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Cruel Crown Audiobook

Cruel Crown: The Red Queen Series

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Publisher's Summary

Two women on either side of the Silver-Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.

Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary - how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lie ahead for her in royal life.

Captain Farley exchanges coded transmissions with the resistance as she travels the land recruiting black-market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital. She was raised to be strong, but planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected - until she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation: Mare Barrow.

Discover the truth of Norta's bloody past in these two revealing prequels to number-one New York Times best seller Red Queen. Plus a Glass Sword sneak peek! An exclusive excerpt from the hotly anticipated second book in the Red Queen series, Glass Sword, transports listeners to the world of Silver tyranny, a Red dawn rising, and one girl's resolve to break down the system that will hold her back no longer.

©2016 Victoria Aveyard (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Bunny Mama 03-25-16
    Bunny Mama 03-25-16

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    "Good but overpriced"

    I recently started the Red Queen series. I figured I should probably listen to Cruel Crown before proceeding to Glass Sword (which was already available). I'm glad I listened to it because it does elaborate on a couple of crucial parts of Red Queen. However, the last couple of hours are an excerpt from Glass Sword, which I had already purchased and intended to listen to. Also, while the two stories included in this book are interesting, I feel like they are probably not required reading between Red Queen and Glass Sword (disclaimer: I have not started Glass Sword yet, so this is purely speculation). In my opinion, considering the length of the two actual stories (not including the now obsolete excerpt from Glass Sword), this book is very overpriced at $12+.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy 02-05-16
    Brandy 02-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "well 50% is better than some I've read."

    I really liked the weedy story but the second wasn't my cup of tea. I got distracted with the messages and coding blah blah blah bs.

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    Tanisha 01-17-16
    Tanisha 01-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I appreciated it"

    This book was a bit confusing and boring. Aveyard put a lot of thought and detail into The Scarlett Guard and their command structure and communications. If I was reading this book traditionally I probably would have not grasped all of the detail because all of the confidential senior level clearance priority messages were a bit much. I wish there was a bit more detail into what happened to Sarah and how the queen evaded Coryann's ability and also how did the journal end up not being destroyed and in her brothers hands.So to wrap up this review, although I do appreciate this glimpse into the past I really would have appreciated more. I hope the next book has more detail into the characters themselves.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Ocoee, FL 02-18-16
    Melody Ocoee, FL 02-18-16 Member Since 2016

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Okay - would listen to others in the series"

    I enjoyed the first book so much that I had high expectations for this book. I listen to books on audible. I feel like the two halves of the book were very different backstories. The first half felt very rushed toward the end. The second half had a different format or style of going through the story. At times, it seemed drawn out. However, collectively,I appreciate that the backstories were from two different points of view and therefore,the stories have a different feeling to them (as if different authors.) I am glad I read this as part of the series, however I did not like as much as the first. I am still looking forward to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Mezzano 01-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "love love love"

    truly enjoyed this book. the back story filled in gaps without being redundant. have already pre-order the next.

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    Mary E. Butterfield Columbus, Ohio USA 01-11-16
    Mary E. Butterfield Columbus, Ohio USA 01-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great background"

    Gives great background on two key players in the series. Also builds on the excitement of the next book. Can't wait!

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    Daniel 08-29-16
    Daniel 08-29-16 Member Since 2009
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    "waste of time and money"

    Starts out like a prequel, providing historical background for some of the characters in the other books, but the rest is just repeats from parts of the previous books. I can't imagine why anyone would want to listen to this.

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    Erika Simon 07-07-16
    Erika Simon 07-07-16
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    "Insightful"
    What made the experience of listening to Cruel Crown the most enjoyable?

    It's nice to have voices attributed to stories, HOWEVER, i do believe this book (along with the rest of the red queen books need to be read alongside the physical version).
    There is a lot of details that need to be physically read to be fully understood.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight of it.
    The view from both side of the rebellion.
    from a depression striken queen to a ambitious rebellion leader.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were good.
    The voice fitted with the characters and it was soothing and enjoyable to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Where two worlds meet.


    Any additional comments?

    Insightful, If you love the RedQueen series then this a a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jane Montgomery, AL, United States 05-29-16
    jane Montgomery, AL, United States 05-29-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't waste your money on this back story"
    Would you try another book from Victoria Aveyard and/or the narrators?

    I loved the first two books in the series but was not at all impressed with this one. Only the first part of the story held any interest for me. If Aveyard does indeed write another book in the vein of The Red Queen, that continues the storyline I will try it. I also did not like the constantly shifting POV and the voices of different readers.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Not very good!


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

    The beginning of the story was interesting as it did present new information.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had known this was a rehashing, back story, and so short, I would not have bought it!

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    Mariah 05-12-16
    Mariah 05-12-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a reflection on my opinion of Red Queen series"

    This story was only some what interesting and kind of sad. I don't think it provided enough new information to make the cost worth it. Several charters are just from the second book.

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