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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,410 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alyson Noël Narrator: Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Riley Bloom Series Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781427210661
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Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She has picked up life where she left off when she was alive, living with her parents and dog in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. When she's summoned before The Council, she learns that the afterlife isn't just an eternity of leisure. She's been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy who's definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Riley's first assignment, a Radiant Boy who's been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But all of that was before he met Riley .

Radiance is the first book in the Riley Bloom series from bestselling author Alyson Noël.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “…Noel uses a light hand and fills her story with humor and liveliness…the 4-hour audiobook is read by Kathleen McInerney in a youthful, endearing style that meshes well with the author's words. This is a good choice for interested pre-teens and up. Parents' Choice, winner of the Parents' Choice Approved Award

  • Kathleen McInerney takes on the job of portraying Riley beautifully. She has a young, inquisitive quality to her voice that truly brings Riley to life…Listening to Riley's trials and errors is definitely a treat for the ears. TeensReadToo.com
  • Narrator Kathleen McInerney is perfectly cast as Riley Bloom…A brief and enjoyable audio that will leave listeners wanting more of Riley. SoundCommentary.com
  • Young listeners will surely enjoy exploring the afterlife through the eyes of Riley…This is a very promising first title in a new series. Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews
  • This audio version is excellent. 5MinutesForBooks.com
  • Narrator Kathleen McInerney does a good job of depicting a wonderfully spunky, funny curious, sarcastic girl who thinks she knows it all…This exciting story includes a great mix of likeable characters, witty dialogue, humor, a developing boy-girl relationship, scary ghosts, danger, and a most satisfying conclusion. School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iona | 2/15/2014

    " I was really looking forward to this, as I always loved Riley in the Immortal Series. I'm not disappointed as such, as i understand that these books are being written for a younger audience, but i do wish that the book had been longer, and a little more to do with the Immortals series, as Ever and her storyline were hardly mentioned. I think this'll be a great series for new fans, but perhaps a little disappointing for Immortals Series fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Clark | 2/4/2014

    " Short and sweet, hope the next one is just as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherina | 1/27/2014

    " This was a quick easy read that was very interesting. I defiantly want to read the second one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon Renee | 1/27/2014

    " Well ok. The book was just frankly beautiful on the cover. Look at it! Seriously, love it! Unfortunately, that is where the love ends. It was totally written for the tween set. Iusally don't mind it. However, it seemed just too watered down and it didn't have the spark that I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tarra (Twilight Book Junkie) | 1/27/2014

    " Ok this i hope makes sense because i have never actually reviewed a book before lol. I just finished this last night, having bought it since i LOVE the Evermore series. I found both good and not so good things about this book. While i DID like the book, don't get me wrong, and i will read the other books in the series, i kinda felt like everything happened to quickly in this book. Almost like the whole thing could have been on about 2 or 3 pages. But thats the only thing i found wrong with it. Riley is a very likable character and im sure we have all had a sibling who reminds us of her LOL, and Brohdi grew on me as well. I just felt like it was too little too fast. But what was there was good. I'm reading the 2nd book right now. I hope this helps anyone who is thinking about reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 1/23/2014

    " As a fan of Noel's Immortals series, it was quite interesting to read more about Riley. I found it to be a nice story, and enjoyed knowing what was going on with Riley and the parents, but I'm not really hooked into this series like I am with The Immortals. If you are looking for a story dealing with the afterlife, this is a good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keri Leach | 1/22/2014

    " This was a great young adult read. It was a little magical, but a nice short one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginger | 1/18/2014

    " The plot was a little thin and definitely directed toward tweens. The premise of ghosts hunting ghosts, though, promises some good adventure for readers of future installments in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddy | 1/15/2014

    " This book was ok. It was a little young. I prefer her other series. The Immortal series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dynahya | 12/21/2013

    " It was a very good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 12/8/2013

    " Actually. a rather good book! Though it could be longer, it was still a nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Blaschko | 12/7/2013

    " Really like this book. Show that we never know when our time comes to die and that our life on earth will be evaluated at a higher level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darci | 11/29/2013

    " I love Alyson Noel's books with a passion. I especially love the Immortals series. Although, I wasn't thrilled with Radience. It was an interesting glimpse into Riley's life. If you're a fan of the Immortals, than I recommend that you read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amel Armeliana | 11/18/2013

    " Well, not bad, but not great either. I kinda like it, but not in a rush to continue to the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 11/15/2013

    " Book was very slow. Until the last 40 pages. That's when the book got really good. I hope the second book is much better. Overall a easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy Dake | 5/24/2013

    " Glad this will be it's own series. A fun quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Marie | 5/11/2013

    " Riley is one of my favorite character so far. I truly relate to her in some other ways like she always complains about her life and stuff. I love this book so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/29/2013

    " Enjoyable story for young adults. Some parts of the plot were easy to figure out but nothing that spoiled the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie D'ghent | 11/18/2012

    " A little slow/weird at first, but probably one of the best books I've read once you get into it. Definite must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annerooo | 6/29/2012

    " Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 5/11/2012

    " A very shocking story... You cannot imagine what people thought about ghost. In this book, you can see what a ghost feel after their death... At first, its pretty scary but... slowly, I can enjoy it until the middle. Now I can't wait to finish reading it... Good job, Alyson...! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 V | 3/2/2012

    " This is not a good book at all. the concept was hard to comrehend and keep up with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annaelle Allez L'OL!!! | 11/25/2011

    " it was kinda weird and disappointing.. and rlly short.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 10/13/2011

    " "Read" this book via iPod audiobook. I enjoyed it more than the first in the immortals series with Ever. Riley was written well as a pre-teen, the attitude was spot on when compared to tweens and teenagers I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari CosteÏŸ | 9/16/2011

    " A grate book. Short but I enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/28/2011

    " Very popular at the June book fair this year with the girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 6/27/2011

    " I enjoyed it. Liked the concept. Easy read and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aundreaa | 6/24/2011

    " I like this novel but I don't know I kinda was expecting more like the ghost to be a little bit more scary "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 6/24/2011

    " I like this book but I was especting more:/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 6/22/2011

    " I'm almost done, and I love it! It's different in ways. But if you're like me, different and weird, then this is your kind of book. I'm hoping there is a series, but I haven't checked yet. That's a must do, read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/19/2011

    " Young adult book. Follow up to trilogy that follows Ever Bloom from the Evermore series. This one is about Riley, Ever's little sister, and what she deals with Here - the afterlife. My 5th grade daughter read it and loved it. Appropriate for 5th grade and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sadie | 6/16/2011

    " its sad and cool so far "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 V | 6/12/2011

    " This is not a good book at all. the concept was hard to comrehend and keep up with. "

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About the Author

Alyson Noël is the award-winning author of numerous books, incluidng Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss & Blog, Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer, and the Immortals series, including Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, and Night Star, as well as the Immortals spin-off series beginning with Radiance. With over two million copies in print in the US alone, her books have won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, and Reviewer’s Choice 2007 Top Ten, and have been chosen for the CBS Early Show’s “Give the Gift of Reading” segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine’s “Hot List” and Beach Book Club Pick.

About the Narrator

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.