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  • By: Theresa Kay
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
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Broken Skies

By: Theresa Kay
Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
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Summary

Plagued by nightmares and panic attacks, seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell wants nothing more than a life of seclusion with only her twin brother for company. So when he's kidnapped by Earth's reclusive alien settlers, the E'rikon, she'll do anything to get him back--even form an alliance with a teenage E'rikon boy left behind by the same ship that took her brother.

Jax agrees to act as a guide, and in return, the alien agrees to sneak her past the human-proof barrier surrounding the E'rikon city. Too bad it's not that simple. Jax soon finds that she's drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales on his back--and he's equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn't know the alien's true motives, and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.

With the aliens and the humans at odds, the connection forming between the two teens has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets in motion a chain of events that threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.

©2014 Theresa Kay (P)2014 Theresa Kay

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Very cool!

There were several things I really loved about this story, and a few I wasn't so keen on.

I did receive a code from the narrator for one of her books in return for an honest opinion, but I can't remember if it was this one or the last one I listened to, so I'm saying this one, and either way all reviews off me are honest wether they be gifted or not.

Jaz-Jasmine was a good character for the most part, but her panic attacks and personal weakness grated on me quite a bit. I have to admit I loved the story line and most of what she's been through, but there were moments when I really think especially towards the end of the book that she would just get a grip and start to process things and move forwards as her own person. She was almost there when she first faced her brother, but she almost insisted with real conviction that things were the same, and they really weren't. I had hoped she really knew and understood that before that moment.

The whole Lir storyline was very interesting and well written. (I do wish that Jax was a little more grown up with it, but she's a young, and love struck teen who knows nothing about the aliens or their love/bonding rituals, so I can kinda forgive the writer for some of these things.

For the most part this story kept me on edge and I wanted to know what happened. I can't believe the Author hasn't had the narrator back to do the second book, I'm just gutted, so much so I had to buy the book, and I don't often do that. I don't have the time to read a real book. So I do hope that the author will have this on the cards next.

The narrator brings such an abundance of life, joy, love and heartache to Jax, that you just can't stop listening even though sometimes, or most of the time she's a pain in the butt and really can't see the wood for the tress, silly girl.

So yeah, I was left with a book/narrator hangover. and I'm not used to that. You both make the best combination. And I do hope you'll work together again.

~ Dawn




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  • MeDi
  • 15-08-14

A great sci fi novel

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Sci-Fi is nt my typical grnrebut in this case, I'm so glad I did. Theresa pulled me into Jax's story from page one and kept me on the edge of my seat until the last. Her world building was spot on and I could see the world she had created in my mind. I was glad to hear that there is a second book in the works as I definitely want more. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Sci Fi novels, or even if you don't, you should give it a try, you won't regret it! I would recommend this audiobook

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  • Greg
  • 06-08-14

Great Narrator, boring story

The narration by Andrea was great. She voice for the main character was lovable and friendly as the character seemed to be. Truly a good fit. Her voices for other Female characters were all enjoyable. Her male characters we good too, I liked the ex-priest's voice. I had fun listening to her narration but the story was pretty boring. The character's panic attacks and complaining really started to get old, she is a character who is tough, a survivor and is all around a very capable person but acts like she is helpless or freaks out. Also the love subplot between her and the Alien really was lame and felt unfinished. I think overall the book would have been much better if they focused on the rescue story and had a more confident lead character. I hope to hear more from Andrea as I really enjoyed listening to her perform the book and bring life to the characters but I doubt I will listen to or read more books by Theresa Kay. Also the story has a very anti-climatic ending that is just setting up for a second book.

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  • Giovanni
  • 17-07-14

A fresh take on alien invasion. Great performance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this to young people or anyone interested in getting introduced to the sci fi genre. An easy read (or listen) with a fun concept.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vitrad makes for a fun villain. He's calculating, vicious, and out on a mission to get you. (add maniacal laughter)

What does Andrea Emmes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Andrea enhances the story and is a natural fit. She personifies Jax and the rest of the cast by beautifully rendering them with her voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not one moment in particular but Jax's relationship with Jace was very moving.

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  • M. W. Nason
  • 08-08-14

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What did you like about this audiobook?

I have listened to many audio books with many readers. But the reader of this book is excellent. Her choice of voices and accents made it seem as if I were sitting inside the story. I will surely purchase more books with this reader.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I have always enjoyed Sci. Fci. Book , this one was very good.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

There are many surprises and thrills in this story that keeps a reader interested.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing at all. The Narrator was very professional , articulate and had a very pleasant speaking voice.

Do you have any additional comments?

I always prefer a female narrator as a male trying to sound like a female or child doesn't really make it for me.

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  • Plight
  • 02-08-14

Good Listen!

Enjoyable, interesting. Don't usually read/listen to this genre, but the narration helped get me through it. Gotta love audio books!

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  • PerryMartinBookReviews
  • 01-08-14

Great 1st Book in new YA SciFi series

Theresa Kay's 1st book in Broken Skies series is narrated by 1st time narrator Andrea Emmes. Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 10, 2014)

Andrea has the perfect voice for the lead character and voices the other characters from old to the very young both male and female very well. Theresa Kay has given proper respect to each genre in this Science Fiction, Young Adult, and Dystopia collaboration.

The story starts off quickly and catches you up along the way with details as needed in this fast passed audiobook. Jax Mitchell's world has been a little crazy. Her mom died at the birth of her and her twin brother and their father died after raising them through their early teens. 

The earth was deveststed 30 years prior by man made biological weapons and then 10 years ago the E'rikon arrived. Aliens who created their own domed city where they lived not helping or communicating with the people of earth.

Until now... When Jax and her brother see an E'rikon craft land in a field she climbs a tree to investigate. After being seen her brother acts as a decoy so she can escape. When the E'rikon take her brother and leave a disabled one of their own behind Jax will do anything to get her brother back. Even if she has to work with the unknown alien to do it.

This story and direction of this First book, in what I hope will be a continuing series on audiobook, is a great attention keeping book.

This book was gifted to me for an honest review. 

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  • Sare
  • 25-11-14

Forbidden Romance and a Broken World

What did you love best about Broken Skies?

I loved Theresa Kay's world and how I got swept into it. It was familiar yet different enough to captivate the mind. The characters had depth especially the main character, Jax. She was tough but broken, just like people in real life.

What other book might you compare Broken Skies to and why?

I'm not really sure. It had hints of several sci-fi books and should appeal to those who like dystopian as well.

What does Andrea Emmes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She was amazing. She got Jax's panic attacks down perfectly and the accent she gave the alien characters was so much fun to listen too.

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

Yes. It propelled me through multiple loads of laundry.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this in two days and it was the perfect way to get away while still getting work done. I can't wait for the sequel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-14

Loved This story

This is a sweet YA story! I enjoyed it so much. I was given the audiobook in exchange for honest review by the narrator Andrea Emmes and in all honestly amyany other voice and this would have been ruined. Emmes youthfulness in voice matched the young lady of the story. The writer made the smartest decision they could ever make to allow this narrator to give voice to this book. Well done!

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  • JL
  • 04-09-14

Great Narration!

What made the experience of listening to Broken Skies the most enjoyable?

Andrea Emmes' narration of the story really soothes you into the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Skies?

I wasn't too keen on the story itself I'm afraid.

What about Andrea Emmes’s performance did you like?

Her calming voice is by no way jarring to take you out of the story.

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

Nope.

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  • T. Chai
  • 04-09-14

Into The World Of Jax

Would you consider the audio edition of Broken Skies to be better than the print version?

Although well-written, the voice and sound of the narrator helps convey the feeling of the main character, her thoughts, and the flow of written words.

If you’ve listened to books by Theresa Kay before, how does this one compare?

This is my first and it won't be my last, now that I've heard this one. I really enjoy the story more because of the movie-likeness animated feeling to the voice.

What does Andrea Emmes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Heart and feeling. I feel more connected to Jax and more in touch with her emotions. The voice has emotion and hints into the main character, who makes me excited and emotionally attached to the adventure at hand.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I blushed at the romantic parts and laughed when Jax struggled with her emotions and realization of them for Leer. I was amazed with how diverse her capabilities were to help me believe in the world and feel like I were watching a movie.

Any additional comments?

The voice engages me better than words on the page. There are words here and there that I know I would need to look up but the way the narrator reads and expresses the line makes it easily understood and addicting.

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