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The Bitter Kingdom Audiobook

The Bitter Kingdom: Fire and Thorns, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

The champion must not waver.

The champion must not fear.

The gate of darkness closes.

Elisa is a fugitive.

Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa née Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy's kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.

Even of those who hate her most.

©2013 Rae Carson (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    elizabeth 08-03-16
    elizabeth 08-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good series, but not awesome"

    The narration was phenomenal! The story was good, but not gripping or really exciting. it did have some good plot twists though.

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    Harlem Renaissance Woman California 04-07-17
    Harlem Renaissance Woman California 04-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I really like this whole series"

    I am looking forward to hearing the next ones. I with that Audible would give the chapters their actual names if they exist. I love reading the chapter names with books. The narrator is great in whatever she does and the story is always engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirin Parke Humble, TX United States 02-27-17
    Shirin Parke Humble, TX United States 02-27-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Awesome book-terrible quality audio"

    This book has an awesome end to the series. It was full of action and adventure; kept me guessing at every turn.

    Terrible quality audio though for at least half the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate B. 11-28-16
    Kate B. 11-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The narrator is so important!"

    Jennifer is so expressive... so connected... so in the moment! Her interpretation of the story is sensitive & engaging. Unfortunately this male counterpart.... not so much . His interpretation of Hector lacked true emotion or understanding of the character. He kind of ruined the book for me... but I continued because of the great story line! I loved this book otherwise & would recommend it to every reader!

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    JM 09-07-16
    JM 09-07-16

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    "Great finale"

    This was a wonderful end to an exciting trilogy. I really liked the character development and the development of friendships and relationships over time. The only thing I didn't care for was Hector's POV, which wasn't in the first or second book. Some reviewers said the narrator for Hector did a poor job and I would disagree. I don't think he did a poor job but his POV was bland compared to Elisa's, maybe because much of his POV was done without interacting a lot with others. I also think that the narrator tended to read at a slower pace, so it did stand out next to Jennifer's faster paced reading. Still, I loved this book and thought Rae did an awesome job.

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    TessAnn Long Beach Island, NJ 08-16-16
    TessAnn Long Beach Island, NJ 08-16-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Enjoyed the story line."
    What did you like best about this story?

    It was fiction for sure, including some light romance, and the author encouraged me to dig deeper for information as Elisa had to do with Storm. Some people will just give you enough information leaving you blindsided because you didn't specify. You need to think critically before asking to assure the wording of your question gets the response you really need.


    What aspect of Jennifer Ikeda and Luis Moreno ’s performance would you have changed?

    Moreno has too strong of a slurred s. It drove me nuts listening to his chapters. I kept envisioning an overbite and it kept distracting me from the story and just ruined Hector for me.


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    annybody 08-05-16
    annybody 08-05-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Arrrgh!"

    I really have enjoyed this series I went through the first two books very quickly and was excited to hear how the third would end, until I got to Hectors part. They ruined it with the male narrator. He drones on and on in a very monotone voice with occasional emphasis on the end of the sentence... I can't finish listening to this I'm buying the book.

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    Kimberly M. 08-04-16
    Kimberly M. 08-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Painful to Endure"

    This series was long and BORING. I kept thinking it would get better but IT NEVER DID. Contained a lot of extraneous details that had no point. What was good? The narration.

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    k razy kat35 07-29-16
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    "Excellent read!"

    I very much enjoyed this book series. it was exciting, original, and unexpectedly riveting. Elisa begins as a boring, weak, and fairly uninteresting character who grows into an overwhelming strong and wisely empowered emporess. Her journey unravels truths and deception s of every variety which helps her to discover that the true power isn't the mystical or magical but her own inner being. Great Author! Tremendous Sorry!

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    Justicepirate northern NJ 05-21-16
    Justicepirate northern NJ 05-21-16 Member Since 2014

    Abolitionist, Wife, Mother, photographer, & quilter

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    "A Good end to a good story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Nah. One of my friends actually read this series and I was curious about it, but it wasn't something that I was overly impressed by plot-wise.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rae Carson? Why or why not?

    Maybe. Her writing was nice even if I wasn't fond of the story, and she seemed to do some research about things that are actual old terms used in mysticism and such.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were some good ones but probably when she is stuck and has to blow chunks out of rocks with her stone.


    Was The Bitter Kingdom worth the listening time?

    Definitely was a long story so it was worth it. It was so action packed throughout it, but sometimes I felt,"when will these problems end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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