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Three Dark Crowns

Narrated by: Amy Landon
Series: Three Dark Crowns, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,170 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose...it's life or death. The night the sisters turn 16, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

©2016 Kendare Blake (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good writing ruined by poor performance

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I think I would have enjoyed this story much more if I'd read it on paper.

I liked the concept: a nice mix of the macabre and ethereal, like an eerie fairy tale.

The narrator's performance was so wooden, though, that it was almost robotic.

Her voice reminded me of Siri. It made it VERY difficult to keep track of the storyline, especially because it changes perspective between the 3 sisters and the narrator reads all of their characters with EXACTLY THE SAME TONE.

Decent story, though. I'd recommend buying a hard copy over the audiobook any day.

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52 of 55 people found this review helpful

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Good, but hard to follow at first

In the beginning, I had a hard time following what was going on and keeping all the characters straight. I wish the reader gave the characters different voices. I didn't feel the reader was giving enough emotion to the story. I did find myself getting more into the story as it went along, rooting for each of the girls. Looking forward to the next book.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Narrator is flat and exposes writers immaturity.

Ugh...cant finish this. On chapter 9. It's excruciating to listen to the flat monotonous voice of the reader. She makes it nearly impossible to tell the characters apart. The author gives no depth to her character. 100% dialogue with no exploration of time, setting our soul of her characters.

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Loved it!

I was hesitant about this book because so many reviews I saw said it was boring until the end, but I didn't think so at all! I liked the world the story is set in, and the build up to the end had enough scheming and backstabbing to keep me guessing about what was going to happen. The ending was so good. The only thing I didn't like was that the narrator sometimes sounded like a robot. Can't wait for the next one!

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The narration made it difficult to get into

I wasn't loving the narration. It was somewhat dry and that made it difficult to get into. I listened to a couple hours before deciding to give up. Might pick up the book in print.

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awesome story!

the story was wonderful! I loved how the story progressed. was so disappointed to see it end. the performance was lacking, but good over all.

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Too much masochistic tone for my tastes

Really tried to like this and did until I just couldn’t take the physical “torture “ done by people in a power position over the girls.

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meh.

I had heard good things about this series, however I was disappointed. I am a huge fan of fantasy, horror, and especially historical fiction, so i wanted to give this fantasy/dystopian society a try. The performance by the voice actor was definitely lacking. She had a voice for the elderly, one for men, and one for women. Most of the dramatic lines were read with the same surprised/ startled inflection throughout the story with bo good variation to get the reader really emotionally attached like can happen in a well read story. The writer is on a level with the author of the Twilight novels. The story is a cool idea, but isnt really well executed. There are no good surprises, and the story ends in a cliff hanger (one that the reader is supposed to be shocked by, but we can see coming for three quarters of the book). The sisters' powers are boring and without variation. Probably wouldnt reccomend this book to anyone, unless they're really big on the whole dystopian society thing. Oh, and also this book was definitely written for young readers, and is a little too discreet for adults.

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Good story but it just draws on

It’s a good story but you have to read all three books. It just stops mid story.

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Cool Idea. Bad execution.

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I thought it was going to be totally badass. Three triplet queens fighting for the throne sounds so cool. But the writing and the play of characters was terribly done. It would have been better if we stuck with one queen and her fight against her two stronger sisters instead of skipping around all over the place every chapter. There was no clear perspective and I couldn't make myself finish it.

I stopped with about 8 chapters left, but I just couldn't make myself finish it. So many of the characters are just horny teenagers that's want to bang anyone they can without a second thought. And I mean it's really heavy on that. I looked up spoilers for the ending and trust me, this series is a waste of time and money.

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