Heart on Fire Audiobook by Amanda Bouchet (REVIEW)

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Review of: Heart on Fire Audiobook
Amanda Bouchet

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On September 17, 2018
Last modified:September 16, 2018


Heart on Fire Audiobook

By: Amanda Bouchet

Narrated by: Mia Barron

Published by: Recorded Books 01/02/18

Heart on Fire Audiobook (The Kingmaker Chronicles #3) by Amanda Bouchet read by Mia Barron

Rating: 3 hearts

Kingmaker Chronicles #3

13 hrs and 26 mins mins

Genre: Fantasy

Heart on Fire Audiobook Sample

Heart on Fire Audiobook

3 Hearts

So, we are at the end of the Kingmaker Trilogy. So I grabbed the first book of this series when I saw a ton of great reviews going around. I enjoyed the first book, A Promise of Fire, I don’t think I loved it as much as others. I thought it was good, not great (I gave it 4 hearts, so a good rating). When I listened to two the second book, Breath of Fire, I didn’t enjoy it as much (3.5 hearts rating, still not bad). I thought Breath of Fire had a rocky start, but ended well. So, now I’m at this book, Heart on Fire, the third and final book in the Kingmaker Trilogy.

So, I had a hard time getting started on this book. It sat on my iPod for a long time before I finally decided to tackle it. At one point, I was pretty excited to listen. I had seen better reviews for this one than book two. However, this one was still hard for me to start.

Once, I started to listen, I was just not that into this story. Cat does a lot of whining and second guessing herself over and over. There isn’t as much action and a lot more dialogue. I don’t mind a lot of dialogue, but I just didn’t love this dialogue. I think it was a lot of Cat putting herself down.

There’s a scene with Cat and some gods. It seemed to go on forever. That scene could’ve been cut in half and been better, in my personal opinion. Gods and goddesses are even larger in this book. Cat keeps getting a ton of help from them.

I don’t know. I wanted to like this series more than I did. I thought it started out good, but just didn’t stay strong for me. There are a ton of people who really loved this series. I liked it, but didn’t love it. So, I think if you like urban fantasy with the Greek Gods, this is something you should look into.

Heart on Fire Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

I love Mia Barron. She did a great job with the narration of this series. I think I got through this book because her narration (though I did speed up the listening speed, but that was more that the story seemed slower to me, not because of her narration). I love her male and female voices. I love her pacing and tone. If you haven’t tried Mia Barron, I would highly recommend you check her out.

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’m sorry this trilogy didn’t hold up to the hype for you. I have never listened to this narrator. It sounds like she is a must!

    • I’ve listened to her read some anthologies by Kelley Armstrong. I think there was something else too. I really like her.

  2. LOL I just read another blogger complaining about a whiny heroine 🙂 You can’t love em all

    • Yeah. I really wanted to like this series, but like you said, you can’t love them all.

  3. You aren’t alone. I loved book one, thought book two was good but not as good as book one and then when it came to this one, for some reason never felt the desire to pick it up. Kind of glad I didn’t now. 😉

    • I wanted to see how it all ended. If there was a possibility of more books, I might not have picked this one up, but it being the last book in the series, i wanted to give it a chance. I didn’t hate it, but didn’t love either. Just okay.

  4. I do not think I would fare well with this one. I only recently complained about a book with a lot of dialogue

    • I don’t mind dialogue, especially snarky banter, but this was more whining. Or, at least that is how it felt to me.

  5. Yea, I haven’t listened to or read this one. I met the author at CMCon18 and she’s so lovely. But I’m not sure I want to take the plunge. I’ve heard a lot of people disappointed in the third book. I am wondering about the new series coming out.

    • I met her at RT17. She is very sweet. It made me want to love these books more than I did. I really don’t like it when I don’t love a book from an author that I like.

  6. It’s tough when a series has all the right elements to have it be a great reading experience but doesn’t deliver. You did a great job of outlining what worked and didn’t. Great review, Melanie!

    • Thanks, Jonetta. I don’t like writing reviews for books that disappointed me. It is so much easier when you can rave about a book.

  7. I was totally in love with book one, but it went way down hill from there. I was just as disappointed in the heroine in this one.

    • Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of people say that. I really wanted her to rise up, but it didn’t seem to workout that way.

  8. Yes, it doesn’t sound like one for me. Sorry it wasn’t better for you. Sometimes even when others like something, it just isn’t a fit for you. That happens.

    • Yeah, you can’t love them all. I just like this author so much, she’s so sweet. I really wanted to love it and just didn’t. Maybe the next series will be better for me.

  9. I have the first book of this series but I still need to try it

    • I really enjoyed the first book in the series. I really wish this one was at that level. Oh, well, you can’t love them all. I hope it works for you when you get a chance to try it.

  10. Nice audio review. I remember loving book one, but having issues with book 2 and feeling 3 ending the series ok.

  11. It’s disappointing when you don’t enjoy all the books in a series. I have the other books of this series but I haven’t had a chance to read them. It drives me crazy when there is the same dialogue with the characters insecurities. Thanks for the warning, I’ll probably read these books instead of listening to the audio. By reading I can skip pages that get boring lol.

    • I’ve been known to speed up audiobooks if they get to whiny or boring. I hope you enjoy this more than I did. The first book was great.

  12. I was pretty disappointed by this book. I loved the first two books and even bought the audiobook of the first one so that I could do a re-read at some point. This book just didn’t live up to the others and I agree that a lot of the scenes could have been trimmed.

    • It is always disappointing when the first book is great and the series doesn’t live up to it. I will continue to try Amanda Bouchet’s books in the future.

  13. Aww, I’m so sorry this series wasn’t a hit with you, Melanie. That stinks, especially since you were excited about it. It is interesting that Cat was kinda whiny though considering she seems to be portrayed as more of a badass heroine. :/ Oh well, I’m glad it wasn’t a total loss and I hope your current listen ROCKS! 🙂

    • You can’t love them all. I do want to try this author again. I do see a lot of potential in her writing.

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