Review of The Reapers, an audiobook #audiobookobsession

The Reapers by Ali Winters

Narrated by Sarah L. Colton

Publisher: Ali Winters

Release Date: 2/25/19

Publisher’s Summary

The balance of life and death must be protected at all costs.

Nivian had never failed to reap a marked soul. That is, until she meets Kain Evers, a Hunter and the only being on earth with the power to destroy her. 

When Reapers start to go missing, the Balance is thrown into turmoil, forcing Nivian and Kain to trust each other as they search for answers. Which is no easy task as they fight the feelings growing between them. 

As mortal enemies, they were never meant to work together, now they’re forced to protect each other if they want any hope of righting the Balance before all is lost. 

Unfortunately, to succeed, one of them must die. 

Intense, gripping, and romantic, fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Bella Forrest will love The Reapers. See why listeners are calling it “a gripping tale!”©2015 Ali Winters (P)2019 Ali Winters


This review is of the audiobook version.

Author Ali Winters has created an interesting world in The Reapers, one in which the Grim Reapers have watchers who were supposed to make sure that the balance of life and death remained in order but they got corrupted and became Hunters who killed Reapers, but the Hunters were all supposed to have been killed, but evidently not.

Enter Nivian and Kain. Nivian is a Reaper who is supposed to kill Kain, who seems to be just a human, but is evidently a Hunter, except he knows nothing about it.

The story has some gaps in logic and a few holes, which I don’t think the reader is supposed to think too much about. The characters don’t have much depth and behave sometimes illogically. For example, Kain going off with people who claim to be Hunters is far too trusting to be believable. Far too often Nivian seems like she is an alien visiting a new world rather than one in which she’s been existing forever.

Some of the dialogue is witty. And there’s a fun scene with Nivian attempting to use a washing machine and trying to tackle it into submission. (We don’t ask why this is only now happening after she’s been around washing machines probably for the entirety of their existence; it’s cute so we let it go.)

The narrator struggles at the beginning of the audiobook, pausing on commas, which gives the narration a very stilted feel. But she reaches her stride about a third of the way through and the listening experience is far improved. I was fond of Caspian’s posh accent.

I received an audiobook copy from the author and Audiobook Obsession in exchange for an honest review.

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