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By Katheryne on 01-04-15
Way beyond My Expectation
I really enjoyed this book way more than I was expecting. I like romance, dystopian YA, zombies and sci-fi but something about the description just didn’t appeal to me. After reading some of the reviews I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did. The author did a good job of finding the right balance between world building and actually telling a story. Sometimes writers get caught up in the build-up and a plot becomes boring or stale. She blended the right amount of action, romance and back story. She also threw in enough mystery to make me want to go back for more (there are at least 4 books on Audible). I liked the narrator as well but it took a while to get accustomed to his style of delivery. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a mix of sci-fi and romance.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Rosemary on 30-06-14
A Chilling Story
When five men emerge from a cave, they find that the world, as they knew it, is gone. Fifty years has passed, but they have not changed. As they journey to seek other survivors, they learn that each of them possess an extraordinary power. They are driven to see what is left and seek safety from the zombie like creatures who hunt them. Then they meet Jade, a runner, who is trying to save her friends and her world from the evil that caused this devastation. Will they survive? Joss Ware/Colleen Gleason has written a story that gave me chills. What if our life was destroyed in a heartbeat? The story is so incredible and the danger so exciting. I was hooked. The characters are well written and the setting so powerful. I was especially drawn to Jade and Dr. Elliott Drake. They are a intriguing couple. They fight the attraction they feel, but finally realize that we need someone to love and to love us. This is a suspenseful story that is filled with unexpected twists. Beyond the Night is the first book in the Envy Chronicles. I can't wait to start reading the next one. I want to know more about Envy Nevada and her people and about the Immortals and their plans.
I enjoyed the narration by Sebastian Fields. He was perfect.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Marcia L. Berbeza on 20-06-14
NEVER Read Zombie Stories, LOVED This One!
Where does Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I really enjoyed this story, it ranks up at the top of the books I've listened to this year.
What about Sebastian Fields’s performance did you like?
Sebastian Field nailed the performance. A good narrator can make or break a story. Some books that I've loved were ruined by a poor narrator. He did an excellent job.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
As I wrote in the title, I NEVER read end of the world, apocalyptic zombie stories. NEVER. Cannot tolerate them. The author sent me the voucher for this story in exchange for a fair review and once I started, the thought occurred to me that I really didn't want to listen to this. Once I started listening, I actually thought, "What have I gotten myself into?" But having agreed, I hated to back out. Glad I didn't, because the story made complete sense. It is wonderfully written, has a well conceived back story, and left me with a good feeling inside afterwards. I can highly recommend this.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Carole M. Sauer on 04-02-14
Beyond The Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1
Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1 to be better than the print version?
I like to read. I enjoy the process of reading print books. And I have never taken advantage of an audiobook before this one. But I can see how listening to a book has its pluses. That said, If listening to books is your thing, then I would recommend this audio over the print version. If you're going on a road trip or traveling, I would recommend this audio over the print version.
What did you like best about this story?
I've never listened to an audio book before. I tried once to use the 'voice' function on my Kindle Fire, but the robotic reading annoyed me, so I turned it off and read the old fashioned way. But Colleen Gleason offered up a few copies of the audio book of her Envy Chronicles. I've read the Envy Chronicles paperbacks. But I was curious about the audio version, so I took her up on her offer.
Dystopian is not my 'go to' genre. But I like Colleen's historical novels, like her style, and am up to reading whatever she writes. I won't go into what the book is about. Between the book blurb and the many reviews, the story line is already there. She's got it all. A very interesting story about 5 men who go exploring and find themselves in the future after an apocalypse. They encounter groups of people existing and trying to rebuild a new civilization from scratch. There are 'monsters' in the dark bent on disruption, power and control. There is mystery, suspense, and a direct connection between the characters and the past and present. And what Colleen Gleason book would there be without romance and hot sex.
But this review is also for the audio telling of Colleen's story. The narrator of Book 1 is Sebastian Fields. He has a very engaging voice without sounding too affected. Although he tries to distinguish vocally between the characters, he doesn't go over the top with his interpretations. And because of Colleen's expertise in story telling, Sebastian has no problem drawing the listener into the story so that you feel like you are a part of this new civilization.
Colleen Gleason has an audio book with an entertaining story and an engaging narrator, I have no problem recommending it to lovers of the dystopian or romance.
Which character – as performed by Sebastian Fields – was your favorite?
Honestly, I enjoyed Sebastian Fields interpretation of the gangas. He manages to pull off a difficult task without going over the top.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Kelly McCurdy on 04-02-14
Love the story line
What did you love best about Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1?
I loved the story line that Colleen has written. She has a very creative mind, and I love reading her work
What did you like best about this story?
I liked the story line. The character interaction keeps you listening and keeps you intrigued.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
I honestly wasn't fond of the narrator. He sounded monotone, and he sounded like he wasn't into the story. I didn't hear any excitement in his voice. The various accents that he did do gave it some depth, but when he was attempting to sound like a female, he failed. There should have been a female narrator along with the male.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Trying to live through the night.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Lia on 08-01-15
Sexy Post Apocalyptic Series With Zombies
Dr. Elliot Drake and his friends were exploring caves in Sedona when the world ended. All of them lost consciousness only to awake and find that fifty years have passed. And they've not aged one bit. That was six months ago. Now they've found a group of teens that may finally lead them to Envy, the largest known society of survivors. Their hope is to find someone who has lived through the event and can explain to them what has happened.
Jade has only ever known this world. When she meets Elliot, nicknamed "Dred," she is sure that he is hiding a dark secret. But she never suspects the truth. Jade has fought to survive this long and she's not planning on stopping long enough to let this man into her heart. In a world where everything seems lost, though, hope may be the one thing they have left.
This is the kind of book that makes you want to rush into the next series installment immediately! Ware has created a captivating world with incredible detail. BEYOND THE NIGHT is a great balance of romance, paranormal, and post-apocalypse zombie-ridden future.
Sebastian Fields was outstanding with the delivery of the story.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful