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Written in Red Audiobook

Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

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Publisher's Summary

No one creates realms like New York Times best-selling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities - vampires and shape-shifters among them - who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she's keeping a secret, and second, she doesn't smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she's wanted by the government, he'll have to decide if she's worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

©2013 Anne Bishop (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Patricia S 05-09-14
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    "First of a completely enjoyable series!"

    I love this series so much. They are the only audible books in my 700+ Audible library that I routinely re-listen to when I need some feel-good time! The narrator is EXCELLENT AND THE STORY is creative, well-thought out and utterly enjoyable. I just completed Vision in Silver and can't WAIT for book 4. Well worth your credit!

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    Cara 03-13-13
    Cara 03-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kind of Amazing"

    The only negative thing I can say is that I did have to speed up the narrator's voice. But once I did, it was just fine. And the story draws you right in. I finished the book and still can't get the story and all the things that happened out of my head. I really wish the next book was available, and no other book I have listened to in the mean time has even come close to measuring up. You won't regret this one.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-20-15
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "3 ½ stars. Enjoyable story"

    but I had a major problem with the audiobook narrator. Do the physical book.

    The ideas are creative and different – like vampires traveling as smoke, seasons and weather as beings. When humans arrived on Thaisia (similar to the North American continent) they had to be submissive to the Others – natives already there. The Others have power over the humans – a nice change from the American Indians’ history. The Others include animal shifters, elementals, and weather creatures.

    This story does not have a romantic relationship. This is book #1 in a five book series. It’s possible that a romance may develop later. Book #1 is about Meg, a human with psychic abilities. Meg is on the run and asks for help from Simon the leader of a group of Others. He allows her to stay with them. There is a happy ending for this book.

    MINOR PROBLEMS:
    1. I’m nervous about this author. I don’t know if I can trust her. She killed the heroine at the end of another series. I’m hoping she won’t do that here.

    2. A few times when good guys thwarted or stopped the bad guys, I wanted to see the bad guys suffer, be angry, or be hurt. Instead the bad guys acted happy and said something like “this is good because now we have proof that such and such...” I felt unsatisfied each time something stopped a bad guy.

    3. Heroine does stupid things during the ending climax which put her in danger.

    4. Meg has a psychic vision which tells her the food is poisoned but she does not say who put the poison there. I’m not a fan of psychic visions that give me half answers. This is often done by authors. It’s an easy contrivance.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    Alexandra Harris has a lovely, pleasant and soothing voice. Her pacing and character interpretations were good. BUT I couldn’t stand her accent. It’s a harsh twang. I think it’s Oklahoma area. I’ve enjoyed other narrators with southern accents, but I can’t take this southwest twang. As an actress I think she should learn to speak the generic TV anchor accent. I would love to hear her read other books without the accent.

    Below are examples of her accent. The written word is in parentheses.
    pitcher (picture), propietor (proprietor), figer (figure), cusedy (custody), prolem (problem)
    dayown (down) tayown (town)
    She does not say the “n” in contractions. They sounded like coulded, woulded

    My second problem was hearing her BREATHS. During the first half I didn’t notice any. But in the last half they were frequent. I don’t know if the editor was at fault or something else. I wish she would solve that problem in her future recordings.

    Narrative mode: 3rd person.
    Genre: paranormal fiction.

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    Catherine 01-26-17
    Catherine 01-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the book, less fond of the vocal delivery."

    This book is one of my favorite fantasy novels. Unfortunately, the audio version doesn't quite match up. While the novel has a distinct voice, the narrator is largely flat, except for the times she puts a... very creative emphasis on certain words or syllables. The accents she chooses for the supporting characters are inconsistent, sliding in and out of different regions, sometimes in the same sentence.

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    T. L. Walker Montgomery, Al, USA 03-21-16
    T. L. Walker Montgomery, Al, USA 03-21-16 Member Since 2017

    Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane. Reviewer at BiblioSanctum.

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    "Wonderful World-building, Excellent Story"

    The story of how humans and the Other co-exist is a fascinating one, and while there isn’t a ton of back to back action in this like you might find in most urban fantasy, there’s plenty of delicious world-building as you get a feel for this. I found the various types of shifters fascinating, especially the avian shifters (Crowgard, Hawkgard, Owlgard). The narrator used a distinct speaking rhythm for them that made them instantly likable, especially the Crowgard who are as impish and intelligent as their animal counterparts. Even though the crows’ obsession with shiny things is a myth, I still couldn’t help being entertained by it being used in throughout the story. The vampires in the story are a mash-up of dated B-movie tropes, but they still add to the story in their own kitschy way, even if I did keep imagining Nyx as Morticia Addams.

    The Lakeside Courtyard is more progressive with how it interacts with humans, but Meg’s presence allows for a stronger trust to form between the humans and the Others. While the Others are certainly imposing, they’re not nearly as cunning as humans who have perfected lying and betrayal, something that doesn’t come easily for the Others (aside from maybe a group of them) who are mostly upfront. This may be because they are the apex predators in the story and have no need to for that type of dishonesty. The Others who choose to interact with humans are only slowly coming to realize that humans do share some of their base level emotions when confronted with things such as triumphs and injustices. Despite taking human forms, they’re only simulating humanity to the best of their abilities. They don’t understand many aspects of human life, and tidbits of useful wisdom about humans are imparted on them throughout the story, which in turns makes them begin to see them as more than just prey.

    I thought it was great storytelling to have the shifters proud and in control. They’re not hiding who they are. They’re not holding control by working behind the scenes while humans remain oblivious. They’re not ruled by human laws and integrated into human society because they have to be. It was heartening to see humans and the Lakeside Courtyard accomplishing so much together as they learned to trust each other more, even if the catalyst is Meg’s sweetness. They’re not giving up control, but choosing to explore ways that humans and Others can continue to live together with more mutual trust and respect. Trust and respect are hard for both sides given their histories.

    Having Meg squeak and stumble around while everyone felt the need to baby her was disappointing, though. I’m not saying that I needed her to be some superwoman who could handle anything because rounded female characters aren’t just the ones who can hang with the big boys, but it’s unfortunate when a character like Meg, a character that I could like wholeheartedly, isn’t allowed much agency. That’s why I preferred the character Monty in this case of showing how both humans and Others could actually have some sort of relationship. He’s a human in the story who smells like prey unlike Meg. For that reason, he’s not given automatic trust as Meg is, but because of his positive interactions with the Others, concessions and considerations are made for him, as well, because they start to see him as more than prey and even “useful meat.” That felt more believable considering the circumstances.

    The narration for this book really added to my enjoyment. Alexandra Harris’ is exceptional. She captured the innocent vulnerability of Meg well, and I enjoyed the voices she used for the different animal gards and the Sanguinati. She does have a voice that can come off very young sounding, which can make the story feel a bit juvenile in places, but I still would highly recommend this. I’m anxious to find out what happens next. This makes it hard to stick to my reading plans, and I think I might have to make an exception for this series. I’m almost sad it took me this long to start this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynnz 03-13-16
    Lynnz 03-13-16

    I am addicted to audiobooks. It makes my 1 hour (each way) commute go by without me becoming an agressive driver. lol

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    "Excellent book/story"

    Written in Red has a very interesting story. Not usually my kind of book because it is so much a fantasy. But it was easy to follow and the characters had great personalities. Looking forward to the next book. The narrator did an excellent job of distinguishing each personality.

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    Meg 03-03-16
    Meg 03-03-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Unexpected gem"

    I purchased this book quite a while ago when it was on sale. I thought it seemed like it might be interesting, but it sat in my library for a bit and I finally started it when I had exhausted all my other books. I didn't have high hopes, but I plunged ahead.
    The first 3 hours are rather slow, and there was one point where I almost returned it, but I kept going and I am so happy I did.
    I found the story and presentation of this book incredibly original. It was exciting, fun, and a great listen. To be fair, some parts were rather corny and the character development could use some work, but overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend it.
    There were some problems with the narration (mispronunciation of words), but overall it was well done.

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    Sara Yarmouth Port, MA, US 02-12-16
    Sara Yarmouth Port, MA, US 02-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Unique Fantasy Universe"

    I did not physically read this book, only listen, however it was one of the most intriguing books I have purchased. I was happy that I found a long book about paranormal fantasy world things, and was pleasantly surprised to find that I absolutely love it! it took me approximately 3 days to finish, however, it would have been a lot sooner had I not been at work. If you like stories about supernatural beings, told in a way that seems that the author assumes your knowledge of the universe, then you will love this book!

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    Kelli 02-10-16
    Kelli 02-10-16

    I love losing myself in books of any kind

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    "An Intensely exciting story"

    So many books today rarely built into a good story with relations and growth in the characters. Many stories today are all about sex or forgets to pull in the reader. The book was a wonderfully told story the captures both the imagination and provides intrigue. This was a nail biter that has me hooked.

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    Happybunnytsu texas 01-19-16
    Happybunnytsu texas 01-19-16 Member Since 2016

    Merry meet merry part till merry meet again

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    "Truly amazing story with great unique world"
    Where does Written in Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Bear in mind the 1st part of the book is setting up the whole world that encompasses once you get past first part of book the Narrator will whisk you away into world so unique and so wondrous that you wont believe how quick book goes and where time went before you know the world fade as does wondrous voice that swirls to end as world of so much adventure paranormal world unlike any other book i have ever had joy of listening too Bravo to Writer and Double thumbs up to Alexandra who read the book and steal your imagination for while but like all good things the book had to come to end.. Sniffles i feel sad it over all can say buy it listen to it 1st oh 20mins or so set up world you will dive into and never want to leave.


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  • Ann
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    10/21/16
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    "An interesting & engaging listen"

    I appreciate I am not the target market for this book.
    The concept is good, but I found the characters lacked depth & the American accent didn't convey the sentiments in the words being used.
    That said the story was engaging & I enjoyed listening to it.
    I will be buying the next one in the series to listen to.
    Overall I think this would be a great read/listen for 13-16yr olds & above.

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  • S. R. Rawson
    Tilton, England
    10/19/16
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    "Brilliant, all bar one thing"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, I have them in paperback, as Ebooks and now in audio. I only have one complaint about the audio version and that is, at the very end, with about 60 seconds to go, suddenly there is loud music playing over the narration, why? It totally spoils the book and there is no need for it. Stop it for goodness sake. Thank you.

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  • Farnham_red
    8/5/16
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    "Not perfect but I loved it"
    Where does Written in Red rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not the best book I have ever listened to but its not far off.

    Slightly slow start and in places its a bit Young Adult rather than grown up but it more than makes up for it with a gripping (if predictable ) story. Once I got into it I couldn't stop listening to find out what happens next.


    What other book might you compare Written in Red to, and why?

    Has some similarities to the Mercy Thompson books except our heroine is a prophet instead of a cayote who falls for a wolf.
    There are big differences though in the world building with the paranormal creatures being somewhat different to standard Werewolf bear etc, and even the Vampires don't follow all the normal rules.


    What does Alexandra Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I took a while to warm to her as the reading was a bit Jackanory style to being with though that's partly the fault of the book, its introductory chapters are not as good as the rest, probably because they are scene setting. But she has a good range of voices for the Characters, and once I got used to her I really did enjoy her narration. Loved her wolf howls!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hard to answer without spoilers but the reaction of Winter when Megs life is in danger I really liked." Follow that Sleigh " must be one of the best lines.

    That and when Sam explains the safety line and buddy system


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Paranormal Fantasy this book is definitely worth a try - its more action than romance thought there is a slow burning something going on between Meg and Simon. None of the sex you get in some books of this type, but it doesn't need it. The story is original in concept - its so good I got to the end and and did the whole thing all over again - and am now half way through book 2

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    Southend on Sea, United Kingdom
    4/17/16
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    "poor narration. very flat voice."

    good idea of universe but failed to follow ip. too simplistic a view of the possibilities. this is my first Anne Bishop book and given reviews I am very dissapointed. missing depth and complexity of either scene or character. won't bother with another.

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  • Tamara Morriss
    12/13/15
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    "Love! Love! Love!"

    Alexandra Harris is a really engaging narrator who brought this fantastic story to life. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series

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  • Myth
    9/14/15
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    "Excellent"

    This was an excellent audio book. The story was engaging and kept me entertained till the end. The narrator was also fantastic, loved every minute and will highly recommend both the author and narrator to friends.

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  • Martin
    7/13/15
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    "Amazing!!!!"

    I have read quite a few books in my time and this one by far I some of the best. The mixture of adventure, detail, horror and pure energy that come when you read is outstanding. I would recommend this to anyone, whether they are just starting out to people like me.

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  • Amazon Customer
    4/23/15
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    "Good vampire / werewolf book"

    Good story, a bit different than the other vampire / werewolf books. The performance is very good. The story is a little unusual but quite good.I don't usually read vampire / werewolf books, but this is worth a listen.

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