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I listened to the first chapter of the book and thought it was great! Then, the second chapter turned into an extended sex scene between two of the protagonists. When I started the third chapter, it devolved into a gang rape/torture scene and I decided enough was enough.
I am not a prude, but I do think that books like this should inform potential readers/listeners that the book might be embarrassing to the listener when other people are around. Or, at least let the listener know that it includes graphic sex, including rape. I read the blurb and nothing in it warned me of this.
Might be OK for some readers/listeners, but I will not be finishing this book.
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Alien Invaders and Human Resistance fighters sounded great. Unfortunately, this was not quite what I was expecting when I requested this book. While it is a book that many will enjoy, it's not a book I would listen to again or recommend.
To start with it needs to have erotica added to the category. Second, it needs to have a few disclaimers put into the description. I have no problem with sex in my books but most of the sex in this book was in no way sensual or romantic. Humans have to be drugged to be agreeable and have sex with the aliens. It has rape and sexual abuse by aliens, not just one but 2 or 3 at a time preforming gang rape as punishment and torture. So you get the drift. They aren’t even "sexy" aliens. They are described as kind of lizard-y things with 4 arms. Later some (hybrids) are described as "dragon" like, although no flying that I remember. Then there's the "brood" mother don't even know how to describe her.
Is there a story? Yes, in between all the unsexy sex. It's also a story that had a lot of potential, but was derailed with the before mentioned aspects of the story. The story starts right off with a sex scene between 2 resistance fighters which intrigues and arouses the alien(s) and from there the story takes the turn into all the graphic alien encounters. Is there a purpose to the encounters? Yes. It does have an effect on the plot and the outcome of the story, but some of it definitely could have been left out. Sometimes less is more.
I listened to this whole book and while you become familiar with the characters throughout the story none of them were really memorable. Some of them I couldn't even place immediately. And I'm talking hours and hours into the story. Honestly, the continuous sex took away from the flow of the story for me. It got to the point I thought, seriously again, just get on with the story. Were there good parts to the story? Yes, but then it would veer off again into more XXX encounters.
This is the first time I have listened to a book narrated by Persephone Rose. He does a good job with the narration. I was actually surprised when the story started and it was a male narrator not a female. He has a nice voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. The narration was clearly spoken with a nice even pace. He has some really good character voices as well. Male characters especially. There was not any real difference between his male and female character voices. Although I'm glad he didn't do a high pitched female voice. It's cringe worthy when narrators do that. He was able to bring the story to life through his narration. Overall very enjoyable.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
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An interesting premise an alien race has invaded Earth and this is what happens next. People fight back and the battle keeps going. It is interesting seeing the setting move on between each part of this omnibus times change and the roles of these brave defenders change from heroic rebels to hated insurgents. It raises the point of what is worth fighting for and how much is freedom worth.
Amanda Close’s writing is of good quality throughout the story, interestingly it changes between viewpoint characters even within the same scene, this lets us see how the thoughts of the aliens are different than the humans which give you insight into them.
In my opinion, more plot and less sex would make this a far better listing experience, the world has clearly had thought put into it, the weapons the aliens use, their social structure, biology, how humans reacted to the aliens invaders and how that changed throughout the books.
The narration by Persephone Rose is good and suits the characters, making the aliens sound different than the humans. The recording is of good quality with no errors that I noticed.
Note this book contains graphic descriptions of an alien on human sex and a lot of it don’t get this book if that puts you off. If that is what you are looking for jump right in and you will not be disappointed.
This book really needs two different scores.
>If you don’t mind or you like the sex then this book is interesting alien invasion adventure with lots of sex and is worth listening to. 5/5
>If that's not your thing then this book is more like a 2 or 3 out of 5, a good idea with potential but far too much sex.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.