Written in Red Audiobook by Anne Bishop (review)

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Review of: Written in Red Audiobook
Anne Bishop

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On December 14, 2013
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Written in Red Audiobook

By: Anne Bishop

Narrated by: Alexandra Harris

Published by: Penguin Audio 03/05/2013

Written in Red Audiobook cover


5 hearts Rating

The Others series # 1

18 hrs and 32 mins

Whispersync for Voice- Ready

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As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut – a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard – a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

©2013 Anne Bishop (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Sample of Written in Red Audiobook

My thoughts

Written in Red is the first novel of  Anne Bishop’s new series, The Others.

One of my favorite trilogy of all time is The Black Jewels, written by Ms. Bishop. If you haven’t read or even better, listened to Daughter of the Blood (first book), I urged you to do so, as it’s a good starting point to get acquainted with her incredible talent; let me warn you, it’s not for the faint hearted or prude, it’s very much an adult read, not in the sexy kind of an adult, but in the dark and violent way.

Her books are not meant to be read or listened to, they are meant to be experienced with  all the glory that is her uncanny ability to create worlds and characters that stay with you well past the last chapter. Her style of writing is smart and challenging, but most of all  is enthralling.

Unlike The Black Jewels, this could be enjoyed as YA read, the violence and sexuality (practically non-existent) are tamed in comparison; nevertheless, it still bears Ms. Bishop signature style.

Once again Ms. Bishop has created a complex, intricate and  yet cohesive world that will drag you slowly but surely with each advancing page.

In Written in Red , Anne Bishop introduces us to Meg Corbin, a blood prophet  that has escaped from what I would call wardens more than her keepers, and who with no knowledge of the outside world (except from what she has learned from pictures), now has  to navigate a world full of monsters and unsavory creatures (vampires, werewolves and elementals to name a few) known as the Others .

To  be able to survive, Meg (known to her keepers as cs759) has to learn the politics of this new world, and to grow fast and strong really quickly.

Meg knows that her keepers will be mounting a manhunt after her, considering she’s a valuable  possession for her ability to predict the future when she gets cut (yes, there is pain), and this makes her a treasured commodity.

During her escape, she will find temporary safety in a Courtyard run by the Others, more specifically, it’s run by a wolf shifter  named Simon Wolfgard, who, after finding her interesting in an odd way, hires her as a human liaison.

It will seem that, at times, Simon regrets his decision; after all, the Others don’t like or trust any humans, but the undercurrent will indicate the contrary. And this is why I love her writing, her characters’ feelings are never black and white.

As much as Meg can feel safe with the Others, she must never forget they will eat humans at a drop of a hat. And even though, rules have been put in place to secure the safety, of both humans and the Others… They still are, the Others….. Below the surface there is a current of danger… And oh boy! You feel it.

I loved the complexity of the characters; there is no good and bad as clear as you would find in other novels, but one thing is for sure, Megan Corbin will not only gain your sympathy, but you will love to root for her safety.

There is a lot more to say; a lot more characters to mention, a lot more plots going on, but I know you don’t have all day, and neither do I, so I just hope you discover on your own how original and unique, Written in Red is.

One more thing, I do have a hard time classifying this as an Urban Fantasy (it’s listed as such on Bishop’s web page) to me it reads more as a straight fantasy novel.

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Written in Red Audiobook Narration

When I downloaded this audiobook I had a strong feeling this was going to be one of my top ten books of the year, I was just praying that it wasn’t spoiled by  a bad  interpretation.

I’m happy to report that  the narrator Alexandra Harris did justice to the magnificent writing of Anne Bishop.

Her interpretation of Meg left you no doubts how strange, uncomfortable and vulnerable she felt.

The depiction of the heroine inspired the right feelings. And her interpretation grew as the character grew. All in all, Alexandra did a good job with the protagonist.

I also like how the creepiness and the danger of this world gets transmitted to the listener. Listening to her describe the Courtyard put me right there, right off the get go.

Her male voices were very good, I particularly liked her interpretation  of Simon; an all around menacing male, and I clearly got that without feeling any effort from Ms. Harris

Ultimately, this was a winner all around for me, and one of my top 10 listens for 2013.


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Loupe Duffy
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    • Thank you Marcela! I know you loved the book too, I was so happy when I found another Anne Bishop fan as big as myself 🙂

  1. Great review. I’ve heard tons of good things about this book. I’m on the waiting list at the library for the CDs now. I’ll also need to look into her more adult series that you mentioned.

    • Oh Melanie is wonderful! I hope you love it as much as I did. I’ll be anxiously awaiting your thoughts and opinion.

  2. Your love for this series has me curious, I was worried at first by how loud the audio sounded, but as I listen I felt myself slipping into the imagery.

    • I know! The prologue reading is a little dry too, but it doesn’t take long before the story grabs you.
      I really think you would enjoy this one 🙂

  3. I’ve seen this title on many peeps’ year end top 10 lists and now, after reading your review I MUST READ IT. Actually, I’ll probably listen to it in this case. Thanks Loupe!

    • How can you not? It has a werewolf for a lead! 😉
      I think you will really enjoy it (I hope you do). Just remember that it reads more as straight fantasy than UF. I know you are a fan of that genre too, so you will be fine.

    • Carmel, read it or listen to it Now. Like you said you would. It’s on my top 10 of the year list too. SO amazing!

  4. Perfect review! I completely agree with you. 🙂
    And I believe it’s an urban fantasy because it takes place in modern times.

    • I don’t know why I have a hard time placing as an UF, I think it’s because of her writing style. Her worlds are so complex too. In any case it’s fantastic. I’m not surprise that is one your top reads for 2013.
      I’m going to go get a link for your review and Marcelas’ I’m sure you guys wrote a wonderful review.
      Let’s see what what Carmel thinks 🙂
      Thanks Julie!!

  5. OOo okay I think I can do this one! I’ve had her on my tbr list for quite a while and have a couple of books even but was a little bit intimidated by them. Sounds like this could be a good intro that’s not quite as intense. Thanks for the heads up!!

    • Yes, this is a lot lighter than her Black Jewels series, and although the world is not as intense or as emotionally draining, still it’s a fabulous introduction to the Others series.

  6. Love the new Christmas design!
    I have seen this book everywhere so it’s great to know that it is worth a read. Sounds like a pretty good series!

    • Thanks Alise!
      This is a great one! No much of a romance, but this author really knows how to create fantastic worlds that immediately grab you.

  7. Great! I’m definitely going to read this at some point given your enthusiasm about it. The narrator seems to fit well with the overall mood as far as I can tell from the audio excerpt. Also, that cover is so pretty!

    • I hope you enjoy it! If you never read/listened to Anne Bishop before you are in for a treat, at least I hope you are 🙂
      I’ll keep my eyes open for your review, and thank you so much for sharing.

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