Volatile Bonds Audiobook by Jaye Wells (REVIEW)

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Review of: Volatile Bonds Audiobook
Jaye Wells

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On February 22, 2019
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Volatile Bonds Audiobook

By: Jaye Wells

Narrated by: Morgan Hallett

Published by: Tantor Audio 10/31/17

Volatile Bonds (Prospero's War #4) by Jaye Wells read by Morgan Hallett

4.5 stars rating

Prospero’s War #4

9 hrs and 42 mins

Volatile Bonds Audiobook Sample

Volatile Bonds Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

I really love this series. Kate Prospero is a great character. She’s a detective for the Babylon Police Department, working as a liaison for MEA (Magical Enforcement Agency). She has a unique background. She was raised in the magical version of the mafia. Her uncle was the head of one of the covens. She cooked dirty magic and showed a lot of promise. Until her mother died. Then she left the coven and worked to become a cop. She’s also raising her younger brother.

In this book, Kate is trying to solve a murder. The victim happens to be the cousin of the leader of the sex coven, who happens to be a hermaphrodite, like literally half male and half female. They (in the previous books the pronoun was he/she until you knew which half you were actually talking to, but they decided to go to the plural because of the marriage) are also marrying each other. It was supposed to make them immortal.

While Kate is trying to solve this case, she’s also still got to deal with being a single guardian to her teenage brother. She was trying to keep him completely away from magic because of her history. But she has recently given in to let him learn clean magic from one of her teammates on the MEA. Now he’s gone behind her back to join a private school with magic.

I love this series. It has some really weird characters (besides the hermaphrodite there are also a set of conjoined twins. One is a perpetual baby who has the mind and voice of man. The other is a large woman with a very undeveloped mind). I also love the more normal characters. Kate is great, as is her younger brother. There is also Baba, a witch (she doesn’t have magic, but practices Wiccan and makes some herbal remedies). She used to live next door until she had some financial issues and moved in with Kate. There is also the MEA team, one of which is her friend with benefits, but she won’t call him a boyfriend. There’s also the mayor, the first adept or magic using mayor, who also happens to be Kate’s ex-boyfriend who was also in the illegal dirty magic coven. They are all great characters.

I also like mysteries in this series. I was really caught off guard on this one. I love all the police procedure. The world is extremely interesting. I love all the different magics that are used in this series. It is a very unique world. My earbuds are glued to my ears from start to finish.

Volatile Bonds Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

Morgan Hallett does a great job with the narration. There are a lot of weird characters in this series, and she does a wonderful job with all of these voices. I love both her voices for male and females. I really have to call her out for her great narration of Mary, the large female half of the conjoined twin. If you haven’t given her a try, I do recommend her.

Author: Jaye Wells

Author: Jaye Wells

Jaye Wells is the author of several speculative fiction novels. She is best known for writing urban fantasy with her USA Today bestselling Sabina Kane series and the Prospero’s War series. In 2012, she won the Best Urban Fantasy Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews for Blue-Blooded Vamp, and her novels Dirty Magic, Volatile Bonds, and Silver-Tongued Devilwere also nominated for the award.

Before she became an author, Jaye was a magazine editor and freelance writer. She earned her B.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, and holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She belongs to International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Horror Writers Association.

In addition to writing, Jaye is also a sought-after speaker and teacher on the topics of writing craft and the writing life. She has served as faculty for the Paradise Lost writing retreat, taught writing at sea for Cruising Writers, ran the writers’ workshop for FenCon, and served as a mentor for Horror Writers Association’s. She also offers writing workshops and seminars through Writing Workshops Dallas.

When Jaye is not writing or teaching, she loves to travel and cook. She lives in Texas.

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Narrator: Morgan Hallett

Narrator: Morgan Hallett

Morgan Hallett is a New York City–based actress, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. She has worked extensively throughout the country and on Broadway. She is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, and has lent her voice to dozens of TV commercials, including Time Warner Cable, 7-Up, and Accuvue.

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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. This is one of those series that I suspect I’ll love, but just haven’t gotten around to starting it. I love all the kooky elements you described.

    • This series is so interesting. Truly unique. I has a lot of familiar things to it, from other UF series, but also so many that are truly unique to this series.

  2. Great review for this, it sounds like my kind of read!

    • It is such a great series. I have no idea why it took me so long to start it.

  3. Oh I really enjoy this series and I had such a great time with this novel as well!

    • It’s so unique. I love the characters too. I can’t wait for the next story.

  4. Another one of those series that I want to try one day. You make them sound so good.

  5. I also love this series – so much! I listened to all but this one which I read because I couldn’t wait another second for it. In fact, I emailed the lovely Jaye Wells to find out when I could get it. Also I may have a crush on the mayor. I don’t like the other guy. But I always choose the wrong guy. Wonderful review!

  6. I have got to get back to this series. I’m glad to hear the audio is well done for it, I may have to jump over to that from ebook.

    • This narrator isn’t a favorite, but she’s very good. I would recommend her.

  7. The characters for this one sound all kinds of interesting.

    • These characters are so unique. I love so many of them, even some of the ones that kinda creep me out. 🙂

  8. I have not tried the narrator, but she sounds good 🙂

    • She’s not a favorite, but very good. She also read G.A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin series

    • The series is fascinating. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  9. OOh Jaye I haven’t read her since the Sabina Kane series but I did love them now I just need more time or a shorter wish list. Nope 😉

    • Sabina Kane was my first Jaye Wells series. I wanted to start this series when it first came out, but it fell off my radar for some reason. I’m so glad that I picked it back up.

  10. I looked and this one is one my list as well. Eep..so many series so little time! Awesome review my friend!

    • Right? I feel the same way. I wish I could get more books in, but there is only so much time in the day. *sigh* LOL

  11. I have the first audiobook in this series but have listened to it yet. Sounds like I need to get on it. I love the sound of the strange characters. I am so glad you enjoyed this one!

    • I have so many series where I’ve downloaded the first audiobook, but haven’t started yet. I’ve really enjoyed this one. I hope you’re able to get started soon.

  12. I’m so happy this was another strong entry in this series, Melanie. It sounds really good and I’ve yet to read Wells. Perhaps I’ll start with this series. I’m pretty sure my library carries it. 🙂

    • I’ve only read this series and the Sabina Kane. It’s been too long for me to comment on Sabina Kane other than to say I remember enjoying it. This one is great though. 🙂

  13. This sounds like an good series Melanie. I do like that it has some interesting characters, you have me intrigued! I think I’d like to get to know Kate… she sounds like a badasss!

    • I’ve really enjoyed this series. It is very unique, which I love. Kate is a badass, though I don’t think she realizes that.

  14. Wow! This sounds like a great series! I like the magical aspects! I really need to read Jaye Wells… been on my TBR for a while!

    • This is my second series by Jaye Wells. I read the Sabina Kane series years ago. Way before I ever started blogging. I remember enjoying it too.

  15. Huh… with this being book 4, I’m sure I’ve read a review or your thoughts on one of the earlier books, but it doesn’t sound familiar. I love how unique and potentially marginalized characters play a big role.

    • I reviewed the first two books (ebooks, not audio) back on Rabid Reads. Then I’ve reviewed books three and four on audio here. They’ve been pretty spread out. And this is an older series, so not many people are talking about it right now. So many books, it’s hard to keep up with them all. 🙂

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