Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2

Description⎮Reviewed Dec. 2015

Narrator: Kristine Hvam
Length: 15h 21m
Publisher: Hachette Audio⎮2012

4 ★ AudiobookI thought the story itself was good, but not great. I definitely did not enjoy it as much as its predecessor, largely due to the new setting and and cast of characters. I can’t even tell you the number of times I had to refer to this book’s wikia page to keep characters/chimera races straight in my mind. The total plunge into the chimera world was a bit overwhelming. I did find myself liking Zirri quite a bit, though. And I really appreciate the way this author writes her female characters. They all have spunk. 

Narration Review: This story felt so different than the first installment. It took place in a different world, with several new characters and new races of characters. I’d say I was probably confused 45% of the time during this. The point-of-view changes were too frequent and numerous and without any audible indication that a change was taking place. The physical book probably had a visual indicator whenever there was about to be a POV switch, but the audiobook had nothing. Other audiobooks have used some sort of sound effect to indicate a new POV. The lack thereof in this particular audiobook significantly hindered my ability to fully enjoy this story. Overall, I would say that if you are choosing between the physical book and the audiobook, definitely choose the physical book (unless you plan on paying excruciating attention to detail). ♣︎

$ Available at The Book Depository (paperback), Audiobooks.com and Audible

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