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The Bone Season Audiobook

The Bone Season

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, August 2013 - 21-year-old British author Samantha Shannon has been generating a lot of buzz for her debut novel The Bone Season, Book 1 in a projected seven book series. Not surprisingly, a lot of comparisons are already being drawn between Shannon and a certain other British author of a seven book series – J.K. Rowling. Shannon, however, deserves recognition in her own right for creating a fresh, unique world that is simultaneously fascinating and intimidating. The year is 2059, and Paige Mahoney is a clairvoyant living in dystopian London. After unintentionally using her rare gift to commit murder, she is kidnapped by the Rephaim, an otherworldly race who have been secretly controlling the government for two centuries. Much like Paige, I found myself unable to escape the reality of the book – I simply could not put it down. Shannon’s epic debut – complete with suspense, paranormal gifts, rebellion, and even a little romance – already has me anxiously awaiting Book 2. In the meantime, I can’t wait to dive back into her world and experience The Bone Season in audio. —Katie, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom, she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

©2013 Samantha Shannon-Jones (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Paul 11-04-13
    Paul 11-04-13
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    "very hard to listen to while driving"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a fast forward button - goes on forever in some parts


    Has The Bone Season turned you off from other books in this genre?

    too many complicate minds parts


    How could the performance have been better?

    less complicated story line


    What character would you cut from The Bone Season?

    to many rafts


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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    AK United States 11-03-13
    AK United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "It's okay"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story was pretty good for a new comer. She will improve I'm sure. I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it instead of listening to it because I did not care for the reader. I will recommend my friends read it but will not recommend audio edition.
    ARK


    Did Alana Kerr do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not at all.


    Did The Bone Season inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


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    Sarah C. Durham 11-02-13
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    "A good start"
    What disappointed you about The Bone Season?

    For a rookie writer, this is a great start. The dystopic world she imagined is really engaging- but I just couldn't muster a sense of connection for the characters.


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    Amazon Customer 11-02-13
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    "Cliff hanger"

    A good read. This was a nail bitter never knew what would come next. The ending left me rewriting it in my head.

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    David D. Schneider 11-01-13 Member Since 2015

    Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.

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    "Don't Get the Raves!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Samantha Shannon’s story?

    Spotty writing with slow points of attention lagging plot.


    Do you think The Bone Season needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I think it is probably a good book for a first effort and that should be rewarded, but selected as a book put forward by a book group? Is it a relative on the selection board?


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    R. Montoya Albuquerque, NM 11-01-13
    R. Montoya Albuquerque, NM 11-01-13 Member Since 2016

    Chefdujourr

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    "Not really suited for an audio book"
    What disappointed you about The Bone Season?

    The narration was deplorable. The heavy Irish Brogue was difficult to understand especially considering the new vocabulary you needed to learn to comprehend the story. In addition, the shortness of the syntax was just downright annoying if you are over the age of 17. This book is not suitable for audio listen.


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

    I honestly couldn't say as, try though I might, I could not stand to listen any longer.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alana Kerr?

    Almost ANYONE


    Any additional comments?

    It might be better to READ Bone Season rather than listen to it. That way you could have a better chance of figuring out the vocabulary. Someone referenced the Harry Potter series and I would have to agree that they have their own language al-a Hogwart-ize. It is also rapt with violent, cruel and meaningless killings but that is what you might want for a Halloween read. I did not enjoy this listen.

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    Wende Ryan 10-28-13
    Wende Ryan 10-28-13
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    "Predictable"
    What did you like best about The Bone Season? What did you like least?

    Disappointing writing style. It's a great concept for a book, but only a quarter of a way into it I was convinced it was written for a teen just starting middle school. Simplistic writing style, simplistic and predictable character interactions. Too bad.


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    Jacqueline New Hope, PA, United States 10-27-13
    Jacqueline New Hope, PA, United States 10-27-13
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    "Entertaining and thrilling"
    What did you love best about The Bone Season?

    I loved Paige's voice and character. The plot moved quickly and it was easy to get swept up by the action and the interesting setting.


    What other book might you compare The Bone Season to and why?

    It was like Harry Potter because of the aspect of some of the people have magic powers and others not having them. Shannon made the world of the novel very intricate and rich, which I enjoyed. It was also like Hunger Games because of the dystopian setting and the overall attitude of the characters of fighting to stay alive.


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    PG Pug Pacific Grove California 10-23-13
    PG Pug Pacific Grove California 10-23-13 Member Since 2007

    PG Pug

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    "Amazing Narrator"

    I have listened to ALOT of audiobooks. (might even have a problem :) I have to say this narrator is probably the best I've heard. It's a good book that looks to me like the beginning of a series. While it isn't great literature it's a ripping good yarn. But again - awesome narrator.

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    Johnathan M. Burger Texas 10-23-13
    Johnathan M. Burger Texas 10-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just not very good"
    What disappointed you about The Bone Season?

    cliched characters, weak story, not very engaging


    Which character – as performed by Alana Kerr – was your favorite?

    none, they just weren't very interesting


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

    not really, it was chore to listen to.


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