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The Bone Season Audiobook
The Bone Season
Written by: 
Samantha Shannon
Narrated by: 
Alana Kerr Collins
The Bone Season Audiobook

The Bone Season

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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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    Michelle Middletown, WI, United States 10-18-13
    Michelle Middletown, WI, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling New Series"

    The Bone Season is the first book in what is slated to be a seven-part series. This means that there is a lot of world-building. This also means that there are many unanswered questions, many storylines left open-ended, and a lot of ambiguity. However, this should not be a scare factor for anyone. Samantha Shannon accomplishes quite a bit in this ambitious opening. While the world she creates is very complex, and the cast of characters is large, readers will find it very easy to immerse themselves into this unique setting among the eclectic cast. Her use of familiar sites and locations helps ease the discomfort associated with adjusting to an alternative history. The story is also helped by her ability to continue to acclimate readers to her new world without halting the story’s forward progress through pages upon pages of descriptions. The descriptions happen – and they are excellently written – but they occur simultaneously, keeping the momentum and intensity and effectiveness of the story intact.

    While the entire novel hints at future story lines, none have quite as much potential as the Rephaim and particularly Warden. His actions within THE BONE SEASON remain shrouded in mystery. His relationships to his fellow Rephaim as well as to the humans are unclear, while his motivations are not only unclear but downright unknown. It makes his actions that much more intriguing because a reader is left in the dark as much as Paige is. Ms. Shannon does intimate at Warden’s backstory, and the glimpses shown are tantalizing in the possibilities.

    Not only is Ms. Shannon setting the stage for future novels, but she manages to make The Bone Season a fast-paced thrill ride of a novel with a surprisingly large amount of closure. Paige’s struggle to adapt to life as a prisoner and the world of the Rephaim is intense, as she fights to maintain her independence and stay true to her principals in an environment that views her as lower than the low and only worthy of subjugation. Paige proves herself to be one of the strongest female characters to grace the pages of any novel with her fierce determination, unique skill set, and her pride. As the tension ratchets up to a fever pitch, the action – which was already intense – kicks into high gear, and a reader can only sit back and enjoy the ride. The final breathtaking pages will not only leave a reader anxiously anticipating the next installment but also celebrating the diverse and multi-layered world Ms. Shannon creates.

    Alana Kerr's performance is very subtle. She saves the emotional performance for the dialogue, and the narrative remains calm and almost soothing. In fact, the narrative is so quiet and emotionless that those experiencing the story for the first time may struggle remaining focused enough to understand Ms. Shannon's unfamiliar world. For those who are familiar with the story though, her performance enhances the familiar, placing emphasis on Paige's Irish roots and the diversity of Oxford's inhabitants. Ms. Kerr proves herself more than capable of tackling the hundreds of local accents that is a natural part of any story taking place on British soil as she switches from one character to another without pause or problem. All of the characters have their own unique accent, pitch, delivery, tonality, and intensity. It is an understated and most excellent performance but one most listeners may not appreciate given the lengthy amounts of world-building required to understand Paige's situation and the strange world of Scion and the Rephaim.

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    TSP Harrisburg, PA 10-16-13
    TSP Harrisburg, PA 10-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good characters in a fantastic alt universe"
    What did you love best about The Bone Season?

    The entire idea of the alternate universe in which it was set.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Warden, Arcturus. You get a sense of a deep well of history behind him, of forces working on and through him that we don't yet understand from this book alone.


    What about Alana Kerr’s performance did you like?

    Her pacing was spot on, and I enjoyed the small hints of an Irish burr and lilt in her pronunciations. I also apprecited her being able to properly pronounce french words, and the fact that her voice and style of reading really gets into your head and makes you want to listen more, even if the book itself may be a bit slow.


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

    I had no extreme reactions, though I did sort of sigh at the romance plot.


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    Lou Ann Half Moon Bay, CA, United States 10-14-13
    Lou Ann Half Moon Bay, CA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story"
    Would you listen to The Bone Season again? Why?

    No, I only listen to a book once. I would listen or read another book about the characters, since I liked them and interested in learning more about them.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to book 2

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    Madeleine Cape Town, South Africa 10-14-13
    Madeleine Cape Town, South Africa 10-14-13
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    "A page-turner"
    What does Alana Kerr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed Alana Kerr's telling of the story - her fresh voice with its lilting Irish accent brought the story to life. Beautifully read.


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't think I would like it at first but got drawn in and involved in the story and the main character's life. Well told

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    Daniel S MARTINEZ, CA, US 10-13-13
    Daniel S MARTINEZ, CA, US 10-13-13 Member Since 2007

    Dan the man

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    "Interesting story but the narration was rough."
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story and the imagery the author gave describing these two separate but coexisting populations, however the narration was simply monotone, and for the main character her voice was perfect, however you get lost in some of the back and forth conversations between two (or more) people when Samantha is reading it, as there is simply zero fluctuation between them. For this fact alone I'll probably pass on the series for now.

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    Booklover 10-13-13
    Booklover 10-13-13

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    "Monotone narration makes it impossible to finish"
    Would you try another book from Samantha Shannon and/or Alana Kerr?

    Possibly.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Samantha Shannon? Why or why not?

    Technical jargon can add to a sci fi story, but it is hard to follow in an audiobook when you can easily miss picking up the contextual meaning. I just couldn't make it past the problems with the narration.


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

    Alana Kerr's narration made this audiobook impossible for me to finish. First of all, her diction was distracting and noisy. Second, her voice lacks range. I felt like I was being read Goodnight, Moon. I couldn't distinguish between characters who were speaking.

    I don't have a narrator in mind -- just someone different.


    Did The Bone Season inspire you to do anything?

    No.


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    Patricia Boynton Beach, Fl, United States 10-10-13
    Patricia Boynton Beach, Fl, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2016

    Keeping Informed

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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    What did you love best about The Bone Season?

    The storyline took me by surprise. When I first stated to listen I thought oh no another flakey in the future book. Boy, was I wrong.


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

    I can't compare this to anything else


    Any additional comments?

    Just loved this book and hope there will be more to come.

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    Paul Somerville, MA, United States 10-10-13
    Paul Somerville, MA, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Decent story but frustrating delivery"
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    This alternative contemporary history, dystopian, supernatural fiction with its progressive revelation of mysteries did keep me curious enough to tough out this listen.But oh, the narration!I found I could only bear forty minutes at a time before switching to a liveler audiobook. Which would be, almost any other. I was left wishing I had got the print version instead.I really wanted to like the narrator better. Alana Kerr certainly is a master of the many dialects of the British Isles and her various voices can be lovely.But the monotony of the first person narrative spoils it all! At first I thought that the deadpan descriptions of the bleak police state in twenty first century London were gripping in fact and made me listen. One hears a character scarred by experience recalling all with horrifying dispassion.But then it goes on and on wihout relief, except where she allowed her voice some lilt in the other characters' dialogue. What was tense and gripping just became a background noise and my attention could only wander from the book. Scenes of flight and combat were indistinguishable in tone from the quiet and solitary episodes of exposition of the strange world the narrator discovers. What started out breathless just became dull.I think Alana Kerr could deliver a much better narration than she did, which left me even more annoyed than bored with this experience. Let us hope that she improves her technique... or that someone else will be cast for the sequels.

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    Amazon Customer Bath, Me USA 10-06-13
    Amazon Customer Bath, Me USA 10-06-13 Member Since 2013

    becky1304530

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    "Good story, incredible narration"
    If you could sum up The Bone Season in three words, what would they be?

    Rich, exciting, engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Season?

    Listening to the Page's first foray back into London, mouth sealed shut, mask distorting her features, forced to fight the people whom she regraded as family, was thrilling so was the scene where she kills Warden's cousin with pollen! Such ugly detail made it so alive.


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

    No I haven't but I'm now looking for other books she has narrated. I was amazed at how she made the book come alive! At one point I lost what was happening in the story because I was so enthralled by the tone and timbre or Alana Kerr's voice.


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

    Yes!!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many dystopia novels, most all young adult, and found this one the best of the lot. This is written for adults not for tweens and it shows in the rich details and lack of teen heart throb. The relationships are multi-layered and complex, just like the story itself. I must read for anyone who plowed through the Hunger Games or Divergent. Like savoring luxurious deep dark chocolate ganache after eating cheap milk chocolate candy coating.

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    Elisa 10-05-13
    Elisa 10-05-13
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    "Disappointing."
    What would have made The Bone Season better?

    The Bone Season started out decently - Shannon introduces an interesting world and potentially interesting protagonist, with a generally dreary, dark atmosphere enveloping everything that adds an intriguing tone to the whole thing.

    But then, just as things are supposed to get interesting, it just all falls apart. After our initial introduction, the rest of the book reads like angsty teen fan fiction - characters are two dimensional, the meandering plot falls into the usual "dystopian world" tropes, key relationships are developed in a rushed, unbelievable way, plot holes pop up left and right, the romantic relationship feels SO forced, and so on. I was especially disappointed in the development of the main character, who started out kind of layered and promising, and then just withered away into a boring Mary Sue who faces "terrible obstacles" without real consequences and "doesn't believe in herself" until the very end of course when she all of a sudden does a 180 and turns into Sergeant Leader and is all "I'm the only one who can save everyone ARRRGH!!11"

    Also, toward the last third of the book, Shannon heavy handedly employs the most embarrassingly trite plot device in order to forcibly move the romantic relationship along...I honestly felt like I had skipped an entire section because it just came straight outta nowhere. But no, it was just juvenile fan fiction writing at its best (worst?)

    Anyway, if you are WAY into "dark" YA fantasy stuff and don't care about, I don't know, how well it's written, then you'll probably like this. Because it certainly feels like it was written by a 21 year old.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Season?

    The last two thirds


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