Reaver Audiobook by Larissa Ione (review)

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Review of: Reaver Audiobook
Audiobook:
Larissa Ione

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On January 6, 2014
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Summary:

Reaver Audiobook

By: Larissa Ione

Narrated by: Helen Wick

Published by: Hachette Audio 12/17/2013

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Lords od Deliverance series # 5

12 hrs and 17 mins

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Warrior of Heaven… Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels – and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell – he’s agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before…to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself….

Angel of Hell… Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she’s doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan’s lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld’s darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape – her newfound thirst for an angel’s blood….

©2013 Larissa Ione (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Reaver Audiobook Sample

Reviewed by MlSimmons

There will be no spoilers for this book, but will contain spoilers from previous books in the series.

 

This book is the much anticipated story for Reaver, the mysterious fallen angel physician from the Demonica series.  We finally get to hear his story that has been surrounded by mystery since the beginning.  He was a fallen angel, but he didn’t know why because the archangels had wiped his and everyone else’s memories.  He risked himself to save the world, so he was reinstated as a full angel.  They also made him the Four Horsemen’s Heavenly watcher.  While as the Heavenly watcher, he spends time in the tender care of Harvester, the Horsemen’s Sheoulic watcher, daughter of Satan.  Reaver learns that he is the father of the Horsemen.  This is not the last revelation that he has to come to terms with.  The archangels like to play games with memories and they have done a doozy on both Reaver’s and Harvester’s memories.

I can’t say much without giving away spoilers, so let’s just say that if you like this series, you will LOVE Reaver.  If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it.  It starts with Demonica series, which starts with a demon-slayer who ends up in a demonic hospital run by incubi brothers.  There are five books about Seminus (a type of incubi) siblings.  Then there is kind of a spin off into the Lords of Deliverance series, which is set in the same world, but it revolves around the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  There is some character overlap between the two series.  The character overlap is much stronger in this book than in any of the past books.  Reaver is in both series, originally as a physician in the demon hospital, UGH or Underworld General Hospital, and then as the Horsemen’s Heavenly watcher.

At the beginning of this story, Harvester is trapped in Sheoul with Satan after helping to stop the Apocalypse.  Reaver learns that Harvester was once a Heavenly angel who willing gave up her wings and fell to be an undercover agent for good in Hell.  She also did it to keep and eye on the Horsemen for Reaver.  Heaven has no intention of going to save Harvester because of the war it could start between Heaven and Hell.  The archangels tell Reaver to leaver Harvester where she is so, he breaks the rules once again to go after her.

This story is full of plot twists and action.  There isn’t as much on the romance as some of the other books in the series, but it is still a great read.  The action is wonderful and the suspense will keep you glued to your seat.  There is a lot of history of love and hate between Reaver and Harvester over many centuries, and as their memories come back, things get harder instead of easier for them.  They have both done things that make you wonder how they could overcome their past and make this relationship work, but you know, as with any PNR story, there will be a happy ever after in the end.  It takes a long time and you begin to wonder if it will be possible for them.

The Author

Larissa Ione

Larissa Ione

 Narration of Reaver Audiobook

By Helen Wick

D only 2 Hearts

It is not often that I would recommend to someone to read instead of listening to a book.  I’ve gotten to the point that if there is an audiobook version, I’m going to listen.  That is not the case here.  I think this narration is pretty bad.  I almost stopped listening and downloaded the ebook to read.  The only reason I didn’t is that I can listen at work and I would never have had time to finish with holidays.  I have family in town and so I’ve had no time to read at all.

I didn’t think the men sounded very good, especially Eidolon.  I wasn’t always sure which character was speaking and even backed up the track a few times to see who was talking because I couldn’t remember or couldn’t tell.  I will say that she did an okay job with Harvester and Reaver’s voices, so the story isn’t all bad.  It is just that the secondary characters just weren’t there.

If you are someone who only listens to books, this book is so good, that I would still recommend listening because the story is phenomenal and you don’t want to miss it.  I don’t want to turn anyone away from the story, but I would read if you are willing and/or able to do so.

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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Loupe Duffy
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    12 Comments

  1. I agree Melanine, I love Reaver!! And of course Ms. Ione’s writing was as good as ever. This should be a 5 stars listen :(, but like you I can’t give the narrator high marks, although I didn’t mind her as much as you did, her male voices were bad, she needed to use more distinctions in tone between the characters! I kept thinking, why in the world didn’t Hillary narrate this!
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    • There hasn’t been a steady narrator for this series. That is one of the downfalls of this series on audio, there is really something to be said for using the same narrator for an entire series.

      I think she drove me nuts because Eidolon sounded like such a sissy. Demons shouldn’t sound like that. I still loved the story. I can’t wait to see what she does with Revenant.

  2. i am binge reading LoD & im on the 4th one! hopefully ill get to Reaver before the week ends. Harvester is such a curious character & Reaver’s amnesia is intriguing me. weee! lovely review lady! enjoy the rest of the week!
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    • It is a wonderful story and I think you will be truly surprised at everything. I can’t say enough on the story itself, one of my top five for 2013. There are some big things that happen that you will not see coming. Hope you enjoy.

    • The story was still great. I just wish that one of the previous narrators had done this book. I’m not sure why the publisher is changing the narrator on almost every book.

  3. Sorry to hear that the narration wasn’t up to par; I’ve been contemplating checking this one out but at least now I know that I should read it rather than listen to it. Sounds like a fab story though, thanks!

    • Highly recommend this series, and this is my favorite in the series. I just love Reaver. The other books have much better narration. They aren’t my top ten, but they are good.

  4. This sounds interesting, but it sounds like there are more than 5 books before this, or am I making it more complicated. I love that this rocked for you.
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    • The Demonica series is 10 books long in total. Book six, starts a spin off series of Lords of Deliverance, which features the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This book really brings the two series back together. Reaver, the hero of this book, is a large secondary character throughout all of the books.

      You can get a pretty good understanding of the order of the series here:
      https://www.goodreads.com/series/45381-demonica

  5. I really enjoyed this one too even though the romance wasn’t as front and center. It worked for them.

    Bummer on the narration. And how odd that there isn’t a consistent narrator for the series. That would take away a bit too I’d think. All of the ones I’ve tried (though not many) have the same narrator throughout. I like that you could hear them and really get a feel for what they sound like that way.
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    • It is a shame and something the author has no control over. I’m not sure why the publisher is doing this. Maybe they are trying to save money by getting whoever they can get cheap?? Though, they have used some larger names, like Renee Raudman, so I’m not sure if that is the case.

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