Blood Engines : Marla Mason

  • by T. A. Pratt
  • Narrated by Jessica Almasy, T. A. Pratt (Introduction)
  • Series: Marla Mason
  • 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Meet Marla Mason - smart, saucy, slightly wicked witch of the East Coast....Sorcerer Marla Mason, small-time guardian of the city of Felport, has a big problem. A rival is preparing a powerful spell that could end Marla's life - and, even worse, wreck her city. Marla's only chance of survival is to boost her powers with the Cornerstone, a magical artifact hidden somewhere in San Francisco. But when she arrives there, Marla finds that the quest isn't going to be quite as cut-and-dried as she expected...and that some of the people she needs to talk to are dead. It seems that San Francisco's top sorcerers are having troubles of their own - a mysterious assailant has the city's magical community in a panic, and the local talent is being (gruesomely) picked off one by one.With her partner-in-crime, Rondeau, Marla is soon racing against time through San Francisco's alien streets, dodging poisonous frogs, murderous hummingbirds, cannibals, and a nasty vibe from the local witchery, who suspect that Marla herself may be behind the recent murders. And if Marla doesn't figure out who is killing the city's finest in time, she'll be in danger of becoming a magical statistic herself.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author T.A. Pratt.


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The Title Explains It All

I usually do not write reviews, but I just thought I'd give it a shot this time. The book is a great read/listen. I listened at work and found it entertaining, made the day flow by quicker. Some audio books can take a while for me to understand where the story is going, this one I picked up what was happening right away. The reason for writing this review is that enjoyed the book and wanted to see which is the next in the series. It took a little investigating because they are not numbered, so I went to T.A. Pratt's site. The order goes as follows.

In Blood Engines
In Poison Sleep
In Dead Reign
In Spell Games

I hope that helps some people who enjoyed the first book and would like to follow the series, and not make the mistake of downloading the books not in series sequence.
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- Starr

AWFUL Choice for a Narrator!

I purchased this book during the $4.95 sale because I had looked at it in print, and it seemed like something I would like. Well, I'm certainly glad I didn't waste a credit or full price on it because in spite of a good story, the narrator spoils it. I Googled Jessica Almasy just to be sure that she wasn't really a 12 year old before I criticized her for sounding like one. Although the information on her is sparse, she is clearly an adult who is simply cursed with forever sounding like a pre-adolescent.

The main character is a strong, adult woman. I cannot begin to fathom how Almasy, with her little-girl voice, was selected to read these novels. (Unfortunately, she reads the entire series; I will not be listening to any more!) She reads competently enough. Her pacing and phrasing are decent, and she pronounces words correctly, but she cannot handle these characters. If her ability to voice Marla is doubtful, her ability to voice male characters is farcical. All male voices sound alike: vaguely constipated versions of Marla.

As for the story and the writing, I've enjoyed them as much as possible with the handicap of Almasy's reading. I think I will enjoy reading the other novels in the series to myself much more than I have enjoyed listening to this one. If I could divide the star ratings up, I'd give the narration 1 star just because it is SO inappropriate, and the novel itself 4 stars.
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- Tracey Rains "I mainly read mysteries, and sci-fi, sometimes with a dose of humor, and I love the BBC. I enjoy the hidden gems more than the best-sellers."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios