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Women of the Otherworld, Book 3
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Series: Otherworld, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (838 ratings)

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Paige Winterbourne was always either too young or too rebellious to succeed her mother as leader of one of the world's most powerful elite organizations - the American Coven of Witches. Now that she is 23 and her mother is dead, the Elders can no longer deny her. But even Paige's wildest antics can't hold a candle to those of her new charge - an orphan who is all too willing to use her budding powers for evil...and evil is all too willing to claim her.

For this girl is being pursued by a dark faction of the supernatural underworld. They are a vicious group who will do anything to woo the young, malleable, and extremely powerful neophyte, including commit murder - and frame Paige for the crime. It's an initiation into adulthood, womanhood, and the brutal side of magic that Paige will have to do everything within her power to survive.

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©2004 KLA Fricke, Inc. (P)2008 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"As in Armstrong's debut novel Bitten, this story's special strength lies in its seamless incorporation of the supernatural into the real world." ( Publishers Weekly)

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✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

This series is a favorite of mine and this is probably my 3rd or 4th time listening to the entire series. I loved the Paige, Lucas and Savannah story line. Paige and Lucas really go great together, I love how they work together and how he brings a little reality back into Paige’s life when she’s freaking out. I love all the new magical things introduced in each book, this one has a necromancer added for a great scene. As with each time I’ve listened to this book, I was enthralled from the very beginning. I did want to smack Savannah a few time for being a brat but I just reminded myself she is a teenager.

The narration is not my favorite. I think she sounds too old for the characters. This doesn’t ruin the audiobook for me, I get used to her every time :)

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Interesting Series

First read this book years ago thru my library & got interested enough in Armstrong's Otherworld that I read the others in the series. I've been more interested in Paige & Lucas than Elena & Clay, on the whole. But, in listening to this story today, there were several times "Harvard" Paige was just TSTL and her intelligence did not shine through. I like Merlington as a narrator on the whole, but this recording is not a standout.

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Not the best

Love the Kelley Armstrong series, however this was a little lame. I am hoping that the rest of the series is not a dime store series.

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Ok story telling. Performance lacking.

I've read this story before. A decent early work for the author. But the narrator was lacking. Mispronounced words were the worst. She pronounced forte like FORT not once but twice. The whole thing came off as less than professional.

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Good Listening

Have read this book before but really enjoyed hearing it. Recommnd this book .

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  • Sharon
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 05-01-15

Second time better than the first

Watching the BITTEN series has lead me to listen to the Outer World Series again. Kelly Armstrong is one of my favorite authors and I love theses books. The performances are mostly excellent.

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 09-15-13

Excellent continuation of the Series

This third book follows Paige and Savannah after the aftermath of of book one and two. Eliana (main character from first two novels) is mentioned a couple of times. This story is about witches, sorcerers and cabals. I like the story, it was fresh and took a way different trajectory than the first. This story preserved a villain from the book two -- you have to read to see who.

Armstrong continues to do a good job painting interesting characters and placing them into situations where they have to examine moral issues. I find this a much more welcome formulation than simply creating a action bang-chase-bang fantasy novel. I was okay with Merlinton's narration. She narrated briskly, but her multiple voices needs work but still was suitably young for the Paige and Savannah.

This novel appeals to lovers of fantasy. Although this is not a romance novel, it has elements that will keep the interest of the romantic. I give this novel a solid thumbs up.

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Don't Waste Your Credits(or money) on This Book

Would you try another book from Kelley Armstrong and/or Laural Merlington?

I don't know? I've liked a couple of her books, but this book was such a huge disapointment that I don't know if I want to waste more time and energy on a bad book.

What didn’t you like about Laural Merlington’s performance?

She made the book boring.

Any additional comments?

You need a better narrator for your books.

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  • Nicole
  • BROKEN ARROW, OK, United States
  • 06-17-16

not good.

won't be listening to the next one. this was horrible and hard to get through. main character was such a wimp. and very whiney.

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Agonizing

I write this negative review with regret because I very much enjoyed the first two books in this series. Elena, the main character in the earlier books, was smart, self confident, and tough, with just enough femininity to make her accessible and appealing. You admired Elena for competently using her wits and her talents in the face of various adversities.

In contrast, Paige Winterbourne is nothing more than an illogical, ditzy victim throughout this third book. For over half of the novel, Paige is subjected to an agonizing series of misunderstandings, set ups, and outright attacks of ever increasing severity. Over and over again, she reacts at best with poor judgement and/or disbelief that this stuff could be happening to her, and at worst by making the worst possible choices and decisions. How could a Harvard-educated computer whiz who is also the leader of the American Coven of Witches act so consistently stupidly at every possible opportunity? This dichotomy renders Paige's character unbelievable and just plain frustrating.

Adding to the agony is the character of Savannah, Paige's ward. Savannah must be the most self-centered, ridiculous 13 year-old witch who ever lived. As if Paige's actions weren't bad enough, Savannah is always there to make things worse. Unwilling to appreciate the obvious danger they are all in, Savannah never fails to take actions, blurt out secrets or cast spells that back fire and wreck havoc during the most tense moments of the story. Each time, she responds with defensiveness or denial, refusing to acknowledge the obviously devastating results of her own actions.

After the endless, repetitive litany of "bad things happening to Paige and Savannah" the ultimate conflict basically resolves itself, despite, not because of, the efforts of Paige and Savannah.

At least the narration was good, even if the story was frustrating. The first two books were good enough that I may give this series one more chance with the 4th book, but this one did not live up to the good start made in the earlier books.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful