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Shield of Winter

Psy-Changeling, Book 13
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Series: Psy-Changeling, Book 13
Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,215 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he's done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch - if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life. For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake....

Having rebuilt her life after medical "treatment" that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she'll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy's fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness.

©2014 Nalini Singh (P)2014 Tantor

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  • Pam F
  • Forest, VA, United States
  • 06-26-15

Indulgent fluff. Perfect summer read.

Over the top with repeated descriptives, and I kept asking myself, "why am I still listening?" but this volume is the first to bring my eyes to brimming with emotion at the touching scenes near Vasic's (sp?) surgery. Angela Dawe's male voices are a bit too quiet for "active" listening via head phones or bluetooth speaker. I had to back up and repeat a few conversations to get everything.
Being on the next vokume!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Poor quality of recording and Narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As always this is a good addition to the series.

What other book might you compare Shield of Winter to and why?

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How could the performance have been better?

Narrator ended each sentence by emphasizing the last word, starting low going high and back to low. Then she would pause. Also the esp. towards the end of the book, the volume would increase, decrease or sound as if it were in a tunnel before reverting back to normal. Very distracting.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Rocky
  • PENSACOLA, FL, United States
  • 06-06-14

Writing is brilliant, as usual; however...

What would have made Shield of Winter better?

Angela Dawe failed this story. Her narration was discordant, lacking both harmony and rhythm, and her inflection was atrocious. I was so shocked at her narration that I looked back on the others to see if I'd just failed to remember poor narration. No, she did a beautiful job in all but this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shield of Winter?

I was unable to finish the audiobook due to poor narration. I downloaded the print version on my Kindle, but it'll be weeks before I have the time to sit and read it. That is why I always pre-order my favorite authors on Audible. The first seven chapters had brilliant writing, but were a struggle to listen to.

How could the performance have been better?

Angela Dawe's narration could have been consistent with previous books in this series.

Any additional comments?

Nalini Singh has written a brilliant book; however, the narration was awful. I will have to find the time to finish the book in print and this might well be the end of pre-ordering the Audible version. Definitely, for the next one, I'll wait to test a sample before I buy it.

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  • NCgirl
  • NC, United States
  • 08-19-19

Great story, but volume control need work

This is a great continuation of the series. The only issue I had was Dawe’s accents; her voice is a little grating on the high points like a sports announcer. Since her voice is often louder than the other characters, I have to turn up the volume to her them and so her voice becomes more strident.

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Shield of Winter

I enjoyed this book it wasn’t amazing like book 10 but I really enjoyed Vasic and his growth. He was so, so cold and then he meets Ivy and it’s like he starts to thaw.

Ivy is a sweet girl and I am glad she gets her HEA. But for me, this book was really all about Vasic and I loved that he let his heart be open and see life from another side.

His porting them from place to place in intimate times was funny and sweet.

The narration was just like the others, which is a good thing.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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very annoying narrator

I liked the story, but don't think I would buy anything else by this narrator. she had really strange inflections and drew out words in odd ways. the voices she did for the characters were quieter than the narrative as well, which was distracting.

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Nice and sweet

This just a nice story with nice people who are pleasant and sweet to one another. There isn't much tension as far as their relationship goes so the tension has to be developed in the circumstances in which they find themselves.

The reader tends to end her sentenced in the same downward cadence that kind of bugs me bc it feels monotonous and almost like she's concluding the paragraph with each sentence... but that's just my pet peeve.

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  • Kelly M
  • Corvallis, OR, United States
  • 08-05-14

Does anyone truly know the heart of an Arrow?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, Nalini is an amazing story teller and Angela Dawe is an amazing narrator. Great combination.

Any additional comments?

NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 1/2
REVIEW:
We all know (that is if you have read the first 12 books) that the Psy are a very cold race. They like everything perfect. There is no room for flaws of any kind. Flaws have been dealt with swiftly and harshly over the last 100 years. But with the fall of Silence in (bk 12 Heart of Obsidian) the Psy race is now fighting a new killer. One that does not care who or what stands in it’s way. There are two ways to save the Psy race: 1. Cut out the affected and kill millions or 2. Hope that the E-Psy will awake in time to stop choice number 1.

As always Nalini writes a story that sucks me in and makes me not want to leave no matter how bad it gets at time. Vasic and Ivy’s story is both amazingly filled with hope and heartbreakingly sad at the same time. I honestly had my doubts on Vasic based off prior books. He is the perfect Psy in all ways. Ivy Jane was new to me, but I loved her the minute she stepped on the page. These two are just flat out amazing together. Yes, I laughed, cried and wanted to kill the leaders of the Psy from 100 years ago. I want to say so much but don’t want to spoil it for you. Just know the manuals are very important!!! :)

I did listen to this book on audio as I have done with all of Nalini’s Psy-Changeling books. Ms. Dawe does a great job again with the voices of each character. My only issue was that the audio file I had seemed to go in and out. At times it seemed muffled at time. I am not sure what it was. But even with this I loved the story.

Disclaimer:
I purchased this book from Audible and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story - irritating performance

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book - yes. The audio version - no. I love this author, and this is my favorite series of hers. I enjoyed the story, but I had to switch to the written version to finish it. I found the performance really annoying. The audio had poor quality at times, and the narrator's voice was just plain irritating for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shield of Winter?

I loved the way the two main characters developed real trust for each other, and the way Ivy decided to treat all Arrows as family.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The funny tone she uses to end most of her sentences was particularly irritating. It was hard to stay in the story because the way she spoke was so distracting.

Was Shield of Winter worth the listening time?

Yes, but only because the story is very good. For this book, reading was more enjoyable.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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My all time favorite... Vasic....

Another totally fabulous book in the Psy-Changeling series, I do think this was my very favorite book in this series..I loved the story of Vasic and was thrill she gave us readers/listeners a more closer look into this very humble, soft spoken man.
Excellent!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful