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I first read this [ebook] a year and a half ago (original review below) and recalled enjoying it so grabbed the audio when it was offered. Narrator Elizabeth Evans' clear, deliberately-paced narration is excellent for noise-distraction listening (such as in the car) but speed can be boosted a bit in quiet environments with no loss of enjoyment. Her excellent vocal range provides distinctive voices for each of the characters, bringing them to life.
Set in the desert country of Idara which is ruled by the Queen of Summer, a fairy, "Of Sand and Storm" continues the Fairy Queen saga. But were you to just pick up this book you could enjoy a gripping tale of fear and struggle for freedom. There is a dark subtext which can be brought forth into ongoing issues of slavery and sex in war-torn regions of the world (and even in the underbelly of the "first world"), but let that simmer in the background while you enjoy a first rate story. [Despite the issues involved, there is NO explicit sex so this is a safe read for YA.]
Once you've enjoyed this novel, you can always go back to the beginning to learn Storm's story.
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This is my second time reading Of Sand and Storm. I read the entire Fairy Queens series towards the beginning of 2017 and absolutely fell in love with the plot, characters, world-building, and writing style. Listening to the audiobook version of Of Sand and Storm made me rethink my original ratings of this book, as well as the rest in the series. My conclusion is that I don't think I rated these books high enough. Whether it's due to being reintroduced to this fantastic story or reliving Cinder's experience by hearing her tale, Of Sand and Storm yet again, knocked me off my feet.
Of Sand and Storm was narrated by Elizabeth Evans. She did a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. Her voice matched the characters well and did not possess overpowering or distracting qualities to the plot or characters themselves. While there weren't many tonal differences between characters, her dictation of them was easy to follow as the correct emotional variances were portrayed at the appropriate times.
Overall, I thought this audiobook was very easy to listen to, and the plot even more powerful the second time through.
My Rating: ★★★★★
What other book might you compare Of Sand and Storm to and why?
The other books in the Fairy Queens series.
What does Elizabeth Evans bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She did a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. Her voice matched the characters well and did not possess overpowering or distracting qualities to the plot or characters themselves. While there weren't many tonal differences between characters, her dictation of them was easy to follow as the correct emotional variances were portrayed at the appropriate times.