Audio: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas @SJMaas @AudibleStudios ‏

Posted April 7, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 5 Comments

Audio: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas @SJMaas   @AudibleStudios ‏Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Audible on November 5, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 12 hours, 47 minuites
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
AmazonAudibleAudiobookBarnes & Noble
zero-flames
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

 

I was headed to Apollycon at the end of March and I try to read the authors I plan to meet. I say I don’t like young adult but the reality is, like historical romance, I read it if it is GOOD. Or amazing.

Somehow, the audio was on sale at a really good price and I bought it and started listening. (This means all the spellings are different than how I saw them in my head. Grrr)  While some of the characters were rather immature, they were young so it is realistic. The character growth was wonderful as were the authentic emotions of the characters.

I loved the world building. The various qualities of magic and shifters and demons from other worlds just begins to unfold in this story. Magic has been outlawed, with many magic users killed. But there are other magical talents in play.

Of course, I shipped the wrong guy as usual. But I see the sense in how it seems to be at the end. I want to continue on with Celaena’s journey. I have many questions yet. I wonder how Dorian will sort his future. He is in a difficult place. His father wants him to do less reading and more fighting. His mother wants him to marry and produce an heir. What choices will he make?

 

Narration:

I listened at 1.25x speed. The performance of Elizabeth Evans added to my enjoyment. The voices seemed to fit well and kept me in the story. In fact, I want to listen to the series and since it is not at my libraries, I’ll be buying the Throne of Glass series  on Audible. That’s saying something as I usually only buy things I already know I love( after reading them).

 

Listen to a clip:

About Elizabeth Evans

Elizabeth Evans is a New York City based actor and voiceover artist, where she works in film, television and theatre while recording audiobooks, commercials and video games. She has recorded over 150 titles for Audible.com and other companies. She specialize in YA books with spunky female protagonists

Favorite recent work includes the film Beat-Up Little Seagull opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, the play The Christians at Playwrights Horizons and a hilariously heartbreaking commercial for Purina Cat Chow. Her audiobook work has been recognized by Audiofile Magazine, USA Today, Bloomberg TV and has received three “Best Of 2015” nods from Audible.com for previous recordings this year. Elizabeth is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. When she isn’t acting or recording, she enjoys writing music and playing croquet. She’s also learning to cook, but is pretty terrible at it so far.

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.

Rating Breakdown
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Narration (Audio)
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Follow me

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2018 Audiobook Challenge

Posted April 7, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 5 Comments


5 responses to “Audio: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  1. This is on my TBR. Once I get into a fanasty mood I’m going to grab it from the library. You should try Kresley Cole’s YA series. I think you would like it. First book is Posion Princess. Great on audio!

    • My TBR is overflowing but I am having some unscheduled time so I’ll be working the audio while I knit and sew and quilt and cook, and do chores. So audio is the best choice. I think long and hard before I delve into YA worlds however.

  2. I have a little bit of a love/hate relationship with SJM. Her books draw me in but sometimes the YAness of the drama of the plot does me in and she has a tendency to change who the MC is in love with A LOT. I struggle with changing ships.

    • Oh I’m already struggling with the changing ships. We will see what happens as it goes forward. YA drama is why I don’t read very much YA. I REALLY liked this one though, in spite of a few small things.