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Afterlife...just some gothic nightclub where gossip is fuelled by the presence of a rich and unearthly, handsome family or afterlife...the strange place where time seems to stand still and guests feel the presence of something more powerful held within the confines of the VIP.

Keira is new to this small, cold town and is running from a past that seems to feast on her darkest memories. She finds living with her sister away from English soil to be just the ticket to the new life she is trying desperately to find. So when the offer of a job at the infamous gothic nightclub Afterlife comes along she thinks that lady luck has finally found her. That is until its seductively dark and forbidding owner Dominic Draven sets eyes on her.

All at once she is captivated and plunged into a world she never knew existed, but the deeper her obsession with Draven becomes, the harder it is to decide...should she stay and continue to work within the shadows of the supernatural or should she run from a madness she thinks may consume her?

Warning: This audiobook not only has sexual content but is amazingly addictive, with its dark mystery, haunting horror, seductive twists and one sexy dark lord that has the listener drooling every time the name Draven is heard! This audiobook has been written by an UK author with a mad sense of humour. Which means the following story contains a mixture of Northern English slang, dialect, regional colloquialisms and other quirky spellings that have been intentionally included to make the story and dialogue more realistic for modern day characters.

©2012 Stephanie Hudson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Terrible narration

This is the first book i have ever reviewed, and ive listened to dozens of books, and this is a tough one to put a start count towards. But i cant get over how good the story is, and how BAD the narration is!! Rebecca's regular talking voice is actually very lovely, and she would be a fantastic voice for lets say ella enchanted, but not THIS! She sounds 14, which makes the main character sound out of place since shes in her 20s and when she tries to do male voices....i cannot. Her american accents are atrocious, so bad that they dont even sound american. Ive had to put ALOT of imagination into this book when listening, just to get past it, because i really want to see how this story ends up.

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great story bad narration

I did enjoy the book but unfortunately had trouble getting past the Narrator..not that she was bad but she sounds like a very young adult and at times on the verge of whining..and when she did a male voice sounds like she just pinched her nose to speak.. she would do well to read books for young adults since her voice sounds like a young teen ..felt a little uncomfortable when she was speaking about adult situations...maybe will read the next myself on kindle

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  • Inkleindtoo, Charlee Klein
  • 2016-01-19

Loved IT!!

I have been in love with this series since I found it a few years ago. The Afterlife Saga is a series that can be read and reread over and over. I'm glad I tried out the audible version. Afterlife fans will be glad to hear that there are extra scenes and extra lines throughout this version, adding some details and even some extra steamy scenes. This book brings you into a world of demons and angels where not all demons are bad and not all angels are good, but some of both are here on earth to protect humans and maintain a balance. this series keeps you on your toes while you follow the love of Kiera, a human, and Draven, an angel/demon halfbreed. Another person wrote in her review that this a book for teens, I dont know what she would allow her kids to read, but I certainly wouldnt want my daughter to read this....yet.... ill recommend it when she is older, as there are detailed sex scenes. Like I said, I liked hearing the audible version and will definitely be getting the other books as they come out in hopes that they too will have extra scenes.

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  • Jessica
  • 2016-03-18

European Narrator

Storyline was great, for the length of the book it went by fairly quickly. the Narrator was really good, however her impression of how Americans talk is slightly insulting. she pretty much made us sound like slow rednecks high on paint fumes. She does get better in the second book and I still recommend listening to this one.

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  • Lexi
  • 2016-11-29

It is a good book yet it is NOT in many ways

This is a difficult book to review. It is a good book yet it is not in many ways.

I’d like to start by saying I absolutely love long audio books. With that being said, this book is way too long. The reason is that it is filled with chapters of absolutely NOTHING! Meaning the book does not move forward. Nothing is accomplished or revealed during these long winded chapters. It is so long winded that you forget what questions you are waiting to be answered causing you to drift off, and lose interest. This makes listening frustrating as the story itself is very, very intriguing and just a plain good story.

The author has great talent in telling a good story, but the way she tells it is indeed frustrating. I understand dragging a story out a little to build suspense but it is possible to drag it out way too long and risking the reader completely not caring anymore about what happens in the end. Throughout the book there are lots of contradictions. For example, the heroin is special in that she cannot be controlled by the Hero’s kind, yet the hero can control her in all of the sexual scenes due to her being emotional. I would be better for the story if he and his kind simply could not control her period/at no time.

With all that being said, I will read the next book in the series as it is better than a lot of the crap out in this genre and the story is just that good. Let’s just say, I will be fast forwarding through the unnecessary stuff. Although this series is about a young girl who has major self-esteem issues, it is not necessary to make her completely stupid! She is portrayed as so utterly stupid so much so that lots of readers will not be able to relate and it will take away from the believability. Cutting this story down several hours, and adding multiple points of views along with a narrator who can expertly read with DIFFERENT voices, will do wonders for this series. The narrator’s male voices are horrific.

Pros:
Excellent story
Excellent characters
Good action
Intriguing
Lots of supernatural shenanigans

Cons:
Heroin is utterly stupid unnecessarily
Lots of unnecessary fluff not needed
Heroin falls down 95% of the book
Heroin cries 95% of book
Heroin’s hair is described 95% of book (unnecessary)
Heroin being a complete doormat, falling down constantly, and being utterly stupid all at once will be too much for some readers.
Major issues are described without addressing them at multiple times throughout this book
On the small occasion that a major issue is addressed, it either is contradictory or not really addressed
Although the book is about supernatural/magic, there are Lots of things just simply don’t make sense

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  • bluestategirl
  • 2018-01-05

Same poor narrator -- for 191 hours!


I don't know if this book is good or bad, because I couldn't get past the narration. The reader sounds too juvenile for the subject matter, and it doesn't help that all of the characters are badly rendered, especially the female MC who sounds WAY too young to be serving cocktails in a bar, much less sleeping with an adult male.

Rebecca Rainsford, the 13 year old (sounding) narrator, can't do American accents, or commanding male voices, or differentiate between multiple characters. (I never got to a *steamy* scene, but I'm pretty sure her baby voice would have made it cringe-worthy.)

What really strikes me though, is this is Hudson's magnum opus -- 8 books long and counting! And the books are BIG books, up to 30 hours each! So why would an author so inspired and motivated by her story that she writes that much -- not take the time to choose an adult sounding narrator (who can also do American accents), to perform it?

To make it more confounding, Hudson or her publisher, clearly chose the wrong narrator for book 1, and then compounded the error by keeping that narrator for all 191 hours of narration. (That has to be some kind of record.)

Recommended? Nope, unless you plan read it for yourself.

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  • Cheri2057
  • 2016-02-23

Wow this is fantastic

What did you love best about Afterlife?

It kept you interested! Constant story. People are complaining about length all I have to say is wow to keep me interested, never boring. I love length I feel I'm getting my money's worth! Keep it coming! Ordering the 2nd book now.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was not repetitive it was a story that kept you not wanting to stop.

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

Emotion and real life into the story.

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

YES

Any additional comments?

I hope she continues her story and many more!

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  • Rachel
  • 2015-12-27

Love the story

Narrator was good story was better. Finished in two days. Yep, couldn't stop listening. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • MaD
  • 2016-05-12

Ah, Draven!

Stephanie weaves an incredible journey that ensnares the imagination. It truly enjoyed Kiera's story and meeting all the Draven's. While the narrator gives you a good feel for Kiera, I would have preferred a more masculine voice for Dominic (as this is what I had heard in my mind when I read the book before then listening to the Audible version)

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  • Katie O'Brien
  • 2016-01-29

great job Rebecca

I love this series and own all the books. I decided to purchase the audio books to give me something to listen to while cleaning or in the car. I have to say the first book is at this time the only book given a discount to customers who have already purchased the books. Book two is not discounted. I find this disheartening. I had hoped to purchase all the audio books. At almost $30.00 each I don't foresee that happening. With that said, the audio books are well done. I wondered how the characters would be performed. I will say I think Rebecca did a good job. I have already listened to the book twice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-01-08

I loved this book!

Dark and angsty! The book is like a Gothic twilight in a much better way, with an intensely gorgeous story.

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  • Katina
  • 2017-06-05

Love these books 1

worth listening to a second time. can say that becasue im listening to it a second time now :)

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