Shield of Winter Audiobook by Nalini Singh (review) #Audiobooks

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Review of: Shield of Winter Audiobook
Nalini Singh

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On June 13, 2014
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Shield of Winter Audiobook

By: Nalini Singh

Narrated by: Angela Dawe

Published by: Tantor Audio, 06/03/2014


Shield of Winter Audiobook


4.5 stars rating

Psy Changeling Series # 13

15 hrs and 46 mins

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Ml Simmons Review

If you told me when I first started this series years ago that I would like a book between two Psy, I would’ve thought you were nuts. Now, we’ve had two full Psy couples in a row and I think this might be two of the best books in the series. I think watching the cold, unemotional, purely silent Psy come into their feelings makes such a great story.

In Shield of Winter we have Vasic, who is an Arrow on the verge of destruction. He is probably the most powerful and meticulous TK-Psy on the Net. He is also has a limited amount of time left. He has had a self destructive streak there for a while. He volunteered for a highly experimental gauntlet, which he uses for communication, data and even as a weapon. The problem is that it isn’t function exactly as expected and is starting to malfunction.

Ivy has lived her life thinking she was flawed. She was never fully silent. Her parents sent her to be “rehabilitated” when she was still a teenager. It almost destroyed her. They moved her out into a quieter area to protect their daughter, knowing that it was not possible for her to ever be truly silent. When Vasic shows up at her little haven, one part of her sees him as the assassin that he is. But another part of her saw more in him.

Vasic seeks out Ivy because she was part of the little know E designation. The hope was that the Empaths will help the PsyNet will recover from the infection that is causing chaos sporadically across the globe. The Arrows decide to bring several of the strongest E’s together to see if they can determine the best way to fight the infection.

While this book was between two Psy, we do get to see some of the changelings, just not as much as in past books. We also see a lot of the other Psy in the series, including Aden, Caleb, Sasha even Anthony Kyriakus. Alice Eldridge has a large part in this book too, but then that is no surprise with E-Psy being such a large part of this story.

I really loved learning more about the Arrows and E-Psy. We also get a deeper look into Vasic. We even meet a family member of Vasic’s who was around pre-silence. It was great to meet someone who knows what is going on with the Psy before silence. The relationship between Vasic and Ivy is very fun to watch. The way that Singh describes each part with such great detail, you really feel like you are living it. This book is another winner from Singh.

Author Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.



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Narrator Angela Dawe

Angela Dawe

Angela Dawe is an audiobook narrator and actress living and working in Chicago, Illinois. Winner of several Earphones Awards from Audiofile Magazine and narrator of two Audie-nominated audiobooks, Angela is also an accomplished improviser/sketch comedian, and has worked with such theaters as Second City, iO (formerly improvOlympic), and The Annoyance.



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Shield of Winter Audiobook Narration


When I first started listening to this series a few years ago, I wasn’t sure that I like Angela Dawe. I thought her voice flat. The more I’ve listened to her, the more I think she fits this series really well. She does a great job with different voices for the different characters. She always does well with both men and women’s voices.

The biggest issue I’ve had at times is getting her to put that emotion into the story. Sometimes, I think it is just the Psy thing, but I think she could put more emotion into the changelings. In this book, I think she really great job showing emotion with Ivy. You could almost see her smiling and laughing at times. I didn’t like how she made the dog bark. It was too deep for such a small dog, but the dog doesn’t bark a lot, so it wasn’t that big of a distraction.

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

Reviewed by Ml Simmons


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  1. Okay, thank you. This was really the motivation I needed. I’ve been putting this off FOREVER, but the promise of learning more about Arrows AND E’s is gonna get me over that hump. THANKS 😉

    • I love this series. Reading about the Arrows and the E-Psy was great. There is a dog named Rabbit (not sure of spelling since I listened), who breaks through shields better than the E’s. I hope you enjoy.

  2. Another series that I have yet to start. I heard that the narrator wasn’t very good—no wait, I think that was her Guild Hunter books maybe(?)—anyway, lovely review! But, I’m sure that Jessica will get to this one long before I do, so the pressure’s off. Hehe

    • I didn’t like this narrator at first. I think she can be a little bland, but with the Psy, who are a bland race, it works. I do wish she would put more emotion into some of the other characters. It can be a bit sporadic. I think this one is the best she has done. Not one of my favorite narrators, but okay.

  3. Loved this book too and the big, bad Vasic, even though Kiss Of Snow still remains my favorite book in the series :). Nalini Singh is truly an amazing author when it comes to the paranormal genre.

    • I do miss the changelings, the Psy/changeling couples are my favorite. I never would’ve guess that I would like two Psy couples as much as I did these two. Even more than Kaleb and Sahara, who I loved too.

  4. Oooh I’ve been meaning to read this series! 😀

    • I think you would like it. It is a great PNR read. The Psy are basically humans with super psychic powers, such as, foresight, telepaths, telekinetics, special medical powers, etc. The E-Psy mentioned in this review are empathes. Not a huge amount of world building, because it is our world, but takes place in the future. The characters are extremely well developed. I hope you get a chance.

      • I’ll make sure to check it out in the near future! Have heard great things so far about the series 🙂

  5. It’s been a while since I read a Nalini book but I have some in my TBR pile, I just need more time… Really more time! I’m glad you had a great time with this new volume. Thanks for the review!

    • Thank you and don’t we all need more time. I know I have many authors I haven’t tried yet that I need to get on my list soon. Only if I didn’t need to sleep or work. LOL 🙂

  6. I have yet to read a NSingh book, will check this series out because I know a lot of people love it. I’m hit or miss with psych heroes but if it’s written well then there shouldn’t be a problem… like this one

    • These psychics aren’t like others I’ve tried. You could also start her other series, which is also really good. It has angels (not heavenly angels, but more a species with wings) and vampires (they are created and are servants to the angels). That might be more down your alley. It’s the Guild Hunter series. I hope you enjoy one or both series.

  7. Yeah, I’ve recently decided that I’m going to start this series. I don’t know when, but I am. Dammit, I mean it! 😀

    • I have series like that too. We need longer days, dammit. 🙂

  8. I’ve listened to Dawe and have enjoyed her narration well enough but agree she needs more emotion. I do have this audio and can’t wait to hear this one.

    • Thanks. I hope you enjoy. I loved the story. This is the only series that I’ve listened to Dawe. She isn’t bad, but I don’t think I’ll be looking up other series just because of her narration.

    • I hope you get a chance. I think this is one you would like it. You would also like her Guild Hunter series. I enjoy both, don’t know which I would suggest more. Not to add even more to your TBR list. 🙂

      • I’ve started Guild Hunters and need to get back to that, too:)

  9. This is one of those series that is on my wishlist. I am not sure audio is the way I will go. I struggle with narrators who don’t bring forth the characters emotions. Great review!

    • Yeah, this narrator is okay, but not one of my favorites. For this series, she works for me, but I can be less picky about narrators than most. I hope you enjoy the series, even if you just read. I started out reading this one and loved it. Just moved to audio pretty recently.

  10. I struggled with this book at the beginning but I did ended up loving it overall. My fave couple in this series is Kaleb and Samara so I was really excited for Vasic and Ivy’s story because something about 2 psys together is so interesting. I love how subtle their relationship developed and how tender relationship are.

    I’ve tried to sample the audiobook but I do agree that I found the narrator flat…but since you mentioned that you had the same feelings about the audiobook version that I did, I would have to try them again. Awesome review! 🙂

    • Thanks!! I don’t know that I would like this narrator with another series, but with the coldhearted Psy, it seems to work. She shows just enough emotion that you can see it come through for like Judd, Kaleb and Vasic.

  11. dang it all….I need to read this series. Crazy thing is I joined a reading group for this one, lols. Great review ;D

    • I hope you get a chance to read this series. I think it is one of the better PNR series on the market right now. I tend to go more towards UF with PNR second, but I really like this series. I hope you enjoy.

  12. Ooo 2 Psy? Interesting. I’m still catching up in the series. Just finished book 6 and so far it was definitely my favorite. Looking forward to getting all caught up and seeing what two Psy are like!

    • Yep. Whoever thought a book with a Psy for hero and heroine would be anything but cold? It was wonderful. Singh is great at bringing out the warmth in these cold Psy people.

  13. Can you listen to Ambling Books without their player? Could I download them to iTunes? I don’t like having a ton of players if I can help it or I forget which books are where!

    • Crap! Wrong post. Darn it. Delete this comment HA

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