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The Alpha King

Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: Kingdom of Askara, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn't been born in over a thousand years. Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his 25th birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates. His small pack is destitute due to the decisions of its ruling council, but being only an Alpha-heir, he has no authority to challenge them. Not until now - this moment he has waited a long time for. Kit grew up as a street-rat, an unlicensed human who would never be more than a slave for whichever master owns him. Then one day he came across a young Alpha-heir, attacked and dying of poison, and found out their fates were suddenly entwined. Luca needs to take over his pack and save his people. He cannot afford to be distracted. But when he meets Kit, he develops abilities indicating he is not just a pack Alpha, but the King his world has needed for a thousand years. Is Kit really the cause of Luca's newfound power, the true mate he needs? How is it possible when the young man isn't even a werewolf, and as merely a human, a mating is not only forbidden, but for Kit, a sentence of death?

©2017 Victoria Sue (P)2017 Victoria Sue
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Such a great to listen to

If you could sum up The Alpha King in three words, what would they be?

I really enjoyed listening to this book, Narrared by Joel Leslie( who has such a awesome voice and he really gets the characters voices.
The Alpha King is about Luca and Kit, Kit is a human omega, Luca is the alpha, when they meet up by chance after seven years(of a brief meeting ) they know they are mates, but didn't know that Luca and Kit power together will be so strong.
Luca becomes Alpha King and Kit is a pure omega, their bond is so strong that they can lead humans and wolves to live side by side. I love shifters books. This drew me in so much that I listen with joy. Congratulations Victoria Sue and Joel Leslie for a very enjoyable book

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both Luca and Kit Luca made many foolish mistakes. But they grew together

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

Joel Lesie, he really gave the book depth, and drew me into the book

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Like I've said really enjoyable book

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Mixed feelings

I have mixed feelings about this book, generally I liked the story, the characters were engaging, but, I found myself talking to myself while listening. Getting annoyed with the way things progressed when common communication could have saved a lot of the problems this couple had.
Having said that I also found myself listening longer than I really had the time for just to see what happened next.
The narration of this book is masterfully carried out with Joel Leslie's trade mark splendour. Every single voice and accent easy to separate. I'm glad I bought the audio just to hear his narrative.

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Enjoyable shifter story

My first MPreg story and my first book by Victoria Sue. 
The world building is excellent. In the Kingdom of Askara Werewolf's rule and take humans as servants or slaves beaten and controlled in all aspects of life. Luca is betrayed by his brother and left for dead. He is rescued by Kit, at the detriment to himself. Kit tells him that he will be the Alpha King. Years later they meet again and sparks fly. I've never really been tempted by MPreg stories but I like the way this one is done.

There is so much here, betrayal, politics, espionage, fated mates, jealousy, love, misunderstanding, kindness and passion. An enjoyable shifter fantasy that has a fairy tale qualities. I quite enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next book.

Joel Leslie the ultimate showman brings all these aspects alive. Listening to him being an elder statesman one minute and a young girl next is magical. Perfect intonation swept me along with the story, many times I had to just stop what I was doing and listen spellbound. Definitely listening to this story again.

I was given a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

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The King and the Pauper 🖤💙

An Heir to the kingdom and a kid with a vision. Luca was betrayed by his own blood, but he was destined to great things and was saved by a young kid. When he came into his own, his destiny would have to be fulfilled. His mate is unexpected, different but he would be his strength. I loved this story and Kit, and couldn’t stop listening. I had to know the unraveling and at times wanted to slap Luca silly. The narration did it for me, made me feel all the emotions.

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bloody loved this audio book!

Luca survived his poisoning only because a child distracted his tormentors. When Kit turns up at the choosing ceremony as a slave, Luca sees red and kills the current Alpha who was pretending to be The Alpha King. The Alpha King is a tite long since abused, but can only be held by an Alpha who has a Pure Omega as a mate. That his mate is a human MALE makes no odds to Luca, but he needs to look after the pack, ALL the packs, and having Kit as his mate will be one more difficulty he needs to overcome.
I LOVED this!
Luca knows he will be Alpha of a pack one day, he just has to bide his time. He never expected that Alpha title to come with a King on the end. Kit called him that, all those years ago, but he never thought anything by it. Now that Kit is in his arms, and Luca has inherited the title properly, he also comes into his powers. He didn't know about those. Kit's presence in his life, in his bed has opened a whole can of worms but Luca knows he can shut it.
Kit is an unlicensed human, used to life treating him in the worst way. He knew, he always KNEW that Luca was his mate, that Luca would be the salvation for all humans and the way they were treated, he just didn't expect to actually FEEL for Luca, to fall in love with him.
Both Luca and Kit have a says, in the third person. I wasn't sure Kit would for a time, since it is a way into the book before he gets his voice, so I was mighty pleased about that. It's deeply emotional in places, when Kit tells of his childhood (such as it was) and Luca talks about the future. It's violent in others when Kit is kidnapped and Luca does what he has to do to save Kit, and the consequences of that action.
It is a wonderfully told story!
This world is (currently) a bad place for humans, since the wolves overthrew the humans and enslaved them centuries ago. Once, the humans were the dominant species and much of their history is now lost to the winds of time, but Luca has a very industrious friend who digs up all kinds of long lost information, for both the humans AND for Luca and about the title of Alpha King and the Pure Omega who mates him. Things that are all kinds of spoilers and I'm not saying. But I also have a feeling that much more will be discovered in time that will turn a lot of things on their heads.
There are a couple of characters who I would like to have either heard from here, or would like if they could have their own stories, but I'm not sure that would work, in the grand scheme of things. Sam and Asher especially, but another couple too.
Joel Leslie narrates.
I love Mr Leslie's work, I really do. I could listen to the man read the phone book!
I cannot fault the narration! Everyone's voice fits their descriptions, each voice is clear and easily definable when in multi person conversations.
Leslie's reading voice is deep and even, and I had no problem with keeping up when Leslie gets over the emotions these guys were feeling. Sometimes, I lose that, when a narrator dips their voice when the characters are emotional, but not so Leslie!
I have books 2 and 3 to listen to, just as soon as I find some time. I can't wait!
5 stars for the book
5 stars for the narration too
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Much better than expected!

The summary of the book itself read like a dream, a combination of all my guilty pleasures. I really wanted to listen but admit I was hesitant to buy as Joel Leslie narrated the story. I'd only heard one of his narrations (Hidden In darkness) and hated it unfortunately, with the main characters sounding so fake and forced, like the main male leads from Everyone Loves Raymond. So I went into his dubious but Joel Leslie is AMAZING here! The main characters have beautiful voices and every single sub character has their own individual accent or tone that helps you identify them, give them their own character. He even differentiates between regions so you instantly know the different dialects and that is such a skilful thing to do. I would even say the way he works this piece is one of the most varied and talented reads I've ever listened to (and I've listen to a lot). Maybe Hidden in Darkness was just a bad day for him or maybe I just didn't gel with it but his read of this story, Alpha King is astounding and so beautiful I cannot fault him. Will definitely try his other reads.
As for the story itself, it was everything I loved in a shifter story. Wolves, mates, omegas, alphas, a strong omega that stands against adversity without being obnoxious or overpowering. Luca and Kit were beautifully real and flawed and sweet and I loved every second of this story. Kudos to the author and to Joel Leslie they made an excellent team and if you like shifter/omega stories you must listen to this.

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Wonderful world building

This is book 1 in the Kingdom of Askara series and what a fabulous way to start. We have an intriguing story of werewolves and humans, one in which wolves rule over them. The world building is excellent, detailed enough for you to become immersed in the world, but not so different that it will feel unfamiliar to those of you who read/ listen to a lot of shifter/human stories. This is also a great love story between Luca and Kit. Luca becoming the Alpha King and Kit his pure omega. I loved this part of the world with the omega's each having a different gift/ ability. If you love mpreg, this is definitely going to be right up your street. I've not read/listened to a better mpreg book. The cast of secondary characters really bring this kingdom to life. Joel Leslie's narration is spot on, his pacing and timing are impeccable. His voicing of Kit portrays all of Kit's fragility, vulnerability and naïveté. He also has distinct character voices for the rest of the cast, so it's always easy to hear who is speaking. It's not too long a listen at 8 hours 16 mins but long enough for you to fall in love with Kit and Luca and with the kingdom of Askara. Victoria Sue has woven a great story of conflict and betrayl but with love and resolution overcoming. Performed by Joel this is a truly great shifter listen. Straight onto The Alpha Heir ( Kingdom of Askara book 2). Highly Recommended!

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Enjoyable audio

This was a highly enjoyable narration of an entertaining story. The reselling was superb and offered highly differentiated characters which led to great world building and therefore an engaging listen.

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Simply brilliant

Where does The Alpha King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

How does this book rank? Well here is my current decision making tree when buying audiobooks: Is it narrated by Joel Leslie? If yes BUY if no DON'T Buy.
He has fast become my favourite narrator and I already loved this story so win win!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alpha King?

I can only have one?? *pouts* this is such a complete story, way more than a romance, and makes me laugh in many places. I think the bit near the start where Luca breaks ranks to protect Kit is fab.

Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favourite?

Now this is impossible, Joel, possibly more than any other narrator actually breaths life into each character. He doesn't simply read a book he lives it, each character has their own voice not just the main ones. I think he does a fantastic job with Luca's sisters, especially the younger one which can't be easy for a man

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I'm rubbish at these - its why I'm a reader not a writer!
How about "An unexpected mate gives him a kingdom and so much more!"

Any additional comments?

I know this is an Mpreg story which can put some off but if you are going to try one for the first time this is fab :-)

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  • Deanna Weatherstein
  • 17-06-17

The best MPREG book I've read so far!

This is a great Alpha/Omega book. The characters and the landscape are described in such detail that you can picture it unfolding right before your eyes.

Kit, a human slave has seen it written in the stars that his mate is a powerful Alpha, however unlikely that may be. Luca, the alpha in question is ready for his choosing ceremony so he can take a mate when he finds the young man who saved his life all those years ago.

Realizing that Kit is his mate and a human leaves Luca reeling. Luca must scramble to understand what is going on and keep Kit safe at all cost. Their world is in turmoil and it is up to the new Alpha King and his human Omega mate to make it a better place for all of them.

The story was amazing. The narration was stellar. Joel Leslie made me feel every emotion the characters were feeling. Every time Luca did something stupid I wanted to punch something. When Kit was devastated, I wanted to cry for him. I haven't come across too many audiobooks that have made me feel this much.

If you enjoy Alpha/Omega or MPREG stories you can't go wrong with this one.

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  • Zarah
  • 08-07-17

1 star for story, three for narration, average 2.

I honestly take no joy in writing bad reviews, especially of books that make me want to rant because I was so displeased with them. It's hard to rein my hate in enough to express my concerns, without just sounding like a harridan. And The Alpha King is one such book.

Even if I overlook a lot of the lack of world-building by accepting this as part of an established Omegaverse, this book is full of plot holes and inconsistencies. Example: One character overhears part of a conversation and illogically jumps to the conclusion that the other has betrayed him. He then reacts badly, doing something public and cruel; we're talking flat out abusive.

Now this trope is cliched and overused as it is. It is also shoehorned in, as the conclusion jumped to barely makes sense from the conversation heard. But the two characters are TELEPATHICALLY bonded. True, they can't read each other's minds, just talk and get a general sense of the others feelings. But it still shouldn't be possible for one to a) not know the other loves him with his whole heart, b) miss the lack of betrayal in his partner, c) be so cruel to the person he supposedly loves above all else. It makes no sense. Additionally, as a reader I then had to contend with, every time the character said how he loves his partner and would never hurt him, I was forced to call BS, because he had already shown that he obviously would with very little (basically imagined) provocation. And his doormat of a mate would take him back without even an attempt at apology.

The most grievous issue for me however, was that the book is supposed to be about a werewolf who is to become the Alpha King, you know One King to Rule Them All, uniting the disparate packs and freeing the enslaved humans and creating peace with the rebel humans. But the vast majority of the book is dedicated to things like party planning, and jewelry design, and stupid jealousies and delivery of children that is only notable because they are coming from a man. All these big, heavy important issues and the book focuses on the minutia.

It managed to complete an actual story arc only because the characters coincidentally ran into and effortlessly charmed all the people they need to make it happen. It stretched incredulity far, far, far, far, far too far. And this without even touching the politics necessary to make some of the horribly treated, enslaved humans dedicate themselves loyally to the main character, who lets not forget is a werewolf, i.e., their oppressor. (This is ignored for the whole book.)

There is also the small issue of how did Luca, born and raised same as all the other werewolves, come to possess all his modern liberal morals? Why does he, and only he, seem to want to free the humans? Why does he, and only he, see women as equals? Why does he, and only he, see a problem with child labor?

I could go on, I had so many issues with this book: the way rape is volleyed about every time a villain shows up, the utter predictability of it, the cliches, etc. But I'll stop. This book and I didn't get along. Mechanically, the writing seemed fine (or as well as I could tell in a audiobook) and the narration was ok. I, personally, didn't care for some of the accents (Why were there so many?), but that's a subjective thing.

Note: I received an audible code for the purposes of review. I chose to listen and review it, however.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-18

Horribly written

This book started out good, except for the narrator, but quickly went down hill. first, Joel sounds like a deadpan pedophile whos trying to pull off a fake western accent. second, Kit was a SLAVE and yet has no lasting trauma or PTSD from a life spent being beaten. Third, this story has every cliché known to man. Fourth, I've read Fanfiction written better then this. The amount of times Luka' name was written in was so annoying it got to the point where I was counting it. I got half way through before giving up, I tried, really tired. I so wanted this book to be my next favorite, and I might try again with a physical copy but I cant take the narration anymore

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  • Keith b miller
  • 04-12-17

it is one of my favorites

i listed to this book about 7 times I love it so much that the series has a special place in my heart this series is so worth it you will not be disappointed

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  • lani samayoa
  • 23-06-17

Such a great start to a series!!

What does Joel Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Joel Leslie did a great job with all of the characters in the book! He made the mother's voice so perfectly grating that I disliked her immediately. Kit was so sweet and that came across in the voice that Joel Leslie was able to make for him.

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Kit and Luca have had to deal with so much pain in their lives. Kit knew that Luca was meant to be his, but had to give him up because it wasn't time for him and Luca to be together at that time. Kit had to go back to a life of constant pain and struggle. When Luca and Kit finally meet the connection is almost instant! The power that Luca gains is enough to show that he is the Alpha King that is needed to unite the other nations. There are so many issues that come up, and they put a strain on Kit and Lucas' relationship. Most of it lack of communication on both their parts, but I am so glad that they are able work through them and love each other.

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  • ALLOY ABASALI
  • 08-06-17

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OMG I love love this story was just so freaking amazing and the narrator did an awesome job. Kit and Luca are simply beautiful together and I could not get enough of them perfect match in every way thank you so much Victoria Sue for this amazing story.

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  • Shi
  • 08-06-17

Pleasant Surprise 😕😐😃😆😁

When I first received this book I didn't realize it was a Mpreg story which are not my favorite. BUT mid-way through I decided I wasn't getting any sleep because I had to finish it. Every time I thought "oh predictable" I was given a curve ball. The only con was it was a slow starter. It didn't win me over until 1/4 through. But then it had me till the end. As for smexy time... there were some scenes but they won't fog your glasses. The narrator was good. Sometimes I find him overdramatic but it fit with this story. If Mpreg is your thing this is a good listen. If it's not your thing give it a try I was pleasantly surprised. Want to try another shifter story with the humans on top and a little more kink try Axel's Pup.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • JD
  • 04-06-17

My first book by this author

Where does The Alpha King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The plot was good and I love mpeg books. I will definitely get more books by this author.

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to and follow.

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 01-06-17

I love the whole thing!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Alpha King to be better than the print version?

The audio just made the book even better. Joel Leslie just had a way of making a book so much better without taking away from how the author writes the book. He has the characters come alive and I love every minute of it.

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

I love everything but I had one part that I actually had yo stop.listening for a little bit. He just made that part of the story so real that I was feeling the embarrassment and the hurt and all I wanted to do so tell at the characters to talk to each other. I love it in the book but I Joel Leslie's performance made it have more feeling then just reading it.

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I love Victoria Sue for her amazing book and for Joel Leslie for just bring the story to life.

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  • Tamera J. Richards
  • 31-05-17

Good MPreg Story

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I have never read any books by this author before. It was interesting to see what style of writing this contained. I have to say it is a light style. I didn't like the whole no communication/miscommunication issue that occurs. Also the whole deal with the crisis at the end of the story is a little too easy to see coming.

Still I do enjoy lighter stories on occasion and the overall story wasn't bad at all. I think it is a book that most will either really like or really hate. There seems to be little compromise on that. I thought the story was a fun read that will agree with people looking for a lighter, "sweet" romance. I am interested in where the author will go with the series.

The narrator was really good. He has always done a good job with bringing life to the story and voice to the characters. He is an enjoyable listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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