Magic Breaks Audiobook by Ilona Andrews Review

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Review of: Magic Breaks Audiobook
Ilona Andrews

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On August 1, 2014
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Magic Breaks Audiobook Review

By: Ilona Andrews

Narrated by: Renée Raudman

Published by: Recorded Books 07/29/2014

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No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there’ s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

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)

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Kate Daniels Series # 7

16 hrs and 23 mins

Urban Fantasy 3

Magic Breaks Audiobook Sample


My Thoughts by Lupdilup

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

Author Ilona Andrews

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.)


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Renee Raudman narrator

Reneé Raudman

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!

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Loupe Duffy
A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an Audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown away.
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  1. I just finished. This was such a great book. I still have to listen to the novella at the end. I just love all the characters, but Kate really comes into her own. Ghastek surprised me on many different levels in this book. It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here.

    I think you summed up this book really well. Great review.

    • I’m so glad you loved it! I knew you would. This was everything an UF should be.

  2. I just finished listening to this one last night. Ditto on everything you said in your review, and so much more. Now comes the hard part… writing MY review. LOL Have a fab weekend Loupe!

    • My limited vocabulary fails me in cases like this, when I want to say a lot but at the same time not too

  3. Ah great review, thanks and I’ve really been trying to read her so here’s my kick in the pants.
    hava great weekend!

    • Aww! Thank Debbie! This is one the best written UF. I hope you give it go 🙂

  4. I’m going to start this series soon. I am, I am, I AM! I bought the first 3 books, so no more excuses.

    • Do it!! This a great UF, and you ahve to meet kate and Curran 🙂

  5. I haven’t read it yet–and gah can’t wait to get a copy–so just skimmed but yay! I’m so glad to see you loved it. Makes me want it even more!

    • Is fantastic Anna! I can wait to hear your thoughts 🙂

  6. I have this series on my TBR 🙂 One day I’ll get to them, they sound awesome.

    • Lily! This is awesome on audio! I never read it, I have only listned but I can asure you, the narrator is a perfect match for this series 🙂

  7. I have the first book in audible to listen to. I will one of these days…I will 🙂

    • Oh! do it! Do it soon 😉 I hope you enjoyed as much as I have. There’s very little romance in the first book, but by we do start getting some delicious sexual tension 🙂

  8. Oh yes I loved loved this one as well so I’m so happy to see it was the same for you as well. You know I finally finished my first audiobook and it took me 2 months… too long for me, I’m not sure to do it again. But in any case I can’t wait for their next book! Great review!

    • Wow! 2 months..Poor thing 🙁 I hate to say this, but maybe they are not for you. Or… I’m going to with…”You haven’t listened to right book yet” 😉
      I’m afraid to ask, which book?
      Yay! I’m so glad you loved this book too!

      • It was Cruel Beauty. Maybe you’re right.

        • Sorry to hear that Mellanie 🙁 I enjoyed that one, but I can totally understand why it didn’t grab your attention. A great listen is the same as a great read, you find them impossible to pause. That book was a hit as it was miss for a lot peeps. I hope one day you listen to one that lets you find the magic 🙂

    • Melliane, It took me more than a month to finish my first audiobook. It was a combination of the book not being for me and me having to get used to audiobooks. But now, I can listen to 3-4 audiobooks a week.
      Keep at it!

  9. I have book one of this series and have decided to go audio with them, after the Hollows ends. I cannot wait!

    • Awesome Kimba!! The audios are fantastic! I hope you love them too 🙂

  10. I’m almost caught up with Elemental Assassin, I’m planning to read this series next. I’m glad that the series is still going strong at #7, that’s very rare in UF books. I can’t wait to meet these people!!

    • Thar’s one series I need to catch up with, I’ve only listened to the first book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I highly recommend the audio, well..I have to since I never read them only listened 😉

  11. I read it couple of days ago… I liked… but didn’t love it. I didn’t like that Curran was MIA for half of the book and didn’t like the many coincidences that make everything workout at the end. I can’t say more without giving this away, let’s just say I hope I like next book a bit more than this one.

    • You’re not first person I’m hearing say that. I don’t know if I’d have loved it as much if I had read it instead, but these audiobooks are just specially awesome. The performance is excellent, and I’m pretty sure it moves them up a notch 🙂

  12. I didn’t read your review Loupe, because I still haven’t read Magic Rises, but I am glad it is still a 5 Star series! I just love Kate and Curran!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • Oh Naomi! I hope you love it! Aren’t those 2 great characters? I love, love them.

  13. Sadly I haven’t read any of this series 🙁 I just don’t know how that has happened either – I’m all about UF! I didn’t read your review, because it’s just too far along for me to avoid spoilers, but I’m excited to see that you still enjoyed it so much! Someday soon, I hope!

    • Giddy up miss Berls! This is an awesome series, and I must, must recommend the audios 🙂

  14. I love this series on paper and as audiobooks and highly recommend them. If you enjoy urban fantasy and haven’t read them, you really should give them a try.

    • I totally agree Janie, I’m glad they made a good transition from paper to audio. Sometimes is hard to better our inner voice, but if some one can do it, is Renee Raudman.
      Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  15. I’ve had this series on my TBR for years! I just haven’t had time to get to them yet but I’ll check out the audio samples!

    • I hope you give it shot Nereyda, this is a great UF, although it’s not focus so much in the romance, the first couple installment are full of sexual tension. The action and suspense are awesome 🙂

  16. Dying to read, or listen to this one. WANT

    • I hope you love it as much as did when you get to it 🙂

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