a line indicated to be the lead female protagonist in the voice of the lead male protagonist. The only good thing I can say about this narrator is that she has inspired me to practice reading out loud so that I may do a better job.
While the narrator frustrated me immensely, I tried to judge the story separately. The story is lackluster and stilted in its descriptions. The characters are awkward, inconsistent, and have very one dimensional humor (pun intended). I honestly felt that this book was on par with Twilight for the level of plot holes, but then again, Twilight probably won an award for popularity as well.
Where does The Legacy of the Key rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of my top three audiobooks
What other book might you compare The Legacy of the Key to, and why?
Ancient Guardians uninvited (book 2) and Ancient Guardians The Awakening.<br/>All three books are just as exciting as the next.
Which character – as performed by Natasha Soudek – was your favourite?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I would recommend this book to anyone who as a passoin for true romance.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful