• The Guardians: The Guardians, Book 1

  • By: Elise Marion
  • Narrated by: Henry McNulty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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By: Elise Marion
Narrated by: Henry McNulty
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In the war between heaven and hell, a special race of humans with supernatural abilities will represent the balance between darkness and light. They are known as The Guardians.

Jack Bennett comes from a long line of Guardians, a fact that has been drummed into him since he was a kid. When he and a select group of elite Guardians are called upon by the Archangel Michael to complete a special assignment, Jack gladly accepts. Seven years later a failing mission and personal losses have left him jaded, bitter, and without room for love or relationships in his life.

The past that Addison Monroe is so desperately trying to escape is one she can't outrun. The darkness inside that causes her to act unpredictably has gone unexplained until now. A woman claiming to be an angel appears with a revelation that will shake Addison to her core: her dark nature is explained as Addison discovers that she is one of the Nephilim - a child born of a human mother and demon father.

Despite the dark nature she was born with, Addison has been chosen by heaven for a special purpose. Ten scrolls spelled to open up portals between hell and Earth; 10 demons who are using them to come and go from Earth at will, a violation of the terms set by heaven in the battle for souls; and one demon, known as the Great Duke of Hell, who will stop at nothing to defeat her. Fighting alongside two Guardians, Addison must uncover the legendary Seal of Solomon - a ring that is said to possess the power to destroy demons - and wield it against the enemies of heaven.

As his task to protect her develops into something more, Jack will find separating his job from his personal life nearly impossible. Ignoring the dangers of becoming too attached, Jack will find that a woman whose very nature should repulse him might just be his saving grace.

©2014 Elise Marion (P)2015 Elise Marion

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Good Start to a New Series

The Guardians is a short novel, an angels and guardians v demons and witches, paranormal adventure/romance. It's a well-written and interesting introduction to what looks to be a series of books with a heaven and hell theme. As a first book, the world parameters are set up and back stories and such are shared, but it's done well and not in a way where the pace of what is going on suffers. Jack and Micah are guardians, a demon-icidal duo, who are charged with protecting Addison, a half-breed who is destined to play a large role in the battle of good v evil. It ends on a semi-cliffhanger-- not so much hanging off the cliff but maybe more like coasting down the mountain and not knowing what's at the bottom. I make that distinction because I do NOT like cliffhangers, and I was OK with how this ended, I would definitely be interested in continuing on and finding out where this series goes.

The narrator, Henry McNulty, does a good job of performing the dialogue and using the right amount of emotion while crafting distinct voices for the various characters. Outside of the dialogue, he has a bit of an odd cadence, and his pronunciation is either a bit formal or he is performing the American accent he is using and has a bit of "slippage" here and there. Regardless, because of the etherial/paranormal aspect, it works with this particular book, so no worries. I enjoyed his performance.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an unbiased review. The number of stars I award in the 5-star rating system is based on where I believe this audiobook rates with other audiobooks of the same type, length and general feel-- not where it rates in comparison to all audiobooks of all time.

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This sucked me right in!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely....this was a fabulous quick listen!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked when Addison finally gave in to her calling!

Which character – as performed by Henry McNulty – was your favorite?

I liked them all, But I am going to say Micah...he is great with that Cajun accent!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending...it was heart breaking!

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchanged for an honest review **

I honestly loved this.....it sucked me in from the very beginning and I couldn't put this down! I listened to it all at once and can not wait for the next one!

This is about the war between good and evil to start with...Mainly about a girl named Addison who is stripping her way through college and has always been a little bit different....she has a very dark inner monologue and has never known why....Then we have Jack and Micah who are guardians who protect the children of angels called nephlum...Well Addison is one of these children...and she does not accept this easily....there is a bit of fighting, and a nice love story to go along with everything else and it ends on a little cliffhanger.....Thoroughly enjoyed it!!! 2 thumbs up!!!!

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The Guardians

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A good paranormal audiobook. This is my first book by Elise Marion and will not be the last.

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LOVED the story...Narration a bit monotone

Story of Angels vs demons is awesome! Reminds me of 'Piercing the Darkness' book (if you haven't read it you SHOULD!) Could have done without the sex scene. I bought the 2nd book on hard copy (lol on my nook) but a little disappointed that the 2nd book was not already in audio. I listen a lot when I am working at home. The narrator has a nice voice. I was able to easily discern the different characters via the change in his voice. Unfortunately, the narration of the story itself (and even the sex scene...I fast forwarded through once it got really into it) was much too monotoned. Not enough 'natural' inflection during the story telling. I found myself having to concentrate or I would drift in my thoughts and have to go back and listen again.
All in all, I really enjoyed the story. I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd part.

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A great take on demon/angel wars

Would you listen to The Guardians: The Guardians, Book 1 again? Why?

Yes, I really enjoyed the narrator and his characterization. There are quite a few characters each with their own backstory that the author integrates seamlessly. I would listen again to pick up any nuances that I may have missed.

What other book might you compare The Guardians: The Guardians, Book 1 to and why?

The Vesik series is similar as well as the Quincy Harker series. Both deal with demon/angel struggles or possible apocalyptic situations.

What does Henry McNulty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He gives life to the male characters and is quite good with regional accents. He creates great distinction between the characters that adds to the story. His voice is very emotive helps with the feeling of each scene.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The sacrifices made by each of the main characters and the depth of emotions each displayed in the big 10 battle.

Any additional comments?

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.” This is my unbiased and honest review.

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Could Be An Interesting Story

The Guardians: The Guardians, Book 1 by Elise Marion
This novel took me through a series of events that held me captive until the end then left my tongue hanging open for the next book. I hate to start a series and there is only one book. Now I will have to wait months before I know what happened to Jack and Addison.
Addison discovers that all the whispering that has been going on in her head has led her to a diverse group of people who are charged with standing between mankind and the hordes of hell. Oracles, Guardians, demons and angels make for an interesting set of characters.
As the chosen one Addison has nine more demons to send back to hell but can she do it alone? Jack has shown her that she is not worthless and is a true guardian of light but now he has been dispensed somewhere. This book is a very good beginning and I hope that it will only get better as we get deeper into the world of the Guardians.
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Great Supernatural Story

She story sucked me right in. The characters were well developed and I would have given it a 5 stars if not for the huge cliffhanger! I'm more of a HEA person.

There is quite a bit of action and suspense. Addison has gone through a lot. Her parents are awful! Poor girl, she has a really evil Dad and a drug addict mom that doesn't care for her.

Jack on the other hand comes from a loving family. His best friend Micah lives with him. They have lost someone dear but are keeping it together.

The feelings between Jack & Addison are mutual. He is there to support her throughout her journey until... I'm not too fond of the way things turned out at the end.

The narrator did a good job bringing the story to life.

This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

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Great story and narration.

What made the experience of listening to The Guardians: The Guardians, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

Since I previously read this story before it became an audio book, I find that Henry McNully really brought out the story. His character depictions added depth. He raised the suspense level! Henry has a very sexy, sultry voice.

What did you like best about this story?

I love books about demons and angels. Adding the guardians made it original.

Have you listened to any of Henry McNulty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When Heaven and Hell collide, Which side will you be on?

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If shrimp grits are good enough for angels...

Addison is a hard working young lady with a difficult past. Her future may be even more difficult. Jack and Micha are team, Guardians, and they have been tasked with finding Addision, convincing her of the truth of her origins, and convincing her to help them. There is a battle between good and evil, Heaven and Hell, Guardians and Demons. Addison and Jack are in for more than they expect.

I enjoyed this book far more than I expected. It is the perfect mix of urban fantasy and romance, being more the first rather than the latter. The characters are all a little flawed in some way, making them very human. Even more so, they each are aware of their own little hangups, each trying in their way to work them out. No one needs to be coddled.

Bad things happen to folks in this book. We’re dealing with demons and other agents of the Devil, so it makes sense that not everything will be roses and sugar cubes bathed in golden rays of sunshine. Each has lost something precious to them and each has to address the choice: walk the path of good and true or the path of evil. This book was more complicated than I expected in this aspect and I really appreciated that. Things are not black and white.

Addison was my favorite character. She didn’t have the best upbringing and learned at a young age to be self-reliant. But as the years have gone by, she seems to have less control over herself when she gets angry, and sometimes detrimental things happen to those around her when she gets angry. She had to face quite a bit in this book, including the possibility that she is worthy.

Besides the agents of evil and demon beasties, the quest to save humanity and face inner demons, there is the romance and sex. Both are hot. The romance doesn’t take up too much of the book, but rather gets wrapped into the plot. The one sex scene is gorgeous and lush. Definitely worthy!

Micha stole the show quite a few times. He’s a chef as well as being a Guardian. His cooking is featured more than once and it is not just his human friends who enjoy it. Periodically angels pop on by for a chat and tasty shrimp in sauce over grits.

This is a lovely addition to the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres out there. It does a great job of balancing the action and the romance. Also, while the characters each have their own ideas about their chosen deities, the author never gets preachy.

The ending of this book isn’t all sweetness and light. Indeed, we are left with something of a cliffhanger, so you might want to have Book 2 ready to go. Still, I liked the ending because this quest to save humanity is not meant to be easy.

I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the author via Audiobook Blast Facebook in exchange for an honest review (thanks!).

Narration: Henry McNulty had the perfect deep rich voice for Jack, who tells the bulk of the story. McNulty could melt ice cubes in outdoors in winter with that voice. Additionally, he had believable female voices, Hispanic accents, and evil demon noises.

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Guardians Heaven

Love the story line right now. Not to sure about the narrator at this point but he is doing okay. Like the fact that the under dog is the chosen one for a greater destiny and that even in hell you can always find a piece of heaven.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 06-14-16

A great book

Would you listen to The Guardians: The Guardians, Book 1 again? Why?

Yes. It's packed full of story and characters. It's not confusing at all but it does means that I will visit it again. Probably before I do book 2

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Addison, but in terms of favourite I would say Jack. Really good characterisation and feel to the two of them.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked the way the author begins the book and spins this new world. The story is great throughout but it grabbed me early on!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No spoilers. I do however like how the author develops Jacks relationship with Addison.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.