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  • How to Save a Human

  • VRC: Vampire Related Crimes, Book 4
  • Written by: Alice Winters
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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How to Save a Human

Written by: Alice Winters
Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
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River
When I meet Bentley DeGray, I’m at the lowest point in my life because no matter how much I fight, my past won’t let me escape. Bentley makes me laugh and care and love, but what does any of that mean when I’m living a lie? 

Things get complicated when I find out he’s with the Vampire Related Crimes Unit, the organization looking for answers about the abductions of prominent vampires. 

The same organization that stands in my way. 

My time is ticking down while I’m wound up in this role I’ve been forced to play, but I know that I would be drowning without Bentley by my side. 

Bentley
We’re facing something that runs so deep that we don’t know who we can trust besides each other, even within the VRC. River makes me feel like every day is worth living and enjoying - like I’m not so alone. I can’t imagine life without him. But I know that if I want to keep him by my side, I will need to do everything I can to help him so our love doesn’t get cut short before it can truly grow. 

How to Save a Human contains a cat who shows her affection by not drawing (much) blood, art projects that are a little...sketchy, the most underwhelming “bull” ride ever, and vampires that may or may not be in the mob.

©2020 Alice Winters (P)2021 Alice Winters

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Another awesome story

I hope to hear more of this series soon

When I hear good stories with so much other stuff going on I think that the other shoe is going to drop at some point

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love the entire series!

Great story who had me laugh, scream, cry and rejoyce. In fact the whole series have been a big ride of roller coaster of emotions!!! The narration was fantastic!!!

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 2021-06-05

i want more books

It's review time 🎧
Warning ⚠️: mm romance, fantasy, vampires, police story, medical trigger, abuse, comedy, part of a series, can be read as a standalone but not recommended, because of the time line of this book you'll discover things about the other characters from other books.

Narrator score🎧 ; Michael Ferraiuolo is a freaking artist , he did an outstanding job with this book (not a surprise really) and what I really loved about the preference that he gave the book another rhythm it was a bit slower than the usual comedies he preformed and it only shows how much he understands his work.

Level of steam🔥: ad always the did isn't what's important in Alice's books.... and when it came it was sweet and very fitting for the story...

Level of anxiety and sadness0😱😢: well... I cried i actually did cry 3 times if I recall correctly! It wasn't a heavy book, it was still a comedy so don't worry about it.... but yeah the story had his dramatic effect for sure.... and I don't think it's the usual comedies she does.... the banter is here.... the story is here... but I think the fact that those characters are somehow normal compared to others... and the fact that the background story is a bit more difficult... makes the feeling run high. But yet again it's still Alice winters and it is still a comedy that I adored.

The book itself📖: well. I think it is the last book in this series (maybe I'm wrong, I wish I'm I just loved it so much.)
And I think that the is brilliant. I loved River he is a funny, sweet, strong and very innocent character on his own whey... and Bentley just stole my heart. I adore his kindness his way of viewing the world..... and I adore the crazy cat 🤣🤣🤣 it was just a sweet book, with a crazy background story and the best characters ever.

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  • Kyle The Gnome Waiter
  • 2021-06-11

Hot Gay Assasins

This book was so damn hot and the narrator was excellent!!!! He had really distinctive voices for all characters.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-11-18

Definitely my favorite book series

This book hands down is my favorite book out of the series. Hopefully there will be another book in the series? if there is i can't wait to read it. Alice Winters is an amazing writer and I love all her books so definitely recommend looking them up!!

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 2021-08-23

enjoyed it

Would I listen to it again: yes ✔
Did the story keep me engaged: yes ✔
Was I invested in the characters: yes ✔

📖 Story comment: Thoroughly enjoying this series. Good pace, interesting plot and entertaining characters.

🎧 Narrator comment: Michael Ferraiuolo does a masterful performance bringing How to Save A Human to life. He has good rhythm, inflections and intonations and it's easy to distinguish the characters from each other. A thoroughly enjoyable performance and he bought the story and characters to life.

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📌 Where does it fall on my personal scale? 8
• 1 not my thing • 2 didn't like the narration • 3 didn't keep my attention • 4 was good, but once was enough • 5 enjoyed it • 6 will listen again if i'm in the mood for the narrator • 7 goes on the "re-listen" list • 8 kept me up past bed-time • 9 recommended to family/friends • 10 own it in multiple formats • 11 keep a copy with me at all times
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  • Marie
  • 2021-06-15

Not as funny but still good

I became a little spoiled by Alice's other books that made me laugh out loud. This one didn't. The story was good and is told in two separate time frames. One is early in the series and the other would be book 4. Michael Ferraluolo did his usual excellent job performing the story. He's one of my favorite readers.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-06-11

Book 5? Anyone?

So, I'm not sure if there will be a book five for tgis series. I mean ai kind of want to see that special agent find someone to love, but at the same time wasn't their captian dirty as well? I feel like that happened in the last book. Also didn't Degray go to jail, because he was the one who was leaking info to the crazy bastard vamp that totured Fin? Maybe all that was a fever dream I'm not sure. Well anyways great read as always.

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  • Phx17
  • 2022-08-13

Confusing, even listening to them back to back

Two features made this a confusing listen:
Sequence:
This book takes place after book 1, and spans the same time as books 2 & 3. Even listening to them back to back in series order, I found it difficult to remember certain plots and events. I think this would have played better if there was a little more recapping or replaying the same events from our new POVs. I also think you’ll be entirely frustrated by this book if you haven’t at least heard books 1 & 2.

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The two prior couples were easier to differentiate, with Marcus’ deep voice to contrast with Finn, and Alexei’s accent to contrast with Claude. Here, River and Bentley are too similar. Further, Finn and Claude get thrown into the mix and you’ve got four out of the six that are difficult to tell apart.

Perhaps because of my confusion, I found it hard to connect with this couple. The love-play came off less funny and more silly and just plain juvenile for a nearly 30 year old human and a century old vampire. I mean, their meet-cute happens over a unicorn kids book… which felt kind of cringe.

All of which is not to say this was bad. This was still an enjoyable listen, given that the series has grown on me and I liked getting to spend some time with the other couples.

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  • Jerry M.
  • 2022-04-13

Exceptionally Well Produced

This narrator is outstanding. He's more of a voice actor than merely a narrator, and truly brings each character distinctly to life. The writing is delightful as well.

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  • K. Benjamin
  • 2022-02-25

Great story and so fun!

Oh my gosh, I thought Finn was a hoot but River is hilarious. I don't know how many times I laughed out loud. Bentley is sweet and would do anything to keep River smiling. The storyline kept me engaged and there were plenty of twists and surprises. I enjoyed the interaction with the other members of the VRC and just loved Banshee. Michael Ferraiuolo did an amazing job. You could really tell the difference between each character's voice and personality. I really liked the added sound affects in one particular scene (no spoilers!).

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  • RJC
  • 2022-01-08

Review of How … Human

Overall this book was a good read, but the timber and cadence of the narrators voice is a little irritating at first. However, I did get used to it later in the book and he began to differentiate his voice for the characters. I would recommend reading the first three books in this series to prepare for some of the characters in this book #4.