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Khristine Hvam reprises her role as narrator in this 2nd entry in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and delivers a performance that raises Laini Taylor's solid writing to a higher level.
Despite bordering on an over-reliance on "convenient moments", Taylor has managed to write a novel that is both gripping and exciting that somehow transcends the medium and becomes an auditory "page turner". I sometimes get the feeling that the book was written with narration in mind.
For anyone looking to read a YA/Teen novel with elements of fantasy, this is a series that deserves attention.
I really enjoyed the way the story is brought to live. I like the fact the narrator is able to read Laini Taylors words with just the right kind of emotion. You feel the love, despair, anger or whatever needs to be felt.
Love all the characters ... But Suzanna is and will forever be my favorite.
What made the experience of listening to Days of Blood and Starlight the most enjoyable?
I love everything about these books. The first one was like pulling a Christmas cracker expecting a rubbishy keyring inside and getting a Tiffany's diamond, and whats better is that this one is on the same par. The characterization is interesting, and not whitewashed. This is a book for the young people of today. There is sexuality, without the need for the parading of sex on every page. There is emotional turmoil yet there is a light side, the relationship between Karou and Suz is very well written, and it brings relief to the potential for darkness in this book. I also find the very basic idea of the Angels and Demons tale fascinating.
What other book might you compare Days of Blood and Starlight to, and why?
Its aiming for the same market as Twilight, but it is load, a thousand times better.
Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favourite?
I like Issa. She is a serpent goddess with a hissing voice. Khristine Hvam has become one of my favourite female narrators, she is particularly skillful at giving each voice an individual quality, which is very hard. Her repertoire of voices is phenomenal .
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It is too long to listen to in one sitting, but I have taken this on a long car journey and it saved my sanity in a traffic jam.
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I bought the audiobook after being stuck in the actual book for ages. And I must say; the audiobook was an absolutely delight to listen to. The narration is really god, and I didn't need much time to finish it.
Unfortunately, the story has a problem. It really is the same problem as too many other YA trilogies. The first book in the series has a great plot but the follow-up is just an in-between book with much insignificant material. Hopefully the third part will be much better. I will absolutely read it. Despite of a bit unexciting story, the writing is very good and the atmosphere is just... magical!
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I read the first book in physical format and thought it was ok. I decided to try the second on audio and I'm SO GLAD I did. The narration for this book is magical and beautiful and captivating and made this book so much better. The story comes to life and I just adored listening to this
I got through this story so fast. The story was so compelling and magical. I loved listening to every minute of it.