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The Gathering: The Ivy Blackwood Chronicles

Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Aaron Shedlock
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
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Summary

Words like unnatural and impure started the whispers. From the very beginning, Ivy Blackwood was different. She was only a child when she was accused of setting the fire, one she passively watched engulf the small house she had called home. Her fingertips burned, and her hair singed. Some who watched her crossed themselves, convinced she was soulless for she showed no emotion at all. Calm and dispassionate, even when the screaming started that quickly turned to bellows of agony before dying into nothing but the roaring of the fire. She was locked away where she couldn’t bring harm to herself or others. To all involved, they had protected the world from a monster, but sometimes things are not what they seem. 

Due to language and adult situations, this book is not intended for listeners under the age of 18.

©2018 Elizabeth A Fiore (P)2018 Elizabeth A Fiore

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Paranormal with some dark magic

The Gathering was a little confusing for me at the start. I went in blind and I think I expected a bit of a dark romance with the way the story began. Once I realized the paranormal aspects of the story and as the story progressed with more details coming to light, I did get caught up in the story and enjoyed it more.

“That was the kind of love worth breaking the rules for, worth sacrificing for, worth dying for.”

I enjoyed the atmosphere of the story, the background of New Orleans and the hints of dark magic, ghosts, zombie, etc.
Awesome narration on the audiobook kept me listening from start to finish!
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Spooky Love

It was very spooky and suspenseful. I found myself hooked instantly and feeling creeped out in moments. Definitely a great read by Fiore and would recommend :)) The book I absolutely loved reading and was looking forward to listening to, but the narration wasn't the best. He used the same voice for several characters and even though I had read this book previously it was utterly confusing as to who was speaking.

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Good

I am a huge fan of paranormal books, but I have been mainly reading romance lately, so this book came at a great time and really piqued my interest as soon as I read the synopsis.

This book was a perfect jump back to the paranormal genre for me, and I honestly could not put it down once I had started. I spent the whole book on the edge of my seat and had to make sure I kept the lights on!

This is set during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, where there is an abandoned and suspected haunted mansion. A place where you would dare your friends to enter for fun, however, no one ever makes it back out of the mansion alive. You also have the intriguing story of Ivy and the romance with Bain!

This story is full of suspense, mystery and a bit of romance thrown in! It has really pulled me back to the paranormal genre and I cannot wait to read more of the series!

The only thing that let this down for me was the narration, I didn't gel with the male narrator at all. I do love dual narration books though and the female did improve things for me for listening to the entire story.

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Made me think I had ADD

This book jumps about so much I went back a couple of times thinking I had missed something. It’s so difficult to follow, and this is not helped by the fact that the male narrator - who has a lovely but very distinctive voice - uses exactly the same voice for several characters. It’s not often I get bored and give up on a book, but add this to that small pile.

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  • Momma Becky
  • 23-12-18

Paranormal, Romance, and chills

I read this one when it released and enjoyed the story, but the audio version takes it up a notch or two. Tracy Marks and Aaron Shedlock add a nuance to the story that pulled me in and held me from the very beginning. There are a lot of characters to get to know, but once they were worked out and sorted in my head, it was easy to pick up with each person's point of view. The story has a haunting feel to it from the very beginning that keeps a listener guessing about the what's, who's, and why's. The author blends the paranormal, a bit of folklore, and that edge of your seat element wonderfully to create a steadily rising tension as secrets are revealed bit by bit. The character development, especially considering the sheer amount of characters involved, is astounding. Love them or hate them, each character is interesting and adds something to the story. The creep factor is pretty high at times, but there are also moments of levity with some brilliantly witty dialogue, and we even get some romance in the mix. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a few chills with the supernatural, and appreciates a love story that stands the test of time. The conclusion is rather open-ended, leaving the future open for this unlikely bunch of heroes. I don't know if another Ivy Blackwood Chronicles story is planned, but if so, I'll certainly be checking it out.

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  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 05-03-19

Wow!

This book was wonderful. I loved all the different characters. Vampires, witches, and other unnatural beings make for a very interesting story. I was very intrigued and couldn’t put it down. The location setting was perfect. The narration was amazing!!
I would recommend this book.

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  • Paula DeBoer
  • 24-12-18

Holy wow! Intense and nail biting!

This book is brilliant, beautiful, unique, intense and so full of love it gave me goosebumps listening to it. Ivy Blackwood is a different girl she doesn’t show emotions to anything yes absolutely nothing. So when Ivy was a young girl and her house went into flames the world locked her up for years. Who is Ivy? Fall in love with so many characters they keep you wanting more.. Hang on tight for a awesome thrill ride that will make you gasp and yell and more than anything keep asking the one question everyone wants to know. Who is coming? Oh and the narrators made this story even more intense! Love it! 5/5 stars

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  • Kahea46
  • 20-12-18

Love the story!

I do love me audiobooks, especially because they keep me relatively sane while doing that #workthing. I especially love audiobooks of books I’ve already enjoyed reading since I can just let myself be carried away by the narration and not worry too much about paying close attention to the story since I already know it’s outcome. And that’s the situation we have here.

I LOVED The Gathering. LOVED (Full review is below) So, I was definitely looking forward to hearing it be brought to life, especially since both narrators are ones that I have either only listened to a few times, or is brand new to me, and overall I enjoyed their performances. I did prefer the male narrators voice and cadence over the female narrators voice, but I thought that both did a very good job at bringing the characters to life and giving each a distinctive enough voice that I could differentiate between them all easily as the book progressed and am looking forward to listening to more from both in the future.

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What a ride!

From start to finish I was hooked!

This book gave me the creeps, had me at the edge of my seat and gave me the swoons. It also had me laughing and falling in love with a whole slew of characters that I want more of and am very happy to know that I will get to spend more time with them as this is just the first in the series.

There is a huge part of me that wants to get into detail about Ivy, as well as Ivy and Bain, but that would just ruin it for you. But what I can say is that I loved the journey that they both took me on. Ivy is a unique character and I loved how her story evolved and unfolded. There were quite a few things I didn’t see coming, but it all worked for me. And as for Bain and Ivy. There’s is an epic romance, a little mind bending, but epic and the swoons these two caused were real.

I know this is quick and vague, but it kind of has to be since to give you more would ruin the story and even now I think I may have given a bit too much, but it is what it is. I loved the world that the author brought to life, it was vivid and bright, even in the darkness and I loved how unique all of the characters were and how they brought more depth to the world at large. And after that epilogue, I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!


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  • Mach
  • 13-11-19

This was such such such an amazing story!

I really enjoyed the world in this story. the way everything comes together in this story was pretty awesome. lol gosh, and that climax! phew! it had my hurt racing with anticipation. I saw the entire thing. I was their . lol great listen!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-19

Good but not great.

There is so much going on in this book, it's very hard to keep straight. So many characters. For the first three hours you're basically just confused and have no idea what's going on. Eventually it starts coming together, but my goodness do they throw everything but the kitchen sink in to this book. When the elves came, I was just done at that point. In spite of all the craziness, I did love the love story between the main characters so I had to give it 4 stars. The female narrator is not my favorite. I've heard other books from her and she drives me nuts.

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  • Heidianne
  • 03-11-19

Speechless!

It took me a minute to process everything I just listen to. This is not an easy beach read/listen. It took me a little but to get all the characters in order, but otherwise what an freaking amazing book. Everlasting love, folklore, and the paranormal all based in New Orleans. I hope there's more Chronicles.

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  • rebma
  • 10-09-19

I just couldn’t finish

The book seemed like it could be good and the male narrator was really good, but every time the female narrator came on I just couldn’t. her voice is fine it’s more of the way she reads three words than a dramatic pause she also duplicates a lot, I got to the point where I had to skip her all together but then I missed so much I wasn’t able to follow along so had to return the book my recommendation read this book or re-record with just the male narrator.

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  • Tonya wood
  • 31-08-19

Interesting story

I enjoyed this book
I do have to admit I started it and lost interned months ago
But that was only bc you really have to pay attention!
So there are a lot of characters to keep straight
And I’m guessing there will be another book coming?
The way it ended was not an ending

So unfortunately there is no way I could just start the next book in s couple months I would have to revisit the first
And that’s the main reason I didn’t give a 5 star

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  • Avephoenix
  • 14-03-19

An unexpected, intriguing and entertaining story!

Honestly, it was a pleasant and an unexpected surprise, which I really loved and enjoyed.

This audiobook is amazing, I just wish Tracy will lower her pace a bit more, don't take me wrong, she awesome, but in my opinion she sounds like she's in a rush at times, but still amazing.

A great listen experience!!