Clean Sweep Audiobook by Ilona Andrews (review)

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Review of: Clean Sweep Audiobook
Ilona Andrews

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On March 25, 2014
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Clean Sweep Audiobook

By: Ilona Andrews

Narrated by: Renée Raudman

Published by: Ilona Andrews, Inc. 03/19/2014

Clean Sweep


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Innkeeper Chronicles #1

7 hrs and 55 min

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Clean Sweep Audiobook

Reviewed by ML Simmons

Ilona Andrews is one of my all-time favorite authors.  I’ve read everything they have published, be it self-published or traditional.  They always have extremely unique stories and creatures.  The characters and worlds are always distinctive and interesting.  When I saw that they were posting a completely new serial story on their blog, I was ecstatic.  I’m not a fan of serials, so I held off until they were done before I planned on reading.  Next thing I know, they had this as an ebook available for purchase with an additional epilogue.  I have no problem forking out the money to read the ebook, because I know I’m going to love it.  Boy was I right.

Clean Sweep is about Dina, who is an innkeeper.  That doesn’t sound very interesting, right? Think again.  This inn is a weigh station on Earth between other planets in the universe.  The inn is kind of like a sentient “being”.  It responds to her requests and emotions.  It has the ability to help her defend herself, the inn and any guests at the inn in many different ways.  It can even wither and die if not cared for and used.  It was hibernating when she is assigned to it by the The Innkeeper Assembly.

This story has werewolves, vampires, both of which are types of aliens that have spent time on Earth. These werewolves and vamps are nothing like the creatures from their other series, Kate Daniels.  As usual with an Ilona Andrews story, there are extremely descriptive and unusual creatures, in this case they are also aliens.  She even has a Shih Tzu like creature she calls “Beast”.

The story starts off with the neighborhood dogs turning up dead.  Dina appeals to Sean, who is a strain of super, or Alpha strain, werewolf to fix it because someone is invading his territory.  Sean plays stupid and pretends not know what she means by the werewolf thing.  She then finds him “marking” his territory by “poisoning her apples” by urinating on her apple trees.

They end up working together to try to figure out what is attacking these dogs before it escalates to children or even adults.  They activate some trackers they find on some of this alien’s “stalkers”.  It draws in vampires who are looking for the creature they are wanting to kill.

The story has all of the elements you would expect if you’ve ever read anything by Ilona Andrews.  Tons of action, snark and lastly, even more individuality.  Who else could come up with a story about a sentient house with a twenty-four-year-old girl defending said house with a broom and a Shih Tzu.  Snark is up to par as well, but maybe not as much as we are used to. With lines like, “If I died in the parking lot of Costco, I would be very unhappy in my afterlife” and Sean calling Beast and “oversized chinchilla… with ponytails”, the snark is still there.

The Author

Ilona Andrews


Ilona Andrews

Clean Sweep Audiobook Narration by Renée Raudman

Renée Raudman narratorWhen Ilona Andrews asked if they recorded this story, would anybody buy it, I replied back with “OMG!! YES, PLEASE!!”  Then I heard that they were able to get the wonderful Renee Raudman to record that audio, this book was on my automatic buy list.  Raudman has read all of the Andrews books up to this point and I hope she continues.  She is one of my favorite narrators, she does such a great job with both male and female voices.  She puts so much passion into the narration, it just adds lots of feels to the story.  It seems that the next book in this series is going to be available in October 2014.  Not sure if it will be up on the blog, ebook or maybe even audio at the time, but I will be reading or listening in whatever format I’m able to get it.

Reviewed by Ml Simmons


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  1. OH man I really need to find time for this one. I’ve been wanting to give it a go since it came out in e-book a while back. They really are a great writing team. Glad to hear it was such a knock out for ya!

    • These two can do no wrong in my book. Add Renée Raudman as a narrator and you have perfection. I hope you love it as much as I do.

  2. I only recently discovered these authors when Jessica wrote a review for one of their books not too long ago. I kind of feel out of the loop not being familiar with them. I’m making it my mission to read something by them before this year is over.

    • I found the Kate Daniels series pretty late in the game too. The nice thing about finding a series (or author) late in the game is that you don’t have to wait a long time between book releases. 🙂 This is the third series that they’ve put on audio. They have one other series of ebooks that I think was self published that is not on audio. I’ve read them all and loved them. I hope you do too.

  3. YES!! So happy you loved this too! And I completely agree–the Andrews can do no wrong 😉

    • I laughed when I read your review with the “they” or “she”. I decided to just go with “they”. I figured people would figure it out. I’m seeing more and more authors team up to write.

      I just love how these two can reinvent anything they touch. Even with vamps and werewolves, these are nothing like their other series, which aren’t anything like anyone else’s.

  4. I am going to have to check it out! 🙂 🙂 Still have book 4 to read in the other series and Kate Daniel to tackle. I am so behind LOL

    • I came late to the party on that one as well, but have been with it for a few years now. They are probably my top five favorite authors now. I get everything on release day. I hope you enjoy this one when you can get to it. 🙂

  5. I loved it too Melanie! I loved the different take on supernaturals, and of course I love Dina. What a fantastic mix of science-fiction, magic and supernaturals. BTW, I didn’t know what genre, so I went with UF. Is it more SF?

    • I would probably say UF, too. I’m always amazed at how Ilona Andrews is able to come up with a completely new way to create creatures we’ve been reading about for years.

  6. I never really paid attention to this book …for some reason I thought it was YA. I love the premise and your review has me adding it to my list!

    • It is not YA, though the main character is 24. I don’t know that I would call it NA either, though I’ve never read anything there. It is along the lines of other Ilona Andrews novels, if you’ve read them before.

  7. I’ve been eyeballing this one for awhile but haven’t bought it yet. Looks like I need to! 🙂

    • I highly recommend it either to read or to listen. I’ve done both and loved it both ways. I hope you enjoy.

  8. I’m doing my best not to kick myself… She offered this for review via Twitter a few months ago, I didn’t respond to the call because at that time, I’m swamped (still am). I wish I made time to because this sounds like an awesome read!

    • I missed that because I would’ve been all over it. It was a great read. I hope you find time to squeeze it in somewhere. You won’t regret it.

  9. This sounds sooo good! I have not read any of their books yet. I know, I know, shame on me, and I call myself a UF/PNR reader. I am going to grab this one for sure.

    • I hope you enjoy it and don’t feel bad. I was reading a review for a Sookie book and I haven’t read that series. Too many good books/authors, too little time. 🙂

  10. I haven’t read anything by this author yet but I’ll be listening to Magic Bites on audio soon. This sounds like my cup of tea…I’ll be adding it! 🙂

    • I really think you would enjoy everything by Ilona Andrews and they use the same narrator for all their books, who is wonderful. I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Can’t wait to read your reviews.

  11. The Ilona Andrews & Renée Raudman duo (trio?) hasn’t steered me wrong yet! Glad to hear that the trend continues with Clean Sweep. One of my associate reviewers has already tackled this one on the blog, so that takes the pressure off. This listen will be just for “me”. Great review!

    • Thanks. I’m sure you will enjoy this book. Anyone who is an Ilona Andrews fan should enjoy it a lot. I hope you find time to fit it into your busy schedule. This one isn’t long at all, so that should help you out.

      • Thanks for pointing that out. I didn’t realize that it was only 8 hours. That’s EXCELLENT news!

    • I’m sorry to hear that, but I understand. I always hate it when animals die in stories, but if the killer gets what’s coming to them, I don’t mind as much.

  12. I read this book a while back and enjoyed as much as you did. I really hope they write (soon) more books in this world.
    Great review.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it too. It is such a unique world.

      According to Goodreads, they are working on book two now hoping to release before Christmas. I’m not sure if that is on their blog, ebook or audio, but I’ll take it anyway I can get it. 🙂

  13. Can you believe I still have not read anything by Ilona Andrews? I have had my eye on the Magic Bites series since 2009. I am planning on listening to the audiobooks for it this summer. I have heard some great things about this one, I just wish I had gotten in on the serial when it was being put out on their website.

    • I can. There are so many great authors about there it is hard to get to them all. I highly recommend Ilona Andrews. They are probably one of my top five favorite authors. Renee Raudmen is one of my top five favorite narrators, so when you put them together, I just can’t say enough. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

  14. Raudman + Andrews = SOLD

    I plan on listening to this one after I finish the Edge series.

    • You’ll love it. This story is everything you would expect from an Ilona Andrews story with the Renee Raudman narration.

  15. I am a fan of Ilona Andrews too, but I have only read their Kate Daniels series. I just need more time to read their other work. Great review! I will have to get this one for myself!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • Thanks. I hope you find time to give this one and her other series The Edge a try. They are both great. I know how hard it can get to prioritize a TBR list. I’m having the same problem now. Too many good books/authors and not enough time. I hope you enjoy.

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