• A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (510 ratings)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

By: Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
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Publisher's Summary

When Feyre kills a wolf, a beastlike creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a magical land, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it....

©2015 Sarah J. Maas (P)2015 Recorded Books Inc

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A waste of a free credit

This book is a mix between Beauty and the Beast and A Game Of Thrones, written in the tone of a sulky teenager. Maybe I'm just too old for this, but regret spending a free credit on it. Listened up to chapter 4 and gave up.

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Umm...teenage writing?

Oh my god. I mean, I'm not expecting Jordon or Sanderson...but still...just no. The writing feels like a teenager's. Puerile. Middle school writing prompt material.

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I love this book

I read this book before but listening was a whole new, exciting experience. this series is so close to my heart!

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just what i needed

i loved the story. it was romantic and dark and full of mystery and i really enjojed it. also very well performed by the reader. thank you.

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A interesting reimagining of a classic story

While creative in impressing ways, the heroin felt a tad too passive and powerless most of the time.

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What a delight!

Fantasy at its best, just a wonderfully engrossing world of magic and intrigue with a few steamy moments in between. A lovely escape that had depth without being mentally taxing in detail.

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Run, don’t walk, away from this book

This book is such a disappointment. It’s poorly written; honestly, the text feels like some kind of twilight fan fiction. What’s worse is there is no subtlety to the story. The author doesn’t weave the plot points eloquently or build to the various events. Characters disappear unexplained for chunks of time only to pop back to provide some otherwise unmentioned magic solution. There is virtually no character development for any character. There are so many better series of similar stories more worthy of your time.

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A great start! 🙌

I've heard so much about this series so I had a lot of expectations. ❤️
The beginning was awesome! It was a combination of "The Hunger Games" and "Beauty and the Beast". The middle was a bit too slow and corny for my taste, but in the last third of the book, the plot became something completely different... 😱
The descriptions, the difficulties, the tension, the action - everything left me with my jaw on the floor. The world build up and the characters was so beautifully written, down to the smallest detail. 👏
And the end? It left me with so many questions and I can not wait to start the second book!!! (a little bird whispered that it's much better than the first one!)😉

The book is relatively long (16 hours in audio) so despite the slow parts, I remained fascinated by the story and that means everything, especially as someone who is not a big fan of fantasy books... 👏👑
I can not wait to find out how this story will develop!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Highly recommended for fantasy lovers, YA and Slow Burn books. 💥

I listened to the audio version (which were amazing).

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Never read something more horrible…

This story is the most stupid, the most childish and the most irritating I’ve ever read. I can’t really believe this book was so successful. I always finish the books I buy with Audible but this time it was far too much… I decided to waste a credit and throw it away although I’ve still had six hours left. The performance was OK, but with such a horrible plot every other feature simply disappears…

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Entretenida!

Empecé a escucharla por su dándome y estoy emocionada por escuchar los próximos! Muy buena dicción de la narradora.

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  • Ragne
  • 04-07-21

Couldn't finish

This book, a summary: "For your own safety, don't do the thing!" Does the thing, ends up in life threatening situation, gets rescued. "Seriously, do NOT do the thing!" Does the thing, get rescued, glimpse his well muscled body. "Really! I'm losing patience here! DO NOT DO THE THING!" Does the thing, gets rescued, notices more of his body.
Intermingled with thinking about how her family doesn't care about her.
All set in a "Beauty and the Beast" copy.

But the narration was good.

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  • NeilRC94
  • 10-24-19

My next binge

I loved Sarah J Mass' last series and can see the same thing happening with this. Although I wasn't too sure of Jennifer Ikeda's narration at first, I very quickly warmed to it. I would absolutely recommend this book to any and all fantasy fans.

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  • C Moore
  • 11-14-19

Intense and emotional

First time listening to an audiobook. It was definitely worth it. The author constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat, making you ache in anticipation at what comes next. The plot made me think extremely hard as it was well written and thought out. I loved the forbidden romance aspect and trials that Feyra and Tamlin had to experience, it was painful but emphasised their love even more.
Would definitely read/listen to this again.

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  • P. Symons
  • 12-31-19

Jury still out

I didn't quite get into this book, it just didn't quite make sense. I really enjoyed the Assassin series of books so I will give the next one of these a try to see if the plot gets better but for me not as good as the other Maas books.

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  • Chloe Gontier
  • 05-04-21

Amazing voice actor but awful book

Please don’t waste your time on this book. It is so poorly written, and all of the characters are the same. Like I wouldn’t be able to tell you the difference between basically all of the high fae which is just shoddy writing. There is very little word building and the pacing is VERY patchy. I found the relationships that develop are weird and not developed and they just end up switching from hating to loving each other in a matter of pages. If that wasn’t enough, they are also abusive and toxic and this isn’t condemned once by the author - it’s not like an enemies to lovers thing (which I have no problem with) it’s like “frail human girl is kidnapped by fairy who doesn’t respect her boundaries and doesn’t seem to understand consent”. Gives me the ick that this is advertised as YA too with the explicit sex and torture scenes.

That said, the voice actress did the best she could with the source material she had!

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  • Bookish_ones
  • 09-06-19

Potential spoilers

ACOTAR REVIEW

***POTENTIAL SPOILERS***

Having so recently finished the Throne of Glass series, the urge to compare the two is high.

I wasn't so sure I'd come to like the characters as much, and it certainly took me a little while longer to warm to them.

Part of the barrier initially was that I was on audio book during my morning commute. I didn't gel with Jennifer Ikeda (who narrates this book) to begin with, but after a few chapters it started to flow more.

Feyre is an interesting protagonist. There's the juxtaposition between being the savvy, hard working, hunter gatherer of her family (following her gut when stalking the wolf in the opening chapters), and the polar opposite when thrust into Prythian where she seems to make poor judgement calls (easily believing that her father has come to her aid despite the many obstacles he'd have faced) and putting herself in harms way.

I'm typical SJM style, you tag your romantic interest early on, only to have whiplash by the end of the book. It's one of the things I like most about her stories.... And it reminds me not to get too comfortable ☺

That said, despite Rhysands good intentions I cannot see how Feyre can see him in another light..... But this is the girl who has forgiven the man she loves for manoeuvring her into killing an innocent fae and then kidnapped her under false pretenses.

Maybe I'm in need of chocolate, maybe I'm a bit cynical, but I don't think Rhysand is going to be replacing Rowan in my heart any time soon.

I'm still excited for the next installment... Can I count on more Nesta and Lucien?

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  • Sam Lucas
  • 04-02-18

Does the book justice

I devoured this audio book as quickly as the paperback!
Starts off as an interesting adaption of beauty and the beast but ends up as a whole other creature. ;)

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  • Poppey
  • 01-09-19

Stunning

Having discovered Sarah Maas' books mid 2018, I have not stopped listening since.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is set in a land of faeries and mortals. A love affair between a mortal and a High Fae Lord. This book starts off slowly, but really takes off after the first few chapters. I have to admit to finding Feyre a little naive and rambling, at times and, towards the end, I found the last trial she had to overcome predictable.

Tamlin and Feyre's love looks as though it will last through it all, but I have a feeling that a love triangle in the future between Feyre and Rhysand is on the cards. Lucian I feel a little sorry for as he seems to lose out, and, again, I feel he will end up the scapegoat in all of this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-21-18

Wonderful!!!

Loved everything about this book and can not wait to listen to the next book!

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  • K Gates
  • 04-28-20

mesmerising!!

I loved this stunning book! Brilliant story with plenty of twists and moments where I was left guessing what could possibly happen next!

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  • Emma Dalmazzo
  • 03-14-20

Great book, terrible narrator!

I am a huge fan of Sarah J Maas and read this series on my kindle 2 years ago. I recently started a job that requires a lot of driving and decided to try audiobooks. I just finished listening to the Throne of Glass Series narrated by Elizabeth Evans, which is 10/10.
I purchased this book and from the first chapter I was so incredibly disappointed with the narration. I made it to chapter 15 before I switched to my kindle to finish the book. The narrators voice is so monotone and robotic. It is a bit easier to get through in the beginning, but once Tamlin and Lucien are more present, it is very hard to differentiate between their “voices”. I also found it hard to know when the characters were speaking at all, as there was no clear difference in the narrators voice. Lastly, the long pauses between sentences left me feeling like I was wasting my time. I feel like there would be at least 30 minutes of lengthy and unnecessary pauses throughout the whole book if it was all added up.
I absolutely love this series, but I am so disappointed that I spent money on this audible version. I will be steering clear of this narrator.
I am not one to normally post negative reviews, but I just wanted to warn other listeners in my position.

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  • Natasha
  • 02-26-19

Saved by the ending

The majority of this story was nothing to write home about, the protagonist is a bit of a damsel in distress despite having some skills of her own, the love interest was as generic as possible and the pacing of the romance felt rushed. Definitely saved from a 2.5 by the last quarter, which was definitely more original introduced more dynamic characters and allowed Feyre to become more of a three dimensional character.

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  • Papu
  • 06-22-18

took a while before the story took off

I like the story but the narrators voice is not blesent. Her accent is so strong I keep focusing on her voice rather than the actual book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-18

brilliant! can't wait to listen to the next

I loved it, hooked me in the first chapter. and I love Jennifer Ikeda narrating! always enjoyable!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-19-19

Thrillingly fantastic book, horrible narration

Hated the narrator, swear I started becoming depressed listening to it. Although I have read the book without narration and it is very enjoyable, these are some of my favourite books. Sarah J Maas is an excellent author.

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  • Kate
  • 10-02-19

Enjoyed the story but the narrator

Narrator was hard to listen to. almost stopped multiple times. It's worth sticking to it though

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  • The Bookish Collection
  • 04-23-19

Fairytale dream!

Loved this story. I did struggle a bit at first because I kept finding similarities with this and Beauty and the Beast. But of course, once I pushed past that I fell in love with the characters and the slow but steady build the story had over all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-21

Dodgy Love Triangle Set Up

Perhaps more suited for teenagers but whole this story had its good parts, i found it cringy at other times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-21

Great! Got used to narrators voice

Read a lot of reviews saying that the narrators voice put them off, her voice and style did take a few chapters to get used to, but after that great! Don’t let the other reviews put you off

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-20

listening to alexa read :(

its a shame i cant listen to 5 minutes
after listen to the throne of glass series and earth and moon.

the reader is dull as door nails.
i miss Samantha evans she brought your books to life that they deserve.

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