Friday, December 16, 2016

Audiobook Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop


Series: The Others #1
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
18 hrs. 32 min.
Unabridged
Published: March 5, 13
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Source: Library (Interlibrary loan)
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.
My thoughts:

Okay, I am probably one of the last people to have started this series. With so much raving I knew I had to try it. My audio peeps really insisted on audio and I'm glad I went that way. My library didn't have it in, so I got the CDs through the interlibrary loan and I'm not sorry one bit. Yea, the hype was correct, this one was good. 

I think for me the reason I enjoyed this one so much was the worldbuilding as well as Meg. She is innocent and shy but yet has a will to her that makes her someone you would want to know. She might be scared a lot, but yet it doesn't stop her from fighting for what she believes is right and for her own freedom. Of course Simon Wolfgard is a hoot and a half as well. A typical alpha growly male but also has a huge soft side he rarely lets others see. Having him trying to figure out those darn inedible (for various reasons) human females was fun. I cannot wait for more from these two. There is no romance, but a possibility of one. I'm glad there isn't one since Meg has yet to figure out who she is first. 

The plot is well written and had me trying to figure out what would happen in the end. There are multiple plot lines but it doesn't get tangled up unless it is supposed to tangle with purpose. While this was compelling, it was the relationships between the characters that really shined. 

I loved Alexandria Harris's narration and hope she does the whole series. She is now the voice of all the characters in my head and I wouldn't want it any other way. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another book narrated by her.

I was flirting between giving this book 4 1/2 stars to 5. I think I'll go 5 stars because this was the perfect distraction I needed. It was also easy enough to slip into this world and not want to leave it. I highly recommend it to those that like the paranormal, fantasy and urban fantasy especially. However anyone who likes a different kind of character book would probably enjoy this one as well.

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33 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! I adore this series and am so glad you read and loved it too! They just get better and better as they go too!

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  2. oh it's great to see you had started the series, I really love it!

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  3. YAYYYY!!!! I'm so stinking glad you listened to this and LOVED the world building!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read this one and I'm only up to the third one but Meg is so fabulous as an innocent character!!! Now you can start to binge on them, one right after the other ;)

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    1. I'm going to try to binge, but the darn holiday is getting in my way. :)

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  4. *Waves* You are not the last...I haven't started it yet but plan to in th new year!!

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    1. Oh I can tell you that you need to start this series! :)

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  5. Yay! I was the last one to jump on The Others bandwagon until you just did. This is a great review, and I agree. The world building in this series is fantastic, and it continues throughout the whole series. I think that's why I like it so much.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of the books.

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    1. I think we are lucky in a way since we have more books to listen to rather than waiting for the next to come out. :)

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  6. I've still yet to try this one. *hangs head* I'll have to add it to my 2017 TBR! Great review!

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  7. Yay! I'm so glad that you're enjoying this one. The best part about waiting is that you won't have to wait too long between each book. The last book in this series comes out in March. There is going to be a spinoff series next.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. I so agree but I do have to wait for the library to get them from interlibrary loan. LOL I can't believe that the last book is coming so soon. Maybe I'll go through it slowly then... :)

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  8. Now, I'm the last one to start this series. Lol. I've not heard one negative thing about this book. I can't wait to check it out. I probably won't do the audiobook, but at least the voice is good for this book. That definitely makes a difference. Nice review! :)

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    1. LOL! I don't think you are the last but I totally know how that feels. :) Hope you enjoy as much as I do when you get to it!

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  9. I love this series!!! I have the latest on Netgalley to read soon. I'm glad you liked it too!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  10. No, definitely not the last. Alas I think that may well be me.

    An author I've heard lots about. Indeed this book has been recommended to me by several of my friends.

    Though not a fan of audiobooks, I'll be sure to keep a look out for this even if it does mean I might break my promise not to begin any more books that are part of a series.

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    1. You might like this one. I've heard it is just as good without being on audio. :)

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  11. Yay! Glad you enjoyed this, and that the narrator was awesome! This was a good reminder of why I need to get back to this series! Great review!

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    1. Oh yea, I'm slowly going on book 2 but that has nothing to do with how good it is, but more to do with the holidays. :)

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  12. I am so glad I gave this series another go

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  13. LOL no I haven't done these yet either. I have this one on audio, though! I'm waiting for the right mood to hit to dive in. Glad to hear it's good and lived up to the hype!

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  14. I have read so many wonderful reviews for this book so I am pleased that you enjoyed it.

    A lovely review! Sharon - Obsession with Books

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  15. While I was not as behind as you, I was also a late comer to the series and listen to the books. I wasn't WOW'd by the first one, but each book got better and better and even though the narration was spectacular, it grew on me. Glad you finally got around to it!

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    1. I loved it.. obviously. LOL I'm glad you found it got even better.

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  16. I love this series and am so glad you've joined the bandwagon with this one, Melissa! I'm also thrilled to hear that the audio version is a hit! I definitely want to re-read this one, so maybe the audiobook is the way to go! Wonderful review, my dear!

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  17. Well, you aren't the last to start the series...I haven't gotten to it yet. And I would love to get to it! :D Sounds great!

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