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Slayer, Book 1
Written by: Kiersten White
Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Kiersten White comes a brand new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.

Into every generation a Slayer is born....

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers - girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One - she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams....

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested - because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

©2018 Kiersten White (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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very fun

the Buffyverse references were super fun. pretty campy but I still enjoyed it. lots of telling at my device. would recommend.

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A small step in the right direction

For a story full of English and Irish characters, why did they hire someone who could barely do one English accent. She couldn’t do an Irish accent at all, but there are several Irish characters. And the lead character is English too, but read as American for some reason. Not a fan of the narration.

The book itself is okay. It certainly hits some Buffy trademarks, like odd demons, romance and family drama. Not as deep as I’d hoped, but easy to follow and plenty to enjoy. A bit strange that it takes place after Magic dies, but before any of the other events in the comics. I guess there’s room for more explanation in a sequel. It’s enjoyable if you’re a teen girl, I would assume, or if you’re a hardcore Buffy fan. But if you’re neither, I’d probably steer clear and listen to some far more inventive and intense fantasy by authors like Neil Gaiman.

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  • Lindsey
  • 2019-01-17

This was not a big winner for me

I read a review that said this book was a must for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fans and that the narration was really good and I can't really agree with that. While I enjoyed the thought of a book set in the world of Buffy, it didn't quite live up to my expectations of a great book or a very good listen for me.

Okay, I'll start with the story itself...It was okay, I just can't call it good/great. There wasn't anything about the characters in the story that made me really like/love them or particularly relate to them, and that is pretty key for me in any story, whether fantasy or realistic. If I don't care enough about the characters, then I just don't end up being very invested in the story and what happens to the people in the book. I love YA, but I felt like these kids were a little too immature for me. I will say it did make me want to go back and watch old episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" though, so mission accomplished with that.

I was not a fan of the narration. From the very beginning I kept toying with returning the book and just getting the ebook so I could read it myself instead. The narrator was very deliberate and kind of slow in the way she spoke, to the point that it almost sounded robotic to me. Maybe others will enjoy it as much as the other reviewer I saw did, but I just struggled with it the whole way through. I literally stopped playing it and almost logged in to Audible to return it at least 3 times but in the end I kept going.

I hate to leave a negative review, but I just felt like this audiobook missed the mark and since I only saw one review when I looked at it, I thought it might benefit someone else to have a heads-up...

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  • Jeremiah McCarthy
  • 2019-01-26

Moronic. Don't waste your time, money or Audible c

I realized that as a man in his 40's that I was not the target audience for this book, but being a huge "Buffy" and Whedon fan, I thought I'd give it a shot. If you are reading "Slayer" in hopes of recapturing some of the magic of the Buffy Whedonverse save your time and your Audible credit for something else.
The characters were one-dimensional archetypes, the story-line was heavily derisive with an obvious conclusion ("Chekov's Gun" much?), and the prose was puerile. Also, the narration by Madeleine Maby was uninspired at best. Ms. Maby's acting was so familiar (unoriginal) that I checked her list of previous works to remind me where I had heard her voicework before. (The answer to that was "I hadn't".) Also, how does a voice actor get a job narrating a book in which a third of the characters are Irish, without being able to do a passable Irish accent?

I don't write many negative reviews. Usually If a book stinks I just return it.
Readers of this review may ask "It's a YA book set in the universe of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", what did you expect?
My answer to that query would be, "Not much, but more than this."

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-10

A must for Buffy fans

I found the story very compelling and the characters well developed. I was scared that I would not enjoy this at all as a die-hard Buffy fan. But, I have to admit that it was such a good story and the narrator was also very good. 5/5 stars

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  • Tonje
  • 2019-02-08

YES

This book is every BTVS fans dream come true. I LOVED it. I was a little nervous to start it, because I was afraid it would feel off somehow, since the buffyverse has been my life for so many years now. But this is honestly a perfect addition to the fandom, and I can't wait for the next book. I'm totally hoping for a spinoff tv-series based on this series.

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  • One Eyed Jack Productions
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 2019-03-29

Slept walked my way through this...

I struggled to finish this one and I'm a huge BTVS fan. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I felt it actually tried too hard to pay homage to the source material... it needed a different approach.

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  • Alice Gaïa
  • Paris, France
  • 2019-03-21

Too good to be patient!

It was fun returning to the teenage feels of the earlier seasons of Buffy. And placing the story from the pov of someone who was from the world of the watchers was an interesting shift in perspective.
The family feels and sibling hurt rang true and adorably frustrating (just TALK to each other!).
The characters were well rounded and varied and provided a fun, wide cast. Which allowed for pretty sweet plot twists, that I, for one, am glad I didn't see coming.
The performance was lovely, and I hope that we get to keep her as Nina's voice for book 2. But please! That is not how you pronounce UGH.

The story had many pleasant nods to the canon that felt like extra candy for those who would catch them, even though they wouldn't impair understanding for those who miss them (to be honest, I probably missed a lot). But if was nice to have this story anchored in canon by simple things as family lineage, references to people we know or cameos of fan favourites (Hi, Faith!). The only thing that does a bit of a disservice to this story is that the ending is so fun and exciting that you are immediately craving MORE. Which can take away from appreciating this first book.
As it's probably easy to guess, I for one, as a fan of the show from back then, was not disappointed by this book and am looking forward to more books!

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  • Julian
  • 2019-03-01

First half meh, second half YES

When starting this book, it honestly feels like an okay-fanfic. However, by the second half it really felt like a great episode of Buffy. Character relationships finally become fleshed out, we get the banter that made the series so good, and a real examination of Buffy as a figurehead. By the time I finished this book, it really felt welcome into the Buffyverse, and I’m so glad these characters exist within it.

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  • Ray
  • 2019-02-23

great new chapter in the buffy-verse

If you were ever a fan of the iconic show.
Or became a fan through the comics.
Or have never heard if Buffy Summers, slayers, Watchers, or hellmouths.
This book is great fun and funny! Very much looking forward to the sequel. and many more to come.

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  • Leo
  • 2019-02-06

Gerrrrrargggg

A nice little slayer story. Easy to listen to. I will follow the series. The end.

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  • alsimvilla
  • FORT WORTH, TX
  • 2019-01-26

Buffy Fans will Enjoy!

As a fan of the Buffy verse I enjoyed this story and finished within a week. I loved the other side of the Buffy verse that wasn’t much explained (the counsel) and loved the mentioning of Buffy and her friends throughout and how much this story stayed true to the Buffy verse while at the same time creating new characters.