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Friends with the Monsters

Written by: Albany Walker
Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen,Lucas Webley
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Gather round close, for I have a secret to tell. 

Late at night, while everyone is sleeping, dreaming of white knights and fairytales. I'm making friends with the monsters. 

They call to me, like finds like, right? My biggest secret, I'm the scariest monster I know. 

I think I'm the bad guy. 

MFMM reverse harem novel with adult themes not recommended for those under 18. HFN

©2019 Rhonda Beyer (P)2020 Rhonda Beyer

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  • sam
  • 2020-09-15

WOW!!! I want the next..

I almost started listening to it again immediately after. I love the characters and the narration!!! I want more!!!

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Want more!!!!

Loved this book! The story hopefully continues right? Please let it be so! I definitely want more! I like the narration, the story, the awkward but hilarious way the characters come to some sort of understanding about their relationship. I definitely recommend giving it a try.

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is there more??

never thought I'd have fantasies about the grim reaper, but here we are. im going to need more from this author. please and thank you

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Don’t waste your time

The female voice is unbearable. Way too raspy. The mâle narrator has no emotions. The story…. Not so good either.

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Entertaining…

I was sad when it was over - it was interesting for sure. I would never have thought of death as sexy…

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  • 2023-03-13

An Exceptional Read

I couldn't put it down. An amazing story and wonderful characters. I'm invested. Emotionally.

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Jackpot

I hope highly recommend this book. It's a pick me upper, if you will. I love the fact that the narration for male characters are done by males and not the same person, this goes for the females as well. The storyline is good, I just don't like the way it ended. This gas been added to my list of favourites. Happy Reading

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a little confusing and falls short

the opening left me quite confused about the world and characters, the writing doesn't feel as concise as it coughs be. the steamy scenes were great! but as I waited for the group scene it didn't come... maybe in the next book

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Worth a listen

What did it for me, was the narration of the story! I LOVED that the male does all the male voices and the female does all the female voices. I wished every book that has both male and female narrators did this. The story is okay and I do like the main characters but I felt like the plot could have gone in a more fascinating direction. But I love the idea that it's the "monster" in the story that's telling her story instead of the regular "hero gets rid of the monster in the closet" type of story.

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  • Kay
  • 2021-05-01

Great writing and narration has me wanting more…

Voice acting was great. Little bits of humour throughout was a lovely touch and I actually laughed out loud a few times.

Lucas changes his voice for different characters but there were a couple times I thought someone was talking and the narration revealed a different character. However, he has a rather sultry voice that didn’t make me care.

Vanessa has such a great voice that she even lulled me to sleep a couple times while listening before bed. The raspiness of her voice gives the main character that depth of dangerous but sexy.

Some people complain about the cussing and that it was unnecessary but I think it fits the characters rather well. If you’re offended by some cussing in a reverse harem romance book, maybe this isn’t for you. I feel its welcome since the book is a little on the darker side.

Overall, I’m looking forward to more books voiced by Vanessa and/or Lucas, as well as written by Albany Walker.

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  • jeseay207
  • 2020-05-31

Love this book!

When this book came out I read it right away and loved it. So much so, I did a reread within a month, which is unusual for me since my TBR pile is a mile high.

Now that the audiobook is out, I got that right away too even though I am in the middle of a reread of another series. I LOVE that there are dual narrators and that the man is reading all of the male parts. They did a fantastic job bringing the story to life and I can't wait until the next installment.

I 1000% recommend this book, you won't regret it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-18

ehhh I mean...eh

I struggled with this one. I really enjoyed the narration of the back and forth but it never went anywhere. i would almost skip thru chapters bc each were the same thing. I finished the book and thought..ummm thats it...i had higher expectations for sure. my only word for the book is "eh" its ok.

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  • Lee
  • 2020-06-14

Loved this book!

Talk about a breath of fresh air. A female lead who is fun and forward moving. The "monsters" are fabulous while her potential mates are awesome. This book will revive your faith in worthwile female leads. Beware...if tons of sexy time is not your thing this book is not for you. Kind of a cliff hanger...so hoping for the next book very soon.

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  • Neumann
  • 2020-06-17

Terrific story

This was an original story. You know how sometimes books feel like there is a formula and just the details were changed? This one didn’t feel like that. I liked that several of the predictions I made early on were incorrect, it kept me engaged and continuing to guess.

The narration was very good, both Lucas Webley and Vanessa Moyen. You could distinguish between the different characters by both voice and personality of not just the main characters but secondary ones as well.

Although there was sex, it wasn’t excessive and didn’t overtake the story.

I would recommend this book, it’s worth the money or credit. Although it didn’t end on a cliffhanger, you know that there will be a continuation to resolve issues. I’m looking forward to it and won’t hesitate to purchase it.

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  • C. Brown
  • 2020-08-04

Cute story with a touch of sexiness

The story is about charmed ones. The h is a sin eater, she has friends such as a brownie, a creepy bony guy, a shifter, a berserker, and the Grim Reaper.
Although she doesn't have sex with 3 males at once, they end up as her mates. The conflict of the story is with a coven of witches. The narration was great. It kept things interesting when there wasn't much else going on.

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  • Deanna
  • 2020-06-20

Good story

I really enjoyed this story and the narrator's did a great job. The sex scenes are 🔥. I relistened to this book because book 2 is now out.

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  • Jorja Lee
  • 2020-08-06

DNF

Sigh. DNF. I liked the general story idea. Ruined for me by the stupid FMC. Common RH trope - give the girl beauty and super powers to pretend she’s “strong.” Meanwhile she is emotionally and intellectually weak and doesn’t treat others very well because she is rife with abandonment & mommy/daddy issues. She even knows she is full of shit the majority of time but is such a pathetic person she doesn’t care to do anything about it - other than use the guys and her “friends” as she sees fit. Or, she whines about how lonely she is but doesn’t really do anything to change it. She’s hot, she’s cold, she manipulates, she’s selfish, and she’s arrogant. What does she actually do? She sits alone in a house all day and wait for her “friends” to come and entertain her? What exactly am I supposed to like about her? That she finds hot guys attractive? That she killed someone once and to try and not do it again puts herself in seclusion and numbs her senses so she doesn’t do it again? That she has no problem fucking a random dude/dudette when she’s horny? She’s supposed to be 30 for goodness sake. In the beginning I hoped the tide would turn but I’m a little over half way through and she seems to be getting worse.

I also wasn’t a fan of the FMC narrator. The whisper talking is really annoying. There were moments when she’d talk sort of normal and I was like, ahhh... good - but then she’d start whisper talking again and all I could picture was some mother reading a bedtime story in quiet whispers to one kid while another kid is asleep across the room. Given the context of the story, not a great fit.

All that said, I did really like how the male narrator was integrated in to the story whenever the guys spoke instead of switching narration by chapter. And I liked the side characters.

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  • The Lone Trekkie
  • 2020-06-25

Narrator's SUCKED...and not in a GOOD way.

This furthers my stance that good narration can bring a boring story to life. Alternately, and in the case of Friends w/Monsters, poor narration can sink an amazing story into the labyrinths of Hades.

This dual narration thing didn't work here. The actors were robotic. The male - Lucas Webley - didn't invest in the story at all, basically rattling off his pieces like it's a grocery list. The female - Vanessa Moyen -, too, simply "read". Her forced cat purr thing at the end of each word was cute at first, then it just became cheesy and monotonous. However, HER various characters had their own voices, at least.

Basically, it was painfully like listening to the middle school drama club recite a play for extra credit.

Not invested in these characters enough to grab book 2. It's a really good story. At least I think it would be been. But I'm not reviewing the book version. I'm reviewing the Audible. The only development that grabbed my attention was an encounter from her past near the end, and even that was slated over.

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  • Bennygonza
  • 2020-07-05

found what I been looking for

I hear many good stories that switch narrators from chapter to chapter and wonder why they don't blend them.. this one did.. the story itself it awesome the plot is good and the narrators are the best.. can't wait for next one

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  • Kathy
  • 2020-06-22

so much better than expected

I really wasn't sure if I would like the story at all, but I did! the narration performance was perfect, much better than any I've ever heard before.

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