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  • The Cruel Prince

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him - and face the consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings . . .

  • By S. E. on 03-09-18

Quality and Refreshingly Different YA Fantasy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Where does The Cruel Prince rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rank this book well within my top 25%.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cruel Prince?

The most memorable moment of this book for me is the end of the novel, but I do not want to even hint at why so as not to spoil the book for anyone. I appreciated the character development and imagery throughout the novel. Reflecting on it now, there are scenes I can see as clearly as if I had watched it play out in a film. The terrible beauty of the land of Faerie was treated with enough detail to conjure clear images but not so much that the imagination was inhibited.

What about Caitlin Kelly’s performance did you like?

The narrator did a quality job with the performance. Each character's voice was distinct enough to make it easy to distinguish between them. Her rhythm and inflections were consistent and smooth, making it an enjoyable novel to which to listen.

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

I believe I grabbed a couple hours of sleep, but I did listen to this novel all in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

There were times I wanted to reach in and shake or slap the characters, but because they were so believable. There was a depth of character in this novel that I am unused to seeing in YA fantasy. The characters were far from perfect, and it was clear how their pasts shaped and continued to shape the choices they made and the adults they were becoming. I look forward to seeing how the characters continue to grow.

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