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A great novella in which Dahlia drags Ren, Adalaide and Lucien on a road trip to hell (if you believe what Ren has to say that is!) Ren's sarcastic humour and general disdain is once again in full flow in this novella and I loved every word of it. You can not help but love this caustic, but amusing, character as he tries to hide his emotions and fear behind repartee and arrogance. With shades of A Christmas Carol, 3 women push Ren forward on a journey of self discovery that will hopefully help him find some peace. Wrapped up within the humour, sarcasm and enlightenment, are whispers of future darkness, suspense and sadness. In the audiobook version, Tim Campbell does his usual great job of narration. His voice creates images of the story and characters in your mind, which enhances this great story even further. Ren's story pulls you in, captures your heart, makes you think and makes you smile. It is touching, humorous and revealing, but it also has an edge of uncertainty and fear threaded within it. I can not wait for the next part of the story. I received this audiobook at no cost and under no obligation.
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What did you love best about Ren: The Monster's Adventure?
What did you like best about this story?
I laughed for the first part of the book Ren is quite a character. The mystic vibe of this book. Wonder who set the wheels in motion to help Ren grow and let go. The heart-wrenching news that Dahlia revealed.
Have you listened to any of Tim Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
The other Ren Books he has narrated. He is the perfect voice for Ren Lewis
Any additional comments?
Ren 3.5 By Sarah Noffke
Feb 15 2017
We start off with Ren Lewis addressing his agents at the Luciditie Institute telling them that after twenty years of being the Head Strategist he was stepping down. Ren who had never taken a day off from his duties in 20 years. Ren named his replacement as Agent Trent Reynolds. Raven asked Ren if he was going to get a life. Ren said “Something like that.” Ren’s reply was intriguing to me, made me wonder what was up.
Up until now Ren had refused to go on vacation with Dahlia, Ren just isn’t the relaxing vacation type person. Dahlia had decided they were all going to go on a real family vacation together, Dahlia, Ren, Adelaide, her son Lucian who is crawling now. Reynard “Pop’s”, will be joining them later.
For the first half of the book I couldn’t help but laugh at Ren’s response to just about everything and every one, in his true Ren Lewis fashion. He is so snarky , if I met someone like him in real life I would probably not find him so funny. I would probably break a chair over his rude head.
They start off with Dahlia driving. The E light came on, on the dash and neither Ren nor Dahlia knew what that light indicated, which amused Adelaide to now end. At first Adi thought they were kidding her. Dahlia told Ren to check the operations manual. Adelaide told them what it meant and that it had been on for a while. After they had ran out of gas , things got even more intriguing. An old blind women had approached him. She told Ren he was going to meet three wise women on his travels, that would give him advice that would benefit him greatly. That his future relies on him hearing the information given, putting it all together and following it through to the end. She told him these women would find him.
The first women they met when they stopped for directions her name was Colleen, “Leen” for short, she was a humanitarian who nourished people with food. Of course Ren distrust her because who takes strangers in and feeds them? Ren was having quite a bad time a goat had gotten into their car because Adi left her door open in her rush to find that wonderful smell. It at all and only Ren’s clothing.
The second women Stephanie Colemen, “Ephanie” for short. She was a rude Tour guide. They met after picking Reynard from the San Francisco air port.
The Third one was a flower child Jessica, “Sica” for short. Adelaide had met who was in need of a ride so Adi told her she could ride with them. It was a while before Ren had noticed her in the back seat of the car.As they were making their way to the Red wood State Park.
Something else with all three women and the old gypsy women he met first, they all instinctively knew his name.
We found out what had been weighing heavily on Dahlia’s mind. She and Ren had agreed not to discuss it while they were on their family vacation. Even Pop’s had been told what was going on. Adi was in the dark at this point. Ren is not sure how he can be there for Dahlia in her time of need. Emotions is not something Ren knows how to handle, he was so far out of his wheelhouse here.
I was breathless after reading this book. So many feelings and such growth for these characters we have come to love over the past several years. So many thought provoking turns. I am almost afraid to read book four, that will be out soon. I have got to say I just love this world that Mrs. Noffke has created. I love the morals and life lessons that are woven throughout her books.She doesn’t tell the readers what to think or how they should feel, it just happens in an organic way with her work. This is another win in the Ren series.
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