Narrator: Tim Campbell
Published by One-Twenty-Six Press on 20 November 2015
Length: 5 hours 51 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Author, Submitted
Born with the power to control minds, hypnotize others, and read thoughts, Ren Lewis is certain of one thing: God made a mistake. No one should be born with so much power. A monster awoke in him the same year he received his gifts. At 10 years old. A prepubescent boy with the ability to control others might merely abuse his powers, but Ren allowed it to corrupt him. And since he can have and do anything he wants, Ren should be happy. However, his journey teaches him that harboring so much power doesn't bring happiness, it steals it. Once this realization sets in, Ren makes up his mind to do the one thing that can bring his tortured soul some peace. He must kill the monster.
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When I started this I didn’t know there were entire YA series, The Reverians and The Lucidites, in which Ren appears as a character. It didn’t really matter because this worked as a stand alone with enough information provided to get a feeling for these two series and their settings. In fact, after finishing this, I have become interested enough in this world of dream travelers that I am quite keen on listening to more.
But back to Ren The Man Behind The Monster. This was basically Ren’s autobiography from growing up as a young boy in a tiny, quiet village in England who discovers his special powers to the present day when Ren is in his mid-forties. Ren is the sort of character you can’t help but love, although most of the time he was totally self-centered, arrogant and rude. Initially, he used his skills to manipulate people in order to get money and sex. Quite the jerk and totally full of himself. But he also had some rather endearing moments and by the end, he had totally won me over.
This was a really fun listen and I finished it in one setting. The narration by Tim Campbell was excellent. Ren is the narrator of his own life in this audio book, and Tim Campbell brought him to life perfectly. Very smooth sounding and a pleasure to listen to. There were no issues with the production quality.
I am not sure whether it would make more sense to start with the Reverians or the Lucidites series before listening to this, but if you are already familiar with those, then I would definitely recommend listening to Ren’s memoir because he is a fantastic character, and his story was full of drama, action, romance, humor and great observations on life and people. A really good character study by the author.
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