Description⎮Reviewed Nov. 2015
Narrator: Emily Shaffer
Length: 12h 14m
Publisher: Penguin Audio⎮2012
4 ★ Audiobook⎮This installment was better than the first on two grounds: more action and more Dimitri. Both of those things made The Golden Lily seem like Vampire Academy #8 instead of Bloodlines #2 (no complaint here). The plot thickened considerably and Sydney was given more character depth, making her a semi-tolerable protagonist. While the overall storyline is still slowly inching forward, I can vaguely see where it’s headed and I’m interested enough to continue on with the series. If this installment is any indication, the series should continue gaining speed with further installments. The fact that Richelle Mead continues her world-building process in a spinoff series by adding new factions is highly intriguing. Those who stop reading after Last Sacrifice are missing out on [potentially] key elements in the Vampire Academy world, by extension through the Bloodlines series.
Narration review: The narrator of this audiobook does a well-enough job, but nothing extraordinary. Her voice isn’t annoying to listen to for hours on end (which counts for a lot, in my book). She does a few accents (Dimitri’s, Adrian’s), but again, nothing extraordinary. From my perspective, the audiobook holds nothing substantial over the physical book. The choice between audiobook and physical book could be a toss-up, or simply left to personal preference. ♣︎