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Andorra: The Leah Chronicles

After It Happened, Book 7
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)
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Summary

In a world where there are no rules, there is no greater hero than a 17-year-old girl.

Life at the fortified town of Sanctuary is calm. The people, with their fearless leader at the helm, have created a haven where they can live out their lives in peace and safety.

But it hasn’t always been this way. There were battles and losses along the way, and victory usually came at a price.

With the younger generation coming into their own, it’s time for Leah to pass on all she has learned over the years. Time to tell the stories of how the world became the way it is...starting with the highwaymen of Andorra.

©2018 Devon C. Ford (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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I am sorry Devon but Kate is the wrong narrator!

I am sorry Devon, but I can't listen to it. I understand why you have taken the path of a female narrator with the switch from third to the first person account, and I do not doubt Kates ability, but unfortunately, I don't feel she is right for the part.
I am a huge fan of After it happened and believe it to be your best writing. You have a definite style and voice that is consistent throughout the series however it's lost within the narration of
The Leah Chronicles.
Your style is still there, but Kates interpretation of Leah is way off. I feel that Kates has not captured any of Leah's personality and she now feels flat. Also when I heard Dan speak for the first time, I literally screamed with anguish!
I always struggle when I hear a woman narrator voice a male role, but I can usually overlook it as they are typically small characters. With that said, Dan is by no means a minor character, and even though he plays a supporting role in The Leah Chronicles, his voice commands an absolute authority that Kate is unable to muster.
Of course, this is all subjective, and others may like it.
However, if you have the option to pull it, I would do it now before the reviews start rolling in and people start returning it like I'm about to.
As I say, I am sorry. I had high hopes for The Leah Chronicles, but sadly Kate has killed it for me.
Fortunately, I have read the book on Kindle, and the reason why I have given the story five stars.

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Great series ruined by awful choice of narrator.

I was glued to the first 6 books of this series. The main character in these was a gruff middle aged man and the narration of RC Bray complimented Dan perfectly, culminating in some of the best audio books I have listened too. This book is about a teenage girl from a single parent family. She is tough, resourceful and streetwise and is a natural extension to the series . Who then at Audible thought it a good idea to revert to Audible type and bring in a middle aged woman, speaking with a boarding school accent, topped of by a frankly bizarre and massively irritating sing song, unnatural inflection to her voice? This has killed the series for me as I am distracted from the story by this truly awful narration.

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Catching up with characters from great series

I thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in this series and it's been great to get some further adventures of these characters.

Like the earlier books, this is no detective book with plot twists and guess work required, but rather a straight forward narration of the lives of the characters and the adventures they get themselves into. And that makes it really easy to get into for an Audio book, and just listen along.

RC Bray did the narration on the first 6 books (or 3 if your got the publishers packs), but as this is the "Leah Chronicles", i guess it would not make sense for this book to have a make voice. So the narration is good enough, but is not at the same level as Bray. Kate Reading (great last name for a narrator) has one slightly annoying habit of finishing sentences with an increasing pitch, but you have to learn to ignore this (if this type of thing annoys you, like it does me).

Overall a good listen. Now I want more please...

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Another excellent instalment

If you haven't listened or read the After it happened series, your really missing out. This is the latest in the series, and takes us on the journey of Leah (one of my all time favourite characters) its just as fast paced, with an excellent story line. I really liked Kate Reading's narration, she captured Leah perfectly. Eagerly awaiting the next one!!!

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Brilliant again!!

Absolutely loved this book. When After it Happened ended, the story felt complete, but I loved how we now have more stories from Leah's perspective, in the years following the battle for Sanctuary.

I thought that Kate did a great job narrating this from the first person perspective of Leah. I had already got past the change in narrator by the 1st chapter, and thoroughly enjoyed the journey we took through Leah's adventures.

I also thought that Kate had a very good range in her voices, It was great to hear Mitch with his Scottish accent and the blended accents of the people who no inhabit Sanctuary were extremely well done!

I for one cannot wait until the next book.... let's have more of Leah DCF!

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Absorbing listen

I have to admit that, I am a huge fan of Devon C. Ford and the After it Happened series. It was this series that started my love of the post Apocalyptic saga.

As with all of the series, the writing is fantastic. Leah, the protagonist of the story, and the other characters are brought to life, by both Ford's words and Kate Readings performance.

I will be honest is saying that it was quite a change from the initial Omnibus editions, read by R C Bray, but Readings does a superb job 9f drawing you into the story. The way the time line switches from the past to the present is beautifully crafted in the writing, and the depiction of the change in characters is seamlessly narrated.

If there was one criticism, it would simply be that it was not lobg enough, but hey... I'm greedy.

Fantastic job. I can't wait to listen to Piracy: The Leah Chronicles. In fact I may just have to download and read it. Who said patience is a virtue

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Great Story ... Poor Performance

As others have said the switch to a female narrator is the obvious choice with the change in perspective from Dan to Leah - Kate for me however is the wrong choice. Leah is a young woman and Dan a middle aged man - the voicing of the characters by Kate has Leah sounding middle aged and Dan a geriatric! It looses all the appeal of the characters to me.

There is also certain inflection to Kate's narration which is maddening to me - the flow of the written text is much superior to the way it is narrated - I would recommended the Kindle version over the Audible version with the current narrator.

Sorry Devon. The AIH series is brilliant, I do genuinely love it - but from now on it will be the Kindle version.

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Not a bad start to the spinoff

Probably was the right move switching to a female narrator for these books. Her male voices are sometimes comical but gets the job done. Theres still a few inconsistencies with the pronunciation of some phrases or terms. The pedant in me is always briefly removed from the scene once I pick up on one.
I like how we are hearing about the present (future) in the timeline, and hearing these as stories. Always wonder when we will reach the deaths of what were main characters

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  • AG
  • 27-01-19

Wonderful story but narrator is all wrong

I love this series and was excited when I discovered this latest book on audible. The previous books have had an amazing narrator (Bray) who really bright the characters to life.
Unfortunately this narrator just doesn’t sound right for the part of Leah. She’s kind of flat and sounds like a lot older, very dull and mumsy. It just doesn’t suit Leah’s personality in any way. Its a shame as it detracts from the excellent story and characters.
The story deserves 5 stars but the narration means I have to award the audible version 3 stars overall.

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Wrong Narrator!

I have listened to the previous 6 books, and loved them. You cannot change the narrator for book 7! I understand that the main character is female, but it simply did not work to change from R C Bray (male) to Kate Reading (female) as the majority of the characters in the story are male! After purchasing this book, I checked other feedback, and have found that I am not alone.

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  • Rod
  • 20-12-18

left wanting more

I am afraid after listening To RC Bray read the 1st 6 books the narrator failed to Capture the true essence of Leah's personality Also the narrator does not convey the male voices adequately

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-19

poor narrating

should have stuck with the original narrator, r. c. brace. story isn't as good as first 6 books either.

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  • Luke
  • 24-01-19

Poor narrator.

Decent story but not as good as the previous ones. The female English narrator was horrendous. She made the story sound like a children’s lullaby story rather than a post apocalyptic action sci-fi adventure. Her voice impressions of different characters were the worst I’ve ever heard. It was simply painful to listen to and took much away from the book.

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  • Adolfo
  • 20-12-18

Love it.

I got hooked on this series. It makes my work day fly by, can't wait for more.

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  • Dave
  • 01-02-19

Dance with the one that brought you

Get R.C.Bray back. This was hard to listen to. I liked the story, but the narrator couldn't do it justice.

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  • Ronald Blair
  • 23-12-18

Leah’s story

Can’t wait for book 8! One of my all time favorite series, by one of my favorite authors.

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  • MDY
  • 19-12-18

Finally, we get to hear from Leah's point of view!

Right away, you'll see that we have a new narrator. Don't walk away from the series yet. She's no RC Bray, but Kate Reading grew into each of the voices she portrayed and I was always able to differentiate the characters from each other. In short, she has a gift, she drew me into the story, just like RC.

Next, we are introduced to some new characters, Lucien is my favorite character. Who doesn't love hearing a male French accent, ooh, la, la! Then there's Raffi (spelling??) and Mateo who add some definite character to Sanctuary. Then our old standbys, Dan, Mitch and Neil (my personal favorite) are still on display in this book.

There's plenty of action but there's downtime, too. It's fun to listen to Leah finish the growing up process. I am so glad that I was one of the first to get to listen to Andorra, The Leah Chronicles. I pre-ordered it, then downloaded it on to my phone in the a.m. and I just finished the book. Worth every penny!

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  • Christopher
  • 23-12-18

Fanfiction?

The performance and perspective shift is absolutely fantastic, however the story itself isn't in line with the original character designs making it feel more like fanfiction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-19

great

great as usual. but the narrator did the Male voices a little too aggressive. men do not talk like that

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-19

I couldn't get over the narrating, needed Bray

The whole "After it Happened" series has been fantastic but this one took a big hit with the performance. There were many parts in which Kate reading was fine to good in the performance but the male voices were not at all to my liking. Hearing beloved characters like Dan, Mitch, Neil and others sound the way she made them sound was jarring to me and just when i was pleasantly "into" the story Dan would say something and it was just, well.... not good. I get that doing voices of characters of the opposite sex is tough and its easy to over do them to the point where its silly, that is one big area to me in which RC Bray shines.
I liked the story, and there was no way that i wasn't going to get the book after loving the first 6 - i had to do it and i am still glad i did! BUT i would LOVE to hear it re-done by Bray. In a way i feel it very hard to judge the story and overall rating because of this. I know he is always busy and had to deal with pneumonia which delayed his work and maybe that's why Devon C Ford went with this alternate narrator or maybe he went with a woman because this is "Leah's" story, i dunno.