Roadside Magic Audiobook by Lilith Saintcrow (REVIEW)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Reviews | 27 comments

Roadside Magic Audiobook

By: Lilith Saintcrow

Narrated by: Joe Knezevich

Published by: Hachette Audio 01/26/2016

Roadside Magic Audiobook by Lilith Saintcrow

Gallow and Ragged #2

8 hrs and 42 mins

Urban Fnatasy

Roadside Magic Audiobook Sample

Roadside Magic Audiobook


This is the not the first series that I’ve read from Lilith Saintcrow. I read and really enjoyed both the Jill Kismet and Dante Valentine series. I read both of these before blogging, so I don’t have review. I also read them before I was such the audiobook junkie so I haven’t tried them on audio yet, but I would like to revisit the series sometime on audio. This Gallow and Ragged series just isn’t for me. I listened to the first book and thought it was okay. I decided to pick up the second book because many times the books get better for me throughout a series.

For me, Roadside Magic just didn’t seem to be going anywhere. I actually DNF this story at 65%, which left 3 hours and 10 minutes left. I rarely DNF any books, but I really just wasn’t feeling this one. I even tried to speed up the narration so that I could get through it quicker.

In this story, Robin is running from both Summer and Unwinter. Jeremiah Gallow is trying to hunt her down to protect her from both. Robin is worried that Gallow just wants to protect her because he is trying to bring back her sister and his former lover.

The addition of Pepperbuckle was interesting. He was a dog-like fae creature that is tied to Robin. I couldn’t tell you exactly what kind of fae he was. There was a lot of creature and fae names dropped about and I couldn’t keep them all straight.

I will say that the dialogue was much easier to read. There were bits and pieces of action, but these scenes didn’t hold through. Who knows, maybe I would’ve enjoyed this more if I had re-listened to Trailer Park Fae for a refresher. I don’t think this is a bad story and I definitely don’t think Saintcrow is a bad author, this series just isn’t for me. As I said above, I’ve read two series from this author before, which I loved. I just haven’t done a lot of series where fae are the sole characters of the series, so maybe this just isn’t my thing.

If you want to check out some other reviews for Roadside Magic here are some other people’s opinions:
Wicked Little Pixie
Vampire Book Club
Rabid Reads

Roadside Magic Narration

3.5 Hearts

Joe Knezevich continues to do a great job with the narration of this series. He isn’t the best at female voices, but he is good enough. He also handles the more difficult tasks like the interesting voice of Unwinter and the “fae speak”.

Lili Saintcrow was born in New Mexico (which probably explains everything, given the nuclear testing) and spent her childhood bouncing around the world as a military brat. She fell in love with writing in second grade and has done it obsessively ever since. She currently resides in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her children, dogs, cat, and assorted other strays, including a metric ton of books holding her house together.

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Originally from Miami, Florida, Joe earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from Florida State University and studied in London with members of the world renowned Complicite.

Joe is an Associate Artist at Georgia Shakespeare where he has appeared in over 40 plays and taught in the education department. He is also a frequent guest on the Alliance Stage and has taught in their education programs.

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

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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. hmm, sorry it wasn’t your cup of tea Melanie but we can’t all like everything can we. This doesn’t appeal to me from the premise, I don’t like the cover and probably would not have picked it anyway so thanks for your thoughtful and honest review!

    • I thought the first book was okay, but didn’t love it. I liked it enough to give the second book a go. I have enjoyed this author before which really made me want to like this more. Maybe next time. Thanks for stopping by

  2. I wondered how book two would be since I had a hard time with book one. Sorry you couldn’t get into this one!

    • I really wanted to like this one, but I guess you can’t love them all.

      • *nods* I know what you mean. I planned on waiting to see reviews for this one before I decided if I wanted to grab it.

  3. I am sorry this series doesn’t work for you and you DNF’d this one. I always feel sad when I have to DNF a book, but when you aren’t enjoying a book, it often is the best thing to do. I do like the covers for these books!

    • I love the covers for this series too. Dan Dos Santos, the cover artist, is great and probably my favorite. I really enjoyed the previous series I read from this author, so I really wanted to like this series, it just wasn’t for me.

  4. Sorry this didn’t work for you, Melanie! It happens to us all every now and then, and I think it’s good that you decided to just stop listening! If we’re not enjoying our books, then it becomes worse than a chore.
    I hope your next books are amazing!

    • It happens. I’ve already listened to another book that I enjoyed. I just need to write the review of it. I hope you’re having a great week.

  5. I loved the cover of first book and was planning to read it, but after reading some reviews I decided to wait for second book’s reviews and then decided if to read it or not. Now, after reading your review and Carmel’s review I’m glad I waited… This series is not for me… But I still love the covers.

    • I love the covers, but then I never seen a cover by Dan Dos Santos that wasn’t amazing. I’ve read two other series by this author, so I really wanted to like this series, but it just wasn’t for me.

  6. yeah I haven’t read a lot of great things about this series… I have the first one but I’m quite anxious to start it. I’m sorry it wasn’t what you expected

    • I really hope that you enjoy it Melliane. Just because I didn’t like it, doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. I do like this author.

  7. I always hate abandoning a book, especially when I have gotten past the midway point, but why torture yourself? Too bad, this one looked interesting. I know sometimes I struggle listening to certain books, but I am fine reading them and vice versa.

    • Yeah, there are some that I’ve found it easier to keep listening and others where it was easier to keep reading. This one has a really good narrator, so I don’t think it would be any easier if I read it.

  8. Seems like a lot of people are having problems with this series. I am sad because I just love those covers by Dan Dos Santos.

    • I was sad because I really like this author and yes, Dan Dos Santos is awesome. He has the best covers out there.

  9. Sorry to hear that this one wasn’t your cup of tea.

    I’m always tempted to pick up a Lilith Saintcrow book. They have some really awesome covers. I’ll think I’ll avoid this one though.

    • I’ve read two other series by Lilith Saintcrow that I really enjoyed, so I don’t think it is the author that I didn’t like. This just wasn’t the story for me. I hope you will still try a book by this author because I’ve really enjoyed other works by her.

  10. I have been struggling lately, and feel you on the DNF. I enjoyed the Jill Kismet series too. I do like the narrator’s voice but agree about his females.

    • I don’t DNF very many, but I’m trying to be better about it. There are just so many books that I want to read to spend time with books that I don’t. I did enjoy this narrator overall, even if he isn’t a favorite.

  11. A shame you didn’t really like this one Melanie. I too read the Jill Kismet and Dante Valentine series before blogging and enjoyed them, so I would’ve tried this one too.

    • It is possible you might still like this one. I don’t think it written poorly. It just wasn’t for me. I’m glad to hear you liked the other two series too. I kinda want to go back and revisit them now. 🙂

    • It happens sometimes. I do agree about the covers. I just love Dan Dos Santos’ work.

  12. Ah, so sorry it didn’t work for you, the cover really appealed to me… :/

    • Yeah, you can’t love them all. I will still try something else by this author again. I just don’t think this series’ plot line was for me. I also love the covers. Dan Dos Santos is my favorite cover artist.

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