Etched in Bone Audiobook by Anne Bishop (REVIEW)

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Review of: Etched in Bone Audiobook
Anne Bishop

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On March 7, 2017
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Etched in Bone Audiobook

By: Anne Bishop

Narrated by: Alexandra Harris

Published by: Penguin Audio 03/07/2017

Etched in Bone Audiobook by Anne Bishop

4.5 stars rating

The Others Series #5

16 hrs and 21 mins

Genre: Urban fantasy

Etched in Bone Audiobook Sample

Etched in Bone Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

This is one of my favorite series. I love the really dark aspects of the others in this series. If you’re not familiar with this series, the others are supernatural creatures that are less human than most of what you read in UF/PNR. These are animals that have mimicked humans, but really have no use for them. The think of humans a “monkeys”. That is until Meg Corbyn stumbled into their courtyard in the first book. Everything else, as they say, is history.

So, in the previous book, Namid’s teeth and claws put a stop to the Humans First and Last movement. The Lakeside Courtyard is trying to get things back into a sense of normalcy. More of the human and police packs have moved into the courtyard. Meg is working to tell prophecy with her cards instead of cutting.

The Elders are trying to decide which humans they should keep and which should be killed off to prevent another attack. When Monty’s con-artist brother shows up, the Elders make Simon let him stay so that they could study him. Simon tries to talk them out of it, but they don’t understand how a single human could cause more chaos than all the terra indigene, elementals and elders could handle.

Ending a series is a tough thing. I’ve read some really great books that end a series. I’ve also read some that left me disappointed and it taints the entire series. While this book was amazing, it didn’t really feel like an ending to a series to me. I felt like there could me more to this series. I don’t want to give the impression that I didn’t enjoy this book, I did, a LOT. It just didn’t feel like a series finale to me. It didn’t have the that wrap up, that I’m used to. Maybe I’ll feel better about the ending of this series after I read the first spinoff book and see where Ms. Bishop takes this world. You can bet that I will be all over her next book.

Etched in Bone Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

I’ve been listening to this series since book one. I’ve always enjoyed Alexandra Harris’s narration. I think she is the perfect voice for Meg. I also like her voices of all the other characters too. I think she does a great job with elementals and Elders. Growly, Simon. I don’t know that it could’ve been done better. I’ve not listened to her read any other books besides this series, but I would definitely grab anything with her as the narrator.

Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel,Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Crawford Award (2000)


Narrator Alexandra HarrisAlexandra Harris is an actress, known for The Posthuman Project (2014), The Prophet’s Son (2012) and In the Shadows (2012).


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

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ML Simmons Reviewer

  • 4.5
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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 am itching to get my audio copy and start listening. I love this series. I think Ms. Harris does a good job as well. I am so sad it is ending and a bit disappointed to hear that it didn’t wrap as well as you would’ve liked. Can’t wait for the spin off.

    • It’s a great story. It just doesn’t feel like a series finale to me. I want more Simon and Meg.

  2. Yet another series I’m dying to start. I’ve even collected the audiobooks! Great review.

  3. I haven’t read this series yet but I’ve heard so many good things about it.

    • This might be my all-time favorite series. It is right up there with Kate Daniels.

  4. I’m thinking she ended it that way because she’s doing a spin off. I know what you mean though *nods*

    • I’m very excited to see where the spin off goes. I do love this world she’s created. I will miss Simon, Meg and the rest of the Lakeside Courtyard.

  5. I really need to get to this series, I have book one in ebook form but I bet it’s great on audio! 🙂

    • I love the audio. I think the narrator is the perfect voice for Meg.

  6. I just finished Marked in Flesh so it’s time for me to start this one. I had no clue, though, that this was the end!!!! WAAAAAAHHHH!!!!! How did I not know that 🙁 I’m going to watch baby hippo video now to make me happy 😉 *sniff, sniff*

    Better be a spinoff!! I need Nyx to hook up!!!

    • There is a spin off. I believe we leave the Lakeside Courtyard though. Baby hippo videos make everything better. 🙂

  7. I loved this too. Right now Lake Silence is listed as book 6, perhaps they will change that. I was happy with the way the Lakeside stories wrapped up.

    • I guess I was expecting thinks to wrap up more for the overall story arc of the series. I did love the story. I want more Simon and Meg.

  8. Glad the last of this series arc was a good one. That’s interesting how it didn’t feel like the end. Hopefully, the spin-off will give you more that you love about the series and give some more closure to this one.

    I’ve see you and others reviewing this series so I will definitely be reading it when I finish up with a few other series.. Can’t wait.

    • It is such a great series, Sophia. The characters and the world are amazing. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  9. I really loved this one but I also agree with you, there many more things to explore and I wonder if we will have them in the spin off series so I’m really curious to discover it

    • It will be very interesting to see how the spinoff works. I do love this world and I trust Bishop to create more wonderful characters. I will miss Simon, Meg and the gang.

  10. I adore this series and I’m so glad there will be a spin off. I’m hoping we will see more Meg and Simon through it and maybe that is why this didn’t quite feel like an end? I don’t know, I guess time will tell. 😉

  11. 2nd review of this I’ve seen today Melanie this series is on my wish list

  12. Still reading this and taking my sweet time. I love all of it! I wish the installments were
    Longer like that of epic fantasies lol

  13. Melanie – I don’t know how you get to all you read / listen. I have only read this series, no audio. I’m not sure if I will try audio or not. I loved this last book in the series, but definitely want more. Hopefully the spinoff will give us what I crave and a bit more Simon and Meg. I want to see Meg work with the others, teach them things. And I love the Elementals – who doesn’t love ponies? Anne

  14. I felt the same way, and after reading it I found out that Etched in Bone is the ending for Meg and Simon (crying jag here) but the series of the Other itself will definitely continue but will focus on the vet that went to one of the other communities. I seriously hope that Meg and Simon have cameos in the future books because I just can’t see the Other series going on without Meg and Simon.

  15. Hm… sometimes I love it when ending books are like that and sometimes I hate it. Knowing that there is an offshoot series on the way, I think I can handle it. 🙂 I’m still on the second book, but I’m loving it on audio!

  16. Well I haven’t read this series yet, but I’ve heard some great things about it. It does look good. Thank’s for the review!

  17. Listening now, so I skipped your review and comments. I just wanted to see your rating. So far I’m really enjoying it!

    • I hope you’re enjoying. I love this series so much. Sad to see Simon and Meg’s story end. Very interested to see where Ms Bishop takes this world next.

  18. I think all of the reviews I’ve seen for this one have been great. The end of series books always make me nervous so that’s awesome she did such a bang up job 🙂

    • I always worry about the last book in a series. I’m excited to see where the series goes next. 🙂

  19. I listened to this series, too, and I do think the narrator is perfect. Which is funny, because when I first started listening, I had to push myself because I didn’t care for her voice. Like you, I now can’t imagine anyone else doing this series!

    I enjoyed a lot of things about this book, but I feel like Simon lost some of his dominance throughout the series, and I missed that part of him.

    Glad you enjoyed this one overall!

    • I agree that Simon was a little less dominate in this series. I used to love when he would get all growly and threaten to bite Meg. It was so cute (which I know shouldn’t be cute, but it was to me).

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