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The King of Bones and Ashes

Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
Series: Witches of New Orleans, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series comes the story of a young witch's quest to uncover her family's terrifying history...

Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who've relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others are courting madness - willing to sacrifice former allies, friends, and family to retain the power they covet. While the other witches watch their reality unravel, young Alice Marin is using magic's waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Alice disappeared once, too - caged in an asylum by blood relatives. Recently freed, she fears her family may be more involved with the growing crisis than she ever dared imagine.

Yet the more she seeks the truth about her family's troubled history, the more she realizes her already-fragile psyche may be at risk. Discovering the cause of the vanishings, though, could be the only way to escape her mother's reach while determining the future of all witches.

©2018 Jack Douglas Horn (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Kellie
  • 10-06-2018

Bad audio made this annoying to listen to

Bad audio made this annoying to listen to- frequently the readers voice changed significantly enough for me to wonder if this was a different character or something. I think it must have been re-recorded, but there was such discontinuity it was severely distracting. Multiple times I went back to redirect my focus, thinking I had tuned out or something, but that was never the case. Just didn’t make sense and made the story come across very choppy.

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-02-2018

Really entrancing!

I was hooked from the beginning.
A peek into the witchy world of New Orleans that will keep you listening...

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  • BB
  • 02-03-2018

Love the story, but the narrator needs to learn how words are pronounced.

Maybe it’s my degree in English, but come on people, if you’re going to work as a narrator, you should at least know how to pronounce the words.

In fairness, Ms. Moss did a very good job otherwise, but the flow is interrupted by the consistent mispronunciations. Look up the word or ask someone.

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  • Ruth Nielsen
  • 28-01-2018

Big Disappointment- Too meandering and not enough focus

I didn’t realize when I bought this book that it was the first in a trilogy and not a stand alone story. My last listen was a bust so I was really hoping for strong story that would hold my interest. This wasn’t it.

Although the premise for the story is nice, there are too many different points of view and wandering back and forth between characters for my taste. Also, the plot was way too slow to hold my interest in the “can’t put it down” way that I was hoping for. This was slow as molasses and because the point of view kept changing it made the pace even slower and harder to follow. A few times I slipped back in the narrative because I thought I had missed something, but it was just another change of pov which made the story seem choppy and disjointed.

I really didn’t want to start another trilogy where the rest of the series isn’t even written yet because I hate to be left hanging for how ever many years it takes the author to finish. But I would have been ok with that if the book itself made me want to continue with the rest of the story. This was too slow to make me
consider another book by this author - thanks Audible for your return policy! Hoping my next listen is a winner.

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  • Cinnamonlyn
  • 23-04-2019

Meandering

I’m usually okay with a meandering storyline but with this narrator it’s almost impossible to follow. Her mispronunciations were so awful that I completely forgot where I was and the editing (?) was horrible; chiming in with a different tone of voice so that I wasn’t sure which character I was supposed to be hearing.
I purchased the second book as well and I’m REALLY hoping it isn’t more of the same.

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  • N. E. Brown
  • 16-02-2019

slow building but great, narration/editing horrid

Story took a while to build, but it was well worth it. The narration however, was horrible at times. They frequently added in single words and/or an entire sentence! The change in the authors reading style varied throughout the book which I found unsettling and often threw me out of the story. I've decided to read the next book until I can determine if they have the same narration/editing issue.

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  • happyjo
  • 11-01-2019

The King of bones and ashes

Well...I usually love books on this subject,...but I really didn't enjoy this one. No real action, it is set in a dream world or the confusing characters are trying to figure out things in their heads. This is a talented writer...what happened?

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  • kaylady
  • 01-01-2019

Confusing

A bit complicated, even after going back to re-read/ re-listen to sections. it did all fall into place in the end, but not a favorite of mine.

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  • Robin
  • 02-07-2018

My first of this author not my last

Good book and I can't wait for the next one. Because of time constraints I flipped back and forth between audio and digital, that said I liked the narrator. Really kind of a weird book but I liked it all the same. The ending has a good setup for the next book. Some really creepy characters and some that I liked quite a bit. The plot has a couple real interesting twists.

I'm going to go back and read his Witching Savannah series.

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  • Vanessa
  • 02-07-2019

Meandering story ruined by narrator

I really wanted to like this book, but had two significant challenges. One is that the story takes a long time to get going and there are endless female characters with similar names who are mostly all ancient witches, so it's a bit hard to keep track. Maybe better left for my Kindle. This makes the second issue that much more annoying, which is the narrator. If you are narrating a book about New Orleans, which makes particular mention of the idiosyncratic local pronunciations, wouldn't you be the slightest bit curious, as a narrator of audiobooks, to get the pronunciations right? Maybe but not if you're an audiobook narrator who can't even pronounce commonplace English words correctly. Ugh. So lazy it made me have to stop listening because I was getting frustrated.

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  • R Wright
  • 03-02-2018

Loved this book!

I really enjoyed this book and the narration was spot on, well written, a little confusing in parts but that’s just a good excuse to listen again. I can’t wait for the next one

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