Crown of Midnight Audiobook by Sarah J. Maas (review)

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Review of: Crown of Midnight Audiobook
Sarah J. Maas

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On January 9, 2014
Last modified:November 10, 2015


Crown of Midnight Audiobook

By: Sarah J. Maas

Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans

Published by: Audible Inc. 11/05/2013

Crown of Midnight Audiobook cover


5 hearts Rating imageThrone of Glass series # 2

12 hrs and 1 min.

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She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But does she have the heart of a killer?

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…

©2013 Sarah J. Maas (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Crown of  Midnight Audiobook Sample

My thoughts

My first Audiobook of the year was Throne of Glass, the first book in this series, and though I decided not to review on its own, this will be a review of both books.

In Throne of Glass, Ms. Maas sets all the pieces in play. Right away we get introduced to the heroine, Celaena Sardotien; a slave deadly assassin that has been offered a chance at her freedom in exchange for becoming the son of the king’s champion, with the purpose of entering a competition where the next Royal assassin will be chosen. That is an offer Celaena can’t refuse.

In her point of view, we get taken to a world where magic has been banned, and a tyrant, evil man holds the kingdom. Here is where the fight to restore good will begin.

Right away she’s taken to the castle where her training will begin, but nothing is what it seems, there’s a lot more in play than her freedom, and as the pieces begin falling into place, a world of intrigue, magic, evil, love, friendship and purpose begins to develop.

In Throne of Glass, we meet Dario, the handsome prince and good hearted noble, and the Captain of the guard, Chaol; an honorable and loyal to a fault, but a drool-worthy character. These two will pull Calaena’s heart strings….

I only gave Throne of Glass 4 Hearts, while I wasn’t completely blown away by it; I was intrigued enough to download the next book right away…And wow! Crown of Midnight just blew my mind!

Whatever I thought it was missing in the first book, I completely got in Crown of Midnight. The action, the mystery, the romance, twist and turns are brilliant! It kept me absorbed from beginning to end.

There were some great moments in Throne of Glass, but they got quickly squashed either by a silly reaction and arrogance from the heroine or a too modern dialogue that I felt out of place for the story. On the other hand, the second book was impeccable, and I can say it was brilliant in its entirety.

The tint of arrogance of Celaena’s that bothered me in the first book, turned to admiration an awe for her character, I love when a heroine is quietly efficient, and I can connect with her vulnerabilities.

Not only we get more character development in the second installment, but it’s almost as if the author got a firmer grip on her world and characters and Oh boy!! She delivers!

I won’t go much into the story; this is a continuation, and it must be read in order. I can only tell you that you have to get book one, and even if you don’t find it fascinating, and just “good” as I did, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed….. You’ll love book # 2.

If you have already read or listened to book one, don’t wait any longer and get this book ASAP. The characters, action, tragic moments, revelations and mystery are putting this series on the “best fantasy I’ve listened” list.

Crown of Midnight is where the series starts to…. Almost merit its comparisons to Game of Thrones. I can see why some peeps might have been a little deflated with Throne of Glass, but if you make it to this book you’ll start to love the series as a whole.

No ending or closing in this book, but more questions, and a brute push that brings your anticipation for the next book to a painful level. To say that I’m dying to get “NOW” the following book would be a gross understatement.

All in all, this is a fabulous, gripping, exciting and emotional listen. Not for the faint of heart.

You can find great reviews HERE and HERE

The Author

Sarah J. Maas.

Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight Audiobook Narration

Elizabeth Evans

Elizabeth Evans narrator of Cown of Midnight

Throne of Glass Audiobook Sample

When I listened to the interpretation of Throne of Glass by Elizabeth Evans I was a little disappointed, I thought she needed to have made a bigger differentiation between the characters, especially the males. There were moments when, Chaol, sounded just like Celaena, and I found it very distracting.

I was reading and listening (whispersync) I have to say that my inner voice for Celaena was a lot softer and less arrogant than Ms. Evans’. I felt she pushed the arrogance a little too much, making it a little harder to connect and like the heroine. There’s a big difference between arrogance and confidence.
I had to keep reminding myself that Celaena was only an 18 year-old

Nevertheless, she was excellent at transmitting the mood of the novel, she easily placed me into the story; her timing was excellent. I gave her four stars for her performance.

Crown of Midnight

I don’t know if she got better, or I got used to her interpretation of the characters, but Crown of Midnight was an excellent delivery, not once did I get confused, and I followed the dialogue without any distractions.

I loved how perfectly she placed me right in the middle of the action, and into the heroine’s frame of mind.

Just as the author did, she also seemed to have gotten a stronger handle of the characters, their personalities were perfectly depicted.

As more creepy characters are added to the story, Ms. Evans array of voices begins to display her talent.

In the end, her performance of the second book was all A’s for me and five flaming hearts.

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  1. Reading your YA reviews makes me reconsider my stance on this genre. The audiobooks you listen too always seem so much better than the ones I pick out for myself; I really must start coming to you more for YA recommendations! You were spot on with Written in Red and now this one sounds intriguing too. Damn you! LOL I do NOT need to add more books to my TBR pile! o_O

    • I just returning the favor 😉
      I think you will enjoy this one, you just need to be OK with the first book. It seems that a lot peeps enjoyed it a lot more than I did, but I know book 2 will be a hit for you 🙂 as it was for me.

  2. I am so glad you listened to this series. I have mad love for this series and kick-ass heroine. These books made mt top ten YA reads in 12, 13 and Maas has set the bar high for fantasy in this age group. Wonderful review my friend.

    • Thank you Kimba! I was so excited when I saw Crown of Midnight on you top 10 for 2013, a very deserved spot I may add 🙂
      I LOVED IT!
      God! I just thought, you already read everything, I’m thinking I’m going to have a hard time finding recommendations for you when you become an audiobook junkie…LOL

  3. Have you read the novellas? I so love the series but I feel like the tone and direction of the books are slightly different from the novellas.

    Celaena can be annoying but a lot of heartbreaking stuff happened in this book I can’t wait til I get my hands on the 3rd one.

    P.S. I have all 4 prequel novellas, I know I can lend them out via Amazon. Let me know if you want to check it out.

    • Thank you so much for the offer 🙂 I already got the novellas, and I’m reading them when ever I can, although I want to space them out so they last me until the next book.

      The narrator made her sound a lot more pushy in the first book, but she toned her down in the second book, so I liked her a lot more then.
      Thank you so much!

      • The revelations in book 2 are astounding! It was very Game of Thrones for me with that renegade queen raising an army from a distance, very Denaerys Targaryan.

        • Yes! It was! I loved in its entirety. I hope the next book is just as good…I’ll be happy with just as good 🙂
          I can’t wait for Game of Thrones!!!

  4. You know I have noticed that some narrators get better as the series goes on. I have even pulled out the ones in the beginning and re-sampled to verified that they sounded more confident. It happens!

    Great review! I am going to mention these to Wendy!

    • Thank you Felicia 🙂
      I always wondered if it were me, or if they really got better, is probably the latter. They get a lot feedback from the listener’s reviews (I’d think, they pay attention) plus they do get a deeper understanding of the characters, as we do.

  5. I haven’t read this one yet, but I have a hardback copy of the Throne of Glass waiting for me. I won it from Felicia back in October and I think it just has to happen next month. And now I’m seeing that I’m going to have to read Crown of Midnight directly after I finish!! Great review!

    • Oh and yay for the subscribe via email option!! Now I won’t miss any of your posts anymore 🙂

    • I hope you feel like moving onto Crown of Midnight right away 🙂 That’s where I really started to love the series. I’ll keep on the lookout for your review.
      Thank you Berls!

      • Yes, I did 🙂 Thanks for suggesting it, I never bother with it. Now I have to figured out how to set it up. Right now is showing some HTML crap at he beginning of each paragraph that I need to learn how to change 🙁

  6. Yay! I’m so glad you loved this one as much as I did. 🙂

    • I did! I’m sure you can’t wait for the next book, right? Misery loves company 😉

  7. Fantasy and I don’t really get along…except when you add assassins to the mix. Girl assassins? Even better! I read books 1 & 2 and loved them so much. So excited for the next book, I might get it on audio. Team Chaol!

    • I’m dying for the next book! I read and listen to the first book, I only listen to the second one. I will be listening to the third too. I found that my complaints (small) were gone by book 2, so if you listen I hope you really enjoy it 🙂 I loved everything about book two, it was a terrific listening experience.

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