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When Feyre kills a wolf, a beastlike creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a magical land, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it....

©2015 Sarah J. Maas (P)2015 Recorded Books Inc

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Great book, terrible narrator!

I am a huge fan of Sarah J Maas and read this series on my kindle 2 years ago. I recently started a job that requires a lot of driving and decided to try audiobooks. I just finished listening to the Throne of Glass Series narrated by Elizabeth Evans, which is 10/10.
I purchased this book and from the first chapter I was so incredibly disappointed with the narration. I made it to chapter 15 before I switched to my kindle to finish the book. The narrators voice is so monotone and robotic. It is a bit easier to get through in the beginning, but once Tamlin and Lucien are more present, it is very hard to differentiate between their “voices”. I also found it hard to know when the characters were speaking at all, as there was no clear difference in the narrators voice. Lastly, the long pauses between sentences left me feeling like I was wasting my time. I feel like there would be at least 30 minutes of lengthy and unnecessary pauses throughout the whole book if it was all added up.
I absolutely love this series, but I am so disappointed that I spent money on this audible version. I will be steering clear of this narrator.
I am not one to normally post negative reviews, but I just wanted to warn other listeners in my position.

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Saved by the ending

The majority of this story was nothing to write home about, the protagonist is a bit of a damsel in distress despite having some skills of her own, the love interest was as generic as possible and the pacing of the romance felt rushed. Definitely saved from a 2.5 by the last quarter, which was definitely more original introduced more dynamic characters and allowed Feyre to become more of a three dimensional character.

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Thrillingly fantastic book, horrible narration

Hated the narrator, swear I started becoming depressed listening to it. Although I have read the book without narration and it is very enjoyable, these are some of my favourite books. Sarah J Maas is an excellent author.

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Enjoyed the story but the narrator

Narrator was hard to listen to. almost stopped multiple times. It's worth sticking to it though

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brilliant! can't wait to listen to the next

I loved it, hooked me in the first chapter. and I love Jennifer Ikeda narrating! always enjoyable!

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Fairytale dream!

Loved this story. I did struggle a bit at first because I kept finding similarities with this and Beauty and the Beast. But of course, once I pushed past that I fell in love with the characters and the slow but steady build the story had over all.

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took a while before the story took off

I like the story but the narrators voice is not blesent. Her accent is so strong I keep focusing on her voice rather than the actual book.

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Great! Got used to narrators voice

Read a lot of reviews saying that the narrators voice put them off, her voice and style did take a few chapters to get used to, but after that great! Don’t let the other reviews put you off

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listening to alexa read :(

its a shame i cant listen to 5 minutes
after listen to the throne of glass series and earth and moon.

the reader is dull as door nails.
i miss Samantha evans she brought your books to life that they deserve.

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it has possibilities

the first in the series was enjoyable ....lets hope the rest of the series follows suit

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  • Hm MacDonald
  • 26-07-2020

A waste of a free credit

This book is a mix between Beauty and the Beast and A Game Of Thrones, written in the tone of a sulky teenager. Maybe I'm just too old for this, but regret spending a free credit on it. Listened up to chapter 4 and gave up.

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  • Sarah
  • 14-08-2020

I love this book

I read this book before but listening was a whole new, exciting experience. this series is so close to my heart!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-2019

just what i needed

i loved the story. it was romantic and dark and full of mystery and i really enjojed it. also very well performed by the reader. thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-2021

It builds the story for the following books.

So I’m writing this review while on the third book and I have to say the series keep getting better and better. This book has a good amount of world building and not too many characters so it’s easy to keep up with. Each book gets more and more in depth of the characters and kingdoms within the realm.

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  • Emma Gonzalez
  • 07-04-2021

Narration, made this for me! Chefs Kiss.

It's such a slow burn and then it goes wild in the last 4th of the book.

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  • No Schist
  • 16-02-2021

Umm...teenage writing?

Oh my god. I mean, I'm not expecting Jordon or Sanderson...but still...just no. The writing feels like a teenager's. Puerile. Middle school writing prompt material.

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  • insanesoul
  • 11-08-2019

Slow -at times boring but picks up pace later.

Beautiful descriptions though. I love the idea and the end..
The main character seems a bit dumb sometimes - I solved the riddle right away. But it's nice that she's not stressing to seem smarter or better than she is. They are accepting of who they are and maneges to relax even after facing horror. Makes me feel less stressed.

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  • Federica Guidotti
  • 11-11-2018

cool!

really good book from Sarah J Maas, i still prefer the throne of glass series but I already feel enticed to this new serie! as always the female characters are well written and you can see some growing in the story, so can't wait to learn more

#magical #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-2018

A interesting reimagining of a classic story

While creative in impressing ways, the heroin felt a tad too passive and powerless most of the time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-2018

Great story

If you like Beauty and the Beast, fae lore and lovestories, this is a great book. I have already bought the next book in the series.

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  • NeilRC94
  • 24-10-2019

My next binge

I loved Sarah J Mass' last series and can see the same thing happening with this. Although I wasn't too sure of Jennifer Ikeda's narration at first, I very quickly warmed to it. I would absolutely recommend this book to any and all fantasy fans.

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  • C Moore
  • 14-11-2019

Intense and emotional

First time listening to an audiobook. It was definitely worth it. The author constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat, making you ache in anticipation at what comes next. The plot made me think extremely hard as it was well written and thought out. I loved the forbidden romance aspect and trials that Feyra and Tamlin had to experience, it was painful but emphasised their love even more.
Would definitely read/listen to this again.

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  • P. Symons
  • 31-12-2019

Jury still out

I didn't quite get into this book, it just didn't quite make sense. I really enjoyed the Assassin series of books so I will give the next one of these a try to see if the plot gets better but for me not as good as the other Maas books.

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  • Bookish_ones
  • 06-09-2019

Potential spoilers

ACOTAR REVIEW

***POTENTIAL SPOILERS***

Having so recently finished the Throne of Glass series, the urge to compare the two is high.

I wasn't so sure I'd come to like the characters as much, and it certainly took me a little while longer to warm to them.

Part of the barrier initially was that I was on audio book during my morning commute. I didn't gel with Jennifer Ikeda (who narrates this book) to begin with, but after a few chapters it started to flow more.

Feyre is an interesting protagonist. There's the juxtaposition between being the savvy, hard working, hunter gatherer of her family (following her gut when stalking the wolf in the opening chapters), and the polar opposite when thrust into Prythian where she seems to make poor judgement calls (easily believing that her father has come to her aid despite the many obstacles he'd have faced) and putting herself in harms way.

I'm typical SJM style, you tag your romantic interest early on, only to have whiplash by the end of the book. It's one of the things I like most about her stories.... And it reminds me not to get too comfortable ☺

That said, despite Rhysands good intentions I cannot see how Feyre can see him in another light..... But this is the girl who has forgiven the man she loves for manoeuvring her into killing an innocent fae and then kidnapped her under false pretenses.

Maybe I'm in need of chocolate, maybe I'm a bit cynical, but I don't think Rhysand is going to be replacing Rowan in my heart any time soon.

I'm still excited for the next installment... Can I count on more Nesta and Lucien?

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  • Poppey
  • 09-01-2019

Stunning

Having discovered Sarah Maas' books mid 2018, I have not stopped listening since.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is set in a land of faeries and mortals. A love affair between a mortal and a High Fae Lord. This book starts off slowly, but really takes off after the first few chapters. I have to admit to finding Feyre a little naive and rambling, at times and, towards the end, I found the last trial she had to overcome predictable.

Tamlin and Feyre's love looks as though it will last through it all, but I have a feeling that a love triangle in the future between Feyre and Rhysand is on the cards. Lucian I feel a little sorry for as he seems to lose out, and, again, I feel he will end up the scapegoat in all of this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-02-2018

Wonderful!!!

Loved everything about this book and can not wait to listen to the next book!

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  • Ragne
  • 07-04-2021

Couldn't finish

This book, a summary: "For your own safety, don't do the thing!" Does the thing, ends up in life threatening situation, gets rescued. "Seriously, do NOT do the thing!" Does the thing, get rescued, glimpse his well muscled body. "Really! I'm losing patience here! DO NOT DO THE THING!" Does the thing, gets rescued, notices more of his body.
Intermingled with thinking about how her family doesn't care about her.
All set in a "Beauty and the Beast" copy.

But the narration was good.

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  • K Gates
  • 28-04-2020

mesmerising!!

I loved this stunning book! Brilliant story with plenty of twists and moments where I was left guessing what could possibly happen next!

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  • clefairy
  • 22-01-2020

Take a shot everytime she mentions painting!

Personally I couldn't stand the two main characters, especially Feyre. I honestly can't put my finger on why. But if there is more Lucien and Rhysand in the next book I might consider dipping my toe in again.

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  • Sam Lucas
  • 02-04-2018

Does the book justice

I devoured this audio book as quickly as the paperback!
Starts off as an interesting adaption of beauty and the beast but ends up as a whole other creature. ;)

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