Struck Audiobook By Amanda Carlson (REVIEW)

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Review of: Struck Audiobook

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On June 28, 2016
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Struck Audiobook

By: Amanda Carlson

Narrated by: Emma Wilder

Published by: Amanda Carlson, Inc. 06/02/16

Struck Audiobook by Amanda Carlson

Rating: 3 hearts

Phoebe Meadows #1

8 hrs and 54 mins

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Struck Audiobook

3 Hearts

I’ve been a fan of Amanda Carlson’s since I read the first Jessica McClain book several years ago. I was really excited to hear that she had a new series coming out and it was based on Norse Mythology. This is a section of paranormal that I’m not extremely familiar with, but I’ve been enjoying the stories that I’ve read based on this mythology.

So here we have Phoebe who has always thought of herself as a pretty normal person. She is fairly new to New York City. She is making her way working in the shoe department of Macy’s. That is until one day she is struck by lightning. Well, she didn’t realize it was lightning at first, because how do you get struck by lightning in the middle of a building. It isn’t until she gets home and finds an extremely large raven in his apartment and her neighbor busts in, wearing really weird clothes and talking about things that couldn’t possibly be real, that things start to really get weird for Phoebe.

Phoebe has a really difficult time dealing with this change in her life. This makes it difficult for the people around her to really save her. She is whisked away to another realm where she continues to meet more people who are going to be a large part of her new life and help her along the way.

I’m having a hard time deciding how I want to rate this story. I liked the characters. The plot was fast paced and exciting, which is something I knew I would get from Amanda Carlson. Her stories are almost too fast paced at times. The romance between Fen and Phoebe was extremely quick and not well developed. I think this series has promise, but felt that this story could’ve used a little more depth. I also felt like somethings just worked out too easily for Phoebe and her friends. There were obstacles, but they were easily solved and moved on to the next one. I would like to see things not be quite so easy for her in the future.

Struck Audiobook Narration

3.5 Hearts

I enjoyed Emma Wilder’s narration. I had not listened to her before this book, but I would listen to her again. I thought did a good job with males and females. Each character had a distinct voice. I thought her pacing was perfect for this fast paced story. I would try her again.

Author: Amanda Carlson
Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in both Speech and Hearing Science & Child Development. She went on to get an A.A.S in Sign Language Interpreting and worked as an interpreter until her first child was born. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids.

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Narrator: Emma Wilder


I like to thank Amanda Carlson for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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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. Wow based on Norse Mythology. I don’t see much of that either. Thanks Melanie

    • I’m starting to see more of it, which is fun. I do like the mythology.

  2. The problems you found with this story were the same ones I’ve found with stories I’ve read by frequent authors of mine. Glad that you at least enjoyed certain aspects of the story.

    • I’m going to give book two a go and see how things go. I thought this book showed potential.

  3. I’ve been wanting this one since I saw it, but haven’t bought it just yet. Now I think I’ll see if I can just borrow from someone.

  4. I haven’t read a book by her in a while now. I might have to pick this one up and it might have been more successful reading rather than audio. Just some things work better as books and vice versa. 🙂

    • I agree, there are some things you notice more on audio. Then there are times that the narrator makes a “eh” book more fun. I don’t know if it would’ve made a difference for me in this case. I hope you enjoy.

  5. Not read this author but this one sounds interesting. I should check out her other series since you really liked that one. 🙂

    • I really enjoyed her Sin City novellas. The Jessica McClain series was fun too, though I haven’t finished that series. They didn’t put the last two on audio and I haven’t picked them up to read yet.

  6. I’ve listened to Emma Wilder narrated Amanda’s Sin City books and under another name. It’s ok in my book. Not a fave and not disliked but not a narrator that draws me to a book.

    I DNF this one (reading) a few chapters in. I couldn’t get hooked by the MC. Maybe it was my mood, maybe I should have given it a few more chapters. I might try it again at some point.

    • That was how I felt about this narrator too. I thought she did okay. Nothing stood out as great, but she wasn’t a turnoff either. I would listen to her again. I thought this book was okay. I liked the characters, but everything just worked out a little too easily for me.

  7. AH yes I can understand your feeling about this one. It was a nice one for me but I agree too when I think about it

    • I enjoyed it, but there were just some things I would’ve preferred a little differently. I’ll still give book two a go. I do like the characters.

  8. This did make me want to go and do some research on Norse Mythology. Sometimes I felt like I was missing the importance of a character. It was very fast paced. It ran from one obstacle to another leaving my brain trying to catch up. I thought it funny how hard Phoebe found the world to believe but Sam dove right in.

    • I agree with you. I forgot to include my thoughts about Sam diving right in while Phoebe was so disbelieving. I was thinking the same thing. I did still enjoy the story and will try book two.

  9. Ya, this was a really fast paced story and things did work out a little to easy,y at times, but still I very much enjoyed it and the set up. I can’t wait to read book two and see where things go. I wasn’t a fan of the insta-love relationship and felt that needs more development. We will see.
    Thanks for the review.

    • I’m still interested for book two, also. I’m hoping that the relationship between Phoebe and Fen get more developed.

  10. Hopefully the next will be a little stronger for ya. I still have her first series on my tbr pile. One day. One day.

    • I started the first one, but never finished. They quit putting them out on audio and I just don’t get through reading books as quickly as audiobooks. I still want to get to them too.

  11. It sounds like it really could have been a great story. I understand how things happening too quickly can make me like a book a bit less.

    • I still wasn’t a bad story. I’ll be interested to see where book two goes. I do see the potential in the series.

  12. I’m not at all very familiar with Norse mythology either but it is fascinating and something I want to learn more of. I’m glad more authors are branching out and giving it a go. Sorry this wasn’t the best developed story though. Hopefully book two will give you more of what you wanted in this because it really does sound like it’s a series that has a lot of potential.

    • I do love seeing more of it too. I very interested in book two. I hope that it will build on what this one gave us. I did really enjoy the characters. 🙂

  13. I love it when an author you love creates a new series! A shame you felt this particular book lacked depth though.

    • It did have wonderful characters that I want to spend more time with them. I’ll be very interested to see where book two goes.

  14. I completely agree with your review. I had a bit of a quandary trying to pick my star rating, too. I liked this story for what it was, just a fun, fast UF diversion for a day or two. I will have to check out her other series, though. I’ve never read it! 🙂 Great review, girl!! Have a great holiday weekend, too!!

    • Thanks Kristin. I hope you’re having a great holiday weekend too. 🙂

  15. Hmm, it sounds like this has potential to be a great series, so I am holding out to see how you feel about book 2

    • I completely understand. If it comes out on audio, I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

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