Marked in Flesh Audiobook by Anne Bishop (REVIEW)

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Review of: Marked in Flesh Audiobook
Anne Bishop

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On February 29, 2016
Last modified:February 14, 2017


Marked in Flesh Audiobook

By: Anne Bishop

Narrated by: Alexandra Harris

Published by: Penguin Audio 03/08/2016

Marked in Flesh Audidobook by Anne Bishop

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The Others Series #4

15 hrs and 21 mins

Marked in Felsh Audiobook genre: Urban Fantasy

Marked in Flesh Audiobook Sample

Marked in Flesh Audiobook

5 Hearts

Marked in Flesh is the fourth book in The Others series. This is a series that I’ve loved since the first book, Written in Red (though I was a little late getting to that book). This series is just so completely different from anything else I’ve ever read. First of, the shifters are more animal than human. I don’t mean that they they have animalistic nature. These are creatures that are animals that mimic humans. They look at humans as just another kind of prey that can be useful at times. This all changed with Meg Corban arrived at the Lakeside Courtyard in the first book.

In the first three books, while we’ve seen a small amount of life outside of Lakeside, the vast majority of the story followed the residents of the Lakeside Courtyard. In this book, we start to follow more characters outside of the Courtyard. We have the cassandra sangue who are in more locations. They are providing more prophecies, but their caretakers aren’t always clear about how to read those prophecies and they don’t always come in time. We also have people in these area. The Inuits and the terra indigene around the country.

The Humans First and Last Movement (HFL) is really starting to ramp up their efforts. They are starting to threaten humans who refuse to join their movement. If you refuse to join you are branded a “wolf lover” and could lose your job, your home or business could be vandalized, and sometimes they even try to kill you.

Previously, I had thought that the elementals were the scariest thing that Namid had to offer. I was wrong. Not that elementals didn’t have a part to play in this scary world, but they are by far not the scariest thing in this world that Anne Bishop has built. We even get to bit of POV from these other creatures which are known as “Namid’s teeth and claws”.

Watching some of these stupid humans not learn was really frustrating at times. I really wanted to stand up for my race, but they weren’t even standing up for each other, which made it really difficult. Then there are the ones who did want to see peace between the humans and the terra indigene. They were trying their best to figure out how to make things better for everyone, but the HFL was the loudest voice in the room, which was making it so much harder for the others. I couldn’t help be reflect on how it relates to some things going on in real life.

Once again, this story had me engrossed in the story. I found myself looking for reason to continue to listen. I loved learning more about the world outside of the courtyard. Meeting so many new characters. I loved seeing Simon and Meg’s relationship continue to grow, even if it is one of the slowest growing relationships I’ve ever read. I don’t think a relationship between these two could be any other way. Still my favorite series.

Marked in Flesh Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

Alexandra Harris continues to nail the narration of this series. She does such a great job with all the different characters. There are several different types of voices that she must master for this series and I think she does a great job with all of them. I can’t imagine just reading this series without her narrating it to me.

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

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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. So glad this continued to be a 5 star for you! I’m finishing up book 3 this week and you have me intrigued that book 4 will be a bit more outside of Lakeside Courtyard! 😀 Can’t wait!

    • I just love how different this series is from anything else there is. It is so well written and so unique. I just gobble these books up as fast as I get them, and then want to revisit the series from the beginning.

      • I’ve got an hour left for book three. I should have slowed down so I’d finish and be able to grab book 4 right away lol! Oh well 😛

  2. YES! I absolutely adore this series and while I do wish we would have gotten just a bit more Simon and Meg, I still loved this and can’t wait for the last book. It will be so heartbreaking to have this series end.

    • I’m very scared of the last book. I’ve had my heart broken several times with a series that doesn’t wrap up nicely. Then again, I’ve had some that I thought wrapped up pretty good. This series has been so great, it is hard to imagine that it will end poorly, but I will be sad when it is over.

  3. I am itching to read this one. I got a print copy, but I cant’ read it. I have always listened to this series. I am sure the humans are going to make me so mad.

    • I don’t know that I could read this series either. I so love the audios. There are some good humans in this one, but there are many more bad ones.

  4. Ooh great review I’ve heard a lot about this, glad to see the audio is as good as print!

    • It is a great series Debbie. I hope you get a chance to try it if you haven’t yet.

  5. Great review and I agree with everything you said. I love this series so
    Much! Can’t believe there’s only one more book.

    • *Sobs* Did you have to remind me. 🙁

      Just kidding. I know this series is so great. It will be interesting to see how she wraps up the whole thing.

  6. Oh yes this one was once again so good and the end? I loved it! so curious to see what we’ll have now!

  7. Yes Namind’s teeth and claws were creepy. I too found the relevances in the issues between humans and the others. Awesome review my friend!

    • Thanks! 🙂 I might have to relisten to all the books, since I didn’t relisten to the first three before this one. LOL

  8. I’m positively in a slump because I’m powering through this when its so entertaining and engaging. Someone needs to come up with a pill to cure reading slumps

    • That sucks, that this can’t bring you out of your slump. I agree, there should be a cure for them. {{hugs}}

    • Such a great series. Normally, I would say “fun”, but I don’t think that is the right word here. I just love this series to death. It is so dark, but full of such great characters.

  9. I need to start this series soon or else I am too far behind to catch up. It sounds so good and exactly like the kind of series I would enjoy and I even own the first book already. I haven’t fully read your review as I don’t want to accidently spoil myself for any of the previous books in the series.

    • I’m pretty sure that the next book is the last book in the series. So if you start the series late in the year, you could binge your way through the entire series and be ready for book five in March 2017. 🙂 I think you would really enjoy this series. It is so good and so unique.

  10. Good to see you are seeing more characters from outside the Courtyard. This is a series I need to try… So many great reviews!

    • It is such a great series Naomi. I can’t say enough great things about it. It is the only series I’ve ever given 5 stars to every book (I hope I didn’t just jinx the last book in the series, LOL). I so don’t want to wait for the next book.

  11. Okay, I started reading the review, but had to stop. I haven’t listened to it yet. I will after Fire Touched (preordered and CANNOT WAIT!!). (Oh and I skipped that review, too!). I have never loved this series like so many others, but still find it fascinating. I just wish I liked the narrator more.

    • I completely understand. One problem with publishing early reviews. I like this narrator. I think she fit Meg, who is the main character for me. I don’t think I could read this series. I don’t know that I would list her as a favorite. I haven’t tried her with anything else. Don’t know if I would like her on anything else. I can’t wait for the next book, which I guess is the last book in the series.

  12. Thanks for the sample! This sounds so good. I’ve been meaning to read this series for the longest of times. Everyone seems to be reading it lately too so I think I’ll have to join the bandwagon soon.

    • It is such a great series. The characters are so interesting. I hope you enjoy it. Be sure to start with book one, Written in Red, or you will be lost.

  13. ♥ this series so much! I totally agree that this installment is so good and seriously added to the series. I just heard that there will only be five books in the series and I hope that’s not true!!!!

    • I had heard that there was only going to be five books too. I think it is true. I always hate to see a favorite series end, but I also don’t like to see them go on forever and become boring where I end up quitting them. I quit two beloved series last year, it makes the early books in the series seem less than they should. I will go back and revisit this series and look forward to what Anne Bishop brings us next. I also still need to go back and check her back list. This is the only series that I’ve read by her.

      • Yes I want to check out her backlist too!

  14. I still need to start this series. The first book has been on my TBR for quite a while. I love the sound of the shifters being more animal than human.

    • I can’t recommend this series enough. It is probably my favorite series ever. I think there is only one book left in this series.

  15. Okay I’m in. I have book one on audio and almost started it last night but went with the Briggs. I’ll have to do this series next 😀

    • You can never go wrong by choosing Briggs. So glad you’re starting this series. You won’t regret it. 🙂

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