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  • Four Packs Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: BL Maxwell, Nic Starr
  • Narrated by: Guy Veryzer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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The Slow Death

By: BL Maxwell,Nic Starr
Narrated by: Guy Veryzer
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Summary

Caught in the fallout of a rare disease and members of opposing packs, Zander and Marrok’s future as fated mates hangs in the balance.

Alexander Kingston wasn’t destined to lead the East Territory pack, but fate had other ideas. Becoming the next Alpha in his dead brother’s place and managing his father’s expectations is a challenge, one that’s only getting harder with time. When his father, the Alpha, is reluctant to accept outside assistance when one of their own is afflicted with a deadly blood disorder, Zander must take a stand against his father or lose another pack member to the Slow Death.

Marrok Blain is part of the North Territory pack. With his unique knowledge of the Slow Death, the debilitating progressive disorder that slowly kills with every shift, he offers help, knowing he’ll be met with resistance from his friend’s pack. What he doesn’t expect is the overwhelming pull to the stubborn yet undeniably gorgeous son of the East Territory Alpha.

Four packs coexisting with rising tensions, and a genetic disorder that reminds them of the common thread that connects them all. Zander and Marrok are the key to an uneasy alliance, or all the packs will suffer. Especially Zander, who discovers he’s got one more deadly fight to face.

©2022 BL Maxwell/Nic Starr (P)2022 BL Maxwell/Nic Starr

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A very good first book

A very good read. I trully enjoyed it.
An interesting plot with mostly loveable characters (I didn't like Merrick in the beginning but once he stopped being a dick, I liked him) and great/very hot sex scenes. It was dragging a bit towards the end though.
The narrator also did a great job.
I'll gladly read the next book!

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Intriguing

Really enjoyed the premise of this book, the main characters were wonderful together. New to me Narrator who I believe did a good job.

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Great story but didn't like the narrator

Wasn't a fan of the narrator. They sounded so old like listening to my grandpa reading a book rather than the mc that was in college. It worked for the elders but the majority of the book was supposed to be a young person speaking. He also didn't really express much emotion.

Fabulous story but if the next one is the same narrator I'll likely just read the book.

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In the end I enjoyed the listen

I've not read the book so this story was all new to me and I had no preconceptions of how a character should sound. First of all I liked this story, it flowed nicely and was different then the norm. The characters and plot held my attention and it had great chemistry. An entertaining story that I will follow up with the 2nd book when released.
The narrator was new to me, he was clear and I could follow him well with him reading the story. The only gripe and which made me take a little bit longer with getting into the story was, im not sure how to describe it but the way he said things and the delivery of them. It's like I concentrated on the lilting pattern on how he sounded words out. This was my pet peeve, but once I got over that I could enjoy the story and characters voices.

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A new and different take on shifters.

Bl Maxwell and Nic Starr have created a shifter universe which has a new perspective and quite a few differences from what we are used to red.
First of all the age of the first shift (or diverging, as it’s called): I have mostly read of shifter worlds where the first change happens during puberty, or there about. Here diverging is a sign of maturity. And the first shift happens around the 25-years-mark, this is when a man is expected to take on his adult-life-responsibilities.
Another big different from the usual is the disease, which is the main focus of this first book: we are used to reading about shifters who don’t and can’t get sick with anything. Here we have a disease that not only affects, but threaten the lives of wolves.
And it’s also the thing that brings Zander and Marrok together. Both fighting to save the life of a young shifter in Zander’s pack, they have to overcome obstacles, fight narrow-minded Alphas and try to change the allegiances between the packs. While doing this, they also have to navigate their relationship, as they soon realize they are fated mates!
A well-written, interesting, refreshing story, which I am sure sets the base for the next ones to come, which are sure to explore inter-pack relationships even more.
Guy Veryzer did a great job with the narration, very well done!

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I enjoyed listening to this.

This is the first book I’ve read by BL Maxwell but I’ve listened to others by Guy Veryzer. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this audiobook too much because I’ve listened to a couple of other short books by this narrator and I didn’t like them all that much. I was very pleasantly surprised to enjoy his narration of this one.

The story is also really good but there is an over-arcing storyline that won’t be concluded until the final book. I think the concept of “the slow death” affliction for certain shifters and the cure for it was pretty original.

The world building was really good and Zander and Marrock have a few things to overcome in order to help preserve the pack. I’m now anxious to read the next two books in this series (not yet published as of this writing) and hope they come to audio.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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Dangerous Times

Two fated mates from different packs have to fight pack prejudice, the conflict between the way things have always been done and the dawning of new ideas and try to save all the packs from a deadly disease. This has a bit of a Romeo and Juliet like feel in the resistance of the packs to mingle in any meaningful sense mixed with a wonderfully realized dystopian world where everyone is trying to understand and fight a disease before it claims even more victims. I love both of these author's separate works and they have made a wonderful start with this new series. Guy Veryzer gives a great performance here. All the characters are distinct and well delineated and the moments of tension, heat and romance are nicely balanced.

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Brilliant

This was just one of those books that captures you and doesn’t let you go until the last second and then lingers in the back of your mind. I loved the main characters, their chemistry together and the way they built up their relationship. I loved the communication that they used and I found that the heat between them was very believable.

This book has convinced me that I need the next book in the series as well. Fantastic work

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Stronger through working together

When I read this book I was intrigued by the unusual way of presenting shifters. This is a different take on shifters in the sense that they do get ill and that illness is directly linked to their shifting abilities.
Zander (a.k.a. Alexander) and Marrok are from two different packs and have to work together to get help from one of the other packs to get the help needed to save their friend. While doing this they find they are mates.
Part of the storyline finishes up in this volume but others we can presumably follow in the following books in the series.
This writing combination is off to a good start and I already ordered the second book in the series to find out what will happen next.
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Narrator Guy Veryzer is a new to me. His voice is overall easy to listen to but for me when he voices the main characters it felt for me that the voice was made to old by the way he used it to have 'a tremble' in there for one of them. 4*

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Wow, great start to a new series

First, you would not believe that two authors wrote this book. Not once did I think there wasn't a seamless transition of each part.

Second, great world, character and story building. It is a unique storyline, and it kept me gripped all the way through. Again, not going to give anything away, but trust me, it's well worth a read, ohh did I miss the bit about telling you that there's a lot of hot s*x and two majorly hot main characters.

I loved the characters and the story, just in case I didn't quite relay that. So now I'm on my knees and hands together, asking that this turns into audio. I can imagine that would be incredible.

Seriously good narration but as usual I had to speed up the narration to 1.50 on audible.

The Slow Death
Four Packs Trilogy, Book 1
By: BL Maxwell, Nic Starr
Narrated by: Guy Veryzer
Series: Four Packs Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins

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  • 02-06-22

Unusual circumstances

throws the two heros of the story together and in more than one way. TSD is a virus that is killing all of the wolves in four packs and two members race to save them all. That being said when I started this I was having a little issue with the narrator because he reminds me of a grandpa reading you the story and even giggled egg every time he cursed so I thought I wouldn't make it through but I stuck with it anyway which turned out to be a good thing. Grandpa can change into many different people so the grandpa voice was dropped whenever the characters were having a conversation or doing other activities which was a blessing. Stick with it I think you'll get over grandpa to.

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  • (Mimi) Johnson
  • 22-09-22

Great Story

This story was different. I enjoyed it. It kept me very engaged. However, I tend to avoid books narrated by Guy Veryzer. He is not a bad narrator. I just feel that his voice does not suit a lot of the characters he narrated. I can't get into smexy times when it sounds like someone's elderly grandparent. Having said that, I really like this story and was kind of able to get past his voice. I even went so far as to get the next book. I just haven't listened to it yet.

I received this book for free and offered my unbiased review.

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  • Kyle The Gnome Waiter
  • 19-08-22

Not The Narrator for Me

The story was fine. It's an interesting concept. Listening to this narrator read this book was like my grandfather trying to talk me to completion which is not at the top of my list of things to do.

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  • Love2read61
  • 19-05-22

The Beginning

I found this book very interesting and it kept me engaged from the very beginning. Xander was thrust into the role as heir alpha when his brother died. Although he doesn’t feel that he is worthy let alone ready, he challenges his father and gains the title of Alpha of their pack. Marrok is the most knowledgeable about the disease, The Slow Death, that kills shifter wolves when they start shifting. His best friend, in Xander’s pack has it and Marrok offers to find his blood donor that will save his friend. That event throws both together, only for them to discover they are fated mates!

Both authors are superb in their writing but together they are unbelievable. Enjoy!

I received an ARC of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • elizabeth prosser
  • 30-04-22

Great start

This was a wonderful book. A really great start to a new collaboration between two great authors. Really looking forward to the next book.

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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
  • 26-04-22

I wanted more

Zander (Alexander) and Marrok become unlikely Allie’s when a death is brought upon the East pack. Zander was to serve his brother but the cards of life had other ideas. Now Zander will have to face his father and push for help outside their pack to get the answers they need. Marrok was from the north pack and he knew things that the east pack needed to know also. Working together would be their only way. Or was it the only thing cause strife in the four packs.

Nice meeting you BL maxwell and Nic Starr and another hello to Guy. You all ou together gave me a world that had me wanting more.

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  • Janet L Hunt
  • 31-03-22

fantastic world building!!

Fantastic world building!! I felt like I fell down a rabbit hole. The story kept me engaged and entertained. I loved listening Marrok and Zander get to know one another! The men are from different packs and are looking to save a friend from rare disease. I definitely want more of this world with the complicated pack dynamics! Guy Veryzer is a new to me narrator. He did a good job but something about his voice didn't seem right for this story. I had read the ebook and heard deeper vocals in my mind. Overall, a fantastic!

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  • alias11
  • 31-03-22

Enjoyed the story, but not the audiobook narration

I received a code for the audiobook of this story, and while I enjoyed the story, I couldn't bear the audiobook narration. It was just too slow, dull and emotionless. I would have rather just read the book.

That said, I did really enjoy the story. The theme of four packs, frequently at odds, but all facing the same wasting disease, was intriguing and interesting. I enjoyed watching the MCs come together while seeking to help a common friend. I look forward to more in the series (this book ends with a HFN rather than an HEA, and the disease and pack tensions are still a factor), but I will pass on the audiobooks if they use the same narrator.

I received a code for a free copy of this audiobook via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • michael moscato
  • 27-03-22

loved it

I loved this book. Guy Veryzer really brings this story to life and makes you love the characters even more. Alexander Kingston soon to be alpha of the East territory. Not something that he wanted. A deadly blood disorder called the slow death. It is affecting his friend and he is mad at his father's stubbornness not to get help from the West territory. Marrok Blain is from the North territory and has extensive knowledge on the disease and is their to help his friend. Can Zander and Marrok beat the clock and save their friend? Will they find love with one another that could save one of them?

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  • Ulrika
  • 26-03-22

Interesting take on shifters

This is a good start to a new trilogy and I liked that it focuses on a disease that can affect all (wolf)shifters and thus makes it important for different packs to cooperate, regardles of pack politics. Zander and Marrok are a good couple and I got the feeling that they would have worked well even if it hadn’t been for the mates-thing. I’ll definitely be checking out the next book in this series.

Guy Veryzer has a clear voice that easy to listen to, I had to speed it up a bit, as usual with his narrations, and that made it more enjoyable to me.