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The Winner's Curse Audiobook

The Winner's Curse: Winner's Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love...

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him - with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

©2013 Marie Rutkoski (P)2014 Listening Library

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    Tonyalee Georgia 07-05-14
    Tonyalee Georgia 07-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Good"
    What did you like best about The Winner's Curse? What did you like least?

    The world. It's very descriptive and unique, I loved learning about the different customs.

    Least? The narration and the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't HAVE one. The two main characters were hypocrites.


    Was The Winner's Curse worth the listening time?

    Honestly, I probably would have enjoyed the book more, had I read it vs listenin to the audio.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    brindy bartlett Mesa, Arizona USA 10-12-15
    brindy bartlett Mesa, Arizona USA 10-12-15 Member Since 2015

    Brindy Bartlett

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    "Beautiful story, horrible narration"

    I couldn't speak more highly of this story but sadly the narration is absolutely horrible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 05-10-16
    Sarah 05-10-16
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    "Good series"

    This was another series where the first book was OK, but I was glad I stuck with it through the end of the trilogy. The last book was the best.

    Yes, the narrator is a bit annoying. I've heard her in a few other books, so was used to her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stine 02-02-16
    Stine 02-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The narrator"

    I cant even listen to the voice, it is uncomfertable to listen to so i couldnt even finish the book. Please get someone else to read it, so I can finish it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Barclay 09-13-15 Member Since 2013

    I love to be carried away into something happy and fantastical.

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    "Distracted by narrator's horrible narration."

    This story could be bigger. It's got a lot of core elements that I like, but its almost like the plot is bigger than what's described. It keeps one from sinking in to the story completely because we are skimming the surface of the elements. The narrator had great voices for the parts, but her general narrator voice made me crazy! It sounded repressed and gravelly like she was trying to be cool. And she put such emphasis on the end of words, that often times a vowel was added. Instead of "drum" it was "drum-ma". Etc. Made me crazy!! Not a total waste of time, but not stellar either.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Megan IL, United States 05-16-14
    Megan IL, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up The Winner's Curse in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, compelling, new


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the strong heroine. The plot is a change from a lot of the current YA but is still fast-paced and compelling. Very enjoyable and I can't wait for the next one.


    Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    Justin Eyre is a great narrator and when looking for new books, if I am unsure whether to try it or not, I will definitely pick it up if I see her narrating.


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

    Yes.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie E Broome 06-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Read this book."

    I don't give 5 star reviews often. This book is great. The characters are textured, the heroine is intelligent, emotional and brave. I think that the discussion about slavery could have been developed more fully but was handled well. I bought the sequel before I finished the first book, so I'm committed!

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    Amazon Customer 06-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful narrator, great book!"

    The narrator was absolutely horrible. Finishing this book was a testament to how great the story is. I will never listen to another book the narrator narrates.

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    J. Bailey Plano, TX 04-22-16
    J. Bailey Plano, TX 04-22-16 Member Since 2016

    Melissa

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    "Good story line"

    The story line was good, but the narrator would have been better without the accent. She seemed to fall out of the accent from time to time. I will read the next story.

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    Anna Allison 04-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, great narrator"

    This was a fantastically written and unpredictable story. There have been complaints about the narrator, bu I don't agree. Her voice, somehow husky and whispy is great for the character and she managed to pull off several amazing accents. Highly recommend

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