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Introductions

The Academy: The Ghost Bird, Book 1
Narrated by: Natalie Eaton
Series: The Academy: The Ghost Bird, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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Summary

From USA Today best-selling author CL Stone, listen to Introductions, the first book in The Academy Ghost Bird Series.

With an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone. When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way. Grateful for an influence outside of her parents' negativity, she quickly bonds with the boys, hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friends. Only the boys have secrets of their own and they'll do anything to keep her safe from the knowledge of the mysterious Academy that they've sworn allegiance to. Bit by bit, Sang discovers that her friends are far from the normalcy she expected. Will her loyalty change when she's forced to remain in the dark, or will she accept that she's traded one house of secrets for another? Meet Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke, and North in a story about differences and loyalty, truth and mystery, friendships, and heart-throbbing intimacy. The Academy, ever vigilant.

©2012 C. L. Stone (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A good version of Ghost Bird 1

I had previously listened to the two-narrator version of Introductions, the first book in the Ghost Bird series and enjoyed that but I've also enjoyed this version and the narrator was very good at presenting the characters' emotions and differentiating between them so you can tell who's speaking at any given moment. I am pleased that all of the books in the series (currently released) will be put into audio & I'm looking forward to getting the full set! Sang Sorenson has had a bad start in life but with the arrival of the Academy boys it's going to get a lot more interesting and dangerous. Book 1 sets up the first meetings between key characters and introduces them to the school where some of the action / conflict takes place. It ends on an intriguing note - not a cliffhanger - and the reader is set up nicely for book 2.
I will re-listen to this.

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  • Twinmom
  • 13-04-18

Great story, great listen

What did you love best about Introductions?

I like the meeting of all the charecters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sang and Kota. Kota in this book because he is a standout but I like all the boys.

Have you listened to any of Natalie Eaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes,in the other books I\in the series and yes I enjoy it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure

Any additional comments?

This is a reverse harem novel, but a very slow burn.

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  • Kaice
  • 04-07-18

Not my usual

This isn't a sit down at once and know the whole story. It's not really a story even. It's like yhe author is stretching to prepare for a marathon. I don't know yet if I love the series but I'm interested enough to read/listen to the next installment. (assuming the next book isn't a complete story)

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  • Erika
  • 04-10-17

Not my favorite

I didn't see much purpose in the story until close to the end. the first several chapters flounder as a young girl named Sang escapes her abusive home and hangs out for the day with a group of teenaged boys. They do teenage things, not very exciting and the writing is a bit dry.

Eventually its revealed that the boys are special in some way but not hint as to how or what. If you enjoy slow paced then this is it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-19

10 guys like me...

Hmmm? So a shut in girl meets her neighbors. I just saved you 9 hours. That's honestly all that happened. The actual writing skill is good. It's detailed and descriptive.... but 10 guys like her and she likes all 10... and they all met... I don't care at all. Nothing important happened and it didn't feel like it's own story. I certainly won't be picking up the next one.

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  • happyjo
  • 12-01-19

Introductions

This is just the beginning of this story. Nice guys meet abused teen. This book seems promising but it should have been a longer start to the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-19

Amazing

The narration on this book is by far one of the best i have heard since i started listening to audio books. The range of voices is amazing. The author drew me in from the beginning and before i knew it this had quickly become one of my favorite books. the problems the characters face may not be what everyone has to face in their day to day life, however there are people who do face similar problems and i think the author showed the characteers handling the problems with clear minds and only the best interests of everyone else in mind. The bnoys are protective and swoon worthy and you will love them just as much as i did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-12-18

Natalie

I liked the book, it was amazing. C.L. Stone is my favorite author but, Natalie’s voices for each academy boy was, (for lack of a better word) lacking. Not what I envisioned at all. Everyone’s accent sounded the exact same. There wasn’t Any inflection at all. But, Sang Marie, Mr. Sorenson and Sang’s Mom was spot on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-18

I loved it I could not put my phone down it kept m

loved it I could not put it down.it kept me wanting to hear more of the story. I can not wait to get the next book.

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  • Mom of 3 Voracious Readers
  • 04-11-18

Diary of angsty junior high girl

I cringed during much of this book. It could have been something I wrote in my diary in 7th grade. Every touch and movement is described. Blushing. Shy blushing. Lots of it. It’s ridiculous.

I still have no idea what The Academy is or what this series is about. Generally, with a series, it’s customary for the author to snag your attention so you want to come back for more.

I don’t want to come back for more. The instant bond between this girl and all of these guys is ridiculous.

I just can’t even describe any more.

I’m not a middle school girl. I like YA, even trite YA. I loved Twilight, so my expectations aren’t crazy high.

11 books? I don’t think so.

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  • Jerri
  • 13-07-18

Not what I expected.

I will hang with this story. Reviews are so positive and a friend told me it a great series, stick with story as it gets better with each story.On to next book.