Reap the Wind Audiobook by Karen Chance (REIVEW)

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Review of: Reap the Wind Audiobook
Karen Chance

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On December 4, 2015
Last modified:May 31, 2016


Reap the Wind Audiobook

By: Karen Chance

Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie

Published by: Tantor Audio 11/03/15

Reap the Wind Audiobook


3.5 Hearts Rating Image- Hot Listens

Cassandra Palmer #7

17 hrs and 53 mins

Urban Fantasy - genre

Reap the Wind Audiobook Sample

Reap the Wind Audiobook

3.5 Hearts

This is a series that I started many years ago and have been a huge fan of. I started reading the first book back in 2009 and there were three books out at that time. They were also considerably shorter and less complex back then. When the books first started our, Cassie was just a clairvoyant who was running from vampires. As she becomes Pythia, her life becomes a lot more complicated and she spends more and more time in the past.

Lately with this series, there isn’t time for breath in the story. Cassie is taken from one whirlwind to another throughout the book. She is trying desperately to go back in time to reunite Pritkin with his soul. She is taking his father, Lord Rosier, the demonic lord with her. There are adventures with Rosier, with Pritkin, and just Cassie and her run ins with past Pythias.

Cassie spends a lot of the time fighting to convince the Circle to let her do her job. No one seems to trust her do her job. She is untrained, but yet she has this uncanny ability to land on her feet. She does have the power of a demi-goddess running through her veins, so that has to count for something. Tell that to the Silver Circle.

One thing I love about Cassie is that she keeps fighting on no matter what is thrown at her. The hardest thing in her path are the different groups refusing to work together. If she could get the demons, vampires and mages to all back her play together, she would be in a much better place. They all want to help her, but don’t want the other groups to be involved. They keep telling Cassie she can’t do this on her own, but they won’t work together to help her. It seems like an impossible situation for her.

This has been a good story. I can’t even go into everything that has happen or this review will be the size of a novella because so much happens. Almost too much happens. I feel like so much happens and nothing at the same time. I don’t know if the overall story arc has really moved forward or not. I love this series and I will continue to read it, but I feel like we need to have the story arc make movement forward. Only four months have passed since this series started, it seems like we just aren’t getting much progress. I think part of that is so much time is spent in the past.

Reap the Wind Audiobook Narration

3.5 Hearts

Jorjeana Marie did a okay job with the narration of this book. This is the first book I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to her. I thought she really brought out the chaos of Cassie’s life, probably more so that the previous two narrators of the series. I didn’t have any real issues with any of the voices, though it did take me a little bit to get used to them. This being the seventh book in the series and the third narrator in the past three books make it a little hard. I don’t know if the amount of time between each book makes it hard to schedule a narrator, but I prefer to have the same narrator for an entire series, especially a first person urban fantasy like this one. I thought she did a good job, I just don’t like changes in narrators in the middle of a series.

Author: Karen Chance

Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in Florida near her family home.

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Narrator: Jorjeana Marie

Narrator Jorjeana Marie

From quirky comedienne to startling indie actress, Jorjeana’s roles have varied extensively. Her most recent role, as the tormenting ex-girlfriend in “Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling” starring Eliott Gould and Randall Park (Dinner for Schmucks) has propelled her forward, stretching from the usual sweet and funny to “hilariously disturbed”.

The story is by Jason Venokur from “Third Rock from the Sun” and produced by Rafael Marmor, also producer of the comedy series “Svetlana”, which stars a variety of Hollywood’s elite comedians as well.

As a veteran stand-up comic, Jorjeana has opened for some renowned talent, including Louis Anderson, Richard Lewis and Louis CK. And after penning three one-woman shows and performing them throughout NYC, it’s an easy move to begin filming some of these characters from her stand-up routine and solo shows. Jorjeana’s next multi-hyphenate project “Over Due” is a cross between a Tracy Ullman show and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and focuses on her ability to create a variety of smart, funny and distinct females and one Sarah Palin.

Additional roles include a lead voice-over role in an untitled Steven Spielberg project, hosting ‘Date Night’ on AMC, regular hosting ops at the Hollywood Improv, a role her mother hasn’t yet seen on ‘Chapelle’s Show’ and a fully improvised part in Ashton Kutcher’s “True Beauty’ on ABC.

As an improvisor she has studied and performed at UCB, the Groundlings and Improv Olympic West.  She is a member of The Popular Mechanics and Cupcake Comedy.

She is involved in many charitable organizations as a host and comedienne including: Gilda’s Club, Comedy Cures, Comedy Fights Cancer, Paul Newman’s Double H hole in the Wall, The Hollywood Arts Society and BookPals.

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I like to thank Tantor Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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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. That does sound very packed. I’ve not tried her yet but I have her on my author tbr pile. One day I’ll give em a go I’m sure 🙂

    • The stories are good, but they can be tiring. The early books are more normal type of action packed and they get more and more busy as the stories go. I do really enjoy the series. I hope you enjoy them.

  2. It sounds like in the Chicagoland vampire series, those characters ever hardly have time to rest a minute ! I’d love to read this series, I’d already heard good things about it 🙂

    • It has been a long time since I’ve read that series, but I do remember them being crazy busy all the time.

  3. She’s always on the go in these books! I think I’m two books behind at this point. Need to catch up! Great review 🙂

  4. This sounds good. I had to listen to your sample again after seeing who the narrator was, I just listened to this narrator and she sounds totally different mine she was really nasally but she didn’t sound like that here. 🙂

    • You know, I saw that review and I wasn’t in a place where I could listen to your sample. I meant to go back and listen and just hadn’t had a chance yet. I still have it flagged for me to go back to that post to listen to her.

  5. I love this series too, but I have to agree with you about the last couple of books. A lot happens, but not a lot of forward movement. Do you read the Dory books, too, or just the Cassie stories?

    • I have read the Dory books. I just had to look to see if I was caught up. I actually am caught up on the Dory books. There is a fourth Dory book listed on GR, but no date or even year for the release.

  6. I have an audio ARC for this one, Melanie, so I didn’t read your whole review. I’m a little sad to see only 3.5 stars, though, as I really love this series. Maybe, with my expectations set a little lower I’ll enjoy it more?
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading.

    • I won’t say much, so as not to spoil anything. I did enjoy the story. I would just like to see more progression in the overall story arc. So much happens, while it seems we don’t move forward. I did enjoy the story and do still the series. I just wanted more.

  7. Oh, girl… I’m so glad to finally see some reviews of this one showing up. I totally agree with you about the earlier books. I think I started reading them at the same exact time you did, in 2009! Three books were out so I ran through them quick. And then the lull between books came and the books got longer. But the next two were good! The last one was good but I hated the cliffhanger. But still, I hung in there.

    I give up now. You are right, nothing happened in this one. What happened to Rosier? Where is he? Why hasn’t Cassie told everyone off yet? Why is it the same battle over and over and over? And what the heck was that by the riverside? Okay, HER vamps rock. But the love triangle needs to be kicked to curb already!

    Hoooo, boy, I sound mad, don’t I? I had my non-review all ready to write but I chucked it. I didn’t want to post such a negative review. At least here, YOU understand. Goodreads had too many good reviews and I was like, “huh?” Did I read the same book???

    All I’m saying (I know I started to say something at some point…) is I wished Ms. Chance would stay focused on one direction and stay with it. Maybe go back to the one where Cassie is half her dad and half her mom and could really kick some ass if she looked inside herself, literally.

    You wrote a fantastic non-biased reviewed!! Make sure and let me know how the next one is 😉

    • Thanks. I do enjoy this series, but I really want to feel like we’ve gone somewhere when we get to the end. I can’t really tell how how the story has progressed. I think the series needs to start winding down and come to an end. I will probably read the next one, but I keep hoping that more will happen. And yes, I hate the love triangle.

  8. Ooooh, this sounds like the Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland just before I thought about giving it up : great start, great novels afterward, then… WTF ? I wasn’t sure if it was the same author, or if the author wanted to try another genre. In the last book I read, nothing happened (see my point), so I think about abandoning. I’ll try the Cassandra Palmer series, though, if the first books are that good, well… 😉

    • I’ve felt the same way about the Kara Gillian novels. The recent ones aren’t nearly as good as the early ones. I love Diana Rowland, but I just haven’t enjoyed the last few books.

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