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Summary

Afterlife...just some gothic nightclub where gossip is fuelled by the presence of a rich and unearthly, handsome family or afterlife...the strange place where time seems to stand still and guests feel the presence of something more powerful held within the confines of the VIP.

Keira is new to this small, cold town and is running from a past that seems to feast on her darkest memories. She finds living with her sister away from English soil to be just the ticket to the new life she is trying desperately to find. So when the offer of a job at the infamous gothic nightclub Afterlife comes along she thinks that lady luck has finally found her. That is until its seductively dark and forbidding owner Dominic Draven sets eyes on her.

All at once she is captivated and plunged into a world she never knew existed, but the deeper her obsession with Draven becomes, the harder it is to decide...should she stay and continue to work within the shadows of the supernatural or should she run from a madness she thinks may consume her?

Warning: This audiobook not only has sexual content but is amazingly addictive, with its dark mystery, haunting horror, seductive twists and one sexy dark lord that has the listener drooling every time the name Draven is heard! This audiobook has been written by an UK author with a mad sense of humour. Which means the following story contains a mixture of Northern English slang, dialect, regional colloquialisms and other quirky spellings that have been intentionally included to make the story and dialogue more realistic for modern day characters.

©2012 Stephanie Hudson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Oh good grief !

more than 20 hours of description of how overwhelmed/tearful/shy ( basically pathetic) the "beautiful but she doesn't know it heroine is !! The "Hero" is the usual strong dark silent type who goes all soppy with lust. It a mills and boon style formula story but dragged out. A nipples being described as "points of desire" sort of thing !!
Formula stuff that is so bad it's sometimes funny. The American accent the reader employs is also some sort of revenge for dick van dykes English accent in Mary poppins I think. It was painful to listen to. And I don't think I have ever thought or said "oh good grief" whilst listening to a book so often !!

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interesting plot

liked the story but way too many sex scenes.. i personally don't like listening to sex scene descriptions. but others might like it.

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Accent issues...

Loved the story, but hated the bad American accent.... If you can get last this, it's a great book....

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Just don't do it! Save your credit.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who like weak, pathetic, foolish female leads, shallow character development, and predictable plot. You'll also need to be able to tolerate a narrator whose voice for the male and American parts is less than stellar (her main character was good though)

What could Stephanie Hudson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Rewrite it? I would have preferred a more in depth attempt at world building and a stronger less foolish lead character. Kira is more like a dithery, child than a grown woman who has a traumatic past. She is beautiful but doesn't know it, she's jealous of dravens beautiful female friends and they are jealous of her having his blind love. Her relationship with draven seems shallow and it is irritating, they meet up a few times in dreams and he's overbearing and she is pathetically submissive and they are obsessed with each other but nothing much has happened at this point. Then she starts work at the club he owns and they brush past each other a few times blah blah blah plus the constant references to how he makes her core feel made me want to bang my head against a wall or some other mild self harm behaviour. The lack of world building was especially disappointing and considering the overall length of the book, it doesn't seem like much happened at all really. Obviously this is a fantasy novel because Kira got a green card to work stateside without a job offer before she got there like it was easy.....

Would you listen to another book narrated by Rebecca Rainsford?

Possibly, although I'd prefer her not to try the male parts especially if they are supposed to be American

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Afterlife?

Maybe some of the dream meetings but I'm sure that it would have been better if it had been shorter overall. I'd attack it with a ferocious delete button to find ways of chopping out and changing lots of paragraphs to be more compact

Any additional comments?

I'm not a literary snob Ill read most things but this was painful, the angel/demon thing and the mortal/immortal love thing are both right up my street and the story has potential to be good but needs more depth especially as it felt like an endurance race to get to the need of it,

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  • m
  • 23-02-16

AWESOME , Well and truly hooked .... BUT

Would you listen to Afterlife again? Why?

Could easily see the Afterlife series being one that I would listen/ read again and again

What other book might you compare Afterlife to, and why?

I don't think I could if I tried ,and that's what I love about Afterlife ,
Who could compare to " pip " need I say more

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I hate saying this, BUT ....

The choice of narrator spoiled it for me , Sounded too timid and young to be believable.

Such a shame as its an awesome book








Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several moments in the book that brought a tear to my eye, and just as many smile , and not to mention the blushes

Any additional comments?

Well worth reading ,,,

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love it

I down loaded this on a whim seemed a good deal for a long novel and now I'm hooked love them hope to listen to more

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All In All A Great Read :)

Loved loved this book :)
It's been a while since I've read/listened to a book & been even longer since I've found one that actually caught my attention!!
Very detailed, descriptive book that you can really plunge your imagination into.
The Narrator could have been a little more enthusiastic at times. For example when doing long stretched "Nooooo!!" & screams etc but in all she did really well & didn't annoy me like some can.
Will definitely be buying the full set.
Anyone thinking of buying this has no reason to hesitate. It's a winner in my eyes 👍🏽👌🏽

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!!!!!CAUTION!!!!! addictive!

I started this book while I was waiting for an appointment, I was called up and regretted booking the appointment! Miss Hudson should be very proud of herself for battling dyslexia and coming out with a fantastic first novel! Having mild dyslexia myself I understand the struggles. The only down side is having to wait for the next installment! (already present ordered on audible!)

Thank you for such an epic ride with this story. Looking forward to the next!! <3

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good romance book.

This book has a good story, however reminding me of other books I have read. I have given it 5 stars because it was well read, and as I said a good story which makes me want to know what happens next. My feeling is the story is just really being and look forward to hearing the next book.

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Mills and boon meets twilight

At least you get value for money because it’s 25 hours long. the story is ok, but the sex scenes are overblown bodice rippers.

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  • Jessica
  • 18-03-16

European Narrator

Storyline was great, for the length of the book it went by fairly quickly. the Narrator was really good, however her impression of how Americans talk is slightly insulting. she pretty much made us sound like slow rednecks high on paint fumes. She does get better in the second book and I still recommend listening to this one.

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  • Inkleindtoo, Charlee Klein
  • 19-01-16

Loved IT!!

I have been in love with this series since I found it a few years ago. The Afterlife Saga is a series that can be read and reread over and over. I'm glad I tried out the audible version. Afterlife fans will be glad to hear that there are extra scenes and extra lines throughout this version, adding some details and even some extra steamy scenes. This book brings you into a world of demons and angels where not all demons are bad and not all angels are good, but some of both are here on earth to protect humans and maintain a balance. this series keeps you on your toes while you follow the love of Kiera, a human, and Draven, an angel/demon halfbreed. Another person wrote in her review that this a book for teens, I dont know what she would allow her kids to read, but I certainly wouldnt want my daughter to read this....yet.... ill recommend it when she is older, as there are detailed sex scenes. Like I said, I liked hearing the audible version and will definitely be getting the other books as they come out in hopes that they too will have extra scenes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-05-16

Story is great, narrator is HORRIBLE!!!!

The series is fantastic, 5 stars for the author. However, the narrator is absolutely terrible!!! I listen to a lot of audio books, a variety of narrators, but this poor gal is so bad, I quit listening after 3 chapters & just read it!!! All of her "American" voices are identical!! Frank, the brother in law, RJ the female friend & worst of all, Draven sound the exact same (let alone all of the other American voices)!!!!!! I'm so incredibly disappointed, if Ms Hudson would have found a decent narrator, it would've been ok!! Save your money!!!! 😠 Oh & the immersion reading does NOT work!!!!!

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  • Katie O'Brien
  • 29-01-16

great job Rebecca

I love this series and own all the books. I decided to purchase the audio books to give me something to listen to while cleaning or in the car. I have to say the first book is at this time the only book given a discount to customers who have already purchased the books. Book two is not discounted. I find this disheartening. I had hoped to purchase all the audio books. At almost $30.00 each I don't foresee that happening. With that said, the audio books are well done. I wondered how the characters would be performed. I will say I think Rebecca did a good job. I have already listened to the book twice.

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  • Rachel
  • 27-12-15

Love the story

Narrator was good story was better. Finished in two days. Yep, couldn't stop listening. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • bluestategirl
  • 05-01-18

Same poor narrator -- for 191 hours!


I don't know if this book is good or bad, because I couldn't get past the narration. The reader sounds too juvenile for the subject matter, and it doesn't help that all of the characters are badly rendered, especially the female MC who sounds WAY too young to be serving cocktails in a bar, much less sleeping with an adult male.

Rebecca Rainsford, the 13 year old (sounding) narrator, can't do American accents, or commanding male voices, or differentiate between multiple characters. (I never got to a *steamy* scene, but I'm pretty sure her baby voice would have made it cringe-worthy.)

What really strikes me though, is this is Hudson's magnum opus -- 8 books long and counting! And the books are BIG books, up to 30 hours each! So why would an author so inspired and motivated by her story that she writes that much -- not take the time to choose an adult sounding narrator (who can also do American accents), to perform it?

To make it more confounding, Hudson or her publisher, clearly chose the wrong narrator for book 1, and then compounded the error by keeping that narrator for all 191 hours of narration. (That has to be some kind of record.)

Recommended? Nope, unless you plan read it for yourself.

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  • Shaila
  • 20-01-17

Is it over yet? And the narrator's accents... 2 thumbs down.

I found this book very drawn out. Really, it could've ended hours before it did, if the author didn't take so long to get into the heart of the story. I can only assume that the author spent so much time on the build up for use in future books because it really did not help this story that much. Also, the Narrator had a terrible American accent which she used for several characters in the book which made it hard to listen to.

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  • Donna
  • 19-12-16

I really wanted to like it but....

The premise of the story was good. I so wanted to like it as I am looking for a new series to get lost in and the reviews were positive. However one thing I cannot take is wimpy stupid female leads. Keira is a pill, there is no way around it. Every classic stupidity in a situation, she makes. I am curious about how the story goes on because I know that there are more in the series and as I said the story had potential but I don't think I can stand to continue it. The narrator was not the best choice for this book though as a narrator she is ok. So basically, good potential, annoying female who is supposedly intelligent but doesn't use her brains, which considering her history should be more aware of stupid actions than most Disappointed

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-16

I returned the book after chap. 5, its THAT bad.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who don't mind terrible narration?

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephanie Hudson again?

Its not fair that I have to rate her story in stars. I didn't get a chance to listen to it. I really liked the concept of her story and still might get it in print, unfortunately the narrator is so bad its left a bad taste in my mouth for any of her other books. I am willing to try another story so long as it's not narrated by Rebecca Rainsford.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Rainsford’s performances?

absolutely NOT. Her voice is so monotone its embarrassing that they picked her for this story.
I had high hopes because of this strong statement......"Warning: This audiobook not only has sexual content but is amazingly addictive, with its dark mystery, haunting horror, seductive twists and one sexy dark lord that has the listener drooling every time the name Draven is heard".... and was crushed to find it was bullshit.
I stopped listening when the main male character started speaking... he sounds like an ethnic goat who sucked helium and tried to speak. Doesn't sound like an alpha, more like a sissy la la.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not in my opinion. I couldn't even finish it because the narration was SO BAD!

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  • madpharmd
  • 12-05-16

Ah, Draven!

Stephanie weaves an incredible journey that ensnares the imagination. It truly enjoyed Kiera's story and meeting all the Draven's. While the narrator gives you a good feel for Kiera, I would have preferred a more masculine voice for Dominic (as this is what I had heard in my mind when I read the book before then listening to the Audible version)

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