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Shadows Return

Nightrunner, Book 4
Narrated by: Adam Danoff
Series: Nightrunner, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (317 ratings)

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With their most treacherous mission yet behind them, heroes Seregil and Alec resume their double life as dissolute nobles and master spies. But in a world of rivals and charmers, fate has a different plan.

After their victory in Aurnen, Alec and Seregil have returned home to Rhminee. But with most of their allies dead or exiled, it is difficult for them to settle in. Hoping for diversion, they accept an assignment that will take them back to Seregils homeland. En route, however, they are ambushed and separated, and both are sold into slavery. Clinging to life, Seregil is sustained only by the hope that Alec is alive.

But it is not Alecs life his strange master wants - it is his blood. For his unique lineage is capable of producing a rare treasure, but only through a harrowing process that will test him body and soul and unwittingly entangle him and Seregil in the realm of alchemists and madmen and an enigmatic creature that may hold their very destiny in its inhuman hands. But will it prove to be savior or monster?

A Note From Author Lynn Flewelling

Dear Listeners,

It's been brought to my attention that there is some confusion over the noticeable difference in some of the pronunciations between the first three books of this series, and the last two. The reason for this is quite simple. For Shadows Return and The White Road, I had the pleasure of talking in considerable detail with narrator Adam Danoff. So the differences from the first three books may be a bit jarring at first, but what you will hear in Shadows Return and The White Road are the proper pronunciations of names and things, as the author intended. I'm delighted with these new interpretations, and I hope you will be, too. Happy listening!

Lynn Flewelling

Don't miss the other volumes in Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series.
©2008 Lynn Flewelling (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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I love the book, but...

The first time I read this book I finished in it a day. I've read it several times since then, so when Lynn announced on her LJ that there was an audiobook I was excited. Her books were so good that I caught myself trying to read them in traffic, so this was a safer way to enjoy it.
The story holds up being an audiobook. It keeps the listener's attention even while doing something else. Sometimes with audiobooks I find that I get lost in the task that I'm doing along with listening. I didn't find that with this book at all, in fact I was coming up with reasons to drive just a little bit more so I could listen a little longer. I did notice some editing problems, several times two takes of the same sentence were included in the finished product. It took me out of the moment, but Lynn's wonderful world brought me back in quickly enough.
If you haven't read any of the Nightrunner books, you should get these. They are an addicting series and listening them is much safer than trying to read in the car.
I can't wait for White Road. I'm going to be getting the paper book and the audiobook, just in case I can't put it down.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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An unexpected development

If you began listening to the Nightrunner series with Books 1-3 as narrated by Raymond Todd, you might find the sudden switch of narrator jarring. Adam Danoff pronounces some names and places a bit differently and character voices are a bit different. This does not make Danoff's performance in any way less enjoyable than Todd's. It merely means that there will be an adjustment period. If you're nervous about switching between the two narrators, I recommend a break of a month or two between finishing Todd's narration and moving on to Danoff's. The differences will be much less obvious.

Danoff has a very pleasant voice to listen to. He clearly distinguishes between the different characters so that it is always clear which character is speaking. He keeps a good pace and captures the mood of the book well.

As for the story itself, Shadows Return is very different from the previous books. Seregil and Alec are not especially active in this book--at least not in the sense of nightrunning. I don't wish to go into too much spoilery detail, but this book is graphic on the slavery, mental manipulation, and violence. I found the story difficult to listen to, but valuable in that it delves into part of the oracle's prophecy regarding Alec and brings Seregil a little closer to resolving his unhappy past.

Shadows Return is my least favorite book in the series, but only because I found it so emotionally draining. It is still a good book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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PHENOMENAL!!!

Like all of Lynn's books, this one was a phenomenal adventure! Its amazing how she brings you into a world so real you would think she had actually been there. The adventure continues and I was on the edge of every word for this entire story. If your looking to dive into an intense and memorable experience I suggest you open your ears to this adventure!

On a side note to those of you who have listened to the other Nightrunner books: This is Narrated by Adam Danoff who isn't the original narrator of the other 3 books. It takes a bit of getting used to in the beginning. His pronunciation of many of the commonly used words and names are different. Overlook these and just be as grateful as I was to see Audible adding another one of Lynn's Books to the collection.

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A rough ride, but worthwhile

The Nightrunner series takes an interesting turn with this volume, providing an emotional roller coaster and a long path to what becomes desperately desired resolution. I found it highly worthwhile as a unique part of the whole epic, but individually it was not an easy read. Not because it was poorly written, far from it, but it departs widely from the adventurous and occasionally light-hearted intrigue that dominates the first three volumes and plunges headlong into dark and deadly waters. As with most of the books in the series, it sets up a great many things that unfold in future volumes.

The switch in readers to Adam Danoff is quite jarring at first, especially given that his pronunciation of some of the setting-specific vocabulary--particularly place names and even character names--is drastically different from what we heard in earlier volumes. A modicum of research, however, reveals that these are the pronunciations that author always intended. Additionally, in Adam Danoff's performance I found that I was finally hearing the "true" voices of Seregil & Alec and his overall tenor and approach jives much better with the language and feel of the series than the previous reader's efforts ever could.

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Back again

After the stresses of the previous 2 books, our heroes return in service to Queen and Country. Much is learned of Seregil's past as he confronts the forces that have placed him in his new life.

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Reviewed AGAIN

Like some others, I had originally written a review basing my opinion of the first 2 books of this new series criticizing the dramatic changes introduced by a new narrator. Changes so jarring that it was sometimes hard to grasp exactly who the characters were and where they had found themselves. I also received an email from Audible indicating a wish for me to re-write my review with the knowledge the author had consulted with the new narrator on pronunciations. Imagine my surprise to discover my previous review had mysteriously disappeared; so, I will repeat, regardless of the author's opinion, my review.

In a series that picks up at book 4 and 5 with a new narrator, consistency, in my opinion, should outweigh how something was originally intended to be pronounced - after all, we all pronounce these made up names and places in our heads differently, but consistently for ourselves. Book 4 and 5 provides little to no background to existing characters, mythology or previous plots. It ASSUMES you've previously listened to the previous 3 novels. To ignore the personalities, pronunciations and performance of that first series seems a very odd direction. My opinion of the narrator isn't solely based on his simply pronouncing people and places differently, it's that in choosing to completely ignore what was done before (very well), he gave the characters very different personalities. Character voices often sound so similar, you're not sure who is speaking. Solid, direct characters like Alec seem more like whiny teenagers as book 4 starts simple because of the performance.

Regardless of which pronunciations are correct, if the initial narration of the first 3 novels had used the same narrator as the last 2, I don't think I would have made it past the first book.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Pretty good

The plot line has main consistencies from traders moon. I do Grant that the writing is not as complex as prior books in the series, relying more on high fantasy then world building fantasy. Yet, the Author Has established a very interesting plot arc for next book in the series. What is the mysterious white here child? How does he fit in to the mythology of Night Runner? And Why the leader U LAN Would desire him? Are all very good questions for another book

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Another Terrific Installment

I really enjoyed this book. The story just keeps pulling you in, always wondering how Alec and Seregil are going to get out of the newest scrape. My only complaint, and it's relatively minor, is this is a new reader and while I like his voice for the characters better than the reader of the first 3 books, it makes me crazy that he does not pronounce many of the place names/people the same way the first reader did. Some of the names just pulled me out of the story and I shouted at the book that that was not how the name was pronounced! By the end of the book, I'm okay with it, but really I would have thought the two readers would pronounce the words the same. It makes me wonder who is correct!

Overall, I really enjoy this series, the descriptions are great, the action, while not always swift, keeps you coming back for more.

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jarring change no of Narrator

the change in narrator from the last book to this one was disruptive. It was like going from movie 3 to movie 4 in Harry Potter and finding a whole new cast and everyone has a Spanish accent now.

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Wierd

Did someone else write this? What happened to the intricate plots, the tension, the intrigue, the humor? This is basically just 2/3 torture porn and someone’s gross fanfic, complete with a “perfect, magical child” for the gay couple. I’m surprised Alec didnt actually become pregnant, as so much of this reads like something off fanfiction.net. Its nothing like the 1st 3 books at all. Even the narrator is different, adding to the cringe and unease.

Speaking of...worst narrator I’ve ever heard. He sounds like a guy they just pulled off the street who’s never read a fantasy novel in his life. Every word and name is mispronounced and sounds horrible from his talentless mouth. Just wrong. Seriously...what the hell happened with this book?