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Bayou Moon Audiobook

Bayou Moon: The Edge, Book 2

When her parents vanish, Cerise's clan's long-time rivals are suspects number one. But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge - and Cerise's life. William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation's spymaster. When William's and Cerise cross paths, sparks fly - but they'll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.
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Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan's long-time rivals are suspects number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge - and Cerise's life. William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation's spymaster.

When William's and Cerise's missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly - but they'll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

Spend some more time on The Edge.

©2010 Ilona Andrews (P)2010 Tantor

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  • Audie Award Nominee - Judges' Award for Best Paranormal Audiobook, 2011

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    gabrielle cambridge, MA, United States 10-28-10
    gabrielle cambridge, MA, United States 10-28-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Not up to standards"

    Although I really enjoy the Ilona Andrews books in general (and particularly liked The Edge, Book 1), I found this book incredibly boring. As another listener mentioned, the story was formulaic. It was also predictable and way too parallel to the story in the first Edge book. The fight scenes went on way too long and the monsters of the book were less than believable. A big disappointment - one of the few books that I have listed to that I was glad to be finished with.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Skip Claiborne 01-09-15

    I love audiobooks. I usually listen while quilting, or just relaxing in the garden. My Great Danes even settle down when they hear a book.

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    "Surprising, wonderful, real"

    The writing was superb. But characters jumped off the page and invited you into their world. When the book ended I felt like I was leaving friends behind.

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    Smitten with Reading Texas 07-31-14
    Smitten with Reading Texas 07-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "B+ rating...."

    My Review:
    Overall.... 4.0
    Performance... 5.0
    Story.... 3.5

    I love audiobooks, but unless I'm on a roadtrip, I only get about an hour a week to listen to them. This audiobook was 16 hours long and I only had one small roadtrip when I got to listen to it. As a result, this book took me about 6 weeks to get through. That was entirely too long and I think it affected how much I enjoyed the book overall.

    This is a complex world and a complex story, but at the heart of it were Cerise and her family who live in the swamps. William is a changeling...i.e. a wolf shifter...and her love interest. The overall story line was very layered with intrigue and levels of interest from the three different levels of this world. But I'll be honest with you...because it took me so long to get through it...the politics of who all was after what and who was working with whom, got completely lost for me. For me, this book remained about Cerise and William and their developing relationship which I did really enjoy.

    For William, being a changeling is not something good in this world. The world considers them feral and tried to kill them all at some point. So he never lets most people know what he is. For Cerise, she doesn't give a damn what he is and I absolutely LOVED that about her. Cerise is one tough cookie and she does what she wants (unless it will hurt her family) and then she does what's good for the family. She's loyal to a fault, tough, but so wanting for a life and the love that she finds with William. For him, he's never even considered that he could find the happiness that he does with Cerise. He is also really tough, but has a vulnerability which just tore at my heart because he wants to belong somewhere so badly. I loved him in book #1 and fell even further for him in this story.

    There is a LOT to this story...a lot of characters, a lot of layers of politics, and I'm not going to get into all that. I will say that something that the team of Ilona Andrews does incredibly well is adding children to the story. In book #1 there were Georgie and Jack (which we get to see again in this book ...yay) and then this one had Lark and the boy that I can't remember his name that William takes under his wing. They added so much impact to the story with very little overall page time.

    And I can't do an audiobook review without mentioning Renee Raudman's INCREDIBLE narration. Wow. There are SO MANY characters in this book and each one sounds distinctly different. I don't know how she does it. Even the kids from book #1, Jack and Georgie...sounded exactly the same as they did in book #1. She has to have over 100-150 voices in her repertoire and it boggles my mind.

    I have to admit, I'm on the fence about book #3. These absolutely are the kinds of books I enjoy on audio, but that one's 14 hours. But it also features Kaldar...who I loved in this book. Maybe I will just sit down and read that one and save the shorter books for my audio enjoyment.

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    Carol Scott 05-24-14
    Carol Scott 05-24-14

    critterden

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    "good 2nd book, keeps you going. and wanting more."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bayou Moon to be better than the print version?

    did not read the printed version. so???


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bayou Moon?

    When the "GRANDMA" patted his cheek and said he was a good pup. I all most lost it. writing like that, is what makes reading so much fun.


    What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

    the voices. how she can do all the voices and make all of them so clear, and full of snark, and grissle.


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

    lol, yes, and I cant wait for the next one.


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    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 05-08-14
    Liz Bogart, GA, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.

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    "Preferred the first one, but Love these books!"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm so happy with this series! It's so very creative and well done. This edition was long, and at times felt slightly anticlimactic for that reason, but that long journey pays off in the end by making the romance involved feel more natural and by making the characters and the world of these stories more dimensional. I love the way details of the world are added in quickly and succinctly, without drawn out explanation, and then are expounded upon with action and dialogue. Really a cool writing style that packs lots of info in without slowing things down. On a side note, I am betting that the married couple who write these books under the moniker Ilona Andrews have a very strong relationship, partly because of the collaborative influence of their writing (and I'm sure cooking up the sex scene details doesn't hurt either.. These two can really write some sex ). Great stuff, all around.

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    Think about this 11-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This couple has an amazing imagination"

    I love the Kate Daniels series, and this one has captured my interest as well. This is a paranormal romance set in another realm of existence that borders our own world, that only those beings of magic can survive. It's one of the most imaginative series that I've read, with creatures brutal and lovable alike. They must go to a war among their own kind, then battle an intruder out to steal a secret most of the family doesn't even know they posses. Renee Raudman does an excellent job of narration,bringing all the voices, mannerisms, and emotions of the characters to life.

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    Mary Fendrick 09-27-13
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    "Love, Love, Love the Edge!"
    If you could sum up Bayou Moon in three words, what would they be?

    Really great characters


    What does Renée Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms Raudman is a great narrator. Her voices bring the book to life


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

    There are some books that you want stretch out because listening to them is such a pleasure. This was one of them.


    Any additional comments?

    It was nice to see a relationship between a man and woman that was not predicated on misunderstanding. I liked that the characters did not try to play games with each other, but spoke plainly of their feelings.

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    Skipper 07-13-13
    Skipper 07-13-13

    A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.

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    "Fun, fantastical romance"

    Fun, funky, and fantastical romantic suspense with the daring deeds fueled by magic, muscles, and science-fiction. It's told in third person, with the POV switching among characters, but primarily the story is seen through the eyes of the hero Willaim, a wolf-changeling, the heroine Cerise, a magical sword fighter, and the villain, Spider, a human of dubious bio-engineering. Spider has gills and lungs, for one example.

    The narration is uneven. Mainly it's fine, but sometimes it's a little hard to understand, if the accent is too thick, and/or if the words and names are invented or rare. I had read the book in advance, so I had an advantage.

    This is book 2 in The Edge series, and my favorite of the four books. I have read them all, and bought this Audible version because it was on sale.

    Setting: The Edge is the strip of land that lies between two very different lands. On one side, The Weird, where magic is status quo, and the leaders and lawmakers are those with the most magic. It's a world of lords and ladies, butlers and balls, similar to Jane Austin's England.

    On the other side of The Edge is The Broken, where it's business as usual, with Walmart and Starbucks on every corner.

    In The Edge, the magic is weaker. Most of the people who live in The Edge are exiles from The Weird. One part of The Edge is swampland, called The Mire.

    This story is set primarily in The Edge, at the swampy Mire, but also in The Weird and The Broken.

    The thriller plot makes sense, especially what the scientist-researcher-physician tried to do with the red moss, called burial shroud. There are lots of weird humans and animals, transformed into killing machines by science and dark magic. Lots of bloody fight scenes throughout the book.

    Characterization and relationship development was delightful. I sympathized deeply with lonely William, Lord Sandine, a wolf-human changeling. Glad he finally found a home with the deadly warrior Cerise Mar. Lots of laughs as William and Cerise spar with each other.

    Enjoyed getting to know Cerise Mar's large family, living in the Mire at the large but humble stronghold they call The Rathole. It felt like a boisterous, deadly, but loving family. I liked William's dealings with young Gaston and little Lark (aka Sophie).

    Great battle scene at the pond.

    William jumped to conclusions towards the end, which bugged me, but I understand why he did it, given his life-long history of rejection, abandonment, and isolation.

    It ends happily, and we see lots more of William and Cerise in book 3. They only get a mention in book 4.

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    Amazon Customer Manchester, NH, United States 05-25-13
    Amazon Customer Manchester, NH, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2015

    Wife to sometimes neglected husband (due to listening to audiobooks) and mother to adult children. I am a relatively recent avid reader/listener, only really starting to read for pleasure a few years ago but now am thoroughly addicted.

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    "Best book of the series!"

    I really enjoyed book1 but the chemistry between Cherise and William in book 2 was even better than Rose and Declan in book 1. It may have had to do with William being a wolf changeling and all the complications that come with it but the entire storyline was even more interesting in this book than the first, which was also very good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Martha 02-04-13
    Martha 02-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not as good as the first in the series."

    I really wanted to like it because it was William's story but I found the heroine, Cerise really annoying. It seemed to take forever before things happened and when they finally did, the authors left you hanging. What happened to the bad guy and where did her family end up? I should have read the book and not wasted my credit.

    The narrator was ok, some of the voices were really annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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