1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $24.95

Buy for $24.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

A wizard. An unwilling assistant. An explosive secret.

In an America controlled by wizards and 100 years behind on women's rights, Beatrix Harper counts herself among the resistance - the Women's League for the Prohibition of Magic. Then Peter Blackwell, the only wizard her town has ever produced, unexpectedly returns home and presses her into service as his assistant.

Beatrix fears he wants to undermine the League. His real purpose is far more dangerous for them both.

Subversive is the first novel in the romantic fantasy Clandestine Magic trilogy, set in a warped 21st century that will appeal to fans of gaslamp fantasy, strong female characters, slow-burn romance with some steam, and intrigue.

©2020 Colleen Cowley (P)2021 Colleen Cowley

What listeners say about Subversive

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    25
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    25
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    23
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic

I’m a huge fan of this series! Leanne Woodward’s narration made it come alive in a new and delightful way. Peter and Beatrix have a fabulous back and forth. The dialogue is excellent. I enjoyed every moment of this slow burn, enemies-to-lovers romantasy. Issues such as gender roles, women’s rights, power and control, and consent are explored and handled beautifully by Cowley. The characters are three dimensional, the world is textured, and the message is a powerful one.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book.

This book mixes magic and feminism in a really interesting way. The characters are all pretty nuanced and interesting in their own ways, and the growth and depth of the main characters Beatrix and Peter feels believable.

Leanne Woodward does a great job narrating this book, and I'll be sure to keep an ear out for more stories read by her, including the rest of this series.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful

Ok wow, I loved this! This book combined magic and women’s rights so beautifully! I was drawn in the moment I started listening and had trouble putting it down. My favorite part of listening was the bantering that happened between Beatrix and Peter. These two were so fun to listen to, and hope for. I also thought the entire setup of this society was incredibly clever and creative. It felt foreign but modern at the same time, with aspects from so many timeframes in our history. Incredible well done and narrated.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • J.
  • 08-24-21

Eliza Doolittle narration

The narrator’s enunciation is so exaggerated and slow it detracts from the story. The speed can be improved (1.2x) but nothing can save the rigid, painfully precise, overly crisp diction. It is unnatural and distracting.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great storytelling!

I was so glad that Colleen Cowley decided to create audiobooks of her fabulous Clandestine Magic series! I've read Subversive numerous times already, yet the story still felt fresh and exciting as I listened to Leanne Woodward's narration. I particularly liked how she voiced the main characters, Beatrix and Peter. She captures Beatrix's conviction with subtlety and grace, and she gives Peter's voice the undercurrent of anxiety and strength that marks his character in this first novel of the series. I'm looking forward to listening to Radical next!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

It’s magic

Beatrix and Peter… you can just feel the tension… a great slow burn.

Colleen Crowley has created a world ruled by men and magic… one where women want to fight for equal rights. I love where she took this storyline, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Leanne Woodward delivered an entertaining performance. She did a great job with bringing the characters and story to life.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

GREAT START TO THE SERIES

SUBVERSIVE BY COLLEEN CROWLEY AND NARRATED BY LEANNE WOODWARD is the first audiobook in the CLANDESTINE MAGIC series. Its the 21st century in an alternative United States. Magic rules,literally! And only MEN can be wizards. Well, Beatrice Harper is not amused by that arrangement and she is doing everything she can to change that. Beatrice gets her chance when she is forced to go from being a shop clerk to wizards assistance all against her will.
Its bad enough she hates the idea of losing her job but the wizard is not exactly her first choice. Peter Blackwell, once poor kid in Bea's town now wizard of her town!
As the sparks fly so does the spells and so does the romance!

The story starts out a bit slow but if the reader can hold on it does pick up pace. We get the hatred between the two,then the romance builds then back to the hatred . A really fun read and a great start to a series. lEANNE WOODWARD did a great job with narration !

I recieved this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

One of my Favorites Series!

I am so glad this finally got an audiobook version! It’s such a unique storyline—romantic, yet empowering, and magical. Colleen Cowley is an excellent wordsmith, and the audio version really does this book justice. Leanne Woodward does an outstanding job with the narration, managing to be both prim and steamy, and always adorably expressive. I can’t wait for the next book to be released by Audible. I have already told so many friends about this series, so I’m glad it’s getting a well-deserved audience in this format.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it

I enjoyed this story. The characters were great & the story kept me turning pages. Women weren't suppose to wield magic but some of them could and they tried to hide it. With a spy among them they had to be careful. A great story.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Weak

Weak says it all. Nice story concept very poorly executed. Plot full of holes and disappointing

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Fred Jones
  • Fred Jones
  • 09-20-21

An enjoyable intriguing story

A intriguing storyline with an excellent narration. In an America where wizards run the government and women are second class citizens, Beatrice and her sister work for a ban all magic organisation. Peter Blackwell a local wizard returns from Washington with a secret. Intrigue, a love hate relationship, government conspiracies and betrayal litter this book. There are some quite dark themes of coercion and control between the two main characters.. A well written story set in a fascinating if uncomfortable world for a male reader and with an excellent narrator who brings the story to life with an easy to listen to voice. The story ends at a crucial discovery leaving the reader wanting more. received a complimentary copy from Storyorigin and am leaving a honest voluntary review