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waiting to be unraveled. And that was before the second superpowered woman showed up to kill us both.
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By Ray Johnson on 04-08-18
Cherry Blossom Gals can'tcha come out tonight
Harmon Cooper sure knows how to improve a dark and stormy night. He throws in a naked girl! Ok, so that is not what the story is about, and the tale is a fun action packed mutant-fest, but the naked gal sure is one heck of a piece of bait to get you on his hook. And once you've bitten, he just reels you in with ease. The "hero" is a writer you might just recognize, with a friend that you might just recognize, who meets two hot ladies (you won't recognize tem, but if you somehow do you are very lucky) who are in danger. It seems they are living experiments raised by a top secret governental agency. And now they are obsolete. Grace and Veronique are fun little killers, ah, um, I mean wonderful maidens in need of a hand. Thankfully, Gideon is there to lend them one. The story takes off like a blend of Stranger Things and the X-men with Gideon playing the role of the leader in spite of his lack of powers. One thing I realy like is how Harmon Cooper plays this book as if it is autobiographical. It sort of reminded me of the Nightmare People by Lawrence Watt-Evans. He did the same thing with monsters, and that was great fun too. Harmon knows how to keep your attention, and pace his story. He never lets you get complacent, and sometimes it feels like the ground is rolling beneath you. Moving ahead without taking a step.
I do need to remark on the changes made by Soundbooth Theater. This book is a great mix of the whole team. I loved the way the ladies were mixed in with the narration by Justin James. Normally, this is the part that I would be praising Jeff Hays (who has a minor role in this production), and saying how he is my favorite narrator and how well he and Harmon mix together, but since we have an entire team I have to admit that although I missed Hays as a major contributor the team really brought their A-Game and crushed the whole project. I have to say that this was a total home run and anticipate seeing more projects like this in the future. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
I would love to see more of Grace, Veronique, and Gideon in the future!
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By MT on 04-26-18
A good performance but an awkward story
Please note I received this book free from the audiobook producers for review purposes.
What can I say? I finished listening to this so the "Cherry Blossom Girls" did entertain me. A large part of that entertainment came from the full cast narration but the story it self felt very quite awkward. It read like part embarrassing wish fulfillment or self insert erotica and part solid fun action.
The plot, in a nutshell, is that an unsuccessful self published author finds at his doorstep a naked girl with superpowers. Action and government conspiracies ensue. A second superpowered girl gets involved and some very awkward, detailed, and out of place sex scenes happen.
The motivations of the girls are not clear. Why do they like this guy? Why are they pretty much doing whatever he says? Why are they attracted to him? The answer seems to be just for this to be wish fulfillment fantasy for the reader. I don't have a problem with that as a concept but even in this kind of power fantasy you need to give some actual reasons for the characters to act the way they do. Some personality. That's really lacking in this story.
There are also some detailed descriptions of the self publishing world of Amazon and the life of a selfpublished author. These were actually pretty cool and I really enjoyed the minutia. Write what you know, I guess?
But still the story did entertain me and keep my attention. Trashy, but fun trashy. The uh... Fact that a self published author is writing a sex fantasy about a self published author does make it a bit of an embarrassing read. Think "Twilight" or "Fifty Shades of Gray" embarrassing...
The audiobook version has solid performances. Nothing really stand-out but also nothing grating. On a purely technical side the audio quality was fine but sometimes the relative volume between the different narrators was off. There were also like... Two places where they used sound effects which felt odd because those were the only places where that happened. When after an hour or two of pure narration get a voice effect for a shower, that really stands out. But overall good work that added to the book instead of subtracting from it.
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By Scott R on 04-14-18
Unique and changing Audio forever for me
Not only was this a great story with some nifty twists as i have this on ebook already but the characters come to life properly.
As a regular listener of audio books i find myself often scrutinizing particular voices. ie they sound very simliar between them. Their isn't enough sound effects or male/ female narrators don't do well at the opposite sex.
Being familiar with some of the narrators previous works im mostly happy with them.
H. Cooper putting them together probably breaking the piggy bank in the process shows dedication to the story as the quality of writing shines through 10 fold when you have Soundbooths team of narrators on the case.
So hands up in the air that im so impressed im actually going to devote a few words to everyone involved in a in depth critque rather than a quick few lines review.
The Writing Being a fan of this Author i wasn't sure about this piece but i did like it even as an ebook so audio just pushes my appreciation through the roof.
Main Narration * Justin Thomas James although i found Gideon a bit of an idiot i actually came to accept him as the precise cultured voice used by JTJ (and with this being almost Gideons autobiography ) was extremely well done and i found myself with another narrator who sells me a audiobook just by adding their name to it.
Star Narrator*Annie Ellicott having head her work before i was of course familiar with her skill.
Nope she leveled it up like the LitRPG role she played as Grace ,amazing but her sex appeal comes across 100 times better with AE and well her saying Writer Gideon makes me want to be a writer ( few moments of gushing privately).
Vernonique*Laurie Catherine Winkel again someone i came across and someone who had a different role to their previous work i have came across. Her sultry moody (can i say dominatrix approach) was an excellent job as came across like the character with moments of oh oh to oh la la.
Luke/Angel*Jeff Hays the man who sells me an Audiobook with his name. Great job as always especially Luke although his was only a bit part role i would love him to do more Angel as i feel a lot of potential their for his mad skills ( Harmon Cooper take heed ) but not missed as much as i thought i would due to the performance by JTJ.
All i can say is hurry up with Book 2 Audio and I'm forever spolit as now we have had so many Skilled narrators it brings this to a Hollywood blockbuster level movie with the picture off, compared to a single narrator changing the way i view audiobooks forever and puts me in mind of big Radio play productions .
This is my own opinion of this audiobook that i asked for via gifting and see for yourself if you liked it as much as i did .. if not Quiet writer... sorry couldn't resist that small spoiler lol
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By George Saoulidis on 04-24-18
Far too meta and self referential. The genre isn't that old yet to need these deconstructions. 82 minutes in and it still doesn't kick off. Couldn't get into the story.
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By Lee Redwood. Gorin on 05-22-18
they say to write what you know, but.
wile the guy is smart enough to know his building blocks and i can see where people were pulled along to keep going, i for one felt like the characters were lacking so much, that no amount of voice acting could save this. and the whole "im a writer." thing had me feeling like i was back in the new writers section on fanfiction. net
got this one on a whim, i should of pressed stop as soon as it said "harem." but i thought i was saying the authors name.
By John on 04-14-18
I loved this book from start to finish the Characters a nicely done the narrators awesome job with the story hope there more books