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Murder of Crows Audiobook Sample
Murder of Crows is the second book in Anne Bishop’s new Urban fantasy series, The Others, and if you haven’t yet read or listened to Written in Red I highly recommend doing so before you read/listen to this novel – as this is a continuation of a story established in the first book.
The story takes off just a few weeks past the end of Written in Red, and we find that Meg has become a protected friend of the courtyard habitants, and no longer is looked as prey. Let’s just say, Simon is not longer threaten to eat her…No pun intended 🙂
We get a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Cassandra sangue, and the reason why Meg is special, and what made her different than then other girls in the compound, which BTW, here we get to take a closer look, one that might need to be done with one eye close.
I got a big to taste the brilliance of Anne Bishop writing, and how in a certain way she find subjects that are taboo, and delivers them in a way you won’t be too scared to examine, and in this case the compelling twist on “cutting” a subject that maybe new to some or not too familiar, but a very real matter in today’s society.
As the story darkens, and the dangers heighten, the author shows us the destructive nature of humans, and how they ultimately can posses the most evil traits in her complex universe, as well as ours.
In this novel, we are left with a better understanding of the dynamics of the ”others”…Another brilliant play by Anne Bishop. How many times have we come to feel more love for our furry friends than our humans counterparts?
The undercurrent of romance gets stronger. I love that! But in my case it doesn’t need to be the focus of the story, so I’m OK with the slow development in that department. Let’s be honest, a mouse doesn’t get to lay with a cat that easily.
The growth of Meg Characters is great; I love seeing her coming into her own; always believable. After all, this is all new to her, a lot to deal with considering where she came from. I love her naiveness, a nice contrast to this world in general.
The love I felt for the characters in book one continues in full force, and it deepens in this installment. I love Grumpy Simon. I adored Meg, and I really enjoyed the secondary characters. I really missed a special one.
I love rooting for them, and while something big is brewing, I can only hope Ms. Bishop continues to deliver at the same level, knowing quite well she’s completely capable to do so, which only heightens my anticipation.
In conclusion, Murder of Crows is a worthy sequel to Written in Red, and a great continuation to The Others. All the elements we loved in the first book are present on this entry, especially the humor that brings a lighter side to the story to keep the novel from tipping too much into the dark side.
Murder of Crows Audiobook narration by Alexandra Harris
I was really satisfied with the narrator Alexandra Harris’ performance in book one.
I really enjoyed all of her interpretations in Written in Red, specially how well she established the mood of the novel – the same goes for Murder of Crows when it comes to the portrayal of the characters and their point of view.
Although I really enjoyed her performance, I feel she failed to escalate the darkness in Murder of Crows to convey the feelings accordingly, I thought this book demanded a more somber tone is some parts of the novel.
I also noticed some inconsistencies in some pronunciations – that’s a minus when it comes to the steadiness in which a narrator executes a sequel; nevertheless the characters were portrayed with consistency.
With that said, the main reason I enjoyed her performance, and what earned her a pass in my book is how flawlessly she conveyed Meg’s innocence, and how easily I could feel the contrast of that innocence with the darkness and danger in this world, in that, I think she brilliantly conveys the author’s intent.
All in all, I loved the novel, and once again she gets 4 hearts for her performance.