Away from the Dark Audiobook by Aleatha Romig (REVIEW)

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Away from the Dark Audiobook

By: Aleatha Romig

Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, David Ledoux

Published by: Audible Studios 10/18/16

Away from the Dark Audiobook by Aleatha Romig

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The Light #2

12 hrs and 40 mins

Genre: Suspense

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Away from the Dark Audiobook

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This is a very hard review to write. There are SOOOO many spoilers from book one. I will do my best to keep it spoiler free. So, in book one, Into the Light, we meet Sara. She has just woken up from a horrible injury. Her eyes are bandaged and she is badly bruised, but remembers nothing. She is told that she is a member of The Light. She lives in a remote Alaskan village where everyone else that lives there is part of The Light too. She also learns that she is married to Jacob. Now, because this series is told from multiple POVs, the reader learns very quickly that Sara is a new initiate and that she is being forced into this new life. Many brides are “acquired” this way and brought into The Light. We learn this from Jacob’s POV.

There is also a third POV, Stella. She is an investigative reported. She’s also looking for her best friend who’s gone missing. Stella lives in Detroit. She’s dating a cop and has a fish named Fred.

Now, this story picks up right where Into the Light ends. It ended with a big cliffhanger end to it. We start to get answers right from the beginning of this book. Many of the questions that come up in book one are answered relatively quickly, but there are also new questions. Jacob has know from the beginning what he was a part of. However, things to take a turn for the worse, not just for Jacob, but also Sara and others in this cult.

In the first book, everything takes place at the Northern Light, the Alaska camp. In this book, we get to see more of the Eastern Light, that is located in Detroit. It is also the place where The Light does a lot of it’s “recruitment”. Some people do join willingly, though most of those are men. We also learn a lot more about the leader of this sect, Father Gabriel.

I know that I haven’t given much detail on this book. I really can’t without giving HUGE spoilers of book one. Just know that this series is a twisted tale of a cult and the people within it and some people who aren’t in it at all. This entire series is full of suspense with several twists and turns. Things seem to go in a completely different direction that you think they will go.

This is a duology, so this is the last book in this series. While most things are answered, there are a few strings left open. Not so much that it feels unfinished or unsatisfied. More like, there is an opening for a spin off. Aleatha Roming could also be allowing readers to come to their own conclusions about a few things. Whether or not there is another book set in this world, I’m happy with how this series played out. I loved the entire journey.

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This book did have a change in one of the male narrators. That didn’t hurt the narration of this story at all. We did get different POVs in this story, so the second male narrator got more page time than in the first book. I think the trio did a great job with the entire story. I loved the voices, pacing and tone. All fit well with the current scene. I would highly recommend this series on audio.

Author: Aleatha Romig

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers.

Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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Narrator: Kevin T. Collins

Narrator: Kevin T. Collins

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including Angels, City of Angels, Paradise Lost, and on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light.

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Narrator: Erin deWardNarrator: Erin deWard

Acting, Narration, Audio (video) description, advocacy, public speaking, training, facilitation – these are the things that make my heart sing. Each one is thrilling in its own way and each allows me to be part of a dedicated team of people who share a common vision and a common set of goals. Nothing is more exciting than to work hard with a group of people who truly want to do great work. I am passionate and driven. The idea of transmedia fascinates me. I hope to play a role in making the world a more accessible place for all people.

Actor with The Strange Bedfellows.

Audiobook Narrator with a home studio and a sometimes recording partner for duet or tandem narration – Noah Michael Levine.

Audio Describer who both writes and voices audio description (translations of visual images from educational media, television, film, DVDs, theater, dance, museums, etc. into succinct and vivid audio formats for people who are blind, have low vision, or who have reading disabilities.)

Author of 4 stories for individuals with severe to profound intellectual disabilities.

Entrepreneurial professional with over 18 years experience in the not for profit sector – 12 in organizations serving individuals with disabilities and over 7 in higher education. Direct experience in advocacy, counseling, training and professional development, program and curricula development, strategic initiatives, employee engagement, public relations, and recruitment and retention.

In addition to the employment listed below I have worked as a production stage manager and company manager for the Rebecca Kelly Dance Company, a light board operator at the WPA Theater, interned at the Hyde Park Festival Theater (costumes, sets, house, lighting, background actor), and was the head of the Bard College costume shop from 1984 to 1986.

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Narrator: David Ledoux

Narrator: David Ledoux

David is a director, actor, and educator in New York City. He has worked at such theatres as The McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre, Vital Theatre, Pulse Theatre, The Jean Cocteau Repertory and Goodspeed Opera House.
He has narrated numerous audio books including Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen, and 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (Audie Award Winner). As a teaching artist David has worked with students of all ages, in a variety of settings. He has taught at the college level, at theaters, and for in-school residencies using theatre as a tool to supplement a wide array of curriculum.

He is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity.

David has a BFA in acting from the Purchase College Conservatory of Theatre Arts,
and an MFA in directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I’m always happy when the cliffhanger in the previous book is resolved quickly in the next one instead of it waiting until the book is almost finished lol! Glad you enjoyed, and hope she winds up doing a spin off 😉

    • Not sure if there will be a spinoff or not. She has other series that I plan to jump on very soon.

  2. Reading this next! oooh I’m in for a mind bender!!

    • I think you will love it. It is just as good as Into The Light.

  3. Actually, your tip-toe around the spoilers worked to excite my interest. I’ve had Into the Light on my reading list and now I’m glad I couldn’t get to it b/c I can blow through the cliffie into the final half if I want.

    Nicely done review and good to know the change in narration didn’t affect the story.

    • Yes, you can do both books in a row. Such a deep series. I think you will like it.

  4. You did a fab job of reviewing telling interesting things while not giving away too much. Great job! And this sounds really chilling

    • Thanks, Debbie. Reviewing books like this is hard, because you want to tell all the things, but then you don’t either. I almost wanted to write an entire second review for “if you read book 1”. LOL

  5. that’s nice to have a duology, mainly when this one looks so good! I’m always anxious with ends but this time it looks perfect!

    • It was such a great story. I love how it ended. I want to revisit both books back to back, that’s how much I loved it.

  6. Glad you enjoyed this one, I have the first one but not read it yet. Picked it up when it was on sale cause I remember you liked it. 🙂


    • I think you’ll enjoy it Stormi. You will want book two pretty quick after. There is a cliffie in book one. At least there isn’t a wait now. 🙂

  7. I think I remember being interested in this from your first review. Good to know it is a duology, let’s me know I’ll be able to sneak it in. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much!

    • It is nice to have those short series sometimes. Even standalones are great for those quick reads between other books. You don’t feel like you have to invest as much time. 🙂

  8. Kuddos to you for not giving one spoiler in your book review because me? I’M A TOTAL FAIL WHALE at that and have to be really careful about what I say because I’m never sure what is a spoiler or not. So, if I ever give you a spoiler by mistake, yeah, just ignore it. 😉

    • Hahaha. This one was so hard to not write spoilers for book one. A large part of this one has stuff that you find out at the end of book one, so I couldn’t talk about it here.

  9. Duologies are so nice and I’m glad that for the most part everything was answered and resolved. Wonderful review!

  10. WOW! Three narrators? That’s pretty extensive. However – a two book series that you loved, I’m adding it to my wish list now. Thank you!

    • There are two different main male POVs in this book, so one male narrator does one and the other does the other guy. The woman then handles the POV of the woman. I just loved this series so much. Full of suspense.

  11. You have me completely curious. I also think I don’t mind multi-POVs in audio done this way. Yea, I do have this author on my must read list. Brilly review!

    • I started with this author and book one of this series. I’ve also listened to another by her that is a stand alone, which I also loved. Now, I need to pick up some of her longer series.

  12. man, I’ve been meaning to read book one, I like the fact that it takes place in Alaska o.o such a different setting.

    • Yeah, you don’t see a lot set in Alaska. This one is a great suspense. If you want a humorous PNR set in Alaska, try the Naked Werewolf series by Molly Harper. 🙂

  13. Wahoo! I am waiting for Audible to send me the code for review. You have me so excited I am going to go bug them!!

    • I hope you get to download this one soon. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts. I used my Audible code for Kristen Ashely’s Fantasyland series. 🙂

    • I hope that they will get it for you. It is a fun series and quick too, with only two books.

  14. Later books in a series are often difficult to review spoiler free. It sounds nice how this one starts with getting a lot of answers. And it does seem like you find out a lot more about the cult of light in this book. Not sure if this is a series for me, but I enjoyed reading your reviews of it! I usually don’t like open en dings too much, but it really depend son the book as sometimes an ope ending works best. Or like in this case an ending that leaves a few things open.

    • As long as the author doesn’t leave huge cliffhangers, I don’t mind a few open things. If written well, it allows readers to write their own piece of how it might go.

  15. Oh man. Books like that are SO hard to review. Sounds exciting, though. Not a fan of cliffhangers but I still might need to check out that first book. lol

    • The first book has quite the cliffhanger. This one is more like a few minor things that leave an opening for a spinoff. This is a pretty thrilling series.

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