ICED Audiobook by Karen Marie Moning

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Review of: Iced Audiobook
Audiobook:
Karen Marie Moning

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5
On November 2, 2012
Last modified:January 24, 2016

Summary:

Iced Audiobook

By: Karen Marie Moning

Narrated by: Phil Gigante & Natalie Ross

Published by: Brilliance Audio 10/2012


Warm (adult content)
14 hrs and 51 mins

Whispersync Voice-ready

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

 

Iced Audiobook Sample

 

 

My thoughts

Just the idea of being back in Dublin had me doing cartwheels.

I have to wonder if in a few days when my head and my ideas cooled off am I going to come back and change my rating to 4 stars. I don’t know, as in right now, I loved it!!!

Dublin is freezing over, and it will take Ryodan with the help of 14 year -old Dani and some new and old characters to solve the mystery.

For some reason, I found this world a little darker, a little edgier and a lot sexier than Fever.

First, let me start with Dani; a complete different heroine than Mac. Where Mac was soft, Dani is hard – she’s been forced to grow up fast. She doesn’t have the pink outlook the Mac’s used to have, but you can see that she still a child in so many ways.
We learned a lot about her, what has shaped her attitude, all she has gone through to survive, and there’s no doubt she’s still has a lot more to learned.

I can’t deny that living inside her head for the major part of this novel was sometimes wearisome, just as any 14-year-old would be. I couldn’t help thinking in the back of my mind, why didn’t Ms. Moning let her spend a few years in Fairy in between Shadowfever and Iced.

I imagine I have to trust the journey to the transformation needed for Dani to become the kind of heroine Mac is. Or perhaps even a better one.

On the other hand, the magic of Ms. Moning’s words is ever-present on every page. Taking you, coaxing you to feel, and making you experience the darkness, coldness and sexiness of the new Dublin.

Barrons who?

Not quite, but I can say with total confidence, Ms. Moning sure knows how to create a fantastic and total alpha-sexy hero.

Ryodan may be a little too mean for some, but I can remember plenty of times when Barrons was a total d**k to Mac, and yet, I totally fell in love with his character.
I had to remind myself to trust Ms. Moning.
Right now, I thinking Ryodan is sexy as hell (I’m loving him already) even though some of the things he does to Dani make me want to hate him. . ..Nevertheless, I take a look at Dani, and I think to myself, she still got a lot growing up to do.

There’s plenty of testosterone to go around…..And it made think, why in the hell is this child here??? But Dani O’Malley has been here all along, she’s been here since she’s was nine-years-old. She has been through a lot and has seen a lot in this dark, predatory world…. Nobody said it was pretty.

All I can see right now it’s a whole lot of possibilities to where this story might be heading. That’s precisely why I love her books… I love the not knowing, the guessing and sometimes the knowing…If you’ve read her novels you know exactly what I’m talking about. The mysteries are being knitted it, and I’m already paying close attention to the small details.

There are new characters to love and some old ones to get freaked out by, but they only make the ride more engrossing and never boring.

When I made comparisons to the Fever series all I could come up with is, Darkfever wasn’t that great for me. But after the third book, I was left exhausted, impressed, in-love, and at awe with Ms. Moning’s talent, and I most definitely see the potential here.

Wouldn’t you know it…Yes, a (small) cliffhanger! But even If I knew there was going to be one, it would’ve never stopped me from picking up this book the day it came out.

4.36  ·  rating details  ·  653 ratings  ·  348 reviewon Goodreads

 The Author

Karen Marie Moning

 Narration


First, Phill Gigante is fantastic! Every accent and tone is right on target.
His interpretations are flawless, and his deep- sexy voice will have your heart melting for these guys.
If you are familiar with his work, I don’t have to tell you how fabulous his Scottish accent is, and how he adds authenticity to the characters, you are never confused, the distinction between characters is pristine.
All in all, a fabulous performance!

Natalie Ross does a great job with Dani’s point of view, and even though I think she sounds a little old for a 14 year old, I didn’t find it too troublesome.
The only minor problem I had was the distinction between the other female characters. It took me a few minutes to realize who’s point of view she was reading, I wish there would have been a lot more differentiations between characters; nevertheless, she does a great job at bringing the world to life. Her portrayal and interpretation leaves you no doubt of the dark and dangerous world of ICED

Voices Behind the books

Phil Gigante & Natalie Ross

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  1. I fecking loved this book. So so much. I am like you I didn’t get into the Fever books until book 3. But now I love them. And Iced is so mind blowing awesome. I don’t know if it was because I wasn’t expecting much or it truly is that amazing. I am going to have a hard time reading another book for a while. I just keep trying to piece this book together. There are so many possibilities.

    Great Review!!

    • I Know! She’s freaking awesome, and now what? That happens to me all the time after I read one her Fever books…And yes! So many possibilities…ahhh…Just perfect!

  2. Looove this book! And great review! Well said! Can’t wait to experience it in audio. I’m wondering how Natalie sounds as Dani ;P

    Annie

    • I hope you love it on audio, please let me know your thoughts when you’re done 🙂

  3. I’m only about 5 chapters in so far but I’m so happy to be back in Moning’s world! Audible was delayed adding it to their catalogue because of the Frakenstorm and I was too impatient to wait so I bought the eBook instead. Now I’m kinda wishing I hadn’t because it’s now available on their site. Argh! LOL

    • I know! I’m so glad I got a copy at the book signing in NOLA, I almost didn’t because CD’s a lot more expensive and I had already bought the Hard Cover.
      I can’t wait to see your review.

    • I know! I almost feel guilty that I liked that much, and yes! he’s totally yummy 🙂

  4. Awesome review chick! Patti and I reviewed this today too…along with Jen on her blog too — so it must be an ICED review kind of day! Woot woot, great minds. Completely agree with you. I had to do the four stars though, just for a few bothersome quirks. It’s not perfect yet in my estimation, but granted the Fever series books didn’t lay me on my petunia until book three also.

    • Aww! Thanks! I just read your review, BTW, it’s awesome! I totally agree with everything, I guess I highly have to recommend the audiobook, Phil Gigante might be the reason why this was definitely a 5 star listen for me, in fact the more I think about it the more I’m liking it.

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