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Publisher's Summary

My name is Callie Penrose - and I'm a rookie spell-slinger from Kansas City. I work part-time for the Vatican Shepherds, hunting monsters for them, but you won't find me in the pews on Sundays. Not really my thing.

But when my boss is injured by a werewolf, it's time for me to put my big girl pants on. Because the Spear of Longinus - the one that allegedly stabbed Jesus on the Cross - has surfaced, and it's going up for auction. And every flavor of monster in my city wants it. Even a demon and a Nephilim, just for fun.

The only way to survive the war and get the spear first is to team up with Nate Temple, a handsome, reckless wizard from St. Louis. But he has a dark side, too, and I don't fully trust him, despite what my body tells me.

Framed for murders I didn't commit, I find I've become Kansas City's most hated wizard overnight. Because keeping the spear will get me killed, but giving it away will get everyone else killed. And letting Nate handle it will only paint me as weak. What's a girl to do?

Especially when Hell knows more about my past than I do...

©2017 Argento Publishing, LLC (P)2017 Argento Publishing, LLC

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  • Dark
  • washington dc, dc United States
  • 02-25-18

great book dull reader

Narrator spoke as if the book was a race to finsh. could hear many noises in the backgroud making her even harder to follow and enjoy. the book itself is amazing and just needs to be rerecorded with a sound studio and a better narrator.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle
  • Billings, MT, United States
  • 01-24-18

Background noise too distracting

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book because Shayne Silvers is a great author.

What three words best describe Linnea Sage’s performance?

Her performances was good. She portrayed each character very well. The background noise was awful. It sounds like a TV playing, and you can hear car horns and sirens throughout the book.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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The reading is rushed

What made the experience of listening to Unchained the most enjoyable?

I love the Temple stories and these are part of that universe. The only downside for me was the narration. She seems rushed. Not the intolerable paces that some readers have given, especially in dangerous situations, but she comes across as if she is afraid to take up too much of someone's time by speaking too slowly. I get accused of this myself when I tell a longer story...don't want to waste anyone's time. She also sound a bit 'young', childlike in her representation. That isn't such an issue since she is 'young' in her experiences with dangerous situations and using her magic in the real world. Hopefully future stories will show her slowing down just a bit which would add a bit of gravity to her character. Her voice is pleasant, although a bit too upbeat much of the time when speaking of more grave or thought provoking conversations. I think it would help with the other characterizations if she slowed a bit also. Slowing the speed down a bit drags more than is tolerable, so it's on the narrator to work it out. It won't stop me from listening to the next two books that I've already picked up :)

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  • Matt
  • Camarillo, CA, United States
  • 01-10-18

Wanted to love it but ........meh

Let me start off by saying that Shayne's Nate Temple series is one of my favorites of all time! This is an expansion on that same universe, so....... I had big hopes! It unfortunately fell far short.

The narration was terrible! I have to agree with a previous review that Callie sounds like a winy teenager most of the time (not solely the narrators fault). Also the recording quality was horrendous!! I could here car alarms, sirens, etc in the background. Sounded like it was recorded in a bedroom on a busy street! I strongly recommend a new voice for Cali!

Secondly, this is just my preference. The internal monologue was very difficult to listen to. Again, sounded like an angsty teen rather that a B.A. woman in her mid twenties. IF the writing of the next book is more inline with how she is portrayed in the Temple series, I'll give it a go.

SO much potential..........just hope it can be turned around!!

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Wow!! What a great story!

Perfect mix!! I have been looking for a series like this for a long time.

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I loved everything about this book HOWEVER

Honestly I love the Temple universe amazing, the narrator was perfect in my humble opinion.... BUT THAT DAMMED BACKGROUND NOISE PISSED ME OFF!!!! But nonetheless thank you for this piece of gold.

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Fun and engaging. While still entertaining the questions of good and evil

This irreverent, funny (except when it is most appropriate to be serious) novel has it all. A spitfire heroine, her sidekick, her mentor, and a smartass bad boy. Joseph Campbell is grinning, seeing the Hero’s Journey reinvented.

The novel does all this while entertaining the questions of religion, relationships, and good vs evil.

A+ recommended. Not high literature, but not mere brain candy either, _Unchained_ definitely leaves the listener/reader wanting more.

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  • Leah
  • Richmond, TX, United States
  • 12-10-18

Interesting premise, fun listen

There really is a fair amount of background noise in the recording, and although it didn’t ruin the book for me, it’s distracting. I’ll still get the next. I’m interested to see where it goes.

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Great Story / too youthful performance

The Story is great lots of fun but the reader made the main character sounds like a whiny 13 year girl in high school. It made the story annoying to listen too far to youthful. It should be more of an adult feel. I am going to read the rest of the books.


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great read

This is the best book I have listened to in years. I am excited for the rest of the series

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  • Laurie
  • 05-25-18

Great

Its a well written, has great characters and a lot of fun to read and listen to.

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  • HR
  • 12-10-18

Story might be good but narrator not

I have to admit, I couldn't finish listening to this. An accidental purchase - I was going to read the book, not listen to it - I decided to give the audio a try.

Boy, was that a mistake. I thought at first it was an amateur performance - a reader who liked the book and decided to record it. Flow was terrible - she paused in all the wrong places, put emphasis on the wrong words, and generally just irritated the heck out of me. While she had a good enough voice for the main character, I just found her narration style uncomfortable to listen to.

I may at some point try reading the book for myself, but will have to wait until the memory of the narration has faded.