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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  1. I love how you said “a mouse doesn’t get to lay with a cat that easily”. That’s the perfect way to explain Meg and Simon’s relationship.
    I’m with you, I’m ok with the romance not being the focus of the story, but I’ll be lying if I say I’m not dying to see what’s going to happen with Meg and Simon. Sadly we’ll need to wait a year for next book.
    Great review.

    • Thank you! Are you planing to review? I’d love to add the link to your review. I’m sure is going to be wonderful.
      I know! I hate waiting 🙁 I started Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole, and I’m loving it too, if that books wasn’t as good as it is I’d gone right back a re-listen to Murder of Crows…LOL I’m still plaining to re-listen pretty soon.
      We love Anne Bishop 🙂

  2. Yay! I must have been in some kind of foul mood when I read Written in Red last year b/c I did NOT like it. BUT I’m re-reading it right now, and I can’t stop laughing. I’ll come back and read your whole review after I finish this book myself, but I’m so glad that book 2 lived up to book 1 🙂

    • I happens. I finished listening to Red Rising (a book everyone loves) a few days back, and while I enjoyed it it didn’t blow me away the way I expected to. I’m thinking I should have read it instead. Nothing against the narrator, he was excellent, but he didn’t made me feel 🙁

  3. I’m 64% in and loving it. I can’t wait to finish to have more comments to make. I do get what you are saying about the inconsistencies in the pronunciations, that is driving me nuts. That is the ONLY complaint I really have so far. I’ll be back when I’m done. 🙂

    • OMG! I literally just finished. That ending was wonderful.

      I agree with your cat and mouse analogy a lot. That is one of the best ways I’ve heard their relationship described. Great job on the review.

      When is book three coming out?? 🙂

      • Thank you! Just awesome! Isn’t?
        I’m fine with the slow romance (even if only on Meg’s mind and ours..LOL) I’m enjoying the story in general.
        I’m so happy you loved it too 🙂

  4. I just finished listening to it this morning. LOVE! Your cat/mouse analogy is dead-on. I can’t thank you enough for getting me addicted to this series. It is just so fan-freaking-tastic! The next book can’t be released soon enough. Great review Loupe. 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I’m so thrilled you love it as much as I do!! And that’s the best compliment I could ever ask for.
      We gonna have to do a couple re-listens before the next one comes out 🙂

      • It’s not much of a compliment when you’re the audiobook queen. You’ve never steered my wrong with your recommendations. Except for Daughter of the Blood maybe… but I think that has more to do with my sensitivity to certain subjects than the writing itself. Either way, I’m still going to give book 2 a whirl. 🙂

        • LOL Carmel, I’m not the Queen, but like I said to Marcela, I’m definitely a Knight..LOL
          And so will be all of you…All I ever wanted to do was help more peeps to discover the pleasure and the convenience of audiobooks 🙂

  5. I have got to read faster so I can get to these. Man they sound good. And always exciting to see real growth in a character that’s believable. 🙂

    • This is an awesome UF Anna, I don’t know if you have ever read anything by Anne Bishop before. She’s a brilliant author 🙂 I hope you loved it 🙂

  6. I just saw that Kimba was reading this now. Everyone seems to be going gaga over this series. I read Anne’s Black Jewel series and really enjoyed it, so I guess I should give his a go, huh? 🙂

    • This is a great one Christy, not nearly as dark as the Black Jewels (which I LOVED too), but if you are already familiar with her writing , you know how excellent Anne Bishop is.

  7. I have been seeing this book everywhere with great reviews, I’m going to have to add the series to the ole TBR. I’m in a book where I’m not digging the audio so any distraction may take me away from it! lol

    • I hope you love Tanya! Lower your expectations a bit, so your don’t suffer from over anticipation..LOL That happens to me sometimes, although in this case I’m pretty sure the book delivers.

  8. I finished this yesterday and gads it was awesome. From the world building to the characters I was spellbound. I have to disagree regarding Harris, I thought she did a wonderful job conveying both the darker tones and the characters, even showing growth in Meg. Wonderful review, and so glad you enjoyed this as well.

    • OH don’t get me wrong, I love the way Alexandra Harris portrays Meg (I love that the most) and the other characters, but I didn’t feel the urgency of some of the dark parts as much as I’d liked to. I think after all these years I might becoming a little picky about the narrations, but I’m super thrilled that you loved the book! And that she took you there in every way, it’s just awesome when a narrator can do that for us.

  9. Glad this was a sequel that did not disappoint! I love it when second books are just as good as the first. Everyone seems to really like this series so I should give it a shot soon!

    • This is good one all around Alise. I hope you give it shot and loved it as much as I have.

  10. I love UF and I just stumbled on the first book last week and added it to my wish list! Looking forward to finding some time (and credits) to get to this series!

    • Yeah! Where is the 3 credit sale at?? LOL I’m waiting too.
      I hope you love it! I had hight expectations because I love the author, but this was a new genre, so they weren’t off the roof. She delivered for me, and I really hope she does for you.

      • OMG, just last night I emailed Audible to ask about the 3 credit sale. They said it only happens every 3 or 4 months. Hopefully the next one is coming up soon! I needs more credits!!!

        • That is bull!! I used to get them more often than that! They probably changed the way they do it…That would suck big time! Not to mention the hurt that will put on my wallet 🙁
          Or maybe I should thank them for curving my audiobook gluttony..LOL

  11. It’s a good one FranJessca! I hope you really give it shot, and hope you love it as much as so many of us have 🙂

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