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On the Edge Audiobook
On the Edge
Written by: 
Ilona Andrews
Narrated by: 
Renée Raudman
On the Edge Audiobook

On the Edge: The Edge, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either. Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn't turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off-the-books job in the Broken just to survive.

Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power). But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them - or they'll devour the Edge and everyone in it.

Spend some more time on The Edge.

©2009 Andrew Gordon and Ilona Gordon; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[E]ngaging urban fantasy....Andrews has created a complex plot and convincing characters that will keep the pages turning." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    scott north ogden, UT, United States 09-18-12
    scott north ogden, UT, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "what ive been looking for"
    Where does On the Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the better books live listened to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    one of the boys. they just remind me of myself. not always listening to the one in charge and wanting to play and do their own thing.


    Have you listened to any of Renée Raudman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this was my first


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

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    didnt need to phyical sex scence, i think it takes more talent to imply it than actualy "show" it.

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    Laura United States 09-17-12
    Laura United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Meh. Nothing to write home about."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe it was too "young adult" fantasy for my likes, or maybe the romance component was entirely too predictable, but I found myself listening to On The Edge just to complete it. The underlying fantasy principle, particularly the 'three world' scenario (the Broken, the Edge and the Weird) was interesting and some of the magical components were innovative but I couldn't help but feel that, at the end of the day, this was a cheesy romance novel (geared towards a younger audience) with fantasy being a secondary element. I haven't read any other Ilona Andrews books but this one left me wanting more...more depth of characters, less predictable story lines and more true fantasy. It was an "ok" read - but coming of of other, much more (in my opinion) developed and complex story lines (i.e., Deborah Harkness All Souls series), I couldn't help but feel that this was just a 'junior' read. Again, this was my first time reading this author - so perhaps she writes towards a younger audience and perhaps she intends to write more romance than anything else, but it just wasn't up to par with other things I've been reading lately.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought the ending was entirely too fast and not very well developed. I had hoped that this was due to the other two books in the series taking off where they left off, but I later learned that the other two books are entirely different stories with just some minor character overlaps. I thought the book had a solid chance of (finally) meeting my fantasy expectations for the book once the Weird was a central focus but I was very much disappointed.


    What three words best describe Renée Raudman’s performance?

    No offense, AT ALL to Ms. Raudman, but her performance was what I least liked about this entire novel. Her voice was too gritty, to 'disinterested' for Rose and ended up making Rose (in my head) MUCH OLDER than she was in the story, which didn't help considering the fact that she was only a few years out of high school. Her phrasing of some key exchanges failed, in my opinion, to capture the essence of the dialogue. As stated before, I think the entire book was geared to a 'younger' audience - but if the narration had been better, particularly at some key moments, it could have lent sorely needed depth to a series of characters that were lacking in major substance.To her defense, Ms. Raudman did an excellent job of narrating the voices of Jack and Georgie and I enjoyed her performance as to the grandmother. I do think that her Declan role could have been much better (but then again, she was limited by the 'script' which I think could have been much better too), and that Rose could have been much more compelling had she been performed differently.


    Do you think On the Edge needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes only because it was just at the point where some serious fantasy could be developed (after what seemed like 90% romance 10% fantasy).


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't hate this book but I don't think I'll read it again anytime soon. I also don't think that I am interested in reading the other two books in the series based on what I read here.

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    cameron lakewood, OHIO, United States 09-11-12
    cameron lakewood, OHIO, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A lot of fluff."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I would not have picked this had I known it was more a romance and then a fantasy adventure book. There was a lot of fluff and not much pay off. The villain didn't have the greatest motivation and the wrap up for forgettable.


    Has On the Edge turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job with distinguishing each character.


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    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 09-11-12
    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Typical fantasy romance but a good one"

    This book is as advertised, it is a fantasy romance with little in the way of surprises as far as general plot goes but what it does, it does well. There are a couple interesting twists within the story that one may or may not see coming and it details the daily life and world-changing adventure of a young woman raising her two brothers. Magic and a typical male hero intervene and shake things up with a backstory for he and she developing throughout the book. The heroine seems to me the best character and wields a genuinely enjoyable personality that brooks no injustice but is tempered with calm and reason. Thankfully her response to the dashing stranger is more original than his character and she is easy to like. The seeds are laid for a potentially compelling series and, while it is not the most original story ever, it is competent and will probably entertain most lovers of fantasy.

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    Pnuttygal Eufaula, OK 09-07-12
    Pnuttygal Eufaula, OK 09-07-12
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    "Loved this book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of On the Edge to be better than the print version?

    I love the way that Renee Raudman narrates! This was a great listen.


    Have you listened to any of Renée Raudman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She's always great!


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    jason phoenix, AZ, United States 09-07-12
    jason phoenix, AZ, United States 09-07-12
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    "Memorable Characters and Story."
    What did you love best about On the Edge?

    The characters were All very rich, and the story flowed easily.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonist Declan Camarine with all his arrogance and bravado made this story! He is not a character I will soon forget.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A few come to mind, but i liked the end when Rose met the Dutches of the Southern Provinces. Moments like that make this story compelling, and induce the reader/listener to continue on in blithe.


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

    If I had the time I would definitely give it a try. This story moves along seamlessly and with pace.


    Any additional comments?

    I already purchased the second in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Coeur D'Alene, Idaho 09-05-12
    Patricia Coeur D'Alene, Idaho 09-05-12
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    "Fantastic Story, Fantastic Narration!!!!!!"

    It starts out a bit slow but I guarantee you that you will be so hooked on this book that instead of listening to it on way to work and breaking it up over a few weeks, you will stay up all night listening to it like I did. I just couldn't get enough, I was sucked in, I was part of the story! A fantastic story with fantastic characters. I could visualize them all as I lived in the story while it was being told. When it ended, I was so sad to return to the real world.

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    Angie COLLIERVILLE, TN, United States 09-03-12
    Angie COLLIERVILLE, TN, United States 09-03-12

    3,495 hours listened in 2012! I used to be a voracious reader, then my job had me driving about 1k miles a week. I started listening to Audible and have never stopped. I quit work and now just listen all the time, cleaning house, shopping, driving, in the hot tub. I even put one earbud in and let Audible read me to sleep every night.

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    "Ok start to new world, new story"
    What did you love best about On the Edge?

    The narrator was great, I love Ilona Andrews worlds too. Very original, not your usual paranormal romance based here in our world. Ms. Andrews definitely separates the humans from the "others" and gives you a reasonable explanation why they are and where they are.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ilona Andrews? Why or why not?

    I will definitely get the next book in this series to see how she builds out the characters and the supernatural world they live in.


    What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

    Renee did her usual good job of differentiating the different characters voices, really good job on the sullen William.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud several times, which wasn't good since I listen to my books while I'm going to sleep and cracking up laughing tends to wake my husband up!! LOL


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    Ida 09-03-12
    Ida 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A fun listen"

    A very fun listen with some different notes. It hinted at interesting backstories and definitely left me wanting to know more about the folks in the story. I will look for more in this series and by this author.

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    ebony LANSDOWNE, MD, United States 08-18-12
    ebony LANSDOWNE, MD, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Story"
    Where does On the Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This Book was different for me but I enjoyed it! It rates at the top for me and I will be listening to the rest of the series.


    What other book might you compare On the Edge to and why?

    na


    Which scene was your favorite?

    in the burger king parking lot


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh mostly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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