Breath of Fire Audiobook by Amanda Bouchet (REVIEW)

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Review of: Breath of Fire Audiobook
Amanda Bouchet

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On March 20, 2017
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Breath of Fire Audiobook

By: Amanda Bouchet

Narrated by: Mia Barron

Published by: Recorded Books 01/03/17

Breath of Fire Audiobook by Amanda Bouchet

Rating: 3 hearts

Kingmaker Chronicles #2

15 hrs and 21 mins mins

Genre: Fantasy

Breath of Fire Audiobook Sample

Breath of Fire Audiobook

3 Hearts

Okay, where to start with this book… I’ll start with the fact that I started this series hesitantly. Book one has RAVE reviews. I was very worried that I was going to into it with my hopes too high and would be disappointed. That didn’t have happen. I listened to A Promise of Fire and really enjoyed it. So, I never questioned requesting Breath of Fire. Then I started seeing some reviews for it. They weren’t nearly as good, mostly mixed. Some people loved it. Others didn’t. That made me not really want to tackle this book, but I requested for review, so I need to at least attempt it. That is the problem with reviewing audiobooks, you’re one of the last people reviewing the books, so you see how everyone else feels about book before you can jump in. Even if I don’t read reviews for fear of spoilers, I do see ratings. That can color my opinion before even starting the book.

So this book has a bit of a rocky start. There’s a huge fight between Cat and Griffin. Cat had lied by omission (who can blame her, she was trying to protect others from her family). Griffin goes off the rails and destroys everything in the room and is even physical with Cat. So she thinks things are over between them (and wouldn’t you??), she cloaks herself and goes to hide in shame. She berates herself, a lot. She also panics be she’s magically tied to Griffin and can’t leave him because of her vow. He is not under the same compulsion. She’s very concerned she will have to watch him move on to another woman while she can’t leave or move on herself. When Griffin finally finds her, they have a big reunion and a ton of makeup sex.

The story does get better as the Beta Team goes on a quest to get help to fight Cat’s mother in the Ice Plains. A lot happens and I won’t go into details to avoid spoilers. Then there is how they decide to go into these games to make it into castle Tarva. These games are life and death. Again, a lot happens, but no details to avoid spoilers again.

Now, that is an extreme summary of the story. A lot happens throughout the entire story. There is a ton of action and fight scenes, many of which are life and death. We also learn a lot about Cat and the prophecy surrounding her. We continue to learn more about this world and the wonderful Greek characters in this world.

I have a few issues with this story besides the rocky start. One, the team puts themselves in some pretty tricky situations. Yet they make it out with little issues. Don’t get me wrong, their fights aren’t a walk in the park. But when you think about this team of mostly humans taking on magical beings, including giant cyclops and other magical humans, they come out better than I think they should. There is loss of life, but that loss, at least to me, came at times when things weren’t nearly as dire as times when they should’ve been slaughtered. It just didn’t have much of a realistic feel to me.

All of this being said, I still think this series intrigues me. I’m very interested to see how the series will wrap up. I am glad to know that I’m going into the last book knowing that I will have the complete series under my belt. If I didn’t know how many more books in the series, I don’t know if I would’ve wanted to keep tackling these books with an unknown ending.

A Promise of Fire Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

Again I love Mia Barrow’s narration of this book. I think she helped keep me going when there were parts of the books that weren’t my favorite. I love the voices that she uses for all the characters. I think they fit the characters’ personalities to a tee. She is also good about setting the tone be it a fight scene, sex scene or a scene where everyone is down because of the events in the story.

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek heritage for the setting and on her love of all things daring and romantic for the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker Chronicles, took form. She writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make you laugh and cry.

A French master’s graduate and former English teacher, Amanda lives in Paris, France. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children who will soon be correcting her French.

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NarratorMia Barron

Narrator: Mia BarronMia Barron is a theater, film and television actress. Her stage credits include Springtime for Henry and Heartbreak House, She Stoops to Comedy and Hedda Gabler. She was recently in 27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl, and also has a recurring role as the voice of Molotov in the cartoon network’s The Venture Brothers.


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

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I almost started this one last night, but didn’t. I loved the first book, and like you, I’ve read the not so glowing reviews for this book. I am disappointed there is so much drama in this one and unrealistic fight scenes. I will read it, but I am not super excited, which is a bummer.

    • I try to avoid reading reviews for books that I know I’m going to read, but sometimes it’s hard. I try to skim. I don’t worry too much about spoilers, it is more avoiding expectations.

  2. Yup, agree with all you said. That beginning was so off-putting, so I started with bitter feelings. I want to read the next book, but feel a lot of hesitation.

    • I’m sure that I will tackle the last book. This book wasn’t all bad, but when compared to the first, there is much less.

  3. Chapter one needed to be cut. I still plan to listen to the next one.

    • I will probably tackle the next book. I hope that I enjoy it better. I really loved the first book.

  4. There really is something to be said for a finite series. I do love knowing that closure is on the horizon.

    I bought the first book in this series in audio, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. But I took a chance and read your review for this one anyway. This doesn’t seem to be as well received as the first all around.

    Great review!

    • Yes, knowing that the end is near will makes it much easier to pick up that last book after having one that I didn’t love. If I didn’t know how many more books, I might give up on it. I really loved the first book.

      • Hopefully it will turnaround for you again with the third!

  5. I hope the next one goes better for you. And you’re right about seeing other people’s reviews/ratings, I’m the same way. I try my best to stay away if I know I want to read the book but most of the time I still give in lol!

    • I’m the exact same way. Especially when you think you will like it. It never occurred to me that there would be bad reviews for this book. I didn’t hate this book. There were good parts, just so not as good as the first one.

  6. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and it made me wonder if I was missing the next big thing. But with a mediocre review, I may wait to see how you like the next one!

    • I really loved the first book. There are people who liked this one too (I know that Kimberly at Caffeinated Books really liked it). I will let you know how the series ends. Maybe the next book will be more like the first.

  7. Yep, this was a rocky one. Hope the third one gets back to the stuff I really loved in book one.

    Glad the narrator is a good fit and enjoyable.

    And yes, it is so tough not being influenced by even just the ratings. I hate not visiting and enjoying everyone’s reviews, but I’ve started avoiding ones I have for review, too, just to keep it unbiased going in. 😉

    • I try that too. But I also love reading all my friends reviews too. I am going to avoid all reviews for book three before I try it.

  8. I have the first one in paperback and heard lots of good things about it then like you I have heard not so good things about the second one so it has made me not want to try the first one cause I would hate to love it then hate the second one…lol. Great review. 🙂

    • Hopefully, the third and final book will be back up to the standards she set with the first book.

  9. There were a lot of people that didn’t care for this one as much as the first, I definitely think the unnecessary drama had a lot to do with it.

    • Drama can be a real game changer in a story, and not in a good way. I’m hoping that the next book will be better.

  10. I don’t like hero’s that act like that and destroy things or get physical with women. It would take a lot to like him after that.

    • I agree. He does get a lot better after the first few chapters, but it was so unnecessary for it in the first place.

  11. So I picked up both books 1 and 2 from the Library. They didn’t have the audio so I am stuck reading. I hope to get to them soon though 🙂

    • I really loved book one. I’m hoping that book three gets back to the wonderful parts of the first book.

  12. Great review. I didn’t care for how this one started either. It was such a sucker punch in the gut. I did like that things progressed and we get loads of action. Like you the series intrigues me and I’m interested to see how the series will wrap up. I lOVED book one and then felt a little disappointed in two just because of how it started, but then it redeemed it’s self, but not my favorite. We still have one more book to go…

    • I’m hoping that book three is more in line with book one than two. It is a very interesting series. I love the Greek Gods as part of the story.

      • I love Greek Gods part too. I’m with you. I hope that book three is more like book one.

  13. People seem to be disappointed by this second book but as I heard great things about the first one, I have it to read now.

    • The first book was wonderful. I’m really hoping that book three is more like the first one. I think the first book really raised the bar on the expectations of the second.

  14. So I still haven’t read the first one – which I got late because of it being for audio review. And having seen so many less than stellar second book reviews, I’m having a hard time getting motivated to start the first one 🙁 I have it for review and I will read it soon. But you’re right, it does stink to know that book 2 is kind of a let down in comparison. I’m glad you’re still intrigued though and want to keep going – that gives me hope and encourages me to still give it a try!

    • I’m hoping that book three will be more like book one. One of the hardest thing about reviewing audios for me, is the number of reviews that are out before I even get my ARC. (The other is spelling names and pulling quotes, which I love to use). I think you’ll like book one.

  15. You bring up a fantastic point Melanie about seeing so many reviews before you tackle the book. But also speaking from someone who sometimes reviews both forms I find the audio book gives readers a whole other perspective. I find myself a lot of times hearing something I missed while reading. But I do understand the hesitation especially when the reviews are mixed. Love the review

    • I do think that audio brings a different perspective. I think a great narrator can pull a rating up and a bad narrator can pull a rating down. Not because you mean to, but the story is more enjoyable with a good to great narrator.

  16. I had a blast with this book, and man all the action, it got pretty intense at the end there. I just couldn’t put it down and it will be interesting to see what the author does with this couple in future books.

    • I do agree that the last part of the book was the best. It does make me want to get into the next book.

  17. I’ve been wanting to try this series, and hopefully I will, just don’t know which format will work best for me.

    • You know me, I always go towards audio first. If the narrator is one that I don’t like or it isn’t available, then I look to reading. I hope you enjoy no matter which media you choose.

  18. I listened to the audio of the first book and enjoyed it, so I waited to get the audio on this one. Jennifer DNF’d it so we will see. It’s coming up soon on my audio tbr. Anne

    • I’ve seen a few people who DNF. I will say that the ending is way better than the beginning. I’m very interested to see what happens with in the final book. I hope you enjoy.

  19. I’ve not started these yet but was very wary over book two after hearing friend’s thoughts. That’s too bad it wasn’t as strong as the first. Hopefully the next pulls it out 🙂

    • I’m really hoping that book three is better. I guess we will have to wait and see.

  20. I saw the same things you did about this series. It does seem, like you, most didn’t love this one but it doesn’t deter them from continuing the series. I do need to try to get that first book!

    • The story is really interesting. There are just a few things that could’ve been better, like the beginning.

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