• A Journey of Black and Red

  • A Journey of Black and Red, Book 1
  • By: Alex Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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A Journey of Black and Red

By: Alex Gilbert
Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
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Publisher's Summary

Waking up chained in a dark cellar, Ariane must struggle to survive and escape the strange fortress she finds herself in.

All those around her play by rules she does not understand, and there is also this strange thirst that water cannot sate....

©2021 Alex Gilbert (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Dark comedy/slice of life, quite good.

A southern belle of the early 1800's, finds that she has become a vampire, adventure, horror and hilarity commences. I would say the best way to describe this first book is a series of short stories as a newly born monster figures out what she is and everything that comes with that knowledge, but also what she wants to be in the future. This book does not shy away from the fact that Arianne is not human, yet it does not venture into the territory of edge lord. It is genuinely hilarious at times, without making the whole thing seem like it isn't taken seriously. it was quite enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next one with great expectations. Silent watcher willing that the other two books come out on audible soon.

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Not the best at the start, But it gets better.

Its REALLLYYY annoying at that start. But... it does get better. Then it gets GOOD! Just have to be patient.

The character sounds whiny and like a pure fool. But thats just because of what here link to her master does to her. Once her mind is her own again, the story picks up pace. So give it time folks. There is a gem here.

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Poor...

Stumbled across this, read the reviews, and purchased.

The Good

Narrator Hollies Jackson.

The Bad

There is no plot. Zero characterization. Tonal inconsistency....the list goes on.

The Ugly

If you have absolutely never, ever read / watched a supernatural book/show/movie before in your life then this STILL wouldn't be the book for you.

It's literally written on an 7th grade reading comprehension level and uses every Vampire trope ever invented.

The writing is so bad that nothing is cohesive enough to follow or care about anything happening. Read like a really amateur writer fired his editor and went rogue.

All of this aside - It's just plain boring.

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A Tasty Treat

I've been following the production of Journey for a few years now, and this audiobook serves as a great retelling of the story. From name pronunciations that solidify or correct themselves in the mind, to tonal work that helps communicate in a way that feels accurate to the characters in the story, the performance is well beyond decent. The accent work is accurate without feeling overdone, and it helps sell Ariane's persona.

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A new take on Vampires

The standard of Vampires has changed much over the years so hearing something new isn't exactly a new thing. Yet the story behind Journey of Black and Red seemingly contains more than just the standard of Vampire. Werewolves, Mages, and Godlings oh my. It's a fresh take on something that has started to become stale.

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so good

I really love this book it was funny it was sad it was interesting and it interesting look at vampires in a different way I really enjoyed it and I hope you do too

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it was great

Heroin was awesome her plate ther plate the UP and Downs the learning the comedy mixed in the horror. The honor the attitude dude just proves that this is gonna be a good book and I cannot wait to listen to the next Chapsters chapters on her next adventures

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Slow start but it was ok

Definitely a very slow start. First 9 chapters were kind of hard to keep listening because of how slow it was. It got better, but I’m not really sold on this series.

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A Great Feat

It takes a lot of bravery to bring yet another vampire story into the world. After all, what hasn't been done before? It also takes a lot of bravery to even bother reading yet another vampire story. All the same, I urge you to be brave, intrepid reader, for the author is a competent one and your bravery and his will surely be rewarded.

In all seriousness, this was well written and while not ground breaking or mind blowing, it is a tale that is told competently. The nature and personality of the main character really makes the book likable, and all the other characters are portrayed with skill as well. The plot is intriguing with plenty of action to hold your attention. It is just an all around good book and a promising start to a series.

If I had one complaint, it would be that the book is told in first person, but even this is not so much a complaint but a weariness. Usually, I find that new authors tend to write in first person because it feels easier for them, when all the while it is actually hampering their storytelling ability. However, this author seems too competent to be new and the first person view works well with the story, so well done there. If you are at all interested in this book, I would urge you to give it a try.

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2nd time listening

So I'm listened to the whole series and I just loved it so much that I decided to relisten to it after finishing the last book. It even gets better the 2nd time around. I truly want more stories about this world of vampire's. Great writing and narrating by Hollie Jackson. She is truly amazing with her changing her voice and everything.

Now about to relisten to book 2.


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  • 05-25-22

Great vampire growing up story

I nearly quit this one after the first few chapters, but thankfully I didn't. Around chapter five I was engrossed with the MC's journey and I realised this book is a gem

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  • 02-28-22

Best vampire story in years

I gave up on vampire stories years ago, buried under an avalanche of brooding, sexy eternal teenagers complaining about being immortal superheroes and staring longingly at one another.

This story is filled with actual personal challenge, something to BE angsty about, death, tragedy... and above all, interesting events! Worth anyone's time.