• Survive

  • Atlantis Grail Series, Book 4
  • By: Vera Nazarian
  • Narrated by: Sofia Willingham
  • Length: 40 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (202 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Gwen Lark knows how to Qualify, Compete, and Win...The time has come to Survive.

The Games of the Atlantis Grail have come to a ground-shaking halt and Gwen Lark, nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl, survived the remarkable ordeal, for the time being. But the worst is yet to come!  

Now, both the colony planet Atlantis and Earth are under a threat of annihilation, and everything is up in the air, including dire and stunning wonders in the Atlantean skies. Will there be a Wedding? 

Will there be a future for Gwen Lark, her beloved, and all their families, friends, and loved ones?  

Is Gwen's rare and powerful talent, the Logos voice of creation, enough to resolve the greatest mystery of the Kassiopei Imperial Dynasty and its role in the events of deepest antiquity since the dawn of time?  

The fate of the entire human species is at stake, and now there can be no respite, not a moment to lose. The final battle is here, and Gwen, and everyone she knows and loves, are in for the greatest fight of their lives.  

It is time to survive.

©2020 Vera Nazarian (P)2020 Tantor

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Feeling sad and hollow now that it’s over

For the book:

I’ve read some comments that this was one of the boring books in the series. In a sense, I can understand where this comment came from. Survive is definitely not as action packed as the other books, but I really liked all the romantic and funny/warm hearted moments. It was a nice break from the Adrenalin I was feeling during the third book. The only con I can really think of is that the reading is so slow (as with the other books). I read it comfortably on the x1.2 speed.

The series:

I’m not sure where to begin with the Atlantis Grail series. I’m so blown away by the world building and detail. I feel like this world could be part of a D&D game. Because of this, I will be exploring all the fan fiction available on the internet.

The only cons I have are the reading speed and shuttle (not so important) details. I wish there was more romance between Aeson and Gwen during books 1 and 2. I already had a feeling they’d end up together, but it would have made me more happy to have more build up (not everyone as the time to read 1.5 books to get to the juicy love stuff). I’ve also come to appreciate book 2 more than I thought I would because it wasn’t as action packed as books 1 and 3. I liked the overall pace of it and even sped up the reading to read on more quickly. On that note, I read books 2, 3, and 4 basically on x1.2 speed and it was so much better than reading it on x1 speed. Otherwise, the performance was amazing. Sofia willingham really knows how to tell a story and to be honest, I have no idea how she managed to pronounce everything so seemingly authentically.

Now that I’m done with the series, I’m feeling that sort of reading depression that people fee after they’ve read a good book and don’t know what else to read. This series has made me feel so many things: happiness, warmth, grief, anger, awe, and love. I just want more!!!

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Meh end of a Thrilling Series

Throughout the Atlantis Grail series Vera Nazarian has built a detailed, tangible world full of lovable characters and tight action. This outing puts the whole story connected to a strange discovery that ties everything together with a story of etherial twins separated in Earth's early history. Sort of a weird event to put everything on the line. Balance is restored but then what. Where I would want to hear more about how Gwen and family adapt to their new situation we get a fast forward of about 8 years with a paragraph devoted to each character. Where is the detail we love? These eight years are fodder for 4 more books, and you just feel a bit cheated.

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Loved this series! Start with book 1, “Compete”.

This is an older YA series, including non-gratuitous descriptions of sex in the latter books of the series. Fair warning for those upset by such things, though the characters engaging in sexual actions were married, if that matters.
I loved this series. Only a few times did I drift off due to the length, but then I had to rewind and pick up what I’d missed, it was that good.
The story was original, well executed. It was fascinating to watch the characters grow up and mature through the series.
I wish there was just one more novel, to pick up the couple of thoughts that didn’t get tied up, and to explore the world building without constant danger to the characters.
The narration was excellent too.
By the time I was finished, I’d forgotten that I really wouldn’t be able to weave starlight, no matter how right and simple it seemed.

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Don’t do it

I finished this series because a friend was listening to it and I was really hoping the sci-fi action would pick up, but it’s awful. The writing is out of a teens diary where the only phrases/words they know are “lapis lazuli”, “Because, yeah”, and “it occurred to me”. There is minimum science fiction, mostly just a neurotic main character insisting she knows all (when she’s not whining) and then an entire book about a wedding.

The narrator read it very monotone, but I’m sure she did the best with what she was given.

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60% Wedding Prep, 20% In-Laws, 5% Alien Invasion

This series is going downhill.... 40 hour book about an alien invasion, and 80% of it is devoted to a wedding, wedding preparations and dealing with in-laws. WTF?

You don't just announce that alien spaceships are destroying your space stations and circling your planet, and then... la di da let's get married, what should be on the menu? What color should my dress be? What songs should we play at the reception? Oh! Wedding gifts!

Also, the super duper all powerful monarch is an idiot. Constantly making stupid decisions that end up hurting his interests.

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The Hunger Games meets Divergent

If you enjoyed these two book series, you’ll LOVE this series!

Gwen Lark is just the right amount of silly nerd and brilliant, natural leader. I was hoping there would be another book in the series, but the end had a decent closure. Enjoy!

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Long commitment falls short

This last installment was sorely lacking. It took everything in me to finish. I seriously wanted to yell at it to please get on with the story. I didn’t need to know every single detail down to the color of undergarments. So much fill and fluff it made it unbearable.

Did she help the people in poverty? Did she make everyone a citizen not just her family? Did they do anything with the rebellion? So many questions but hey let’s spend a hour talking about a cat running away.

The Grail games were a fun listen. This last book was honestly disappointing.

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Loved the Series, Could Not Finish This One

I gave up finishing with 6 hours left. This is an incredibly long epilogue disguised as a book. A very slow moving book without the action of the rest of the series.

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It’s ok

First book was good, second one was ok and thus one… not do good. It just lagged in my opinion.

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Wonderful story

This is a great story of love and joy. If you like science fiction, Hunger Games, ancient Egypt, romance, music, and interesting characters you probably will also.

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  • Paul
  • 08-25-20

Poor

The first three books were very enjoyable and were very easy to read. Although I am only on chapter 60 out of 108 there is no story in this book. It just goes on about her weading which is very dull.

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  • Weirdpup13
  • 11-06-20

Closure 💖

Loved this ending! It brought out a lot of sci fi and gives you good closure! If you’re a TAG fan you must finish this series!!

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  • brid
  • 07-31-20

great story

great story. when do we get to hear more stories of the dynasty lark cassiopei................
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  • Newt
  • 07-29-20

So disappointed!

The first 3 books were terrific; I couldn’t wait to get this one. Very disappointing! Our tough, independent heroine becomes a whiney, clingy girl and we are subjected to more than 25 hours of wedding preparations! I’m not kidding! The only thing that kept me listening was that it was good at putting me to sleep at night.

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  • Tori
  • 09-01-20

torn

I loved the first 3 books and was so excited that this was 40hours long, until I actually started it... unlike when physically reading books I couldn't really skip sections on audible and found some sections mundane and 'wordy' with information that wasn't relevant. I really really wanted to love it but Gwen just seemed too perfect too forgiving and alittle dull i felt she lacked substance and all the solutions just fell into her lap. I found myself rolling my eyes ALOT! But im glad I listened to it and got to finish the journey even though it wasn't the spectacular ride I was hoping for.

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  • Tessa
  • 07-29-20

a little disappointed

ive been trying listen the the entire book some bits kept me engaged but I just wanted the action and big finale to happen already I've got 5.5 hours left and not sure I'll listen to it I've been rather bored with this book from the start spoiler alert the imperial wedding was lovely but I feel like the leading the wedding could have been shorter to get to the real action