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Until Midnight: A Dystopian Fairy Tale

The Crimson Fold, Volume 1
Narrated by: Melissa Moran
Series: The Crimson Fold, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

The Hunger Games meets Cinderella. This fairy tale has no happy endings - only dark beginnings. They call them the Crimson Fold. High up in their castle they look down on my little world and wield a silent control. That is, until the invitations are sent out. I never dreamed I'd be selected. They tell me it's a privilege. I should be honored. 

But the fear in their eyes doesn't lie. If I refuse to go, my family will be shunned. If I go, my life and my body will no longer be mine. It'll be theirs. At midnight it will be over. At midnight, I'll be his.

©2017, 2018 Erin Bedford (P)2018 Erin Bedford

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Fanastically read

Very well read story and the story was quite good until chapter 20. Then there was a revelation that nearly ruined the whole story for me.

Will listen to the end but not sure if I will buy a sequel if there'll be one. The idea of the story was great but it would have been fantastic without any turn into fantasy worlds. Not so much Hunger games after that anymore. ^^

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  • Brandie @AudiobookObsession
  • 27-04-18

Great narration!

I was quite pleased with this story- It was very low on the heat level but had a great story- It was basically Cinderella in a dystopian world with a little PNR thrown in for good measure. Great YA story! I absolutely love Melissa Moran's narration. She brought Clarabell to life in the best way. It really was Hunger Games meets Cinderella. Would love to read more!

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 19-04-18

Another wonderfully crafted captivating read

My fourth read/listen from author Erin Bedford. Another wonderfully crafted captivating read purported to be a re-written fairy tale, but I didn’t see it, whose storyline continued to reveal & evolve throughout the length of the book. The voice inflections of the narrator were such that I can’t imagine just reading it.

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  • Cindy
  • 18-04-18

Such a Great Start

What made the experience of listening to Until Midnight: A Dystopian Fairy Tale the most enjoyable?

The mix of a little bit of Cinderella with Hunger Games. Enjoyed the book from the start. Can be enjoyed by both young adult and adults.

What did you like best about this story?

Her interaction with Asher

Which scene was your favorite?

most of them

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

Yes, wish it were longer

Any additional comments?

What a wonderful story. It is well written and I really enjoyed the narrator. Looking forward to the next.
When I review a book, I do not read other reviews in order to form my own opinion.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this honest voluntary review.

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  • Ashley
  • 14-03-19

Cliches and terrible plot

This is the first audible book I have returned in 3 years! The writing is bland, simple, and full of cliches. You don’t get to know, or care about, any character. This story is just a poorly done rendition of overdone stories.

The narrator kept saying, “impordant” instead of important which was distracting because the author used that overused adjective about 20 times throughout.

Save your credit/money and go elsewhere!

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  • 20-12-18

A SURPRISINGLY good vampire series

I was not sure when I first saw this book on audible but I hoped it was good and the sample seemed good. I just wasn't sure if it was about vampires or witches or what? I hoped vampires but the story description was not very clear and the story didn't let you in on the for sure truth until the beginning of the last section of the book of book one. The things I thought tipped the book in the direction of vampire genre was the blood red eyes of the girl on the cover and then the title that says "Until Midnight" then written below in tiny lettering "When the clock strikes twelve she'll be his". Then the description of the story states at the very end "If I go, my life and my body will no longer be mine. It'll be theirs. At midnight it will be over. At midnight, I'll be his.".
Not to forget that it says Crimson fold meaning bloodly and the fold like the flock or group like a vampire coven:)
I always loved Melissa Moran from when she originally recorded A Vampire Gift Series by E.M. knight . So glad to have waisted my credits on this series wish there were more good vampire, adventure, romance continuing audiobook series on audible:)
Most definitely worth a credit in my opinion:)!

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  • Mary
  • 29-05-18

Another great Bedford Book

I am a big fan of Erin Bedford, and once again I am not disappointed.
Clara and her father live with her new step mother and step sisters. While her father is away Clara is forced to care for her new family as a servant. She is invited to the castle to represent her family. She is pampered and opulently dressed to attend a ball. This ball however is a competition for the position of consort to the leader of the realm. The story end on a cliffhanger, but this book was a great start to the series, and I am looking forward to continuing it.
The narrator did a great job evoking the emotions of the story.

I provided this review in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher

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  • Heather North @AudiobookObsession
  • 22-05-18

Loved this dystopian listen!

Fantastic and dark dystopian with vampires. I was hooked by the intrigue of The Election and the fascinating characters. Loved the narrator too, she did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. Can’t wait to find out what happens next! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Amanda
  • 22-05-18

I want more!

Excellent dystopian hunger games fairy tale in the style of Cinderella. Clara has been uprooted from her impoverished faction when her father marries an eccentric snobby woman with two daughters. Her father is away for work and she is stuck with her stuck up steps who haven’t had to work or want for anything in their lives. The election comes around and Clara is chosen to go and represent her family, however nobody knows what exactly this party contains because nobody has ever returned with memory. Competition is harsh and those competing for the election will stop at nothing to win the prized position of consort to the leader of the mysterious and powerful crimson fold. The story leaves you hanging for certain and I cannot wait to get the second book in the series! The narrator did a fabulous job! I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you!

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  • Teresa
  • 18-05-18

A Dark Beauty Pageant

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

This book is truly an enjoyable dark fairytale with princes and princesses, good and evil, and the right amount of the paranormal. The storyline is easy to follow and entertaining and I truly enjoyed the narrator's rendition. Clara (bella) is a sweet and a little naive girl but with a strong will and character that allows her to overcome a not always pleasant situation. I found that the vampires are also lovable for the most part and the opulence of the "castle" and the gowns it's very girls dream.
I was a little taken aback by the abrupt ending however. I can understand the intention of creating a sequel, but somehow the conclusion to this book seemed a little unpolished and not suspenseful enough. It is definitely a series you will want to read in its entirety to truly enjoy it.

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  • Ruby McDemon
  • 17-05-18

Great Beginning to a great series

I loved Clara and her attitude. She's just the kind of person I'd love to be friends with. I really enjoyed the mystery of the election and how slowly the bigger picture bloomed. Reading this story was great and highly enjoyable. I can't wait to find out what Until Dawn holds in store for me.

I've heard Melissa narrate before and I loved her voice. I really loved her voice for this just as much as I previously did. I love the depth that having it narrated adds to the story.