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Thief

The Academy: The Scarab Beetle, Book 1
Narrated by: Megan Tusing
Series: Scarab Beetle, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
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From USA TODAY Bestselling Author, C. L. Stone, listen to Thief, the first book in The Academy Scarab Beetle Series.

Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she's desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she's a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming...

Thinking she's been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it's her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel, their stoic leader, there's a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.

Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it's done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.

Meet an all-new Academy team in Thief, the beginning of the Scarab Beetle series.

Warning: This is a new adult series. Listeners of the other Academy series may need some caution as this series will contain mature sexual and violent situations and themes.

©2014 C. L. Stone (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Struggled

This was Real trial to finish. I could not identify or like the heroine. Its well written, spoken dialog good, thought processes not so much, the story is fine but, its the characters especially her just did not do it for me.

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Fantastic audio version of Thief

I really enjoyed this book; I had read it in pixels before (why be different?!) but I'm always on the lookout for audio versions of books I like so that I can re-experience them while doing other things (driving to work, washing up etc.) I'd enjoyed the two Ghost Bird audio books done earlier this year and so when the Scarab Beetle series was released I got Thief to see what it was like as the narrator was new to me. I thought the narration was well done, the characters well defined. Doyle's accent wasn't quite there for me but he didn't say that much in this book so it may have been difficult to do his part with it being short - either way it didn't hurt the story for me. I've bought the next three books in the series and I'm going to get the fifth as well. I like the characters and the way they're brought to life, the humour and tension comes through. I will definitely be listening to this again.

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  • 🎧 Romance Junkie 🎧
  • 04-10-19

Good first book in the series

I love RH books. I think it’s pretty much my favorite genre. The first book in an RH series is typically pretty PG as it takes time for the characters to get used to the situation and this book is on par with that. I liked the mystery of Blake and wonder if he’ll make another appearance in the next books. I’m a little worried about my feelings towards the main female character as some of her decision making is off. I hope the awkwardness with her and the guys is not too much in the next book. The narration is amazing. The different accents are great. It’s perfect that this series is on Escape so I hope this brings more listeners to this author.

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  • Shon Chewning
  • 12-12-19

Enjoyable

This book was very enjoyable. The characters where great and the storyline had me wanting more. Thanks

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  • M.Lee Fox
  • 21-03-18

Polyamorous dream story

The narrator has such amazingly unique voices and a impressive range of accents. Her narration makes the story and characters come alive! The characters are hilarious and hot and so likable. Yes, the story has silly parts with eye rolling scenarios, but the boys and their antics are totally enjoyable.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-03-18

Narration perfection!

The narrator did an excellent job on this book. She brings this fantastic story to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-06-20

remarkable

Fantastic story!! So worth purchasing to add to your audible library. I highly recommend this book as well as this series!

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  • The Lone Trekkie
  • 13-05-20

Fell Asleep

I'm not sure if it's the narrator's tone, or the story itself, but it literally put me to sleep the entire way through the book. I rewound back several chapters, and I did this at least seven times. The story is silly, and the whole "I'm an independent woman and I'll do what I want, even at the risk of everyone's lives" thing is tired.

Comparatively, I would put my kindle on my nightstand and play the ghost bird series at night on my way to sleep...only, it was so exciting that I couldn't sleep. (The first six books,anyway. I stopped buying them because the "should I kiss him" thing just became monotonous and ridiculous.)

I can't truthfully say I DNF, but I can say I have no idea what happens, and even though I REALLY tried, I really just don't care about these characters.

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  • Julie
  • 01-04-20

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This book was amazing I love the actresses voice she plays raven very better than I did I love c.l. Stone just amazing thank you to everybody who was involved in getting this out

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  • Rachael R.
  • 15-02-20

MC is an idiot.

I really wanted to like this but the MC is just... ughhh. She pouts to get her way and is just all around really annoying.

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  • FLCCW Training
  • 16-09-19

Glad I am not a teenager

Kayli is like a magnet to anyone with a penis. I would have a hard time leaving her with my guy. She was only there for a few days and she spends the nights with a different guy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-09-19

Great beginning

Great beginning to a great series. I can't wait to read the next installment and find out where they end up next!