Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
The concept. Eerie.
Any Warden moment. He was a tough one to figure out. But I enjoyed trying!
Actually it would have been all 5's if not for her. I really liked her and she had a detachment in her voice that left me kind of cold. It was incredibly appropriate. HOWEVER, she failed miserably in different voices. Not enough distinction, often I wasn't sure which character was speaking. I wish the director would have given her a note about that.
It was heavy. No, not in one sitting. Heavy stuff. Also, I had to go back to the beginning a few times just to get a better understanding of what was going on. When it all clicked, it was great. But in order to appreciate this novel, you have to have an excellent understanding of clairvoyance, how the hierarchy works, and the Rephaites in general. But at the end of the day, SO well worth it. I am anxiously waiting for the second book!
This needs to be made into a movie!
The story was incredibly gripping and something completely different to anything I've ever read before, and the narration was fantastic
Warden of course, closely followed by Liss
Alana Kerr was fantastic with every character (although it did take me a little while to adjust to the Irish accent after listening to the Divergent trilogy). Nashira was by no means my favourite character, but Alana captured her brilliantly.
Before listening to this book I had heard a lot of comparisons between Samantha Shannon and JK Rowling which are completely unfair, they are completely different authors with different styles and different stories, though both are incredibly talented.
Obscure uneven tale made even more inscrutable by singsong narration in a British accent (note: it's NOT written in iambic pentameter, although Alana's unfortunate phrasing paces it that way, and in a breathy whisper...ugh)
I kept reading about the great review of a book and narration of the audio book. I listened for 45 very painful minutes to a monotone narration and a rambling story line. I listed to a lot of audio books and rarely return. Maybe my expectations were too high....
Absolutely expressionless and no differentiation between characters.
I kept on listening expecting to see what the fuss was about.and was very disappointed in the purchase.
Based on recent best selling books, and this one has the hype to make it a hit, we need to stop blaming just video games for inspiring and celebrating violence. Like the Hunger Games and Divergent series, The Bone Season is soaked in torture, violence, and death. It is a mixed genre: Sci-Fi/Vampire Romance/Steampunk(blame it on the Duke of Clarence)/Dystopia. And it is the first selection of the Today Show's Book Club.
The Bone Season starts with violence and keeps the pace up until the end. It does, however, throw in a vivid romantic arc that will appeal to Twilight fans. Our heroine, Paige, has carnal, almost carnivorous, relations with the Warden, a bad guy with a possible grain of decency. Does it matter that he is a Rephaim, a blood drinking, aura eating, human killing, really mean aether alien? Apparently not. The difference in this series (said to be set for seven books) compared to other popular dystopian melodramas is the apparent absence of any good guys at all, except people tinged with one of a millions forms of clairvoyance (the voyants). But most of them aren't so hot either. Maybe the good guys appear in later volumes.
The story is set 2059 in London and Oxford. The voyants have been suppressed by the totalitarian Scion regime, which has outlawed and imprisoned (or worse) the poor voyants, since 1909 . The Rephaim escaped from the nether realms in 1859 and we learn they have been the power behind the Scion actions. The heroine is a member of a tough gang of voyants, and she isn't afraid to inflict harm or commit crimes. Does the fact the violent gang members seem to also be against the enemy state make them heroes? It is a kill or be killed culture. Paige is hauled off to a top secret prison camp of sorts run by the Rephaim in the abandoned city of Oxford.
The whole clairvoyant (any connection to the spirit world) angle is stretched so far it almost becomes laughable, hence the title of my review. There is a -mancer type for every little thing. I lifted this one from another review: astragalomancer. I have no idea what it means or if it is spelled correctly. Maybe it is easy to grasp all the different levels and types of clairvoyance when reading instead of listening. (Note: the book has a glossary.) The narrator's voice is soft and she doesn't always always enunciate crisply enough to grasp the lists of -mancer types that spurt out on occasion.
Strangely enough, an online review of the book helped me figure out what may actually be going on. I'm not sure if it changed how I feel about the novel and don't think I will read/listen further, but the explanation of the language and names used by the author is helpful. I don't think the casual reader, me included, would have ever figured all of this out.
And finally, for being so smart and feisty, Paige isn't all that bright. There are continued references to red flowers in reference to the Rephaim, and she doesn't connect them to the continued visions of red flowers in her dreamscapes. My prediction for the seven book series is that Paige and the Warden (who is actually Lucifer in human form) will have a mixed aether child (Micheal) who will be able to travel through the various levels of aether. The Rephaim planned the pregnancy because they need Paige's special voyant powers to expand their control over humans; the green pill they have been forcing Paige take is to make her body capable of carrying a Rephaim child to term. It will be revealed that Paige had lived in the prison camp as a small child and had been genetically engineered to be cross bred, Paige will escape with the child and go into hiding to protect it from the mean Rephaim. Ireland will be involved. The child will grow up on the run and in book seven will battle the forces of evil that have escaped through the curtains between the realms in an effort to force the Rephaim and other bad spirits back into the netherworlds.
No, this book is written for teenage girls. It is as close as you can get to vampires without actually calling them vampires.(They are aliens.)
Our heroine was never sure who she could trust even though it seemed obvious. I got to live in her head way too much. She was so indecisive, the book would pause and mull her doubts constantly. It sucked and dragged. It was obvious to me who her friends were, but I guess she was supposed to be stupid.
I was so eager for the book to be over that I stopped listening during the exciting conclusion and listened to music for a while. The authors effort to create suspense and tension created annoyance in me. I did finish the book later and I am glad to be done with it.
This book is for teenagers, not grown ups.
The narrator did a fine job.
Can't think of any.
I feel like my headphones have fused to my head and my mp3 player has become a vital body part, it is kinda scary! Audible is my life.
I've found that the more audiobooks I listen to, the more important the narrator becomes and this one is flawless. Despite devouring literally thousands of audiobooks, this is my first review. I could feel these characters, perhaps even see their auras. Only wish I would have waited for the whole series before I began, as it will be torture to wait for the next one.
I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and I think my favorite kind of book is a fantasy that maintains a base of realism!
This book found a great balance between fantasy and sci-fi, it was fantastical and imaginative without being full of fluffy, childish make believe, yet it was also futuristic and gripping, without being full of nerdy technology worship. The tone and essence of the book were somber and bleak, but not to the point of being whiney or melodramatic and overly heavy. The narration really played that up well, I think the reader was very well matched to the story.
It reminded me of the hunger games in its futuristic, dystopian vision of a concentration camp for human beings who had evolved into various forms of clairvoyance, and the new oppressive governments of Britain and Europe which sought to become prison empires. The author was descriptive and imaginative in her creation and detailed definition of the diversity of this advanced world and its neighboring dimensions and species.
The only issues I had with this authors first published work were her tendency to rush the story just a bit, and the rare, yet still sometimes present bit of seemingly unpolished, flowery prose which seemed to be thrown in to break up the concentrated pace of the story telling ("the night was so dark...so cold"...blegh). Yet, altogether it was a skilled attempt without too much emphasis on romance and no reliance on worn out narratives.
This is a really great read in my opinion, and I think it will appeal to a lot of different tastes. I really can't wait for the sequel, you hurry up and gimme it, Shannon! I need it!
An engaging and well developed plot line, likable characters and a descriptively created coherent world.
Not have written it. It's terrible.
The reader was good. But her great accent couldn't save a poorly written story.
I wish the hype would die down, so the reviews can dissuade anyone else from buying this book.
The biggest problem is that it is compared to Harry Potter. Harry Potter is easily enjoyed by both men and women of all ages, but The Bone Season is mostly for girls, aged 15-30. It is also very easy to anticipate what will happen in the narrative. Compare this book to the Twilight series instead of the Harry Potter series.
The story in itself isn't half bad, and some of the action is pretty decent. Change it from a first person teenager narrative to something else and I think it will work much better.
It depends on the book. Her voice is not very engaging, especially for the main character. But some of the other characters wasn't so bad.
The story is interesting, and I like the setting very much. The world and the politics are also interesting. If you like Twilight, then this book is definitely for you. If you like Harry Potter but not Twilight then you will most probably not find this book that good.
A good youth novel, but cannot in any way be compared to the Harry Potter series.