Unborn Audiobook by Amber Lynn Natusch (Review)

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Review of: Unborn Audiobook
Amber Lynn Natusch

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On September 3, 2014
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Unborn Audiobook Review

By: Amber Lynn Natusch

Narrated by: Angela Dawe

Published by: Brilliance Audio 08/26/2014

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Unborn Series, book 1

8 hrs and 17 mins

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Unborn Audiobook Sample


My Thoughts

When I saw the cover for the Unborn Audiobook, read the blurb and saw that Angela Dawe was narrating the story I decided to give it a shot, despite the mixed reviews I’ve read on Goodreads. I also remembered reading a good review at Rabid Reads a few weeks back; that clinched my decision.

The setting in Unborn is very interesting. I do enjoy stories that have aspects of mythology woven into them, mix a falling Angel, dark Angels, light Angels, Gods and Goddesses, Gargoyles and Soul Stealers – now my ears are perking. Unborn is my first experience with this author, but not my last.

We get two worlds; the underworld where Khara, the heroine and the story teller has spent all of her existence under the protection of her adoptive father. The other is earth, where the sons of the God of Wars (a group of alpha warriors),  petrol to keep everyone in line.

When Khara gets ripped away from her world and is dropped in the middle of the dilapidated city of Detroit we begin to find out who she truly is. The ensemble of characters begin to populate the pages, and slowly but nicely we get introduced to the world.

I liked the characters.

Four brothers and a newly found sister make for a lot of interesting interactions, and though at first Khara seemed a little detached and unemotional, I liked her, after all, logic and detachment have been part of her training to survive her world.

I liked the brothers and their distinctive personality. Never-mind that I’m not 100% attached to them yet, but it was a really good introduction, and I can easily see me caring deeply for these characters with future development.

Of course, I never get bored of finding the quintessential bad-ass that holds the mystery, the good looks, and the sex appeal that hints at a romantic development. I liked him a lot! His name is OZ….I like it.

I enjoyed the world and the plot.

Post recession Detroit makes a perfect setting for this paranormal/mythological world to grow, and a great ground zero for these beings to duke it out.
Protecting their sister, their routine patrol duties, and the malevolent events that have followed their sister arrival opens up the story for some action.

The world is fairly well developed, we are left with a very good understanding of the plot, and although I’d have liked more questions answered, my curiosity has been picked, and since the story is to be continued,  I’ll be picking the next Audiobook when it comes out.

I believe the Author has mixed good ingredients to turn this into a super enjoyable series, I’m curious to see where she take us from here.

All in all, Unborn was a nice and easy listen, recommended for those looking for a new UF series that has a lot potential.

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Unborn Audiobook Narration

If there were ever an Audiobook that utilized Angela Dawe’s talent, Unborn is it.
Her remarkable range of male voices is great! From the authoritarian tone of one of the brothers to the playfulness of some, and finally to the mysterious and bad-ass attitude of OZ Angela ‘s interpretation is right on.

Angela Dawe has a melodic tone to her reading, and I always need a few minutes to adjust before is not noticeable, but once I do, it’s always a smooth sailing. I always enjoy her readings.

Her interpretation of the heroine was excellent, I got her unemotional personality, but I easily saw her progress as she became more acquainted with her new family.

The pace and the right tone for the story made Unborn an entertaining listen, and I’m certain this story has been moved up a notch by Angela Dawe’s performance.
I’m looking forward to next Audiobook.

Author Amber Lynn Natusch

Author Amber Lynn Natusch

I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times.
I’m obsessed with urban fantasy… When I discovered that genre, I knew I had found my tribe. Now I write in that world because that’s what the voices in my head tell me to do. And they are very, very loud 🙂



Narator Angela Dawe

Angela Dawe

Angela Dawe is an audiobook narrator and actress living and working in Chicago, Illinois. Winner of several Earphones Awards from Audiofile Magazine and narrator of two Audie-nominated audiobooks, Angela is also an accomplished improviser/sketch comedian, and has worked with such theaters as Second City, iO (formerly improvOlympic), and The Annoyance.



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  1. This cover caught my attention, I just downloaded my copy yesterday 🙂
    I love a narrator that does good male voices!

    • Yeah, I’m a cover nut too..LOL I’m glad I did. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  2. mmm sounds like I need to add this one to my TBR. Great review 🙂

  3. Just moved up on my list! Didn’t realize it was Angela Dawe narrating it. I know y’all don’t like her as much as I do but she is one my top 10 ! 🙂 🙂

    • I like Angela Dawe, I don’t know if is just me, but it does take me a few minutes to adjust to her tempo, but I think she’s awesome with the voices and a great reader. I love her in the Highland Pleasure series, as well as The Penton Legacy. And you know how a good narrator can enhance your experience of a book, and she did it for me here.
      I hope you enjoy it Felicia 🙂

  4. I like Angela Dawe too. She would be close to my top ten, if not in it. This does look good. I remember telling Lorna at Rabid Reads that I need to read it. Now I know I need to listen. 🙂

    • She is great! I think I just forgot to put her on my list of narrators because it’s been a long time since I listened to anything by her, and my last experience with her wasn’t a good one because she replaced a narrator of long time running series and you know how that goes, I’ve seen peeps give 1 star to Scott Brick when he replaces a narrator in a long running series originally narrated by some else.
      I hope you enjoy it Melanie 🙂

      • I try to rate a new narrator to a series based on how they did, not on the fact that I didn’t like them as much as the original. I had that with the most recent Merry Gentry book by LKH. New narrator that I didn’t like as much, but she didn’t do a bad job. I think I gave her a 4/5, because that is what should would’ve gotten on book 1. Not their fault that the publisher or whoever changed narrators. They have to do the best they can with what they have.

        • I have cases like that too, and instances when the new narrator is a lot better than the original. But in most cases if very hard to like the new interpretation specially if you feel they didn’t get the characters personality and all of the sudden they turned into someone else :(. I think they do well to listen to original interpretation not too have such a drastic change.

  5. Oh, I’m liking that cover! I like the mix of paranormal in this story and that it’s not too dark, a good and easy listen/read is always welcomed. Angels and gargoyles…yes please, I’ll be adding this to my audible wish list! Great review Loupe 😉

    • It was and easy listen, I do think it’s got a lot potential. I’ve never heard of the author before this.
      Thanks Lori 🙂

  6. Well, you know if the ladies at Rabid Reads say it’s good, then you need to try it. lol.

    • Yes, they’re on list on peeps that keep my TBR out of control, just like you! Lucky for me I get time to wait for audio 🙂

  7. I’m not sure about this book, I’m kind of tired of UF… I know! Blasphemy, but… I’m reading my usual UF series… but I don’t feel like reading anything new… unless I hear it’s something out of this world good.
    I haven’t listened to anything narrated by Angela Dawe, but I’m going to check other books narrated by her.
    Great review.

    • I’ve been feeling like that too 🙁 so I took a shot, it didn’t wowed me, but I did enjoy it. It’s hard to get into anything new, plus you follow a lot more series than I do, coz I only get the ones on audio.
      Thanks Marcela 🙂

  8. Great review, I LOVE that you picked this up in spite of the mixed reviews because I do that a LOT too 🙂
    This sounds right up my urban fantasy alley. Thanks for putting it on my reading radar!!!

    • Aww! Thanks Debbie. I hope you enjoy it too if you decided to give it a go 🙂

  9. The cover caught my eye and your review did the rest : on my to-read list 😉 !

    • Thanks Iza 🙂 I really hope you’re not disappointed, I always get a little nervous when I enjoyed a book on audio to recommend it to a reader, many of times the narration make the books better, but the print does have some good reviews too.

  10. This sounds so good, and I happen to have an extra audio credit!!

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, I found a lot potential in this series, and the narration help a lot.
      Thanks Kimba 🙂

    • The cover got me right away. This is my first book by the author, but I just learned that she has another series called, Caged that a lot peeps seem to love. It’s so hard to keep up with all the new stuff out there! Even on audio!..LOL

  11. Fab review! When I saw this featured at Rabid Reads I was interested but now I might grab it in audio instead of ebook. 😀

    • Thanks Rhianna! That review made picked it up, and the narration made me enjoy it. I have only the audio experience, so I will say, that’s the way to go 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. It sounds interesting and I confess I’m quite curious. The reviews are good and I have it so I need to try it, I’m just trying to see if I’ll have the time to do so.

    • If you decided to give a go, I hope you enjoy it. If your expectations are not too high, you might find yourself really liking it.
      Thanks Mellanie 🙂

  13. Thanks for the rec, your description of the myth and world is my type of fantasy. It sounds badass too, that cover is lovely, very Kate Bekinsale-Underworld.

    • I didn’t have as much action as we normally find in this genre, but I think the author did a good job at setting up the pieces and I like the potential I saw 🙂

  14. I’m a big fan of Natusch’s CAGED series, because, well—werewolves DUH! But, I have yet to try any of her audiobooks. Lorna reviewed this one on the blog, and was upset about giving it 4.5 stars because it was the first time she’s ever rated one of this author’s novels below 5. LOL Your review has be curious now about Angela Dawe’s narration now though… Why do you always do this to me, Loupe!? Ooh, and thanks for the RR shout out BTW. Sorry I’m a little late commenting, we just put our house up for sale, so this week has been cray-cray. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • I just added Caged to my wish list on audible (narrated by Tavia Gibert..YAY!) I just need to get more credits…I’m out!! LOL I’m waiting for the offer to buy more, and it seems like 2 credits are already as good as spent.
      I didn’t know about your house sale. Well, I really haven’t been much around, but I really hope everything works out for you. Good luck!
      Thanks Carmel 🙂

  15. This is a new title to me, as much as the author. The cover is definitely eye catching and, I must admit, you got me quite curious about the story now! Glad you had such a great time with it 🙂

    • She was new to me too. I just found out that she also has another good series (on audio too) named Caged, so I will be checking that out too.
      I hope you enjoy it if you decide to check it out.
      Thanks Silvia 🙂

  16. Angels, dark and light, gods and goddesses and two separate worlds? Oh, yes, please!
    Not sure if I’d enjoy the narrator as much as you did based on the sample, but if you ‘get used to her’ and then enjoy her narration, I’ll give it a try. I have several audiobook credits I need to use 😉
    Great review, Loupe 🙂

    • It sounds good doesn’t it? Angela Dawe is a seasoned narrator and a very competent reader, it’s just that in my case it always takes me a few minutes to adjust to her style, but I’m fine after that. She’s in lot peep’s list of favorite narrators.
      I hope you enjoy it if you give it go 🙂

  17. The connection between the siblings sounds great. Love the sound of the plot too.

    • I thought it was a good introduction to her new series. I’m definitely moving on to the next book. I’m hoping I see a very good thing develop. We’ll see 🙂

  18. I really liked your post about Unborn Audiobook by Amber Lynn Natusch (Review)

    • Thanks! And thank you for stopping by 🙂

  19. Oh, this sounds interesting! First time I hear about it and I don’t remember reading anything by this author so far, so this might be a good start. Glad it was good for you, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • This was my first experience with this author, and though I seem to be going on Paranormal overdose I quite enjoy this one.
      Thanks 🙂

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