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Cleveland, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1306)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1168)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "I'm hooked."
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    If you could sum up Cast in Shadow in three words, what would they be?

    Really - only three words. Entertaining - Vivid - Detailed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cast in Shadow?

    There are really so many memorable moments, but -- Kaylin was called to the Lord's office to explain her actions at the orphanage and after revisiting her troubling childhood (in great detail - this was the first glimpse into her past), how she put together a family and how they were taken away from her, the Lord wrapped her in his wings and accepted her explanation. Quite touching.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Teela the female Barani - I just love her hautiness.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book is so detailed -- it is really difficult to choose only one of anything to talk about. But ... it was quite moving when Kaylin was called to the orphanage to 'heal' one of the children. Kaylin is quite fond of the children. This one was very close to death and proved to be difficult to heal. It turned out that in order to do so, she had to give of herself - her essence (if you will). Then finding out that healling the child put the child, herself and potentially the world in jeopardy.


    Any additional comments?

    I was introduced to Michelle Sagara’s work when Audible offered her novella Cast in Moonlight as a free download. I very much enjoyed learning about Kaylin as a child (if you can call her a child as she is quite street-wise).

    Michelle Sagara creates very interesting characters – immortals, cat people, winged soldiers. On several occasions I found myself sitting in my car, in my driveway, listening to find out what was going to happen next or waiting to see how a problem was going to be resolved.

    I plan on getting the next download in the series.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1787)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1614)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "Every fantasy book will be compared to this"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Daughter of Smoke and Bone to be better than the print version?

    I am sure the print version is a page-turner, but I think Khristine Hvam out-did herself in interpreting the story and giving life to the charaters.


    What other book might you compare Daughter of Smoke and Bone to and why?

    I would love an answer to this -- I am relatively new to the fantasy genre.

    I also very much enjoy Michelle Sagara's


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    The emotion she puts in her performance elicited tears, amazement, fear - really a total range of emotions.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Impossible, but I found that I couldn't leave my car after I parked. In fact several times, I'd have to restart the car because I NEEDED to see what happened.


    Any additional comments?

    An amazing story and performance. I wish I could give this more stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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