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Swing Shift

Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Series: Swing Shift, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Summary

Reports to write, forms to fill, coffee to drink, leads to run down. 

Gus’s life was a tedium and boredom he’d grown comfortable with. One that he sought out after he’d come back from his tour of duty.

A detective in the paranormal investigations department. A job he could work day in and day out in relative peace. One cold and forgotten cup of coffee at a time. 

It was an environment that made some sense to him. At least in comparison to civilian life where almost nothing did. On top of that, it gave him a chance to hide what he was from the rest of the world. 

An apex predator that made the entirety of the paranormal world fear him. His very species was often killed as soon as they were found out. 

By government and citizen alike. 

He’s a Boogieman. 

A name that made humans laugh, and vampires curse. It was a strange life to be sure. 

Now though, Gus’s stable non-life is about to be kicked over. Whether he likes it or not, he’s about to be handed a case that’s going to mess up his already screwed up life.

©2019 William D. Arand (P)2019 William D. Arand

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Weak story and weird mannerisms from Andrea

I struggled with this book. The quality of the reading is high and the main characters premise is interesting. Personally the heavy accent given to the characters, the 'huh' and chuckle mannerism vastly reduces the immersion for me. I'd recommend you listen to the clip all the way through.

I don't know if Andrea was instructed to chuckle for the characters with a huh snort, but its awfull to me.

The story is also slow paced and has the typical Harem features of William's books. It feels forced and the dialog made me physically cringe. The universe is strong and premise good, however alot of the emotion falls flat.

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Love it, but it's frustrating

First off, I have never read any of this authors works before. I absolutely adore the setting and some of the paranormal species are damn cool. The main cast of characters are all pretty great and development is plentiful. However. The "harem" element was grating at best. It doesn't add much to the overall story and feels very forced at times. If the writing wasn't as enjoyable as it was I would say the only reason for it is due to the authors lack of ability to create proper relationships (in a general sense, not specifically romantic in nature) but the characters interactions are enjoyable enough fir me to think that's definitely not the case. I cant help but feel like the element is born out of indecisiveness and ultimately just makes an otherwise brilliant story fall a bit flat. I loved what I've heard, as the narrator was pretty damn good. As with most narrators the ability to tolerate their portrayal of the opposite gender is usually down to preference. Her narrative and comedic timing were on point and overall it was a joy to listen to. I just feel as if the silly "Everyone has maybe yes maybe no implied interactions with one another" thing should be toned down. Either have relationships, monogamous or not, or don't have them. This grey area just makes it harder to want to pick up any sequel in the future as character development gets more and more stifled whilst the blurry likes between characters promises no foreseeable form of closure. All in all I will definitely be keeping an eye on this great author, but the silly harem element will prevent me from picking up another of their books as its frustrating and pointless in the grand scheme of things. Unless it isnt obvious by now, harem elements ain't for me, and thats definitely soured the experience.

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Awful, poorly structured soft porn

Hate it! Returning for credit back. Soo disappointed. I loved super sales series but this was just poorly written, Awkward soft porn. Straight from teenage wet dream. Paints all females as second rate fawning wet blankets.

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5 stars all round

Wow. Slightly different direction for William D Arnold but it works so well.
The story is fantastic and as always Andrea Parsneau brings depth and life to each end every character. I honestly can't wait for more in the series.

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awesome narration and a very gripping story!

Another home run from William D Errand! please continue this series! amazing story and a great choice of a narrator.

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I loved it.

I can't wait for the next book. Andrea's performance knocked it out of the park.

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Absolutely brilliant, so funny, great story

Loved this, the adult humor was just perfect without vulgarity, got way better towards the end. I do hope the story and harem continues into many more books. Andrea Parsneau was so perfect with her voices and gave the humour even more impact, absolutely brilliant.

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another hit!

get ready for another great series from William D Arand
if you like magic monster and gruff detectives you'll love swing shift!

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  • BikeVON
  • 27-07-19

Meet our new hero Gustavus (Gus) Hellstorm

This is the first story that I have read/listened to by William D. Arand. From reading some of the reviews, this world is in the vein of his other works. For me it was a unique story because of the different characters in the paras (paranormal) community.

Gustavus (Gus) Hellstorm is a boogieman. The boogieman is the frightening character from your nightmare. It is the ultimate apex predator. It feeds off your fears, can mark you (as in this woman is mine), and fear scent you, which can be permanent or temporary. How fear scenting works is not fully described. I found that disappointing because I missed the nuance of the meaning.

Melody Lark is a contractor. Melody has seven different colors on her face. It makes her a rainbow contractor which is a rarity. It takes a very strong personality to deal with all the emotions and obligations that come with the contracts. The contracts correspond to an emotion or attribute: violet-giving, indigo-fulfilment, yellow-empathy, green-pain and suffering, orange-intellectual, blue-helps recovers from injury, red-sex. With that range of emotions Melody needs constant stimulation and challenges. She is known and The Lark. She thrives on action. Why she became a contractor or the process to become a contractor is not explained.

Gus is a detective for the PID, which is the police department for the pars. He is never physically described. All we are told is that his hair is reddish-brown. From the narrator’s voice I pictured him as 6 foot 275 pounds and all muscled. We get more information about the physical attributes, attractiveness or ethnicity of the women in his life.

This is a world were pars live in hiding while living with humans. ***spoiler*** They can do this because of a mask. This mask has runes which hides their true features. The mask is tied to their driver’s license. Nothing was said on how kids under driving age are masked.

Gus works the swing shift and for PID department that is morning hours. Most pars action is in the evenings. Gus is a humbled and dedicated. He solves cases using standard police procedures. He is tired from his past where he had to be the apex predator to survive. Now he is just content with what he does. There is action of the paranormal type and normal police gun fights.

The characters are interesting, funny (especially Melody) and intelligent. Each character goes through growth and change that enhances their appeal, even Trish who just cleans the office. The plot is filled with surprises. This is a 14-hour story and I was captivated from the beginning until the end. I even purchased the Kindle so I could read when I could not listen.
Even though I liked the narrator’s voice for Gus, for some of the characters it was annoying.

Even with the disappointment I discussed above, I will try another book by the author. I cannot wait until the next book.

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  • Connie Allman
  • 16-08-19

fun book

once again he knocked it out of the park with a really good fun read of a book.... but.... he really needs to lay off all the childish little fantasies of having a harem it seems porce whenever he does it in any of his books. the story is usually weigh more than good enough to work as a standalone why do I got a feeling his editor with standing on his head saying you had to had more sex to make it sell??

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  • Derek
  • 01-08-19

Swing swift

Honestly this book is incredible and really is the definition of fantasy at least for men. But past that the story is well put together, there was suspense mystery sometimes relief of a bad situation turning good, there’s a lot of action and is unique with the main character being the boogie man which reminded me of John wick lol but overall it was a really good book and recommend it to others that have a fondness for fantasy books it will not lose your attention.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 25-07-19

Good detective story, in supernatural setting.

Cops act like cops should, characters are great and srory is well made. Very much recomended.

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  • Nick
  • 21-07-19

Exciting start to a new series

An awesome start to a new series that I can't wait to see what comes next. It's an exciting new outlook on the supernatural theme that will only get better. William D. Arand is an excellent author and Andrea Parsneau performance brings it to life.

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  • Jerry Miller
  • 24-07-19

Par for the Course

As with all of William Arand's works, there's a lot of boobing boobily around in this one. that said, his writing is always sound and generally enjoyable. my only real complaint is that this one feels a bit like a rehash of Super Sales. The main character is well written and interesting, and expertly performed. The recording itself has occasional pronunciation and emphasis errors, but this is common in most audiobooks.

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  • Robert Theron Scott Hoerz
  • 25-07-19

Speechless!

I don't know if it's just my personal preferences, but I feel as if this is his best book yet! I'd rant and rave about it, but frankly, that will either under-sell it or over-hype it. So just buy it, and find out for yourself!

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  • Catherine
  • 22-07-19

Don’t care for narration

The story is ok, nothing outstanding. However the narrators male voice is just awful. Her female variations are good.

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  • anca
  • 31-07-19

Good book terrible reader.

The book was nice but for me, the performance of the person reading was absolutely terrible. She made all the male characters sound like the slow male bully you find in every middle school drama.

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  • STEPHEN PESSOTTI
  • 19-07-19

A book that honestly surprised me

As the title says the book surprised me, it honestly was very enjoyable. the characters are interesting and fun, each having there own strengths and weakness.
This book is light harem, the detective/police work isn't bad. Not the books strong point however it at least remains concestent threw out.
Really my biggest enjoyment is the fact that we are getting some main characters that aren't vampires,wizards,werecreatures. I have nothing wrong with those I listed in fact I really like were creatures my self, however with all the supernatural creatures it is a breath of fresh air to finally get a unique twist on a different one.

the reader Andrea Parsneau does a fantastic job putting emotion in the varies characters and giving them all unique voices even throw away characters in just one or two scenes.

The story was interesting and has a ton of room for growth. I look forward to seeing where it goes from here. it is only held back from five stars due to two reasons.
1st: there is no major arching antagonist in this book. there is a group we find out, there are bad guys to deal with but none that stood out and all clearly low lvl players in the group.
2nd: well done well the story and world are well done urban fantasty/paranormal fantasy. It does not really so anything to stand apart from others other then a bit more race diversity and how they keep supernatural hidden. again not bad in the least but I felt a bit more could have been done or tweaked. not every story needs to be wholly unique of course but more tweaks that could remain different but stand out more could have been done.
Honestly the thing i was most impressed by in the world is how the author managed to make the covering up supernatural feel believable and explained and covered better then most other urban fantasy.
We get to see or hear about the varies safety nets in place and even mentioned there is more we dont see. it is a nice change

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