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Rosemary and Rue Audiobook

Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October “Toby” Daye, rejecting it completely.

After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas. The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby is forced to resume her old position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.

©2010 Seanan McGuire (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Well researched, sharply told, highly atmospheric and as brutal as any pulp detective tale, this promising start to a new urban fantasy series is sure to appeal to fans of Jim Butcher or Kim Harrison." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Daniel F. Van Werken Scotia, NY 11-23-15
    Daniel F. Van Werken Scotia, NY 11-23-15 Member Since 2016

    Getting fatter, older, and uglier every day.

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    "Actually, kind of boring"
    Would you try another book from Seanan McGuire and/or Mary Robinette Kowal?

    I bought another book already, so I will likely listen to it, but I seriously doubt I'll ever buy another one.


    What could Seanan McGuire have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story was a bit pretentious and boring. I was hoping for an exciting ride and the story is more of a bland female fantasy without any real drive. I wouldn't have finished it except for the fact that I can listen while working, so there's no time loss for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know whether it was the reader's fault or just the story itself, but the voice sounded overly pretentious to the point of annoyance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration that the story wasn't any better than it was.


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    Edward P. Traxler Lugoff, SC 10-25-15
    Edward P. Traxler Lugoff, SC 10-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Unexpectly marvolous"
    What made the experience of listening to Rosemary and Rue the most enjoyable?

    Simply .. a GOOD story. No great magics, swordfights any of that .. but a great story from start to finish. It just happened to take place with the fae


    What other book might you compare Rosemary and Rue to and why?

    I recently read the first two books about Alexis Carew by J.A. Sutherland. Nothing similar in the subject as they are science-fiction military .. but I had the same pleasure, enjoying the book and immediately ready to purchase the next one. That is always a delight.


    Have you listened to any of Mary Robinette Kowal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    I caught myself laughing at times


    Any additional comments?

    When I finish a book and immediately want to start reading the next one .. I think that is the greatest compliment to the author and the best suggestion to other readers.

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    christopher TS Lee Lynnwood, wa United States 09-26-15
    christopher TS Lee Lynnwood, wa United States 09-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Could have been much better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book. The protagonist had such potential, but a few glaring instances of never gonna happen, break the suspension of disbelief. How about taking a few bullets (poisonous iron) and then getting laid after getting patched up. Really? The other thing I just cannot get over is the interaction with supposedly terrifying and ruthless creatures of Faire; she mouths off and gets away with it.


    Would you recommend Rosemary and Rue to your friends? Why or why not?

    Nope, for the above reasons.


    What about Mary Robinette Kowal’s performance did you like?

    Good range of voices and emotions, it is not the performers fault that the material was sub par.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


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    lincolnchandler716 amarillo, TX, United States 09-23-15
    lincolnchandler716 amarillo, TX, United States 09-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "title and story unconected"
    Would you try another book from Seanan McGuire and/or Mary Robinette Kowal?

    maybe if the principle is more concrete.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    do not knw


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal?

    the narrator was okay.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it was very disjointed and the format was confusing.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to know what purpose did the little girl's death at the end serve????

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    DecemberRain Utah 09-20-15
    DecemberRain Utah 09-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fairytales, mystery, danger, adventure, snarky"


    Fairytales, mystery, danger, adventure, and a snarky heroine, what more could a girl ever ask?
    The book did go in circles just a little bit but I understand this is the authors first book and so a few bumps are to be expected. From what I read in other peoples reviews, with each book the series gets better and better.

    October is a Changeling (half Faye/half human) trying to live a "normal human" life until a phone call from an old friend turns her whole world upside down and brings her full force back into the world of the Faye.

    I adored the world that Seanan McGuire creates in this book. I have always enjoyed anything related to fairy's, Faye, fairytales, etc. and I loved the settings and characters here!
    There are so many characters worth writing about on their own accord, I could see books popping up out of those as well.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal.
    Mary had a clear crisp voice and voiced Octobers emotions well, I would definitely chose to listen to her again.

    I'm starting the second book right now, if that's not a recommendation I don't know what is!

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    Cristina 09-16-15
    Cristina 09-16-15
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    "Y*A*W*N"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It started slow and stayed that way through most of the book. Lack of description of the types of Fae referenced. It had good potential.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Seanan McGuire again?

    Debatable


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She was ok.


    Do you think Rosemary and Rue needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No not really. Seemed to be a good enough ending. I never did understand the book's title as I never heard mention of Rosemary or Rue.


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    Dana CYPRESS, TX, United States 07-31-15
    Dana CYPRESS, TX, United States 07-31-15 Member Since 2014

    I was always a sci-fi fan and nerd as a young person. Currently I read more urban fantasy, now plentiful and popular, than I do true sci-fi.

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    "Very good story, but..."

    It was quite heavy, I thought. The writing is wonderfully done with a new world, which she fills out creatively and without excessive descriptions that sometimes break the flow of a story. The plot is well defined. All in all it was a great book and an excellent narrator. My only problem was that I could only listen in small amounts because the subject and protagonist were ripping out my heart! From the first event to the last, my heart hurt at every cruel development of the story. With an amazing performance and a fascinating world, I recommend this book. However, be certain you turn down your identification with the protagonist!

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    Joan 03-09-15
    Joan 03-09-15
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    "Well written with strong story and narration, but."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really like this author and the characters she creates, so the book was well worth listening to. I will not read another in this series, however. One book where nothing good ever happens to the main character is enough for me.


    Would you recommend Rosemary and Rue to your friends? Why or why not?

    The main character is well drawn and likeable. The world is well thought out and interesting. Not sure if I would recommend it. One catastrophe after another, with one major injury after another, with one major loss or death after another, isn't for everyone. I prefer that my hero gain something along the way.


    What about Mary Robinette Kowal’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is easy to listen to and she did a very good job with the narration,


    Any additional comments?

    Not a book for people who want a happy or even a hopeful ending.

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    Bryan S. 02-19-15
    Bryan S. 02-19-15
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    "Enjoyed the book, but not the performance."

    The voice actor has a pleasant voice, but anything besides "normal" is somewhat unpleasant. For example all of her accented voices are too slow while her male voice are somewhat rough and unpleasant.

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    Amazon Customer 01-26-15
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    "Jim Butcher as a fairy?"

    not as good as Incrypted series. narrator was good but kept thinking how similar to the Dresden files the world was

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