• Relentless

  • By: Karen Lynch
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Greer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,505 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sara Grey's world shattered 10 years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now, at 17, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets, and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara's own very powerful gift.

In her quest for answers about her father's death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara's world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it's the last thing she wants.

Sara's life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own, and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent, but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.

©2013 Karen A. Lynch (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Outstanding Plot & Characters

I picked this audiobook up looking for something to listen to at work. I'm so glad I found this trilogy. I now own the books and audiobooks. The characters and plot are engaging and suspenseful. This book will have you sitting on edge of your seat waiting to see what is going to happen. I could easily relate to Sara and her desire to live life on her own terms. Sara is incredibly tenacious and independent which adds a bit of humor when dealing with Nikolas. Her strength and loyalty to those she loves no matter their "differences" is very admirable and makes her that much more lovable. The different creatures in this literary world are fascinating and add so much depth to the existing story. If you haven't read/listened to this book and enjoy the paranormal I highly recommend it!

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YA at its best

This is not my normal genre but I really enjoyed. Some chemistry but no steam. A great adventure for all ages. Looking for a good story that happens to be clean, this is a good choice.

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Amazing series

Amazing Series! I can't wait for the Next Book! Awesome Narration & I have all the next books downloaded & waiting!

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Has potential but

If you don't mind a mindless read about a young woman who constantly endangers herself, her friends and relatives who constantly turns away aid and shelter to keep her safe and who only at the very end of the book realizes that her self centered ways will not only cost her everything and everybody she cares for but her own existence as well.

The book has good character building and world building, and the narrator is not bad. Its just let down by taking stubborn to new level of incredulity as she goes through one near miss after another refusing help from those who save her and her friends time after time.


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Did not expect to love it.

I started this book thinking I would not like it. I loved it though. It was very good. The writer did a great job. The narrator made the book so enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone into the fantasy world of mythical creatures. Anyone looking for a good adventure book to read it is definitely full of them. Can't wait to start the next in the series.

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Refreshing storyline

Loved the characters and plot, felt really drawn in and wasn't overly chatty dialogue of characters. Great balance of book plot history (bat actual history, but characters) and great use of highs/lows and shock value! Heading towards Refugee now!

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If my ears could smile...they would!

Caitlin Greer brings Karen Lynch's books to life!!! I wasn't able to put the book down when I was reading it and I wasn't able to turn the audiobook off either! I listened to it in the car, while working out, while cooking dinner...it was great! I love Caitlin's voice and I feel she really brought the characters to life. This book was so easy to listen to - I really can't wait to listen to the next ones in the series.

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My favorite Series!

Paranormal romance at its finest. I love this series.

This book has a great story line. Just the perfect balance of romance, action, suspense, and fantasy.

Narrator does a great job

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Derivative

The only clever thing about this book is setting a Vampire vs Werewolf book in Portland, Maine instead of Portland, Oregon. I slogged through it, but when we got to the evil Arab sheik with Alzheimer's, I almost quit. Hello, people with Alzheimer's make lousy criminal masterminds. And of course, make the villain an Arab. Not to mention so many ridiculous plot twists that I wondered whether the story had been planned in advance at all. Sorry, I'm not usually so critical, but this book was a chore to get through.

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Love the book but the narrator sucks

I've read all the books and was excited to listen to the audiobook, but was disappointed by the narrator. Her Russian 'accent' is horrible and she speeds up whenever she is imitating the male characters , making it sound even more unnatural.

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  • Santessa
  • 03-29-18

So disappointed

What would have made Relentless better?

I could not get into the story as I found the narrators voice so boring with same tone for every character. She also talked very fast. I can only advise everyone to listen to a sample first. I wish I had as I would never have wasted my money buying this book. Total waste of money as these audio books are not cheap.

Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Lynch again?

Possibly if they use a better narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Caitlin Greer’s performances?

Definitely NO

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None. Disliked the narrator so much I could not get into the story so I gave up. Would return the book if I could.

Any additional comments?

Audio books states you can return a book if not pleased. Perhaps it’s me, but I cannot find how to return it.

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  • Alaina Carroll
  • 07-24-16

Brilliant book

I absolutely loved this book. The story was engaging. So much so that I listened to it in one day. It started a bit slow but quickly gained pace and had me captivated. I loved the main character, Sara, and adored Nickolas. The romance is a very slow burn but has me itching to read the next book. The only downside was the narrator. Her voice was was ok, but I found that she rushed too much for my liking. Plus, if I had a £1 for every time I heard her swallow, which is the first narrator I've heard do so, I'd be a millionaire. I'm disappointed that she narrates the entire series, which is strange for me. The fact that I'm willing to listen to the final two books with her narrating tells you just how good the story is.

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  • Clare
  • 08-02-16

Bit disappointed...

It was perfectly OK, but just so unoriginal... I'd read reviews saying it was the next Twilight, so happily dived in, but it was missing the chemistry, the intrigue and originality of Twilight.

So, fine if you're looking for your typical teenager paranormal fantasy, but if you've read a few of those already you'll be hard pressed to be excited by this one.

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  • Pam
  • 02-24-16

Superb!

I've read this book 4 times and decided to try the audio book. Caitlin Greer is brilliant as the narrater and really brings the story and the characters to life. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 relentless is a fantastic series, the story and characters are wonderful...Karen is a very talented writer.

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 10-28-20

Good book - flat narration

I’m a big fan of Karen Lynch’s Pawn so I thought I’d try this earlier series. The storytelling isn’t as tight as it is in Pawn, but it’s still enjoyable. The narration is disappointing, flat, with weird pauses - like a student reading a report of cue cards. This narrator doesn’t really do voices well either. It’s bearable, but could be so much better

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  • Naomi Butterworth
  • 07-12-18

not great

struggled with the tempo, no fault of the reader but have heard better, poor story.

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  • Laura Meggat
  • 12-18-17

Cringe but good story

Great story. Voice actor was great until any accents were involved. I physically cringed at the attempted Scottish accent in particular. Eek! Would still recommended this audiobook.

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  • Fluffy
  • 09-14-17

Demons and romances

A brilliant trilogy (this is the first book). Nice take on some of the normal fantasy fiction - I listened to all 3 books in a week. Would appeal to fans of people like PC Cast.

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  • Tatiana / @TCLinrow
  • 07-04-21

A brilliant start to a series.

The storyline and world building in this book were phenomenal, and it should have easily been a 5 star book.... but it had a few faults that held it back.

1) We get it, your friends are hot and 'you're not like other girls', but you a) don't need to mention it so much (we get it, we really do), and for me personally I don't enjoy the 'pick me' attitude that goes along with it. It's kinda cringeworthy.
2) The book gave way to some potentially harmful and not necessarily well researched stereotypes that kinda took me out of the books world a little.

That said, it was still a phenomenal books, Sarah and her friends were fascinating, the urban fantasy setting was fun, well considered and easy to keep up with - I didn't have any issues imagining or following the scenes.

I'm very interested to see where the rest of the series goes from here.

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  • Stephanie Azubike
  • 01-18-18

Gripping!

Very interesting storyline, constant twist and turns! I really enjoyed this. I would definitely recommend it

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  • Imee-B
  • 08-05-16

Riveting, addictive

Relentless it's Absolutely brilliant storyline that captures and enthrals you from beginning to end. Karen Lynch has written a story that can compare to the likes of Cassandra Clare/Richelle Mead and more.
The Narrative is excellent that conveys emotion so raw that i feel everything the characters does and leaves me begging for more. X

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  • Trina H
  • 09-15-17

Another human hybrid

The imagination of writers boggels my mind. Another human with surprising parentage which makes for a complicated life. Look forward to reading the next in the series to see where this is going.

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  • Catherine
  • 03-20-17

Good

Yeah it was an interesting supernatural based novel and I enjoyed it. It wasn't earth shattering but provided enjoyment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-27-18

Really good

Caitlin has a clear, easy voice that is good to listen to. I loved this story, and can’t wait to hear more!

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  • Kalimna_Girl
  • 05-07-21

Absolutely love this book and series!

✔️ Great storyline
✔️ Great characters
✔️ Well written

This is one of my favourite books (and series) of all time and I loved this audio book just as much, if not more, than the printed book.

I hope it’s made into a movie someday soon!

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  • Cai
  • 09-06-19

Funny accents..

The narrator tried too hard with different accents that they all ended up sounding the same type of whatever accent that was.. then they'd lose their accents in some parts and have an american accent anyway.. blah... I'd rather she didn't do it at all.

The story is okay, protagonist is annoying but I didn't mind the story at all.

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  • Jessica
  • 12-08-18

Little character development

If you don’t mind a lead character who can switch between helpless, innocent, whining maiden, unwittingly powerful supe, and someone willing to fight for some of her friends some of the time, then you might enjoy this. I liked the plot and the world of supernaturals, their lore and interactions but Sara’s continuous “why me” and feeble, terror-stricken act were a major turn off for me. I was probably 45% inclined to give the next book I this series a whirl but they gave us a taste of it and it was clear that Sara hadn’t matured any so I’m not going to waste any more time on this series and author.

Caitlyn Greer gave a good performance though she is incapable of supplying accents and in the end there were just too many characters for her to give each a distinguishing voice.

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  • karen grave
  • 10-24-18

nearly sent it back

I was struggling thinking it was too teen worthy where as I'm a meghan March or kresley Cole reader...but I'm keen on book 2 with Nicholas being her mate.....don't know about 3 though.....