Murder of Crows Audiobook by Anne Bishop (review)

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Review of: Murder of Crows Audiobook
Anne Bishop

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On March 6, 2014
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Murder of Crows Audiobook

By: Anne Bishop

Narrated by: Alexandra Harris

Published by: Penguin Audio 03/04/2014

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The Others Series, book 2

14 hrs and 32 mins

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After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murder of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard – Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader – wonders if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or a future threat. As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now, the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet – and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
©2014 Anne Bishop (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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My thoughts

Murder of Crows is the second book in Anne Bishop’s new Urban fantasy series, The Others, and if you haven’t yet read or listened to Written in Red I highly recommend  doing so before you read/listen to this novel – as this is a continuation of a story established in the first book.

The story takes off just a few weeks past the end of Written in Red, and we find that Meg has become a protected friend of the courtyard habitants, and no longer is looked as prey. Let’s just say, Simon is not longer threaten  to eat her…No pun intended 🙂

We get a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Cassandra sangue, and the reason  why Meg is special, and what made her different than then other girls in the compound, which BTW, here we get to take a closer look, one that might need to be done with one eye close.

I got a big to taste the brilliance of Anne Bishop writing,  and how in a certain way she find subjects that are taboo, and delivers them in a way you won’t be too scared to examine, and in this case the compelling  twist on “cutting” a subject that maybe new to some or not too familiar, but a very real matter in today’s society.

As the story darkens, and the dangers heighten, the author  shows us the destructive nature of humans, and how they ultimately can posses the most evil traits in her complex universe, as well as ours.

In this novel, we are left with a  better understanding of the dynamics of the ”others”…Another brilliant play by Anne Bishop. How many times have we come to feel more love for our furry friends than our humans counterparts?

The undercurrent of romance gets stronger. I love that! But in my case it doesn’t need  to be the focus of the story, so I’m OK with the slow development in that department. Let’s be honest, a mouse doesn’t get to lay with a cat that easily.

The growth of Meg Characters is great; I love seeing her coming into her own; always believable. After all, this is all new to her, a lot to deal with considering where she came from. I love her naiveness, a nice contrast to this world in general.

The love I felt for the characters in book one continues in full force, and it  deepens in this installment. I love Grumpy Simon. I adored Meg, and I really enjoyed  the secondary characters. I really missed a special one.

I love rooting for them, and while something big is brewing, I can only hope Ms. Bishop continues to deliver at the same level, knowing quite well she’s completely capable  to do so, which only heightens my anticipation.

In conclusion, Murder of Crows is a worthy  sequel to Written in Red, and a great continuation to The Others. All the elements we loved in the first book are present on this entry, especially the humor that brings a lighter side to the story to keep the novel from tipping too much into the dark side.

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Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows Audiobook narration by Alexandra Harris


I was really satisfied with the narrator Alexandra Harris’ performance in book one.

I really enjoyed all of her interpretations in Written in Red, specially how well she established the mood of the novel – the same goes for Murder of Crows when it comes to the portrayal of the characters and their point of view.

Although I really enjoyed her performance, I feel she failed to escalate the darkness in Murder of Crows to convey the feelings accordingly, I thought this book demanded a more somber  tone is some parts of the novel.

I also noticed some inconsistencies in some pronunciations –  that’s a minus when it comes to the steadiness  in which a narrator executes a sequel; nevertheless the characters were portrayed with consistency.

With that said,  the main reason I enjoyed her performance, and what earned her a pass in my book is  how  flawlessly she conveyed Meg’s innocence, and how easily I could feel the contrast of that innocence with the  darkness and danger in this world, in that, I think she brilliantly conveys the author’s intent.

All in all, I loved the novel, and  once again she gets 4 hearts for her performance.

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