Among my top favorites.
I always have the same issue with this question. How do I say this without spoilers? Well let's just say, the part where Akiva realizes who Karou is.
No. But I was very impressed with her work. She's among the best I've heard. Her narration helps to flesh out the characters and to get an accurate feel of the story.
Love will save you
This book is top notch. The writing is a cut above the rest. The characters are well thought out, they are complex and endearing. And the romance? Lord have mercy on my swooning soul! It's genuine, unique, heartbreaking, need I go on? I will say though, the only thing I wasn't ecstatic about was that Karou was physically too perfect, too beautiful. However, the author manages to make Karou a character that you care for and root for, in spite of her 'perfection', unlike so many other authors, that make me roll my eyes and want to punch their heroines in their stupid faces.
I did not read the print version but as a person that prefers print over audio I loved this audio book. Normally I get easily distracted with audio book or start tuning the narrator out and think of other things but this one kept me well entertained.
Zuzana. She was really brought to life by Khristine Hvam. I am not sure if she would be my favorite if I had just read her in the book.
I haven't but have already purchased the rest of this series and would definitely pick her books on my wishlist first over others since I will most likely have a good experience.
Yes, I was unable to hear it in one sitting and it was hard to wait for the next time I could get back into it.
I am really not an audio book person to be honest and only do audiobooks since I can listen to them at work. Usually I don't get really involved and it's going on in the background while I go about my business. This book was different and interesting and the narrator was definitely not boring. She had the best accents and voices for the characters and the men in the story did not sound lame. Sorry but some audio books narrated by women make the men sound so annoying it turns me off of the character. Same goes with male narrators voicing a women protagonist. Khristine was perfect though, I can't wait for book 2.
This book is exciting, lovely, tragic, mysterious, sad, beautiful, and more. The writing is so rich and beautiful that I could picture it all perfectly in my imagination as if I were actually there... and I wanted to be! Before discovering her past, Karou had such a unique and intriguing life that it made me want to be a part of it. The way the mysteries unfolded was so interesting and kept me wanting more. And the narrator was perfect with both male and female voices. Karou and Brimstone sounded just how I would have imagined them. I can't wait to start the next book! Oh, and I have to disagree with another reviewer about the teenage angst. I did not feel that it was angst-y. In fact, I was so relieved to find that there wasn't much angst at all, just enough to make it interesting.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
I passed on this for so long and now I am kicking myself. This book is awesome! Its uniqueness blew me away. Its getting so hard to find things that are truly unique anymore. Not that I mind my traditional urban/para books, but its refreshing to hear something completely new.
I can't think of anything else like it and that is a good thing.
Let's just say things got a little bit itchy.
Actually, for the first time in awhile with a new book, yes.
I am SO bummed this is only a trilogy. I love the world and the characters. I guess too much of a good thing is bad, but I love this, and wish it could stay longer than 3 books.
I have not read the print version, but I would definitely purchase it just to have this book and it's companions in my personal library.
I love they way Laini wrote this story...it was like nothing I have ever read and was not what I was expecting. I love the witty humor and tender sweetness between the characters. I love the world that she created and how she combined both mythical and mundane pasts and present. It was fantastic!
no, it stopped being fun when the love interest showed up. the heroin basically turned into a bella swan at that point. it was so much fun up until then.
The story was good, i liked many of the characters. the protagonist wasn't a total stereotype, just most of one. i did enjoy alot of the other cast, had to stop reading when her "true love" showed up.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was very much like any young teenager book that deals with couples who are 'fated' to be together in all of their lifetimes. I didn't feel that this take on the story was very original in terms of how the two people are in their past life and in their current lives. Their interactions are angst ridden and very clearly meant to mimic that of teenagers.
I felt that the reader was fabulous. While I didn't like the writer's story, the readers expression matched the plot lines and words well and with incredible feeling which is important for the story.
A wannabe riot.
This is one of the best books I've read (er...listened to) in a while. Quirky-yet-not-stereotypical heroine, supernatural creatures (including angels, which are always a favorite), magical elements, amazing world building (with the bonus of centering around Prague, which led to awesome accents on the audiobook!) - I could go on. I was captivated from the beginning, finding out about Karou and her mysterious past, as she finds out herself, as well as discovering how magic works in this world. Though some things are initially confusing and others left unexplained, I was captivated enough to immediately purchase the second one and pre-order the third (out next week). I cannot wait to see where this story goes and hope the other books live up to the expectations I've gained from this one!
(Audiobook specific: Hvam is one of the best narrators I've listened to on Audible and may have slightly increased my rating of the book; I am actually scoping out other books she's narrated to listen to more of her work!)
For the first half of the book we are shown an amazing world with a creative magic system and interesting characters. You spend most of that wondering if our main character really is a good guy or a bad guy. Then the angel comes in and its whining and wishing and longing to be together but stay apart. "I love you but I don't know why and I shouldn't". This alone is not enough to hate the book but for the entire second half nothing really happens and majority of the time it is just them boringly talking about how they want to be together...but cant.
The world really had me captured but unfortunately this author is nowhere near a romance writer.
After reading, and rereading this book in print I purchased it through audible. The narration is perfect. This is one you'll listen to over and over for the quality and complexity of the storytelling, the novelty of the setting, and the enjoyment of Khristine Hvam's narration.