Magic Breaks Audiobook Review
By: Ilona Andrews
Narrated by: Renée Raudman
Published by: Recorded Books 07/29/2014
Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe – especially those closest to Kate. As Roland’ s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only 24 hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ ll find herself embroiled in a war that could destroy everything she holds dea.
©2014 Andrew Gordon and Ilona Gordon (P)2014 Recorded Books
Warm (adult content)
16 hrs and 23 mins
Magic Breaks Audiobook Sample
The Magic Breaks Audiobook is the seventh entry in the Kate Daniel’s series, and I hope that if you are reading this review you have already read, or even better! Listened to the previews installments. If you haven’t yet, I urged you to download Magic Bites today, and partake in this fabulous experience! This series is a must for all UF fans.
I always download these books with the utmost expectations, and Magic Breaks did not only met them all, but surpassed them by miles.
These are sixteen hours packed with unpredictability, laugh-out-loud humor, heart-stopping action, heart-warming moments, nail-biting suspense, hope and character growth that will you have you dreading reaching the last chapter.
The Audiobook begins with a pretty cool reference about the story and all the characters in the series, and even though we are advised by the authors to skip it in fear of finding it redundant, I have to say, I love every minute of it.
There is such a thing as magical writing, and listening to Magic Breaks confirms its existence. The way this duo of authors manage to take you through their supernatural creation, where monsters, shape-shifters, vampires and KATE DANIELS engage in a battle between good and evil while layering its characters with every human emotion is pure genius!
Magic Breaks is a Kate Daniel’s novel, and one the defines her as one of the best, if not the best heroines in the UF genre.
We not only get the most-anticipated face-off between Kate and her father, but we get plenty of nerve racking interactions with the evil Hugh D’Ambray, and each encounter is more thrilling than the previous one.
Oh! But don’t let me forget about Curran, The Beast Lord in all his glory. Although the story forces him to be absent for a good part of the book, he dominates every scene in which he is present. It reminds us why he’s the ONE, THE ONE that Kate loves, the one she wants, and the one that owns her heart.
Every character helped to enrich the story, and contributed in making it as riveting as its predecessors -if not more! Yes, I say more! Not only did I loved Kate and Curran’s parts, but also truly enjoyed the whole cast.
I’m beyond happy that the series has been picked up for three more entries. The amazing way in which the authors have open up the story for incredible possibilities is another testament of their talent.
At the end of the book, we get a small story about Julie, a fabulous bonus material.
Kudos! Bravo! To Ilona Andrews for creating such engaging characters and a story that made push re-play the moment I was done.
If you are a reader of this series, I highly recommend revisiting on audio; these books are great, but when read by Renée Raudman, they are brilliant!
Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2smIlona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)
Renee Raudman is an actress and voice actress who performed the English voice of Nastasha Romanenko in the video game Metal Gear Solid (under the credit of Renne Collette) and its GameCube remake (under the credit of her real name). She also provides the voice of the recurring character Ms. Butterbean on the cartoon series The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. She has also recorded over 30 audiobooks including as a co-reader on Dark of Night written by Suzanne Brockmann (New York Times best selling author of Into the Fire).
She also has appeared on camera in recurring roles on various TV shows such as 3rd Rock from the Sun, Passions, and in quick one-episode character spots on The Drew Carey Show, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Diagnosis: Murder.
Magic Breaks Audiobook Narration
Reviewed by Lupdilup
Renèe Raudman is amazing! She really knows how to convey the suspense, excitement, humor and overall feeling of these books. I always feel completely and utterly transported to this dark and creepy world.
Renée delivers more than their voices; she perfectly fleshes out their essence and personality.
Curran’s voiced is performed with a raspy quality to it- one that conveys his strength, decisiveness and warmth.
Kate’s tone transmits her likability and strength that sprinkled with a little of self-doubt gives us an accurate picture of her character, and let’s not forget her stubbornness that make the clashes with Curran so enjoyable.
Her reading pace and tone maximize the suspense scenes; she’ll have you holding your breath till the very end.
The use of the creepy factor for some of the not so savory characters continue to be the best.
All in all, I absolutely loved her performance, and once again Renée Raudman makes the new entry to Kate Daniel series and incredibly fabulous listen!