A Court of Wings and Ruin

Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 3
Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
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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
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  • JP
  • 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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Mixed review

I returned the book Bc of the voice narration but I later repurchased it and was able to deal with it.

It was a good book but entirely too long for what the ending ended up being. I feel like the beginning and middle were sooooooo drawn out but the end was quickly wrapped up with so many questions unanswered. I'm assuming that many many story lines weren't tied up or answered Bc there is another book coming out....?

I wish they worked on the ending more and honestly I've become more interested in the other characters than the main ones lol. If there is a another book in the series I look forward to more development in some characters

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Beyond changing the narrator

Well I'm just completely disappointed.

We waited so long for this glorious extension of a story that has cradled our souls and birthed fireflies in our bellies with excitement to be dragged through the mud grinding down our flesh and bones on glass and mud to end in a puddle of acid. That's how disappointing it is to me.
The story sags and is padded with unnecessary 'the considerable length of him' and 'my heavy throbbing breast.' It really doesn't hold a candle to SJM's TOG series. The adult content while well written feels like filler content and forced excitement instead of true literature. I get the feeling that Jennifer Ikeda probably read through the first 3 sex scenes and said "dude, you're really shoving it down their throats huh?" So, maybe that's why we have a new narrator. Whom I think did a great job but yeah how fucked up is it to hear theses characters one way and the third book is completely different. I also get the feeling that SJM read way too many of her teen fans' tweets and instagram posts begging her and she said fuck it, I've got this other story to write might as well give these turds what they want.

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I had mixed feelings

A court of Wings and Ruin is book 3 of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

After absolutely loving book 2, A Court of Mist and Fury, I started A Court of Wings and Ruin within minutes of finishing the other.

Some random thoughts, in no particular order:

Probably because I read the books back to back, I was able to notice some continuity issues that I wouldn't have otherwise noticed. But there were several instances when things just didn't seem to flow correctly with either a plot line or a characters' behavior. Also, one thing that continued to bother me through this book and the prior book was the time references not adding up or making sense. For people who are centuries or in some cases millennia old, a year or two or even ten or fifty years is really not that long of a time frame. Sure it sucks for something bad to have happened for any extended time period, but in the grand scheme of things, it isn't that long. Freshly coming off of a 50 year nightmare is understandable for them to still be upset and processing, but what about those things that happened 500 years ago that are still a central issue of pain and despair? That doesn't make sense. A lot of "childhood" things should be able to be left in the past by then.

This book had a lot of filler. I caught myself skimming a few times.

Amren was very different in book 3 than she was in book 2. I know it was to setup a specific storyline for her in this book, but the character departure was a bit too extreme. She went from a solid, badass, protective, and dependable 2nd to Rhys to being a rude shut in who couldn't do anything or see anything beyond her project of deciphering the book.

Mor has a "big" secret that she has kept from the group/family for centuries but finally confided in Feyre. Yet the secret isn't really a big deal and her group would totally understand and be fine with it. Yet by keeping the secret and not opening up about it, she is causing actual harm to one of the others. And this group considers each other to be a family. Totally not cool and it really just didn't fit or make sense for her to do that. If nothing else, she should had told Azriel. But the fact that she felt she couldn't tell any of them did not make sense.

I hated Nesta. Like a lot. I couldn't stand her. The fact that she was a central character throughout, just didn't do it for me. Besides, I wasn't really a big fan of Elain and Nesta being changed by the cauldron or that being the direction the story went. Then sweet Elain took her heartbreak of her not being able to get married to that jerk a bit too far and it annoyed me. Get over yourselves because the world as you know it is pretty much about to come to an end and your sister, her mate, and their family are all putting their lives on the line to save you ungrateful brats and the humans.

I loved Azriel and Cassian and Rhys and Feyre. I liked seeing all of the monster/god type characters that were brought in. They were cool. I was so upset about what happened with the Suriel. I loved what happened with the Weaver and Ianthe.

Overall, I love their little family. A family you choose is often better than the family you are born into. Their friendship, love, loyalty, and respect, is EVERYTHING. I adore them all. By the end, I was even tolerating Nesta and Elain.

I have enjoyed this series up until now but as this book pretty much wrapped up the big conflict and war, I do not feel a pressing need to continue to the next book. I think I am good to end here and move on. Maybe I will read the next book sometime but my attention is straying in other directions. Besides, ending here allows me to dream up what happens with the characters from here.

Audible:I added the whispersync audible narration to this kindle book. The narrator was fine. She was easy to listen to and understand but I didn't really care for her voices. I think reading this one is probably more rewarding.

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Good Ending to Story

The story took a lot to build up, but it was Okay. It took awhile to get to the final war. Author uses the word purred too often. It did get to the point of annoying. This book builds more depth in other characters; however, it didn't feel like other characters act like 500 year old fairies or creatures at times. The whole mate thing seems a bit silly, which led to a section that could cut out entirely. The story did have a lot really good action scenes, which few people mentioned in their review. 2nd half is more interesting than first. This story isn't the Lord of Ring good. Some of characters lack depth and are too predictable. The story plot follows the typical good guys fighting the bad guys. There was a lot focus on cheesy romanace that isn't exciting unless you are into that. The story had so much potential to be much more and become more complex with the war, creatures, and different rulers who would have different interests and motives. It does have some of that, but author doesn't go in much depth in that regard.

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Narrator Change Didn't Ruin It

I loved the first two books in the series and was looking forward to this one when I noticed that the narrator was different. I generally hate when there is a narrator change in a series told from the same perspective, especially if you are binge listening. It tends to be so distracting that it can ruin it. Luckily this narrator sounded almost identical to the previous one and did an equally excellent job. I might not have even known they were different narrators. That being said, it was a great end to a great series, well worth the listen!

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Narration was just as good as the others

Many complaints about a new narrator... I couldn't even tell. As expected, the book was very good.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lee Kemp
  • 06-28-20

Dissapointing ending to the trilogy

After reading the comments about the change in narrators I was unsure but I didn't find it an issue. What was an issue was the feeling that the author really phoned it in with this last book. I also felt like the author thought the readers stupid as Maas had to spoon feed explanations for literally everything, leaving nothing a mystery or for the reader to wonder about. Phrases were repurposed and reused way too much and by the middle I just wanted it to be over and the story to end. It was just a dissapointment, nothing new happened at all. It was like the first 2 books. Calm, upheavals and tribulations, then everything ends up being fine and nicely tied with a pretty pink bow. Idk I didn't enjoy the series as much as I enjoyed the Creasant City.

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  • Cat
  • 05-05-20

What a conclusion

oh my heart. This was a rollercoaster start to end. Breath taking, heart breaking and i can understand why so many have recommended it over the years. A fantastic series, and a must for any one who enjoys fantasy

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  • karolinasereikaite
  • 04-14-20

Breathtaking Magic

These series has been an amazing magical journey I wish have never ended. It is full of unexpected turns, unique and breathtaking.

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  • Wioleta Celinska
  • 03-08-20

Brilliant book and great narrator!

This is one of my favourite book series! I loved every minute of it and cried like a baby few times!! also, the lady narrating this story was AMAZING! it makes such a difference when person reading the book is doing it in the way that the whole story moves you. I highly recommend it!!

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  • Ian
  • 12-18-19

frustratingly great.

The story continues, I couldn't stop listening to it, I'm loving thus epic fantasy, it really is great, the whole serise is captivating, thrilling and completely brilliant.
I can't recommend this enough.
Epic just epic.

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  • Katie Payne
  • 12-06-19

Couldn’t stop listening

When I first read ACOTR, I wasn’t sure if I would like the series but this has become one of my favourites. Audible has made it easy for me to listen to my favourites books on the train and this series will leave you on the edge of your seat!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Javi Jara
  • 11-27-19

I love ACOTAR!

I enjoyed the book so much, I didnt mind the change in narrator. I found Amanda put so much more passion into the voices and what the author was trying to convene that I enjoyed the book thoroughly.

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  • Rebeca B.
  • 11-04-19

Love , love this series

A great series. I enjoyed the 4 books available and wish that there was more for the other characters...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-19

My heart is full

I can't even express how amazing this trilogy was, I hope we can get more to the story ❤