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If you could sum up The Devil at Play in three words, what would they be?
There was so much going on and I have been waiting to see how all of this craziness was going to end. Of course since I just love Audrey so much my heart was at time breaking for her, while other times I was exhilarated for her.
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I was once again thrilled to be provided with a copy of this audiobook so that I could provide a review. We don't like to tuck this away at the end, but don't be misled by it. I had a chance for a review copy before I got my new credits. All delays in getting a new Marcus Damanda book are bad.
This book is great. Having now finished 4 of Damanda's titles, I'm still surprised by the little touches and decisions that make the characters feel real and world alive. It's almost silly how giddy I was when I realized there was about to be a tire slashing, and then it was done the real world way, not in classic movie style. I stopped the book to call someone and rave about it. There are other examples, but they might give too much away and I'd never forgive me if I spoiled any of the big moments.
If it's possible you've arrived at this review having finished the first two books in the series and are unsure about finishing the set, stop hesitating. Go back and listen to the first two books again and then complete the trilogy. This last installment brings everything together and finishes with surprise after surprise. It breaks from the style of the first two slightly, in that events unfold in near to real-time. Everything ends in just about 9 fiction hours and the vast majority of the action takes place in 4 of those, with an intimate eye on detail as the tale comes to a close.
Every book in the series has been dark, and this one is no exception. No, sir. Dead dark stuff here, but, as I look back at the series, I've noticed a different texture to the darkness in each book. This book is the wrathful dark. Physically brutal, this is where Audrey pays back every bit of the pain. Where the final decision is left with the reader if Jack was truly the monster or the hero.
Jessica McEvoy's narration is, if I'm being honest, even better than before. Though I was unwilling to mar my admiration for her work in other reviews, earlier recordings have had very minor issues with the distortion when characters screamed. There are no such issues with this performance. Her voice and vocal talent are amazing. Her flawless alto voice keeps forcing me to say it's low and smokey because I start to feel creepy trying to capture the right words for it. It's seductive. Drawing you in among the characters and their private thoughts, making everything feel close.
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