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What Blooms Beneath

Narrated by: Kory Getman, Punch Audio
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
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Kellan considers himself lucky to have an adequate existence on Earth where, in the year 2044, common citizens toil under the oppressive thumb of a corrupt and unscrupulous government. Kellan dreams of becoming part of the Department of Paranormal, Supernatural, and Fantasy Sciences, but his application is continually denied because he has no extra-sapien blood. Kellan’s simple reality shifts when Rhône unexpectedly enters his life.

Rhône, living in a camouflaged, underground village, never planned to get involved with an individual from the outer world. When Rhône and Kellan cross paths, there’s no denying the attraction and pull between them. But there’s something else, something more, just beneath the surface.

A hidden world and painful secrets are a potentially complicated blend. However, with Rhône by his side, enlightening details and unexplored powers provide Kellan with an opportunity for deep self-discovery. Will Kellan’s open and accepting heart allow for an extraordinary love to bloom? Or will the vast differences between Kellan and Rhône take root and strangle any hope for a flourishing future?

What Blooms Beneath is an LGBT+ fantasy romance featuring a pansexual male and genderqueer intersex individual.

©2019 A. D. Ellis (P)2019 A. D. Ellis Publishing

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as good as the ebook

The story is always 4 or 5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • B.McGrath
  • 27-12-19

unique

This story takes today's prejudices, biases, and issues to the fantasy world of the future. The author shows how things could be dealt with in another place and time! Eye opening! Together Kellan and Rhone found a safe loving place to be themselves. Amazing world building. This is uplifting and offers the possibility of hope, progress, and acceptance in time. The narrator did a good job. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this story and am giving an honest review.

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  • Sharonica
  • 19-03-20

This Was a Beautiful Story!

MMy Thoughts and Review:

I was a little afraid after the first few minutes that I was going to be lost since, don't tell anyone, but I struggle with sci-fi the older I get. I grew up on Star Wars and Star Trek and loved seeing Christopher Reeve as Superman on the big screen. However, getting my mind to find the tunnel vision it needs to escape into science fiction today and you might as well ask me to do trigonometry again. Sweet Gaia, no one ever ask that of me, or my brain may actually finally implode on itself. No...Really!💥

Now Ellis succeeded in keeping my interest in What Blooms Beneath because it tells a love story and a story about hope and triumph over adversity will capture my heart every time. That is something that most likely resonates with quite a few of us right now.


In the not too distant future, there is a race of beings who live in a village under the Earth, known only to a few as Popids. These beings live as one with the Earth and as the Earth thrives so do they, and they have the power to return to Her the power gleaned from her. However, when the planet puts off negative or polluted energy, the power of this race of beings wanes. So it is very important for there to be harmony between the world topside and that of the Popids.

A romance blooms between one of the beautiful Popid people and a mundane human who has no supernatural abilities, even though he's dreamed of always working for the Department that handles all the paranormal affairs. The government only allows those with supernatural skills to work for the department, so Kellan is stuck in a custodial role. He never stops trying though, believing in the hope that one day someone will notice him.

Rhône, a member of the Popid village and Kellan become friends, then more, all the while forming a strong connection no one can explain. There are also dangers lurking and spies close to home and maybe even in the village. It will take empathy, wisdom, strength of heart and character for Kellan and Rhône to survive and save the Popid village and themselves.

I got so caught up in the wonder and beauty of the Popid people and their home that part of me wished I could change places with Kellan for a while. The image I have in my mind of Kellan's first encounter with Rhône and the feelings he felt for them just moves me. The way Kellan described their skin, hair, eyes, and the purple haze he saw when he looked at them, I truly felt a part of their scene. I absolutely loved that Kellan could ask questions without fear of recrimination from Rhône, and in turn, Rhône knew Kellan was honestly curious about him and his people, as people and not as strange or weird creatures to be reviled and ridiculed by those on the outside.

There were quite a few moral perspectives and relevant topics for today weaved throughout the story. Themes did involve some bigotry, and phobias surrounding the gender identity perspectives and race/ species differences. I liked that Ellis handled the topics by showing them in a loving consensual romantic relationship between Kellan, who identified as pansexual, and Rhône as gender nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and intersexual.

There is minute angst, some danger (an assault off-page), consenting adults doing adult things, and drug use legalized by the government of the future. Let the good times ROLL! 😂

The Story: 4.50🌟
The Narration: 4.00🌟
Overall: 4.25🌟

I received a complimentary audio copy from the author. 🍀


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  • JKS
  • 03-03-20

Amazing

This is an amazing story. Who know just one small ability could change ones world forever. Kellan mistakenly found the entry to a village of the Popid people and his life was never the same. He found his love, in Rhone and a true in who he really is.
Narrator Kory Getman does a fabulous job.

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  • Deedra
  • 13-02-20

WHat Blooms Beneath

This is a love story for todays world.Everyone is pronoun specific in Kellans world.He identifies as Pansexual.He is a human wanting to work in an office that deals with supernatural science.His world is about to change forever. Kory Getman,Punch audio was very good at narrating this story.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Chanda Reads
  • 03-02-20

great fantasy

What Blooms beneath is the story of Kellan and Rhône set in a fantasy 2044. I liked that this was a mix between fantasy and dystopian and the romance was very well done. I was completely enthralled with the world A.D. Ellis created - I would say that this is the book's greatest strength, but the characters were intriguing as well.

I have read M/M/F and books with M/M relationships before, but never as the main couple. This book may have done a slight disservice to my expectations because I don't know if I'll find many M/M books that could be better than this.

Narration: I've never listened to anything by Kory Getman before, but he really did a fantastic job. The voices were distinct and genuine, and the transitions between characters were fluid. I'd listen to another of his narrations.

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

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  • Starwarslover
  • 15-01-20

very good

i enjoyed this. it was fun to listen to this story come alive.. it was interesting and kept me curious. it was fun and sexy. i enjoyed it

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  • Julie
  • 28-12-19

Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this audio version.
Lots of good lessons about positivity, sexuality acceptance, gender neutral pronouns and of course love.