Sweep in Peace Audiobook by Ilona Andrews (REVIEW)

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Review of: Sweep in Peace Audiobook
Ilona Andrews
Innkeeper Series #2

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On January 8, 2016
Last modified:February 14, 2017


Sweep in Peace Audiobook

By: Ilona Andrews

Narrated by: Reneé Raudman

Published by: NYLA 12/15/2015

Sweep in Peace Audiobook by Ilona Andrews

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Innkeeper Chronicles #2

10 hrs and 47 mins

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Sweep in Peace Audiobook Sample

Sweep in Peace Audiobook

5 Hearts

This is such a fun series. First all, it is originally published as a serial on Ilona Andrews website for free for their fans. I just love that they are willing to do this for their fans. It is not something that they have to do, but they love doing it and the fans love it too. I’m not a fan of serials, so even with the first book, I choose to wait until it was done, planning to read the finished piece. Then they put the ebook for sale, which I quickly bought for convenience and to support this great idea. Then, they took it one step further and got their awesome narrator, Reneé Raudman, to put it on audio. This got me extra excited. So when they did the second book, I sat on my hands, holding my breath, hoping beyond hope that Reneé Raudman would read the second book. So here we are!!!

Okay, enough of me babbling about how much I love Ilona Andrews and Reneé Raudman. I should probably talk about the story. This series is about Dina DeMille is an innkeeper of Gertrude Hunt. Gertrude Hunt is no ordinary inn. It’s an inn for people not from Earth. It has special abilities and is truly a character in this story as much as any person in this story. It is also neutral ground. The innkeeper will protect anyone who is a guest within it’s walls.

Enter the arbitrator. He needs to try to negotiate a peace treaty between three warring factions. The arbitrator has asked all the other inns and they have turned him down. It is too dangerous and too unlikely to bring peace. But Dina, is desperate. Her inn needs guest and money, so she decides to take the risk.

One group are the vampires of the Holy Cosmic Anocracy, which appeared in the first book. The second group are the Otrokars aka the Hope Crushing Horde. Lastly are the Merchants of Baha-char. They are a fox like group, which are all about the money and are not the war-like race, unlike the two other groups.

When Dina realizes that she will need a staff to cook for her and her 36 guests, she goes looking for someone. She locates a highly rated chef, that has been disgraced because he has been accused of poisoning someone. He is also full of drama, which gives many chuckle worthy moments. Orro is a character that really helped make the book.

My future chef was an oversized, hysterical hedgehog with a martyr complex.

Lastly, I’ll add the icing on the cake. If you’ve read Ilona Andrews The Edge series, you will recognize  the arbitrator. He is George Camarine. He appears as a child throughout the series. Here, he is all grown up. You can still see many of his aspects, though he is not the same person as he was in that series. He also brings along Jake, his shapeshifting brother, and Gaston another character from the Edge. Lark/Sophie also makes an appearance too. I’ve been wanting to see them again, ever since they ended The Edge series.

This is another great addition to the series. I love how Ilona Andrews is able to ordinary and make it extraordinary. When she buys PS4 to alleviate boredom of a group of warriors. She is sent on a mission to find a “grumpy cat” for a different guest. And hands a football to the other warriors and explains that “Football is a wargame of land acquisition.” It is just a well written series, with phenomenal characters and some of the best world building on the market.

A quote of when Orro first sees Dina’s kitchen. Needless to say, he is unimpressed. LOL

“Like a primitive savage, who sets out to tame the wilderness armed with nothing but a knife and his indomitable will, I will persevere. I will wrestle victory from the greedy jaws of defeat. I shall rise like a bird of prey upon the current of the wind, my talons raised for the kill, and I shall strike true.”

“Oh wow. I hope the inn filmed that.”

Sweep in Peace Audiobook Narration

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Once again, Reneé Raudman is an artist with the narration of this story. There are so many different characters and yet she is able to do all the different voices and give them all different personality and voice. There were men, women, children and Orro. Orro, was full of enough drama to fill an entire high school theater. She even did a great job bringing back the personality of characters that she hasn’t voiced in at least three years in The Edge characters. She continues to prove to my why I keep her on my list of favorite narrators.

Ilona Andrews

Authors – Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children, and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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Renee Raudman narrator

Narrator Reneé Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

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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. I have been looking at these for some time. I think the blurb and cover didn’t grab me. Sounds like I need to get beyond that though! Especially since they are in audio now!

    • This series is just as good as any other Ilona Andrews series. I would recommend anything by this writing team. They haven’t let me down yet. Add in Renée Raudman’s narration, and in my opinion, you can’t go wrong. I mean in the first book, they make even a trip to Costco interesting.

  2. I just finished this one up recently and LOVED it too 😀 Orro made me laugh at his drama moments 😛

    • He was the best!! Renée did a wonderful job of voicing him. I’m so excited for book three. I saw they are trying to come up with a title for it now.

  3. I started reading this when they were releasing it on their website but I’m not really a fan of serials either, Melanie. I *do* have both audiobooks waiting on me. 😉 And now I’m even more eager to listen to them! I adore George and this is such a creative story. Well, I love the Andrews too – I’ll read anything they write. *ha*

    • Now you can listen to both back to back (or at least close together). It is such fun series.

  4. I have the first one on audio that I haven’t gotten to. I will be sure to bump this on my audibook list for 2016. I adore Renee and the Andrews duo.

    • They are such a great trio(??) on audio. I loved the first one just as much as this one. I hope you enjoy it Heidi.

  5. I’ve heard so much about this writing team and this series okay its now officially on my 2016 list

    • This is a great series to start with for them. There is only two in the series, so far. If you like it, you could then try Kate Daniels and The Edge which has much more books. I know you’ll love it. They have such a great writing style.

  6. I read first book but I don’t remember much about it, I just know I liked it. I should read this one too, hopefully I won’t be too lost.

    • I wasn’t sure how much I would remember. It didn’t take me long and I was right back into the world. Such a great series. This one is even better than the first one, in my opinion.

  7. I’m so going to have to try this one. I almost picked up the first one on audio, but it will have to wait a bit. I’m hoping my library gets this one as well. I also love Reneé’s narration!

    • She is a great narrator. I just love her voice and the voices she chooses for her characters. I hope you enjoy this one.

  8. I need to relisten to the 1st book since I can’t remember much about it. Then I’ll jump on this one.

    • It was so good. I thought about relistening. I’ve just got so many books I’m wanting to listen to that I didn’t do it. I do want to go back and relisten to The Edge after this. There’s only 4 books in that series, so it might be doable.

      • I’ve only listened to book 1 in The Edge series. That’s a series I plan on finishing this year. But I have to put some books between them and another other Andrews’ books. They worlds and characters are so similar and with Renee voicing them all it gets a little confusing for me. LOL

        • There is character overlap here. George and Jack from the first books are in this one along from two other characters later in the series. Not an issue. They are written as if people are meeting them for the first time.

  9. I haven’t read much Ilona Andrews yet, but I agree that they spin a good story and Renee Raudman is a fantastic narrator. I’ve started in the Kate Daniels series – which is better in your opinion, this or Kate?

    • That’s a really tough choice. They’re both great stories. I think Kate is a little better though. They are both just so unique. So is The Edge series.

  10. I just read this last week, Melanie, and I agree! It’s so well done, and so true that the Andrews are able to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. I love Dina, she’s the kind of heroine with so many hidden talents and depths it’s always great to read about her.
    And I can’t wait to see what Officer Marais will do in the next instalment 😀
    Great review!

    • She is a hidden heroine. Not a typical one at that. Not many like her around. She kicks ass with such finesse. It will be interesting to see were Officer Marais goes in the next book.

  11. This sounds like a fun series, I am thinking I might have to buy the first book in this series. The concept of an inn for people not from earth sounds so fun! The plot with the peace treaty and the new character all sounds great. Great review!

    • This is a great story. I really think you would enjoy it. It is so unique. I’ve never read anything else like it. I hope you enjoy it.

  12. This sounds extremely good. I can’t remember why I haven’t started this series yet.

    I obviously need to do an Ilona Andrews reading marathon, since I have a couple of books from their Kate Daniels series I need to read as well. 😛

    • They are a fun authors. I love their unique writing ability. I really want to go back and do a relisten to all of their books.

  13. Fine! I’ll read the first book soon. Maybe it’s better that way since KD has a lot of novels out and this only has two. Easier to get caught up

    • This is a great series to dip your toe into the Ilona Andrews pond. I hope it will get you hooked on Ilona Andrews.

  14. I seriously love how generous the Andrews are. I didn’t know George was in this book. So cool. I will get to this eventually.

    • George is a pretty major character in this book. Probably the biggest secondary character. I think this is how they decided to give people the story of the boys that everyone wanted. Not really how I would’ve liked to have seen it, but I’ll take it. 🙂 The Andrews are so sweet. I met them at RT15 in Dallas. They were so nice.

  15. Oh yes like you i had a gret time with the first one and I loved this one again! It’s really nice to follow somthing a bit different and I’m curious for more

    • They are so good at bringing something so unique to the table. All their stories are so different from anything else out there, in a great way.

  16. OMG – I would love to hear ORRO!! I really enjoyed reading this one. I’ve got The Edge Series on audiobook to listen to this year.

    • Reneé was tweeting with me and she said that Ilona was very excited about hearing Orro too. Maybe listen to The Edge series and then revisit this one on audio. I think you will want to see George, Jack, Gaston and Lark again after listening to The Edge.

  17. I am a big fan of Andrews, though I haven’t started this series yet! I love that it was a free serial as well. Authors who give back to their fans like that are the best. 🙂

    • They are such great authors. I got to meet them at RT. They were just so sweet in person. I hope you get a chance to try this series. I would recommend anything by this writing team. I have loved everything.

  18. That really is neat that they did that originally on their site. I’ve still not started these but so plan on it one day 😀 5 hearts. Whew!

    • I just love this writing pair. They write such fun and unique stories. I love the characters and the worlds that they build. I just can’t say enough good stuff about them.


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