Narrator: Tim Campbell
Series: Ren #2
Published by Self Published / Indie on 01 June 2016
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
Ren Lewis has the life he's always wanted: the perfect woman and the perfect job as an agent for the Lucidites, fixing problems before they happen. And yet, he's still miserable. He blames the monster buried inside of him for his problems. But what this redheaded Brit doesn't realize is his life is about to be intensely transformed.
Problems that he never could have fathomed begin to surface one at a time until his life quickly spirals out of control. Ren, who has never considered himself quite human, is about to learn just how flawed and vulnerable he really is. There just might be problems he doesn't have answers for, villains he can't defeat alone, and a heart in his chest that is actually capable of breaking. Listeners witness a new side to this man, a side that will make him, if for only an instant, appear human. This powerful genius will meet his match. And she has the ability to do something special. She can break Ren Lewis.
©2016 Sarah Noffke (P)2016 Sarah Noffke
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Ren is back! I was introduced to this sarcastic, narcissistic but utterly adorable man last year when I listened to Ren: The Man Behind The Monster. This picks up where the first book left off. Set in the world of Dream Travelers, who have special powers such as mind control, Ren is now living with the love of his life, Dahlia, and working as an agent for the Lucidites preventing mostly Middlings aka regular humans from destroying themselves or others. Life seems pretty settled although Ren being Ren he is naturally grumpy. In particular, with the fact that Trey is only giving him easy cases due to some health issues that have shown up. If that wasn’t bad enough, his world is turned completely upside down when somebody new appears in his life. (Trying really hard to avoid spoilers here.) Anyway, the interactions between Ren and this new person in his life, who is equally petulant, are totally hilarious. But there’s plenty of suspense as well as a new villain, Vivian, is introduced and it appears Ren may not be as powerful as he has always thought.
I gave the first book in the series five stars. This was even better! The storyline was completely intriguing and the character development great as Ren struggles to adapt to the new developments in his life. It was laugh-out-loud funny, it was really moving in parts and thoroughly gripping and entertaining throughout. And then Sarah Noffke ends it with an almighty cliffhanger. Immediately upon finishing the audio, I had to look up when the next one – and by the looks of it, final one – will be available.
Tim Campbell returns as narrator and as in the previous book, his performance was flawless. He really gets into the character of Ren, bringing him to life perfectly and capturing Ren’s arrogance as well as his vulnerable side. Brilliant job with the British accents. The production quality was also excellent.
If you haven’t met Ren yet and like abrasive yet lovable characters, I highly recommend starting with Ren: The Man behind The Monster. Once you made his acquaintance, it’s difficult to not become addicted to his story and this fantastic series.
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