This purchase was not planned - I had accidentally purchased the second book in hardcover thinking it was a stand-alone. What a great surprise to find the series on Audible and be able to get the first in the series.
I loved the narration; her performance was perfect even down to gorgeous regional accents. I especially liked that she moved seamlessly from Irish to northern to American. Flawless.
I'm not usually predisposed to alternate divergent history stories, but I was quick hooked in and in this case, it allowed the story to unfold without the burden of too much world-building; leaving more space for story and characters.
Grey book and great performance!
While I don't often go for the supernatural/ethereal type of stories this one sounded interesting, and the story was heading in a good direction. Unfortunately I cannot get past the narrator. The sad whispering monotone voice destroys any life to the characters. Her breathy indifference deflates the story and any interest or connection to the world. With a different narrator perhaps I could've enjoyed the story.
This was my first time experiencing her books. The world seemed interesting and the story moved at a good pace. Reading might be the best option in this case.
The depressed, disconnected and indifferent voice never changes. Eventually it just feels whiny and annoying.
Great narrator. It is a good story but with fantasy comes all that none familiar and made up vocabulary & definitions to remember and follow. p.S. I bought the sequel and am looking forward to it but I had to re listen to remember the jargon
I enjoyed listening to this story, but there was a bit of unsubtle foreshadowing, telling instead of showing, and unsurprising turns of plot. The portrayal of certain characters (or the main character's attitudes about them) seemed inconsistent, and again weren't always backed up by our experiences with them.
However, these critiques did not significantly lessen my enjoyment of the story. I think it's a personal thing whether you will just notice or actually be bothered by such things. I liked the narrator a lot, but she was rather subdued, so listener preference would come into play.
I really enjoyed The Bone Season and immediately preordered The Mime Order. The world Shannon creates is vivid and engaging. That said, there were times I wanted to throttle Paige. In that way, I guess she is a believable 19 year old. Kerr's narration was great.
this story really pulled me in. the narrator has a lovely accent which was a bit monotone. if you are sleepy she could put you to sleep. there are a ton of details which I would stumble over if reading. otherwise great story with a bit of romance built in. looking forward to the next edition!
I love to multi-task whenever possible and audible allows me to keep up my voracious reading appetite while doing other things!
Yes! I gave this book a try because of the ratings and hype. I nearly didn't continue beyond the first few chapters, but wow was I enthralled by Paige's strength and story. It really picked up for me once she made it to the prison and beyond that point I really could not put the book down! In recommending this book to a friend, I would say that it is worth the time even if outside your preferred genre.
I would compare this book to the Hunger Games since it features a strong female protagonist in a futuristic,dystopian society. I have also heard of reviews exclaiming it to be the start of the next Harry Potter. Yes, Shannon is British. Yes, there will supposedly be seven books in the series. That's about it for similarities between The Bone Season and the Harry Potter series. Further, the Bone Season is an adult book. Equally as violent as The Hunger Games, but with a much more adult vocabulary.
I loved Alana's Irish accent - fitting for the character of Paige. I only wish that her voicing of other characters had been a bit more varied. Conversations - particularly in parts when several characters were speaking could be a bit confusing at times.