Malediction

  • by Lisa Morton
  • Narrated by Michael Hacker
  • 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1863, a young woman's heritage is stolen from her, and she lays a terrible curse on the City of Angels. Now, in the 21st century, a teenaged girl with lethal psychic abilities arrives in Los Angeles, ready to ally herself with vengeful spirits of the past to feed her insatiable appetite for destruction. Only Gwen Michaelson, a natural healer afraid of her gifts, and Sam West, a broken amnesiac who was once a brilliant historian, stand against the psychotic and increasingly powerful May Blanco. Will Gwen be able to use her skills to restore Sam's mind, which holds the key to the mystery of May's unearthly companion? Together, can they find a way to stop May before she unleashes a wave of death?
Malediction is a novel about magic and darkness, power and lust, folklore versus fact, love against rage, and the secret history of Los Angeles.

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Engrossing Read.

Would you consider the audio edition of Malediction to be better than the print version?

I've only listened to the Audio but I think an Audio book breaths life into a story anyway.


What did you like best about this story?

Everything. I loved the Secret History of LA and how the story weaved together at the end.


Have you listened to any of Michael Hacker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first but I will definitely check out more from him. He really brought the characters to life.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No because it's so long but when I was listening to it I didn't want to stop.


Any additional comments?

This was such an engrossing read. Everything from it's plot to it's characters were really well written and developed. I loved how we learn a little at a time about the history and the curse and how the story is weaved together.

Long ago when a woman thought she was cheated out of land, she brought a curse down upon the land and everyone who ever owns it. Skip to modern day LA and the curse seems to come to life through a teenage girl called Mae.

Mae was an amazing villain, I don't mean that I liked her but that she was the nastiest one I've ever read. At the start I felt so sorry for her, her parents locked her away for most of her life because she could do things. She had no love nor companionship for the first 18yrs. One day she decides enough is enough and kills her father and mother. But she doesn't stop there! Mae is the epitome of sociopath and kills for fun or when she wants something. She is pure evil!

Gwen can also do things. She can heal people, so naturally, she is the only person who can try to stop Mae. Along with Portia, a physic and Sam, a scholar, Gwen has to become stronger in order to face Mae, but how do you face someone who will kill with a look, who blows a heart up without a thought or a care??

The lore about the curse was awesome as well. I loved the interludes where we learn about the origin of the curse and how its played out over the years.

Anyway, Malediction was a thrilling and frankly chilling read. I flew through listening to it and didn't want to stop. Its such an intrinsic plot and one I found myself engrossed in. Highly recommend.

Michael Hacker did an amazing job of reading the story. His reactions to things and the way he voiced each character was awesome. Loved listening to this.

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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Great story, but struggled with narration :(

If the story weren't so engrossing, I would have returned this book. I kept finding myself thinking, "No one actually talks this way!!" Kudos to anyone pursuing their passion in a career choice, but I would have preferred a narrator who read in a tempo and rhythm consistent with a conversation instead of seeming forced and affected.
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- Ann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-17-2014
  • Publisher: Lisa Morton