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The First

First Series #1
Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
Series: The First Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Summary

After spending four years on death row for the brutal murder of her husband, Sophia Dennison takes her final walk in the Mountain View Facility in Gatesville and is put to death by lethal injection at 12:00 a.m. Several hours after Sophia's execution, FBI agent Mark Armitage is called to investigate a serious disturbance at the prison. Upon arriving he finds the place a war zone. After being debriefed by his friend and partner, Dustin Mercer, he views the videotapes and learns that the source of the destruction is Sophia. Footage reveals that seven minutes after her execution, she miraculously resurrected, breaking free of her bonds and overpowering several guards. Sophia Dennison has escaped and is now on the run.... The hunt is on for the first actual superhuman.

©2013 Kipjo K. Ewers (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Ian
  • Godstone, United Kingdom
  • 31-07-16

A good yarn but horribly written

Would you try another book written by Kipjo K. Ewers or narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer?

Possibly if I was desperate for something to read. I would quite like to hear where the story goes but I'm not sure I can put myself through listening to more of that writing.

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

The part where our heroine is reciting long passages from a book about DNA then doing the same in Spanish.

Any additional comments?

If you are patient and don't mind listening to a book that appears to have been written by a teenager in a spare afternoon, you will probably enjoy the story. It is an interesting take on the superhero genre but by no means will it become a classic.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • 31-03-16

The First...of a Series I will Surely Continue!

What a great story. I went into this book with low expectations, as there are not many reviews, and I'm so glad I gave this one a try. This book is quick to action and delivers a heroine that is not afraid to use her superpowers from moment one. There is death and morality, . There are underlying stories that will come to surface. There is kindness and boy are there superpowers used the way we all secretly dream of using them. I was expecting a heroine that would be afraid to use her powers and only get one or two scenes where they were truly used. However, I consistently received my superpower fix and loved our heroine was not afraid to deliver an elevated level of violence to those that clearly deserved it, while still managing to keep a superman-esque level of morality.

This one is worth more than one credit.

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  • Silverwolf
  • 24-12-16

Unbelivably Misandristic

What disappointed you about The First?

The unbelievable portrayal of every male character as a miserable piece of social refuse.

What could Kipjo K. Ewers have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Public servants that wouldn't rather wait till after a section of city was destroyed before unveiling a piece of paper.

What about Carla Mercer-Meyer’s performance did you like?

She was fine.

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

The 20 minute detour from the story to make sure we knew, a largely irrelevant female character, shouldn't be judged harshly because men were really to blame for her being a convicted murderer.

Any additional comments?

Some of the super powers are nice.

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  • David J. Molinari
  • 17-06-16

Loved the story and the reader

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

About mid-way. I've listened to perhaps 50-60 on Audible and other sources.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sophia - yeah, most powerful but I liked her most because she didn't want to rule the world or anything, just kept trying to help people.

What does Carla Mercer-Meyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great inflections and voice modulations to really make the characters sound different, despite coming from the same reader.

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

Flashbacks of her husbands murder and to when her jail friend committed her crime (TOTALLY JUSTIFIED).

Any additional comments?

Editing flaws really stood out. Carla's voice would, perhaps 7 times in the book, end a paragraph or chapter and INSTANTLY begin a new one. Kind of threw off the balance of a smoothly told story - not blaming Ms. Mercer-Meyer.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-01-16

it's alright

Just to start, I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the series progressing. I did quickly realize though that this was not expertly written, so don't read with incredibly high hopes for execution. But definitely was some light breezy fun.

There was good flow and pacing to the story, though the author does get bogged down in over explanation and repeatings. Most of the characters are cookie cutter with the main character being somewhat mary sue like. Most of the dialogue was terrible, sounding as though it were written for 90's television.

I often felt this story was a vent for the author's personal grievances and irritations with the real world. Many moments in this story involved characters or even the author themself pontificating on an injustice or problem and having those around them realize the error of their ways. There were other moments which felt unnecessarily tacked on or inserted just for some cathartic release of frustration by the author.

All that criticism aside, this is a pretty interesting superhero coming to power story. It was engaging enough and had enough interesting twists to keep me interested. I am curious as to where the story will go next.



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  • dave fay
  • 27-06-16

trucking through the woods in Alabama

aside from the reader's occasional mispronunciation or misplaced emphasis on some words this was a pretty entertaining book.

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  • Rachel
  • 22-01-16

Review of The First

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

On a scale 1-10 about a 6

Would you recommend The First to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. The tone of it was relaxed. The wording used by the characters had the right ethnic tones which I related to.

Did Carla Mercer-Meyer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most definitely. There were some parts that dragged on too long like the part where she shows that her memory is perfect.

Any additional comments?

The speed at the beginning of the book was fast but once you got the rhythm it was fine.

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  • Christine
  • 24-01-16

Not sure it warrents a "series"

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book. Just not enough to sink your teeth into, whether you want sci-fi or mystery.

Would you be willing to try another one of Carla Mercer-Meyer’s performances?

No. She mispronounced words, and I suspect that many of the phrases that did not make sense were reading errors.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-19

GREAT FIRST BOOK

HOPE THERE IS MORE FOR THIS BOOK. BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN AN AMAZING ROLLER COSTER OF FUN.

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  • Unusual Suspect Zero
  • 13-11-18

This book was excellent!!

This is one of the best series I've purchased from Audible! Do yourself a favor and purchase it now!

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  • rawOrn
  • 25-10-18

Great story

The narrator was awesome, she kept the characters very interesting. I wanted to hear more of the Caribbean accent. That was a switch I didn't expect. I look forward to book two. The wonder of how the virus spread and only to some people. Hmm

1 of 1 people found this review helpful