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A Court of Wings and Ruin

By: Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
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Publisher's Summary

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the number-one New York Times best-selling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so, she must play a deadly game of deceit - and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust among the dazzling and lethal High Lords - and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the number-one New York Times best-selling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

©2017 Sarah J. Maas (P)2017 Recorded Books

Featured Article: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Explained


A Court of Thorns and Roses is a young adult high fantasy series by Sarah J. Maas. The saga begins when Feyre Archeron, a 19-year-old huntress, is kidnapped and brought to the faerie lands of Prythian. Her kidnapper is Tamlin, a High Fae and one of the seven High Lords of Prythian. The series follows their story as Feyre spends time in the world of the fae and discovers that everything she thought she knew about faeries is absolutely wrong.

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  • 05-04-17

Jennifer Ikeda declined to continue with theseries

I contacted Recorded books Inc. and they said via email that Jennifer Ikeda decline to continue with the series. :(

I don't like the new narrator, but we may have no choice to get used to her.

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Loved it, despite new narrator (give her a chance)

I'll admit, I had a difficult time getting into this one (but loved it none-the-less). The new narration was just so different from Jennifer Ikeda -- for Feyre and Rhysand particularly. However, about a quarter of the way through, I was over it and just enjoying the story itself. Cobb did a really amazing job with the thrilling last half of the book in particular. Knowing that we have some character-focused novellas and novels coming up in the series, I know she'll do a great job with them (she nailed Cassian, Nesta, Amren, and Mor, I thought). looking forward to more Maas books narrated by Cobb (or Ikeda should she come back to the series). The fandom should definitely not fear this one. It's a great listen!

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Change narrator! PLEASE!!!!!!

This is by far my favorite series of all time. I will probably re listen to the first 2 books and only read the last book. I am SO disappointed that they changed the narrator for the last book. it honestly shouldn't be allowed in book series...... PLEASE RE DO THIS!!!!

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Not that bad!!

After seeing these reviews, I was really scared to listen to this. I loved the first 2 books SO MUCH! Jennifer Ikeda ruled. Why the switch!? I wish she had kept going, and I don't know why they chose someone new, but honestly? Once I got over being pissed off, it wasn't that bad! I mean, Amanda is no Jennifer, but I think she did her best. The characters were good. Lucien's brothers were fantastically evil. I just miss the overall tone of Jennifer as Feyre. I felt like I got to know her, and now it was like a completely different person.

And since this book is over 25 hours long, how were people writing reviews THE FIRST DAY IT CAME OUT!? I don't think half those people even gave the new narrator a chance. They couldn't have had the time to listen to it. So. I admit, it took a while for her to find her stride, I think, but once I got past my initial shock and dismay, and I started listening to the story itself? I was still interested, and I was still moved.

Chapter 44 - with all the high lords? And that scene with the cliff? Oh - and Lord Grayson scene with Elaine???? Come on. It was good. Admit it. Of course, you have to listen that far.

It probably sucks to step into such a popular series, so I say job well done -- even if I wish Jennifer was still doing it....

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Why change the narathor ????????

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No, no, no!!!!!!!! This is my favored series; I was supposed to re-listen to them over and over again; now I'm debating to ask for a refund for this one!!!! Nothing agains THIS narathor, but these where not the voices of the personages we love; the voice is weird and no suited for Rhysand or any of the male carachters; very very wrong choice; im just going to finish reading the paper book; the previous voice was perfect :(

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Court of Wings and Ruin?

From the audiobook? None!!! I couldn't concentrate on the book; I kept getting frustrated with the voice; at a point I just stoped listening; I will finish the book by reading the hard copy; which btw is perfect

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It was horrible; nothing agains her, but it was very wrong for this series; a bad choice; the most I got upset because her interpretansion if Rhysand is just bad, no emotion as in previous book( btw: I have listen to 100 time:))

Did A Court of Wings and Ruin inspire you to do anything?

Very disappoint in the voice ( new narathor it's just not good for this series)

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Bring the old narathor , I'll even buy the book again; this was suppose to be one of those book that I could listen over and over again ; now I'll just have to make it work with the first two :( very upset

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  • 05-03-17

BRING JENNIFER IKEDA BACK TO NARRATE THIS - REDO!!

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Please bring Jennifer Ikeda back and do a redo of this audiobook because Amanda Leigh Cobb just butchers it for me and I'm sure for many others as well. I love SJM's books and I feel Jennifer Ikeda does a wonderful job narrating The Court Of Thorns And Roses series. PLEASE REDO PLEASE REDO PLEASE REDO!

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Narrator change!!!!!

Not happy with the narrator change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where's Jennifer?!?!

Love the story but unhappy about the narrator change!

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I LOVE THIS SERIES, but the new narrator....

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

NO. There is background noise, seems like her voice is echoing, and I didn't like the idea that we started with one narrator and switched with another.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amanda Leigh Cobb?

Jennifer Ikeda

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Why change the narrator? Horrible decision!

I love this series. I bought every book on ebook, hardcover, and audio version. But I feel almost betrayed by recorded books that they changed the narrator for the last book in the series that is written from Feyre's POV!!!!!!!! Jennifer Ikeda was amazing and brought this story to life. This narrator is not great. She is better for cheesy novels. Overly dramatic, bad acting. All of the intimate scenes were no longer sexy, but corny dime store romance novel-esque in the voice of Amanda Leigh Cobb. The least she could have done was listen to the previous 2 books and tried to mimic the previous narrator. It feels like my favorite TV show recast the main character. This decision ruined this series in audio version for me.

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The narrator ruined it for me.

I tried, I really did. I’m 2/3 of the way through the book. I’m half listening. The story is not the same, the characters are not the same, it’s ruined. Missing Jennifer Ikeda I don’t know if the writing changed or if all of it is due to the new narrator. I wish I wouldn’t have wasted the credit and read it on kindle with Jennifer’s voice in my head. It’s really upsetting that the new narrator didn’t listen to Jennifer Ikeda and pick up on the nuances that make these characters. She completely changed the way that they act by inflicting too much too often. It’s like listening to my bonus daughter watching Barbie but with shitty sex scenes.

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  • victoria
  • 04-03-19

Where is Jennifer Ikeda?

Why would you bring in a new narrator for the final book of this series after all the characters and the rhythm are established? The jolt is harsh. Jennifer Ikeda is fabulous and I am entirely disappointed with the change. Poor decision.

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  • Carrie-ann S
  • 09-22-17

I love this book , but bad move changing narrator

The thing I love about the audio books is how invested you get in the voices, emotive ways they speak etc. To change the voice in the final book... it caused me to loose all dedication to the characters. I tried but couldn't finish. I now won't buy one if the voice changed during any series. bad move :(

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  • Gem
  • 09-29-20

WHY IS THE NARRATOR DIFFERENT!?!???

I’m so not impressed. I’m a few seconds in and I already don’t want to listen.

Makes no sense. Poor form. I’d be seriously annoyed if I’d payed full price for this

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-24-21

thank goodness it's over

The only thing that saved this book from getting one star was the final battle.
I never want to hear the following words again:
cleave
sheath
my mate
vulgar gesture
and the miss pronunciation of the words shone(shawn not shoohn) and foyer(foy-yay not Foyher)
If book two grated my nerves book three had me shouting at it every time I heard 'my mate', everytime Feyre spoke, thought or gazed in awe, every damn time she compared Rhysand to Tamlyn, at every vulgar gesture, at every snide petty shitty inappropriate comment the author thought was funny.
Spoiler alert: they weren't.

I just don't understand how this long-ass, wordy, ridiculous book wasn't edited to within an inch of it's life? Half the descriptions weren't needed, there was SO MUCH repetition and the sex scenes were...I can't even. I'm so glad it's over.
I can't believe I'm saying this but I actually wouldn't mind reading Nesta and Cassians story. It must be some kind of Stockholm syndrome for books I'm suffering from. Send help...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-19-20

epic book and an easy listen

i was so used to jennifer in the previous book and dreaded a different narrator but i was suprised how easy i enjoyed the narration. narration and story 5stars. love the world characters the story. i wish the books never ended dam you sarah haha

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-14-18

Couldn't put it down.

Really great third book and it has left me wanting more stories of Feyra and Rhysand.

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  • Zoe
  • 07-25-21

Good job by the narrator

I was really worried that the change of narrator after the second book would be really difficult to get used to and ruin the story, but I didn't find it a problem at all. Mainly down to the narrator's skill I suspect, as I felt the intonation she used throughout echoed the narration of the first two books, which helped massively. It felt like a pretty seamless change to me.

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  • T-rae
  • 02-28-21

More romance/sex fantasy than sci-fantasy

I've really enjoyed many audiobooks from this author but this trilogy as become incresingly frustrating by padding it out with constant sex scenes. Now I don't mind the occasional one but with every book it's become more & more until I got to the point where it seems it's all the main characters do, (even before & after horrendous battles), that it's become irritating, spoilt the story with lazy, repetitive writing that had me fast forwarding through it. Sad that such a good authour & story was ultimately spoilt by this. I'd rather it was 2hrs shorter & left out 90% of those scenes so I could enjoy the story.
I'd also say it's therefore not suitable for younger readers.

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  • Anon
  • 05-11-21

Not as good as the other books in series, made worse by terrible narrator

SJM looks to have lost stamina in writing this book. The other two started strong but this book is full of terrible filler dialogue that meanders and you lose interest in between plot progression chapters. All of this would’ve been tolerable if a there was a half decent narrator.

She intonates incorrectly most of the time, losing the meaning of what the characters are saying. All characters sounds exactly the same so you often have no idea who is talking. She makes everyone sound like a moody teenager with her added “umms” and “ahhs”. She really spoiled the book.

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  • Lisa
  • 02-02-21

Still great

Still love it after rereading.
First time trying the audiobook though. Im not that much of a fan of the narrator.

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  • Kiah
  • 05-28-18

Why change the narrator??

I listened to the first two books one after the other and was so excited to dive into the last one until I started playing it and realised IT WAS A DIFFERENT NARRATOR! I got so used to listening to the characters in the previous narrator’s voice that it really threw me off trying to listen to the final book in a completely different voice!

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  • Kerrod
  • 10-27-17

Good story with a poor performance

Reader let the story down. Irritating at times. I won’t buy a book with the same reader again.

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  • Nicki
  • 05-08-17

Meh

Nowhere near as good as the last book, although the narration may have had something to do with it, the narration was just terrible! She got the emotions all wrong. Really hope they get someone else to narrate the story, as this narrator left me feeling nothing at all except irritation.

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  • Laura
  • 10-14-19

Yes it’s a different narrator but she’s brilliant

Story is epic, if you liked the first two you will love the third. As for the narration, yes it’s different to the first two and that can be jarring if you listen to them back to back but after an hour or two the voices blend and fade and she’s brilliant. I’m upset to see some comments suggesting otherwise. A great listen!

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  • S. Stevens
  • 07-19-18

Bring back Jennifer!

Read the book first - LOVED IT, so I bought it on Audible. Looking forward to listening to it on my drive to work when I realise the characters all sound wrong. Rhysand was the most disappointing. No emotion at all! I just assumed the Narrator would be Jennifer !?! I mean why would you change Narrators through a series - right?

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  • Natasha
  • 04-17-19

Not with a bang but with a whimper

I found this conclusion to A Court of Thorns and Roses fairly underwhelming. It wasn't awful but I felt it under delivered. The first two books built strong and complex characters who demonstrated that humans (and fae) weren't good or bad but a messy in-between. And the most compelling part of this series was that these characters faced real danger and risked real harm. This book failed to follow through on those risks and failed to round out character arcs in a believable way, it felt as if Maas had pulled her punches. The plot also felt rushed, a lot of threads were left loose while "angsty" but overall unnecessary plot arcs were included despite not adding anything to the story.

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  • Gillian Lomasney
  • 07-25-17

Good book, didn't like the narrator

As always, the books by Sarah J. Mass are thrilling. Good story, well written. I the only thing I didn't like was the narrator - some sentences were over done i thought. The narrator from the first 2 books in this series was better, it would have been great to keep her on for the final book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-22

JUST LOVED IT

I can understand my Maas is classed as a world builder and master story teller: this story was epic.

On a side note: I’ve seen reviews that complained about the narrator: didn’t like her. I thought she was brilliant. I wasn’t even to the end of the first chapter, when the voice of the narrator from the first two books disappeared , and I was into the story (and I listened to these books back to back). Her performance was brill.

It was a fantastic telling that had me laughing, crying, and swept me away on a wonderful adventure.

I just loved these books and can’t wait to get into the next two.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-22

Finally war!

Quite possibly my favourite of the series. the twists and turns in it made it hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-22

Disappointed

I can’t get over the change in narrator. Terrible inflection, does not match the story. I won’t be finishing the book.