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  • The Obernewtyn Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Isobelle Carmody
  • Narrated by: Isobelle Carmody
  • Length: 40 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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The Red Queen

By: Isobelle Carmody
Narrated by: Isobelle Carmody
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The highly anticipated dramatic conclusion to the much-loved Obernewtyn Chronicles from award-winning and best-selling author Isobelle Carmody.

Before Elspeth Gordie can continue her journey to find Sentinel and prevent it unleashing the horrors of the Great White, she must fight free of a strange prison where people are laid to sleep forever or cling to a suffocating existence, believing the world beyond their walls is already utterly annihilated.

But at the end of her journey, nothing is as she imagined. She is drawn into the struggle for a kingdom, only to find the Destroyer is at the heart of the turmoil, waiting for her.

Somehow she must do what she has sworn to do, for the sake of the world and all of its creatures. She must complete her quest, no matter what it costs.

Drawing to a close the journey of Elspeth Gordie and the Misfits, The Red Queen will surprise and thrill listeners until the very end.

©2015 Isobelle Carmody (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Boring, boring, boring.

This book could, and should have been 8 hours. I think even Carmody was over the series at this point, it certainly reads that way.

I was a huge fan of this series and managed to plow through the last books even as the story became glacially slow.

Simply put, this book is a complete dud. Where were her beta readers on this one? Habitat needed to be cut out like cancer and the first 20 hours are harder to listen to then my parents lectures on sex ed.

Huge disappointment.

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The worst ending

She should have asked the creative fans to write the last two booms. She does not think creatively or write well any longer, such a pitiful ending for a bright beginning.

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A satisfying conclusion

A really beautiful and satisfying conclusion to the Obernewtyn saga. Great pace and very relatable characters, as always.

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Interesting

I loved this series and devoured it, but this last book was perhaps the least enjoyed overall and that was primarily due to the disjointed pacing and plot lines.

Character arcs and plot points - which we had been building up to over multiple books - were left to fizzle out. I generally enjoyed Elspeth’s inner monologue over the series but in this book a lot of it felt like page filler. In fact it was a detriment to the story because Elspeth kept reminding us of all the questions that needed answering… only to never be answered, or in some cases, were simply forgotten entirely.

The build up to Ariel and the Destroyer was dramatic and greatly anticipated but was over too quickly and in a very anti-climactic manner.

As others have mentioned, the ending was a disappointment, though not because it is an open ending. Rather, I felt as though the epilogue ought to have been the final standard chapter and that an epilogue was required following that chapter. The final tease was less a tease and more a riddle that left me trying to work out how it made any sense at all.

I love Isobelle Carmody, the series, and her performance in narrating such an array of characters and emotions. I want to love this book but it was clearly and unfortunately rushed. It is not bad though and is still an interesting journey to take part in. If you enjoy the series, it is still very worthwhile if only to get a small piece of closure. I would liken it to the experience of watching the final season of Game of Thrones…

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fantastic all around

This is a fantastic read and I love how this all came to the end :)

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concluded at last

Good series and at last concluded. A job well done but some story arcs like the freeing the beasts were just glossed over and others like being trapped in and then escaping the Quadrants had too much content. A bit anti-climatic and not enough time on the characters we love - why introduce so many new characters at such a late stage? Elspeth has not really gotten smarter in all these books, has she? Anyway, some things left me scratching my head but overall okay.

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Took 3.5 years to get 1/2 way through.

I started reading this book right before I fell pregnant with my daughter. I am the sort of person that forgets to sleep while reading a good book. My daughter is about to turn 3 and I have only just finished this book!
It is so slow paced, and so heavy. I only made it about half way in 3.5 years before finally giving up and buying the audiobook.
Which I listened to alot over a few days and finally finished the story.
I am so glad I can move on to other books now.
The parts I listened to were enjoyable, I can't remember anything before that it was so boring.

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beyond expectations

I am so happy to have experienced this book through the voice of Isobelle herself.
I have been in love with this series ever since I went into my school library when I was in year 8 (14 years old)and decided to pick out a book randomly abd read it, and that book was Obernewtyn. I was immediately enthralled. now as a 27 year old i too have to say goodbye to these characters who for years I felt were my friends. it was so special that I ended this tale with Isobelle. Thank you Isobelle!!

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A fitting end

A fitting end to a long journey. Brilliant voice work as always by the author.

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Mildly interesting, too long, mostly predictable

This was a disappointing end, in my opinion, to a series that started off well and showed great potential for its characters and plots in the first three books. I stuck with the series because I wanted to know how it ended, however I was bored during most of this book. The story is like waiting for an appointment at the doctor; unnecessarily long for a very short and not overly satisfying payoff. The parts with no action or peril were mind-numbingly drawn out and far too over-explained, whereas the parts where the action finally occurred were written poorly and ended far too quickly. Some of the scenes with the most potential to be exciting were dulled due to the writer's choice to have those scenes told to the main character by another character, causing this reader to feel far less involved in those moments than I wished to be, and much less invested emotionally. Without trying to give too much away, Dragon's triumphal moment felt like a brief fizz, and if written better could have been far more momentous and exciting.
Concerning the narration, it was performed okay, but the frequent pauses in mid-sentence, where there should have been no pause, constantly jarred my senses into remembering that this was a story being read, rather than immersing me in the story and forgetting that it was actually being narrated, which more skilful narrators manage to do.
I could go on and on about all the things that could have been better about this book, but I'll look for a positive by saying that I enjoyed brief moments of this book. Overall, one star out of five, sadly.

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