Shifting Shadows Audiobook by Patricia Briggs (review)

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Review of: Shifting Shadows Audiobook
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Patricia Briggs

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On August 29, 2014
Last modified:November 11, 2015

Summary:

Shifting Shadows Audiobook

By: Patricia Briggs

Narrated by: Alexander Cendese & Lorelei King

Published by: Brilliance Audio 09/02/2014

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14 hrs and 52 mins

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My Thoughts

Overall, I loved this anthology. I’m a huge fan of characters in stories, especially secondary characters. Short stories like this from long running series are a great place for authors to give us insight into those secondary characters. Many of the UF stories, like Mercy Thompson, are written in first person POV. These stories are able to give a glimpse into those other character POV’s. This books is a must have for Mercy fans.

Silver

Silver – Narrated by Alexander Cendese
Brand new story
This story takes place many, many years before Moon Called. It is the story of how Bran and Samuel become werewolves. During this time, they also meet Samuel’s future fae mate, Arianna. This is a heartwrenching story. Arianna’s father is not a nice man. The witch that turns Bran and Samuel is not a nice woman. There is death and pain. If it wasn’t for the fact that this was a prequel of sorts, it would’ve been even harder to listen to. I would say that this story doesn’t really end happily, but we know that there is a HEA, even if it is hundreds of years in the future.

Fairy Gift

Fairy Gifts – Narrated by Alexander Cendese
Originally published in Naked City

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This story takes place many, many years before Moon Called. It has completely new characters, so they are less developed than the ones we know and love. It takes place in Butte, Montana, Patricia’s hometown. Thomas is a Chinese-American vampire, who was used a thug for his father. He comes across a fae girl that was chained in the copper mining tunnels. The two work together to break their respective bonds. Not a bad story, just short and less developed that I’m used to from Briggs. This was my least favorite story in the book, though it still isn’t a bad story.

Gray

Gray – Narrated by Lorelei King
Originally published in Home Improvement: Undead Edition

Home Improvement: Undead Edition book cover
This story takes place before Moon Called. It is another story with completely new characters and takes place in Chicago. Elyna is a vampire who has gone back to her old apartment in a city that is held by a much more powerful vampire. She has left her seethe and wants to just be left alone with her ghost of a husband in their old apartment. Many people have tried to renovate this apartment, but the ghost will not allow it. Elyna is able to convenience some off duty policemen to help with construction. Things get interesting. Elyna is a “nice” vampire in a world where vampires are not known for their morality. Although I the story is short, the characters are not extremely developed, and the story is somewhat predictable, I enjoyed this story.

Seing Eye

Seeing Eye – Narrated by Lorelei King
Originally published in Strange Brew

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This story takes place one year before Moon Called. Tom and Moira are a werewolf and white witch that we meet in Hunting Ground. It is the story of how they meet. Tom’s brother is kidnapped by a group of notorious black witches. He is sent to Moria to help find his brother. Moira takes the case, even though she doesn’t like to leave her house and she is blind. Something about Tom calls to her and the head black witch is the reason she is blind. I really loved this story. It shows how much her disability does not make her weak. Tom is very loyal, not only to his brother, but also to Moira.

Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega – Narrated by Lorelei King


Originally published in On the Prowl

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This story takes place during the same time as Moon Called. I’ve read this story and listened to it narrated by Holter Graham, who is the normal narrator for the Alpha and Omega series. I love this story, mainly because I love Charles and Anna. Anna is has been a werewolf for three years and was turned against her will. She know almost nothing about what she is. She doesn’t have any idea how important she is to other werewolves. When she has proof that her pack is killing children, she finally calls the Marrok. Charles is the Marrok’s enforcer and is sent to check things out. Great story and the start to the spin of series of the same name.

The Star of David

The Star of David – Narrated by Alexander Cendese

Originally published in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe.

Wolfbane and Mistletoe book cover
This story takes place the Christmas after “most” of the events in Moon Called. We meet David in Moon Called. He is a lone wolf who was turned in the Army with Adam. He small “pack” of human mercenaries, many of which are part of his actual family. In this story, his estranged daughter calls him to help her with one of her “kids”. She is a social worker and one of the foster kids is in the hospital under sketchy circumstances. She suspects that the child is not quite human and that her father could help him. There is definitely something supernatural afoot. It was a great heartwarming story that you would expect for a Christmas story.

Roses In Winter

Roses in Winter – Narrated by Lorelei King
Brand new story
This story takes place between Bone Crossed and Silver Borne. This story has Asil and Kara, a young girl who has been a werewolf for a few years, but under her human parents care. Kara comes to Bran’s pack to see if she can learn to control her wolf. Asil has been with Bran’s pack for many years and is waiting for Bran to kill him before he goes crazy and starts killing people. It is great to see the interaction between Bran and Asil, Asil and Kara, even the little bit of interaction with Devin who spends very little time in human form. Seeing the Moor in the role of mentor is not something you would expect. It is also great to see how Asil is willing to protect Kara. He even starts looking at how he might have to fight Bran and Charles to keep Kara alive, if things go bad. I think this is my favorite story in this book.

In Red, with Pearls

In Red, with Pearls – Narrated by Alexander Cendese


Originally published in Down These Strange Streets

Down These strange streets book cover
This story takes place between Silver Borne and River Marked. This is Warren and his partner, Kyle’s story. Warren is working for Kyle as a PI. A zombie shows up and tries to kill Kyle. Warren calls Elizaveta to help him clear up the evidence. Nadia is family to Elizaveta and her apprentice. She helps Warren to find out who and why someone would want Kyle dead. It is as suspenseful as you can make a short story can be. I really enjoyed it.

Redemption

Redemption – Narrated by Lorelei King
Brand new story
This story takes place between Frost Burned and Night Broken. It is told mostly from Ben’s POV. He is one of my least favorite of Adam’s pack, though the snark between him and Mercy is always fun to read. We learn more about his past and how he came to Adam’s pack. This story takes place in his office setting. Ben is a computer nerd. The secretary for Ben’s group is getting harassed at work by someone in a completely different department. Everytime this guy comes over, Ben goes over and starts complaining and sends her to go do something for him. This story is great because I really came to like Ben. Especially has he tries desperately to not use foul language so that he can get some really expensive Scotch from Adam for a bet. Not only do we learn a lot about Ben, he learns a lot about himself. This is my second favorite story in this book.

Hollow

Hollow – Narrated by Lorelei King
Brand new story
Takes place after Night Broken and stars Mercy. You can’t have a Mercy world anthology without a Mercy story. A woman has asked Mercy to help with a ghost. This woman has been helping a rich, reclusive with his landscaping. When she goes into his house, she sees the ghost that has caused him to become a hermit. Most ghosts are pretty harmless, but this one is much more harmful. Mercy seems to be able to find danger is non-dangerous missions. While the suspense in this story is pretty predictable, it has a nice romance between the new characters.

Outtakes

Outtakes – Narrated by Lorelei King
Brand new snippets
Silver Borne – This is to give Samuel and Arianna their happy ending. Their story does end well in Silver Borne. This story shows that they do get their happy ever after and gives even more of their history.
Night Broken – This story takes place towards the end of story and is told from Adam’s POV. Mercy is recovering in the hospital (there are spoilers in this outtake for Night Broken, but her being in the hospital at the end of a book is not a surprise). There is great interaction between Adam and Coyote. You also see how much Adam loves Mercy and what he is willing to do for her.

Shifting Shadows Audiobook Narration.

It is no secret that Lorelei King is one of my all-time favorite narrators. She does a great job with both men and women’s voices. Her tone, pace, and level of emotion for all the different characters is always on the mark.

Alexander Cendese is new to me. At first, I wasn’t sure what I thought about him. As I listened to him read the story, he really grew on me. I do wish he was a little better with women’s voices, though he seemed to do better with some stories/characters better than others. His tone, pace and emotion were all really good.

Author Patricia Briggs

Author Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. In Fall 2010, Patricia made another foray into traditional fantasy, when Ace published a revised version of her very first book, Masques (2010), and its never-before-published sequel, Wolfsbane (2010), both of which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list for Mass Market Fiction.

 

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Narrator Lorelei King

Lorelei King

Lorelei King is a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others.

Her work in animation is extensive, and in America she provides the voices for ‘Wendy’ and ‘Packer’ (among others) in Bob the Builder.

Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.

 

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Alexander Cendese - Actor/Narrator

Alexander Cendese

Alexander Cendese is a American/Canadian actor, writer and producer living in New York and Toronto. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to a Canadian father and an American mother, Cendese spent significant time in Florence, Italy growing up, before attending the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and eventually, Carnegie Mellon, where he received his Bachelor’s in Acting from the School of Drama in 2004. In 2004, Cendese took up permanent residency in New York City, where he has been a working actor ever since, In 2011, Cendese developed, produced and appeared in the feature film, Blumenthal, starring Brain Cox and Laila Robins. Blumenthal had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2013. Cendese’s acting credits include: TV: Hostages (CBS), White Collar (USA), Golden Boy (CBS), Law & Order, L&O: SVU (NBC), The Bedford Diaries (WB), The Gamekillers (MTV), Body of Proof (ABC); FILM: Garden Party, Greetings from the Shore, Torte Bluma (short), Feeling Tall (short, Producer), Catskill Park, and Blumenthal (Producer.) He has produced several short films, including Feeling Tall, and Defaced, which he wrote, shot, edited and directed. Cendese has appeared both on Broadway and Off, as well as at several major regional theaters throughout the North East. He has lent his voice to several audio books. Since November of 2012, Cendese has maintained a home in Toronto, as well as New York City.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Robyn Bluestone Management.

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I like to thank Brilliance Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I love when authors release a compilation like this!

  2. I’m relieved to see that I’m not the only one who wrote a long ass review for this anthology. Hehe IMO giving feedback on each short individually is the only way to go. I would have expected Lorelei King to have narrated this audiobook in its entirety because she does all of Briggs’ Mercy novels, but from your review I gather that Alexander Cendese was a great addition. We both gave Shifting Shadows 4 stars, so I’m happy that, for the most part, we’re on the same page. Well done!
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    • I was surprised when King wasn’t narrating all of it, was even a little disappointed because of how much I love her. I would’ve thought that Holter Graham would’ve been the male narrator if they used one, since he does Alpha & Omega. Cendese wasn’t bad though. I didn’t think to rate each individual story. I should’ve Don’t know why I didn’t. Then I saw your review, and thought “Well, crap”. Oh, well. My ratings are pretty much the same, so I’ll just send people your way, if anyone asks. 🙂
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      • Alpha & Omega is high up on my Audible wishlist, so I’m thrilled to learn that the narrator is good. The individual ratings felt more necessary on account of the joint review I did with Jessica, but yes, feel free to send peeps my way. 😛
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  3. Great Review, I’m a sucker for the super co-star too!
    Thanks!

  4. Oh I love this series and I’m so curious about this one as well mainly with the great reviews I see everywhere. I’m sure it’s just perfect for the fans!

    • It is a must read for Mercy fans. I won’t prevent you from know what is going on in the next book, but the look into the history of Samuel and Bran’s turning to werewolves was so interesting, even as it was heartbreaking. Seeing a different side to Ben and Asil was great, too.
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  5. I’m adding this to my wishlist, I love this series with a passion ;D

  6. I heard her speaking about this anthology at her signing for Night Broken and I have been impatiently waiting for these stories…glad to see you liked them.

  7. I seriously can’t believe I haven’t started the Mercy Thompson series yet. Lame, I am! Oh, does Lorelei King narrate all of the books in this series?
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    • Lorelei King is one of top three favorite narrators (Renee Raudman and Robert Petkoff are the other two). I LOVE her work. I highly recommend her on audio. She does Charley Davidson and Stephanie Plum series too. I hope you enjoy.
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    • It is a great read for Mercy fans. There is a great story about how Samuel and Bran become werewolves, but it pretty sad. There is a funny story with Ben. Just a great look into places that Briggs can’t go with the regular books.
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    • There are a lot of books, but they are pretty quick reads. The first four books are 300 or less pages. Once she started doing hardbacks, they started getting longer, but still not that long. I hope you get a chance to try them.
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  8. Believe it or not, Patricia Briggs is one of those big names I still have to read… BUT I do have Moon Called at home, so I should remedy to that soon!
    I’m glad you had a fantastic time with this anthology, I tend to enjoy short stories very much, especially if they’re from a series I’m really fond of 🙂
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    • I hope you get a chance to try them soon. Mercy is a great character. If you ever do audiobook, the narrator for this series is my favorite (or one of three). The first several books are a quick read, so don’t let the number of books in the series be intimidating. Enjoy.
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  9. I loved this too, and Lorelei King is just extraordinary. Alpha and Omega is a favorite, of course, even though I’ve read it many times.

  10. Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite series, but I haven’t had a chance to read the latest released story yet, so I didn’t read your whole review for fear of being spoiled on that one 🙂 I’m really happy you enjoyed this, and I have to check out the audio version, too. Good narrators make books even better.
    Happy reading, Melanie.
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    • This book doesn’t have any spoilers aside from the very last outtake. So feel free to read/listen to this one before or after Night Broken. Briggs will remind you of the spoiler before you read it. Enjoy.
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