The audio adds another level to the excellence of the book. Ms. Raudman does an wonderful job of portraying all of the characters and drawing the listener into the story.
Reading about Kate and Curran is always a pleasure. The book is exciting, funny, shocking and very hard to put down.
I have listened to all of her performances in this series, all are equally excellent. I first heard her in Me, Myself and Why? by MaryJanice Davidson, and although it sounds like a completely different person, it is still great. She has also done some of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series, and they are great too.
Of the three series I have listened to her perform, the Kate Daniels series with its large cast of characters is the best example of the excellence of her work.
Ilona Andrews + Renee Raudman = a seriously excellent audiobook
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
I have never read the print version but I absolutely love Renee and cannot imagine Kate Daniels without her so I'll stick with audio.
Possibly Bayou Moon (also by Ilona Andrews)....but that would really be pushing it. Ok let me set the record straight. I LOVED Bayou Moon but I mean this is Kate Daniels!!!...and I mean come' on who can really compete with that! However, I shall answer the question...I would compare Bayou Moon to Magic Rises only because it is still hardcore, action packed, romantic without being sickeningly mushy, it has an amazing storyline...and well...I like magic!
It will always and forever be a toss up between Kate and Curran. I'm just in love with them being in love lol.
Of course...duh I'm human! This book is all of that. You will laugh, cry, snicker, and then bite the head off of anyone who comes to interrupt you before your time is up!!!!
This book is soooo worth the credit or money. I highly recommend it because you will be thoroughly satisfied. If you have not already read the first book of the series I would suggest you start there but for anyone who has been following this author than you already know this is a no brainer. With that being said, my only real advice for you is to make sure you carve out "me" time to listen to this because interruptions are so unwelcome!
I am huge fan of this series, but I have to say this book is the top book so far. It takes alot for me to get emotional hooked into a book..and I was totally wrapped up.
Andrews is willing the risk characters, plot line and story for the bigger story. There are so many plots lines that you could spent a life time exploring each one. Andrews seems to be able to build a story that you connect with the characters and flow with the story...
Well done and tx for the ride..
I have listened to the audio twice already and plan to enjoy it again. The series is well developed and the characters are wonderful.
B's stand at the gate.
Renee IS audio for Ilona Andrews. Both the Kate Daniels books and the Edge books. The fans want Renee...she is just plain wonderful... no other word needed.
"Hush, little baby, don't you cry..." This section just tore my heart out.
I just love these books and, of the series, this may be my favorite. This installment is a bit different, the problems are different...but a very interesting book. And we know that another ...or two...will follow. Yea!
I would hesitate now. The first few books in the Kate Daniels series, I loved. The character development, the multiple plots within a plot, the world portrayed and the adventures of the characters, all were something to get lost in and almost mourn when the book was over. But, this book? I won't post a spoiler by saying exactly what happens to who... but the book totally depressed me. I was angry and sad, let down, and yeah... just totally depressed by this book. I kept waiting for something to happen to make it not so... and instead, it just ended, leaving me stranded. A character gets seriously maimed, another gets crippled and a third gets killed off completely. WTH? Was any of that really necessary for the ongoing story arc? Why? I hate that. And, now I'm totally and completely depressed. I bought this book right away in blind faith on the basis of its predecessors in the series. But, after having waiting two long years for this totally depressing episode... I'm afraid to keep reading. I just want to sit down and have a long cry. It was well written... like the first books... but that just makes it worse, because then you can really relate to the characters and mourn their losses even more.
I don' t know. I'm warning them right now. It is well written, but it is so (IMHO UNnecessarily) sad that I don't know whether to tell them to read it or run screaming away from it.
"We were coming to save you, but you saved yourself already."
I don't know... not if it's going to be full of depressing stuff like this one.
We, your readers, get emotionally committed... there is no need to kill off main favorite characters..... we don't need such losses.
Oh yeah... but the performance was spot on for the audio book. The emotions were there in the voice of the reader. You could see, feel and believe all the characters and they all had their own individual and well-portrayed personas. So, awesome audiobook.... just depressing events in the plot line.
As an artist I find Audio books to be a great way to mulit-task!
Don't know as I've never read the series, only Audio and for the record Renee Raudman ROCKS!
Everything, anything,you name it I liked it! I can't say, because I love the whole book, love the whole series. The roller coaster ride that "Andrews Squared" takes us through in Magic Rise is non-stop, different and more intense than the other books in a most amazing way!
OK, you audio books junkies will get this. Now I am going to go a little off topic but it's important. Renee Raudman "IS" Kate Daniels, she "IS" Curran, she "IS" Barabas, she "IS" Andrea. She does an amazing job with these books and always has. I am so glad she's back.
Audio book producers need to learn, if they have not already, that we Audio Book listener do not appreciate it when our narrators are replaced period! YOU CAN"T DO THAT, NO WAY, NO HOW. We give these books our time and attention. We get attached to characters much more than when reading a book because the narrator has given them a voice and it's not the one from our imagination. She has brought that character to life. Changing the narrator would be like me going from speaking in English to speaking in only Russian, for the rest of my life. It effects the characters we've built in our minds. When narration is done right, they add so much more to a book. In my book, Renee Raudman does it right.
Had she not come back to narrate "Magic Rise" (and I heard there was a chance of that happening) I would have gone out and purchased the paper back book, no more audio for this series. That's how important a narrator is to me. Renee is important to this series and I think Ilona and Andrew get that!
YES, it made me say, "finally, it's here" and now I will be walking around with my earplugs in my head for the next couple of days!
I have all the books in this series and love them all.
Renee' Raudman's Narration is Fantastic! Her voicing even the Males is excellent. She also captures the Ironic and Sardonic in the Voice of the characters.
I had this Book on Kindle Pre-order with Amazon and it was an Unexpected treat that i could get the Audible the same day.
I Love the way the Authors have been doing their Magic Research, and all the American and other countries Culture/Pop Culture (e.g. Bugs Bunny, W.E. Coyote, The Princess Bride and other things American, Russian/European, 3AM Час волка).
I love the Humour and the 3D feel of the characters.
Any Writer(s) that can actually put me [old cynic] on an Emotional Roller-Coaster have got it together. I love the characters and they are almost real to me.
Please keep this series alive, Thank you.
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Let me get this out of the way; I normally do not read fun books or watch fun Movies with sad endings, if this was the only book of the series i had seen, i would have read the end first and not purchased it. This is ME and has nothing to do with the Writing or narration or story, I AM Weird that way. I have never watched the Movie "Titanic" cause the name gives the ending away. So this is not a critique of the Book or Series.
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Although I always enjoy the Kate Daniels books, in some there's simply too much emphasis on long, drawn-out battles, one after another. (I had a hard time getting through the one where they wereconstantly fighting in the arena.)
That's not the case with this story. Kate (and Curran and the pack members) are all given opportunities to kick ass, but relationships dominate this book. What does it mean to be a member of the Pack? Can Kate ever be truly accepted? Where will Kate's choices take her in the future?
My one disappointment in the audio version of this series is the narrator. Kate's okay, and so are many of the other characters, but Curran always sounds to me as if he's got a case of laryngitis or a bad sore throat.
But that's only a minor flaw. This book has only been out a week or so, and I'm already searching for the release date of the next book in the series!
No spoilers here but will just say this has been the most exciting book in the series so far. The storyline advances to a level that left me satisfied & dying for the next installment!. Some authors only give you a nugget at a time to stretch out their books but not so with this author. This is by far my favorite UF series.
Magic Rises as been the most expansive of the series, giving a greater view of what a world full of magic waves would be like. the plot also includes many of our favorite characters has they struggle cross the Atlantic to the black sea on a mission they know is a trap and a situation they may not survive so far from the heart of their stronghold.
there was tragedy, love, mystery, war,Joy new discoveries that would shock many
while listening to the audiobook i didn't believe Kate would win in the end, with the overwhelming odds stock against the Atlanta group and with new and old powers rising from all around them.
the narration was well performed by Renee, Magic Rises is an excellent book to add to any reading list for the summer.