Audiobook Review: The Eden Conspiracy

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Melissa Williams

Series: The Liberty Box series, Book 2

Length: 7 hours 19 minutes

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

The refugee caves have been destroyed, and most of the refugees are dead. The Potentate now knows of their existence and will stop at nothing to wipe them out completely. He suspects that terrorist Jackson MacNamera is among them, as well as reporter Kate Brandeis’s fiancé, hacker Will Anderson – and probably therefore Kate herself. Now that the Potentate is aware of security threats, most of the strategies the rebels used to get back onto the grid before now no longer work. The Potentate knows the rebels are on foot, and he knows they were at the caves not long ago. They can’t get far.

The remaining rebels, among them Jackson and Kate, have Kate’s fiancé Will to thank for their survival: he arrived back from the dead and in the nick of time, bearing classified information about the Potentate’s plans to expand his influence internationally. But the remaining rebels and the Council cannot agree on whether their top priority should be spreading truth far and wide and freeing as many citizens from government control as possible, knowing that they will likely die in the process, or escaping to New Estonia, in hopes that they might live out the rest of their days in peace.

Kate, meanwhile, finds herself torn between Jackson and the fiancé she thought she lost, and between the damsel-in-distress she once was, and the rebel she believes she has always been underneath. Whether the other hunters will support her or no, she knows she must use her influence over the people of the Republic to tell them the truth, no matter the cost. But is she strong enough to withstand the government’s lies?

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By day, C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ, and she writes medical books under her real name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She lives with her husband, with whom she maintains a facetiously contentious movie review blog, and travels as often as they can get away. When not writing or seeing patients, she does yoga, drinks red wine while eating dark chocolate, and consumes audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow!

 

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Narrator Bio

Melissa lives with her family, including two dogs and a cat, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado.

After having a corporate job for most of her life, and as a self-proclaimed introvert, she decided to leave corporate America to work from home. Voice overs had always tugged at her heart as something she would like to explore, so she attended some classes and landed with a company that taught her how to break in to the industry.

Loving to read, she explored the fast growing world of audiobooks and fell in love with it. She has ten audiobooks under her belt and is currently working on the 11th. Understanding that she should always be learning how to improve her skills, she is currently working with Sean Pratt.

When not talking to herself in a padded room, she can be found walking her dog, singing or fishing the Arkansas River.

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Yes!!!! I know the second book would be way better than the first one (review can be found here)! It completely blew my mind, I listened to the audiobook in one day. I was so eager to find out what will happen with… everything and everyone. We follow Kate’s love life, we follow the (now) two groups of rebels, with accent on the one our main characters are in, obviously, and we see all characters evolve. I absolutely loved it!

Kate is the one more in focus right now as she has a lot to deal with. She wants to be independent, she wants to prove herself to the group of rebels, she wants to fight side by side with them. Being reunited with her fiancée, she has to deal with her feelings as well. She not only sees the world differently, she sees herself and her relationship with Will with different eyes.  Her evolution in this second part of the story really amazed me and what made me like it even better was how the author managed to put it into words, by following her personality from book one and growing it into something stronger.

Jackson proves to be (again) an honest man. His integrity is visible in all his decisions, including his feelings for Kate. His abilities are better taken advantage of and his choices are explained with maturity. Having his perspective, as well as Kate’s gives us an overview of their entire relationship and how he is able to help her grow even when they are not near. I loved it!

Oh, since we speak about perspectives, with the Potentate’s thoughts we have the complete picture of the story. His need to rule and his obsession for control are so well described.  He is smart, he is trying to be one step ahead of the rebels and sometimes even manages. He is a fantastic character as well.

The narration was ok as well. As I was mentioning in my review for book 1, I would have wanted a better voice acting, but the narrator managed to transmit the emotions and the determination in each affirmation, so that’s ok with me.

All in all, I absolutely cannot give “The Eden Conspiracy” less than 5 stars. If “The Liberty Box” (book 1 in the series) did not convince you, please pick up book #2! It is great, simple as that! Enjoy J

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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