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  • Changeling

  • Otherworld, Book 2
  • By: Yasmine Galenorn
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

Right away we smelled demon trouble, and we tracked it directly into the snare of the Hunters Moon Clan, sworn enemies of Puma Pride. But there's more than Were rivalry at work. It's that old demon Shadow Wing who's setting a deadly snare for the Pumas. We have to find out why, which means a visit to one of the Immortals. Unfortunately for my sisters and me, our half-human blood is just enough to put us in mortal danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great magical series!

  • By Mysticalsister on 06-11-09

Unfocused and Underdeveloped

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I can count on one hand the books I could not finish, but this one added to that number. I made it 75% of the way through before I could take it no more. It felt like the author was trying to use every mythological and fantastical reference she knew into the book. The result was a scattered mythos with no focal point for the story to be framed around. There were were-everythings, a dragon, witch, vampire, elves, the Moon Mother, Coyote Grandmother, Egyptian goddess Bastet, references to Norse mythology, and the list goes on. There was no real romance because the characters were working on collecting many lovers over their years. The main character, who was supposed to be a rather mature adult, read like angst-ridden teenager who kept telling her sisters she was all grown up now, though she did not demonstrate any independence – at least not in the first 75% of the book. The narration, at least, was decent but there is little I can actually recommend about this book.

  • Motor City Fae

  • Book 1 of Urban Arcana
  • By: Cindy Spencer Pape
  • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Detroit artist Meagan Kelly has had a strong sixth sense all her life, but that doesn’t mean the gorgeous stranger’s crazy story—that she’s a half-elf, half human heiress—is true. But Meagan can’t deny the evidence of her own eyes—he’s Fae. A tall, blond, handsome, pointy-eared elf—and a man she just can’t get enough of.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narrator!

  • By Samantha on 07-27-10

Narration Killed the Story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

This book was a relatively decent fantasy romance novel, but the narration made it challenging to get through. The heroine of the story sounded like a rather annoying cartoon character. And the male lead was supposed to have British accent, but the accent he had was unidentifiable. I liked the idea of the story more than the execution. There was a love/lust-at first-sight romance, an intrigue with the heroine being the target of assassination attempts, and the introduction of the main character to the fae world. Unfortunately, character and story development were lacking due to an over-emphasis on the sexual part of the relationship between the two main characters. However, because it was difficult to listen to the characters talking, some of my perceived lack of character development may be due to the poor narration.

  • The Cruel Prince

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good you’ll want to cyberstalk the author

  • By Amy A. Bartol on 01-25-18

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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