• Incarnate

  • The Incarnate Accounts, Book 1
  • By: Justin Schuelke
  • Narrated by: Tyler Schuelke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Murder me once, shame on you. Murder me twice....

Emery Luple hunts monsters, solves crimes, confronts myths, and does it all in style. So it’s downright embarrassing when he’s killed in the unforgiving desert while hunting a monster that never should have been there.

The good news? He reincarnates into a new life—and not for the first time.

The bad news? Someone knows who he is and how to kill him. Within minutes of reincarnating, he's nearly killed again. And Emery doesn’t know anything about his murderer. All he has are his instincts and a voice in a sandstorm.

But a string of grisly murders in New York draws him back into the world of investigation, mythical creatures, and mystery. Unexpected feelings, a rival monster hunter, and supernatural beheadings soon have Emery questioning if his death isn’t a part of something bigger. Can he solve the current crimes before his murderer finds him again?

©2020 Justin Schuelke (P)2022 Justin Schuelke

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Good. Really liked this take on the reincarnated myths/fairy tales idea, esp compared to Once Upon a Time. The twists and reveals were satisfying, the characters were solid. Interested to see what Shuelke does with this in the future.

The performance is also very good. His sweet tone is fitting for Emory and Kaiden especially.

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  • 05-22-22

What an enjoyable ride

I don't remember how I spotted this audiobook and bought it, but I'm glad I did. It was a fun ride.

The author created an incredibly likable protagonist and sidekick as well as an adorable love interest who can hold their own. They also created a fantastically unchanging antagonist who uses humans like tools. While definitely written for the young adult market, it's still an enjoyable read for an adult. This urban fantasy centers around the concept of incarnates, immortal representations of stories that are so fixed in the human psyche that they become alive. If humans forget them, they will die permanently rather than the 1001 days they are dead between each reincarnation.

So each 'creature' we meet in the stories is some sort of incarnate - monster hunter incarnate, genie incarnate, NYC sewer alligator incarnate, headless horseman incarnate... each of the stories blends well into this one and the author did a fantastic job of throwing in several red herrings. I'm laughing now that I've typed that because while I didn't intend it as a pun, anyone who listens to or reads this book will see it as one.

Another thing the author does exceptionally well (And most authors who attempt it bomb at this) is they broke down the fourth wall. If you don't know what the fourth wall is - it's the metaphorical space that separates entertainment from audience. It was called such on the stage when actors would talk directly to the audience instead of not noticing they were there. At first, the breaking out of the story was jarring, but after awhile, I got why they did it and listened intently whenever our protagonist Emery popped out of his tale to talk directly to us the reader. All sorts of wonderful nuggets of information were learned in those pre-chapter 'classes'.

The narrator did a fantastic job. Hopefully their voice range will expand with each recording, but they did give Emery a specific voice as well as Caden and Morrigan. Many of the other voices were the same, but that didn't bother me too much. He had such an engaging voice and the way he told the story it felt like Emery was indeed telling us his immortal story.

I didn't give 5 stars mainly due to the fact the story did drag at times. I switched from audiobook to ebook during those times because I can read faster than listen. But I highly suggest this novel. I'm hoping the next two books hit audible soon.

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Amazing Story

This story is fantastic! Also Tyler does an excellent job of bringing my favorite characters to life! I've read the book before but listening to it blew me away. Being able to hear the story gave me a front row seat to the action.

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  • Bee May
  • 05-12-22

brilliant storytelling, great narrator

i was absolutely stoked with this story, it's my first time reading something by Schuelke and i could not be more pleased.
the concept of Incarnates took a bit to wrap my head around, but Schuelke seemed to anticipate this and incorporates explanations and examples really well without disrupting the story or the pace.

i am really impressed with the female characters all being really well-rounded characters, even in books by women where the main pairing is m/m it's easy for female characters to be written purely to progress the story, but all the women were interesting, dynamic people.

i was also really impressed with the narrator, who based on their surname i think is related to Schuelke, he did a great job conveying emotions through tone and i found myself absolutely enraptured the entire way through. great job all around, definitely the best book i've listened to in ages.