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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Beyond Believing is a work of interpersonal drama, romantic fiction and true-life drama penned by author D. D. Marx. In its audiobook format, it is narrated by Heather Masters and Angus King, and it forms the first volume of The Beyond Series. The plot follows Olivia, whose life is turned totally upside down by the tragic and sudden death of her best friend Dan. As Olivia comes to terms with Dan’s passing and relies on their friendship to get her through life, a series of unbelievable and unexpected events begin to take shape, leading Olivia to a brand new life she could never have imagined.
Author D. D. Marx has created a character close to her own heart in Olivia, and that realness shows through and endears us to her on every page. The plot is well constructed to encapsulate some of the more spiritual concepts of the story, and it still grounds us to the emotional difficulties of real life and the decisions we must face every day. In terms of its audiobook production, the narration provided by Heather Masters and Angus King helps to create incredibly memorable characters who seem genuine and likable. Masters, especially, brings Olivia to us with authentic and emotive first-person nuances and little personality ticks that we can connect with. The editing quality of the audio is also superbly crisp and clean, with no discernible interference during playback. Overall, Beyond Believing is an excellent story brought to an even higher level of quality by its audiobook cast, putting author D. D. Marx on the map as an excellent and emotive dramatic writer.