Soul Catcher

  • by Leigh Bridger
  • Narrated by Traci Odom
  • 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the gothic eccentricity of Asheville, North Carolina, to the terrifying recesses of the Appalachian wilderness, from modern demonology to ancient Cherokee mythology, Soul Catcher follows the tormented journey of folk artist Livia Belane, who has been stalked through many lives by a sadistic and vengeful demon.
Livia and her loved ones, including her frontier-era soulmate and husband, Ian, a Soul Hunter, have never beaten the demon before. Now, in this life, he's found them again.
"Hello from Deborah Smith, now writing as Leigh Bridger. If you know me from my women's fiction novels like A Place to Call Home, Sweet Hush, A Gentle Rain, The Crossroads Cafe, On Bear Mountain, and others, you may wonder why I've taken off in this new direction, under a pen name. I love the urban fantasy genre, I love folk art… and I love Asheville, North Carolina. So putting all three together in a fast-paced, sexy, and some might say way-violent novel, was great fun. Soul Catcher is not for the faint of heart, and it's not the same tone or style as my women's fiction, so that's why I picked a pen name."

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Reincarnation With A Vengeance

Livia is a Soul Catcher and her man, Ian, is a Soul Hunter. They have lived many lifetimes and been murdered many times by a pig-faced demon with a serious hard on for hurting Livia over and over. “Soul Catcher” is a mostly well crafted, dark, violent urban fantasy novel meant for adults. I say mostly well crafted because I just don’t get the Cobs. You’ll have to read/listen to it to get what I mean.

I thought the magic system was original, if not inconvenient. Livia has to paint a picture of who or what she’s after. This traps the subject then she burns the painting in order to destroy the captured subject. If this were a movie and I was a supporting actor in it, I’d be screaming a line like, “Who makes these rules!?”

Narrator Traci Odom does a wonderful job with Ms. Bridger’s material. She even tackles a bastardized accent for a character born in one part of the world, but who has lived for an extended period of time in another place. I’m not sure what that accent should sound like in real life, but I could definitely buy Ms. Odom’s vocal choice.

Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Blast. When I got this book I found out shortly after that it’s from 2009 and that the author wrote it under another name. Leigh Bridger is actually Deborah Smith, a New York Times best-selling author of romance novels. Ms. Bridger or Ms. Smith, if you prefer, published “Soul Catcher” through the publishing house, Belle Bridge Books, an imprint of Belle Books where she is a partner. “Soul Catcher” is book one of her Outsider Trilogy, but books two and three have never been a released. I don’t know why but the fact that book one was recently offered through Audio Book Blast has me hoping that means book two and three will finally be released sometime soon. If not, It’s a shame and I feel cheated since the story is unfinished.
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- Ashanti

I paint you, I trap you, I burn you

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Really good, creative, unusual, enjoyable and entertaining story. The story pulls you in from the start and never lets go.

This is a dark, twisted, unusual, violent story at times. There are scenes that include rape as well as tender sex scenes. There is also cursing throughout so if you don't like these things in your books, this is not the book for you. (But you'll be missing a really good story).

Interesting story about Livia who is a Soul Catcher and her(husband) soulmate Ian who is a Soul Hunter. They both along with "protectors" have been reincarnated over and over during the coarse of 236 years . Each time they find one another again one of them dies. The vengeful demon who has hunted them throughout this time has found them again.

The story does end a cliffhanger or a to be continued.

This is the first book that I have read by this author under this pen name or as she is more commonly known Deborah Smith. This story is listed as The Outsider Series book 1, but it was published in 2009 (?), from what I was able to find there have been no more books added to the trilogy so far. Hopefully the author will be adding more books to the series soon.

Traci Odom does a fantastic job with the narration. She brought the characters and story to life in an her amazing narration. Great character voices. Clearly spoken. Smooth even pace. Pleasant voice that you can listen to for hours. She is definitely one of the best narrators out there.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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- Lori

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2012
  • Publisher: Belle Books, Inc.