Ren : Ren

  • by Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by Tim Campbell
  • Series: Ren
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Born with the power to control minds, hypnotize others, and read thoughts, Ren Lewis is certain of one thing: God made a mistake. No one should be born with so much power. A monster awoke in him the same year he received his gifts. At 10 years old. A prepubescent boy with the ability to control others might merely abuse his powers, but Ren allowed it to corrupt him. And since he can have and do anything he wants, Ren should be happy. However, his journey teaches him that harboring so much power doesn't bring happiness, it steals it. Once this realization sets in, Ren makes up his mind to do the one thing that can bring his tortured soul some peace. He must kill the monster.


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This was a really fun listen

When I started this I didn’t know there were entire YA series, The Reverians and The Lucidites, in which Ren appears as a character. It didn’t really matter because this worked as a stand alone with enough information provided to get a feeling for these two series and their settings. In fact, after finishing this, I have become interested enough in this world of dream travelers that I am quite keen on listening to more.

But back to Ren The Man Behind The Monster. This was basically Ren’s autobiography from growing up as a young boy in a tiny, quiet village in England who discovers his special powers to the present day when Ren is in his mid-forties. Ren is the sort of character you can’t help but love, although most of the time he was totally self-centered, arrogant and rude. Initially, he used his skills to manipulate people in order to get money and sex. Quite the jerk and totally full of himself. But he also had some rather endearing moments and by the end, he had totally won me over.

This was a really fun listen and I finished it in one setting. The narration by Tim Campbell was excellent. Ren is the narrator of his own life in this audio book, and Tim Campbell brought him to life perfectly. Very smooth sounding and a pleasure to listen to. There were no issues with the production quality.

I am not sure whether it would make more sense to start with the Reverians or the Lucidites series before listening to this, but if you are already familiar with those, then I would definitely recommend listening to Ren’s memoir because he is a fantastic character, and his story was full of drama, action, romance, humor and great observations on life and people. A really good character study by the author.

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Captivating character

This well written and narrated audiobook is excellent. It tells the story of Ren Lewis, a dream traveller who was born with amazing gifts, but instead of seeing them as a beautiful thing he sees them as making him a monster. It is not so much the gifts themselves but rather his abuse of his ability to read thoughts, hypnotize and control minds that causes him to view himself as such. This book details the story of his life and what made him the sarcastic, apathetic, abrasive and yet totally appealing character that he is. It chronicles Ren's misuse of his powers, his mistakes, sorrows and the contacts and actions that cause him to change. I loved how the author tied in all her other series and filled out the details about Ren that were missing in the other books and yet she didn't give too much away for those who haven't read them yet. Ren is my favourite character in all of Sarah Noffke's books. He is complex, tortured, a jerk and yet you can not help but love him. His dry sarcastic humour and underlying loneliness and despair draws you to him, your heart bleeds for his losses and pain but at the same time you want to shake him and make him realize that he has worth and is not the monster he thinks he is. Tim Campbell's narration fits this character perfectly. His deep, gritty voice and correct British accent (even down to the pronunciation of words that are said differently in England) brings the character to life and reveals that underlying sexiness that is so appealing in this character. The Dream Traveller world that Sarah Noffke has created in her books is intricate and captivating and this story continues to add depth to an already amazing world. I can not wait until the next audiobook in this series is out.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2015
  • Publisher: Sarah Noffke