Yes, due to Will Paxton's great narration.
Adam's pressing charges against his abusive father. The other was learning the truth about Noah.
Everything. Paxton is one of my favorite dramatic performers and he nailed this book.
Yes, but I had to force myself to split it into two sessions at work.
While I was somewhat disappointed with the suddenness of the ending, I highly recommend this book.
This book is kissing cousins to The Magicians series by Lev Grossman and The Secret History by Donna Tartt, both of which I particularly enjoy. It is a lovely mix of the isolation/coming of age story that boarding school stories often lend themselves to, and a sort of mythological, almost scientific magical realism. In The Raven Boys, the "magic" involves psychic premonition (Blue comes from an entire family of psychics), a very unusual ghost story, and the physical search for a lay line energy source which may conceal the resting place of an ancient Welsh king. This book is erudite, dense, and captivating. It's surprisingly emotional, tackling topics like the parent/child relationship and loyalty among friends. It has a quiet, almost grotesque or Gothic feel to it, yet it feels modern and uses clear prose rather than emotive, flowery language. It is similar to Stiefvater's other book The Scorpio Races in this spare, almost bleak, matter-of-fact style. Luckily, it does not repeat the faults of her Shiver series (which I found to be trite, cliched, and sappy) despite the somewhat tired "poor little rich boy" character trope that she indulges in here. I'm so happy this is the beginning of a series, and look very much forward to the next installment.
I liked Will Patton's delivery. I wasn't sure since his voice is nothing like an 18 year old rich boy's but he provided a voice that sounds reasonable and sober even when fantastical magical events are occurring and helps you "believe" the story.
At the top! Nabokov said a great writer must be an enchanter and Maggie Stiefvater gets better with every book. She creates a world and pulls her reader in. I love her!
I really like Blue but Gansey and his quest is irresistable
Will Patton's reading is mesmerizing! His southern storyteller's voice is perfect for the story. I hope he reads the entire series.
I was so caught up in the story. It made me smile.
I can't wait for the rest. Read this book.
Tell us about yourself! I am the author of "Over the Moon" and "Falling Off the Planet." They are both YA Sci-fi fantasy romance.
This is an exceptionally entertaining story that includes a girl whose kiss is going to kill her "true love," a "corpse road," and a character who has been dead for seven years. The characters are multidimensional, complete with baggage. Ms. Stiefvater manages to make us believe the paranormal bits which on the surface are beyond bizarre. I loved it!
Bravo. Just fabulous. I couldn't "put it down" as it were. Enchanting, and haunting, just right for Halloween.
Atmospheric, original, literary
My first Will Patton audio, but not my last!
Stiefvater's writing is as compelling and evocative as ever in this highly original psychological thriller. The narrator of this audiobook, Will Patton, is masterful at communicating each of Stiefvater's intricately drawn characters. The audiobook is atmospheric and beautifully dramatized, and, having attended the Odyssey Awards ceremony this past June at ALA in Anaheim and witnessing the caliber of the books and narrators who won recognition, I predict that Patton and Stiefvater will be among the top contenders for The YA Odyssey Award for excellence in audio production of a YA book.
Did not read the book
no - but the performance was spellbinding.
Made me want more of the same.
Well developed story and characters. I listen in the car and found myself sitting in the car wishing to delay my destination.
As an audiobook listener, surely you must have had that feeling that a narrator is just right or not for an specific book.
In THE RAVEN BOYS the performance is so right that gives the characters a kind of depth, it takes you into the story and makes you jump or sight with relief.
The story itself is good, an interesting and new approach to magic and to the supernatural interweave with the protagonists mundane thoughts, feelings and lives. Always good and evil fighting to prevail in the human soul.
The combination of the story itself and its masterful performance kept me a bit anxious and not being able to stop the listening unless absolutely necessary till the end !
I know my review is over simplified but others before me have already said a lot with which I agree.I only want to insist that it is a very enjoyable production and worth your time and credit!
Aahh and a very nice surprise is the music, which i liked it, is composed and executed by Maggie Stiefvater.
Yes... The raven boys is one of those books u can read over and over and caught something new each time u read it.
The way each character was different
Maybe have a girl narrator
Money is the root of all evil
Can't wait till the second book
I've listened to The Raven Boys three times already since November of 2013, but I will absolutely listen again-probably in the next few months. I really liked the narrator, but I thought the characters and settings, and especially the plot was exceptionally well done. the authors attention to detail is extraordinary.
it's really hard to chose just one, but I think Ronan's my favorite. he was very easy for me to relate to, I saw a lot of myself in this character
he just has a very nice reading voice, easy to listen to-almost soothing. I think he added to the substance of the story- made it more engaging or some thing.
absolutely, and I very nearly did.
I really hope they use the same narrator. I hate it when the narrator changes and you have to figure out who's who all over again. Or worse, they chose some one with no feeling for the characters, which makes the narration bad and changes the entire feel of the story. I can't tell you how many good stories I refuse to listen to simply because the narration was bad.