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  • Days of Blood & Starlight

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!

  • By Katherine on 11-08-12

Can't wait for the third installment!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

What did you love best about Days of Blood & Starlight?

The visuals the author manages to create are truly stunning. It is so easy to imagine Karou's world, and so easy to get attached to all of the characters. They are developed very well, and the storyline is absolutely fascinating.

What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator can really make or break an audiobook, and Khristine Hvam really brings the novel to the next level. Her voice is perfect for the novel, and an example of how adding an accent to your reading can compliment the story. Very well done.

  • Clockwork Angel

  • The Infernal Devices, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,568

When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen but...

  • By Ariel on 09-29-10

Needs a new narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-20-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book itself was good, interesting characters and plotlines. It ties in well to Cassandra Clare's other series, the Mortal Instruments.

What didn’t you like about Jennifer Ehle’s performance?

As a narrator, if you cannot do an accent well, please do not try. The English accent was not very good, and this was emphasized by the transition from American to English accents. Also, changing your voice for different characters can be good (see Jim Dale), but in this case it really took away from the story. When the narrator read in her regular voice, she was good, but the shrill shrieks and "deep" voices used for some of the characters was extremely distracting. Prononciation also was not consistent throughout the novel.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Absolutely!

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