Siren’s Song Audiobook by Karen Chance (Review)

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Reviews | 12 comments

Review of: Siren's Song
Audiobook:
Karen Chance

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Rating:
4.5
On December 20, 2019
Last modified:December 18, 2019

Summary:

Siren’s Song Audiobook

Siren’s Song Audiobook

By: Karen Chance

Narrated by: Joyce Bean

Published by Tantor Audio 12/10/2019

Siren's Song Audiobook

4.5 stars rating

Dorina Basarab Series #4.6

11 hrs and 42 mins

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Siren’s Song Audiobook Sample

Siren’s Song Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

If I thought I loved reading this series that is nothing to how I feel about listening to them. What a wild rollercoaster rush these become. And, the humor? Amped!

This was already going to be a winner and it was simply an issue of how much. In truth, I thought I’d already gotten this story in Dragon’s Claw, the earlier release with the story from Dory Basarab’s perspective and Siren’s Song would merely flip things to John Pritkin’s perspective. WRONG! It was more. The section that intersected with Dragon’s Claw was only a fraction of what I got.

Siren’s Song intersects both the author’s series (Cassie Palmer and Dorina Basarab). It’s marked as a Dorina Basarab #4.6 in places, but it’s actually more connected to the Cassie Palmer series and would fall after book 8. Either way, it’s definitely not a place for newcomers to jump in. They’d think they got dropped into someone’s psychedelic dream.

So, without spoilering, this book opens with a bizarre montage of scenes that are dreams of Pritkin, the war mage and secret half-incubus part fae and part human partner to the worlds most danger-prone and famous witch. He was just rescued from a demon curse. He feels like he got hit by a bus and his power is exponentially higher than it as ever been.
This is good because at the Vegas mage headquarters all hell breaks loose and he lands in the weirdest mission yet on the scale of world-wide disaster if he doesn’t figure out whatever is going on in supernatural Hong Kong. Between allies and enemies, he is getting banged up and had more near death misses than he can keep count and that was before someone tried to drag him through his memories of the past for some sinister reason.

It’s a crazy kind of action packed mystery in an Urban Fantasy setting. The reader is as confused as Pritkin much of the time, but it’s a hang in there type story where all makes sense in a brilliant light bulb series of moments. It was one hard hitting scene after another with so many tight corners that I lost track. What stands out is the author’s incredible level of creativity in her sets and ways to nearly kill Pritkin.

Hands down loved it when Pritkin and Dory/Dorina have their epic meeting. It was great finally getting his side of it after listening to her side in Dragon’s Claw.

In summary, this was a rush and I can’t wait for more from this author. Urban Fantasy fans who dig a ton of action and fast pacing with kick butt characters and settings should give the whole shebang a go.

Siren’s Song Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

 Joyce Bean narrates all the Dory Basarab books so she got the narration work on this one. I love how she keeps me right in the moment and makes the scenes and situation come alive for me. She has a nice husky voice that lends itself to either gender, to the action plot, and to all the warrior-like characters.

Author: Karen ChanceKaren 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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Joyce Bean narratorJoyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to being an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, she has been nominated multiple times for a prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, her titles include Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman, Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts, and several Jayne Ann Krentz novels. Joyce lives in West Michigan.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

    12 Comments

  1. It’s been yeard since I haven’t read one of her books

  2. That sounds interesting. The characters sound fun and in Vegas, love that.

    • Yes, her characters are a fun group. And, Vegas!!! You’d laugh to read all the scenes.

  3. I never seem to remember if I have read Chance or not

    • It’s zany and exciting with either of her series, but I do love the Dory and John Pritkin books best. 🙂

  4. I didn’t grab this one because of Dornia, which I’m behind on. If I had know it was Pritkin, I might have grabbed it. Oh well, I’ll see if the library can get it. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • Okay, then don’t grab Dragon’s Claw yet, but you should be all right with this one. She’s in it, but I don’t think it gives any spoilers to her own series. 🙂

  5. Isn’t it amazing how an audiobook changes everything Sophia Rose. This is exactly how I feel when the story and narrator just sync. Great review. btw I’m finally feeling better after surgery but it’s been a rough week!

    • Super news! Glad you’re climbing back into the saddle (albeit gingerly), Debbie!

      I agree. Some books I barely tolerated and then loved them in audio.

  6. Hmm, looks like another series to add to my audio backlist. I am working on two backlists, and after will select two more, this will go on the list 🙂

    • Sadly, I know exactly what you mean- the backlist shuffling. 🙂 Look forward to seeing what you think when you get to it.

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