My Soul To Take Audiobook
By: Rachel Vincent
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Published by: Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. 08/2009
8 hrs and 39 mins
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She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.
I had the pleasure of listening to the audio book version of My Soul to Take. Amanda Ronconi narrated the story and did an excellent job with her narration. Her delivery was smooth, and she had distinct voices for each character. Often times, it is difficult to deliver a male character’s voice if you are a female narrator and vice versa. Ronconi handled Nash and Kaylee’s father’s voice perfectly. Nash sounded like a teenage boy. Kaylee’s father sounded like an adult man. My only complaint was with Tod’s voice. It sounded a bit nasally but within the first 1 hour of the audio book, I no longer noticed the nasal quality given to Tod’s voice.
What I loved
I love that this story could survive without the paranormal elements. Often times, paranormal writers rely too much on dazzling the reader with the paranormal powers of their characters. Here, while Kaylee’s newfound abilities are clearly important to the story, so is Kaylee’s relationship with her dad (or lack thereof), the pressures of fitting in at school, her relationship with her friends, and her potential love interest. In addition, we cannot forget Kaylee’s relationship (or lack thereof) with her stepsister.
I also loved the uniqueness of the story. Kaylee starts as a normal teenager doing normal teenager things. She sneaks out for a night of fun at a local nightclub. While at the club, Kaylee senses something seriously wrong. What she does not realize is that her paranormal abilities as a bean sidhe (banshee) have manifested. While a girl is in the process of dying, Kaylee wants to use her bean sidhe voice to wail. Her wail is like a loud scream. Thankfully, there is another bean sidhe at the club. As a male bean sidhe, Nash is able to calm Kaylee by using his bean sidhe song. Nash is the potential love interest for Kaylee.
I love the mythology that the author used in creating the story. From the bean sidhe’s to the grim reaper, this story has it all. I also appreciate that even though Kaylee learns about her new abilities, she reacts as a normal teenager would. She does not suddenly become brave or super strong or fierce. She is still vulnerable, confused, jealous, and longing for love in spite of her new abilities.
The author manages to balance the paranormal world with the teenage world, add in an excellent narrator, and you have the perfect audio book to listen to.
4.15 Stars, base on 313 ratings on Audible.com
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