? Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews @ilona_andrews @reneeraudman ‏@TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooks

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? Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews @ilona_andrews @reneeraudman ‏@TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooksBayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Series: Edge #2
Published by Tantor Audio on February 23, 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 15 hours, 32 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

I continued on with rereading by listening to the Edge series.   The first read was in paperback from the library almost 10 years ago.   I remember William and again I am happy to have his book.  He is such a sympathetic character for me.  Nobody ever cared about him, at least he believes it.

William holds himself to such high standards and treats others well even when he has not been treated well.  But he is not stupid and does not allow others to trick him.   He meets Cerise Mar when she is in a terrible spot.  Her parents gone and she is in charge.  The enemy of my enemy is my friend?  Well, they take a try at it.  Trust is hard to build.

The crazy, sprawling Mar family has been held together with Cerise’s herculean efforts.  The women in this series are always worked to the bone and fight to the death.  They deserve their happiness in the end.

As always, there are battles and many wonderful characters, deaths and worry over favorite characters, and somehow humor and compassion.

Narration:

I’ve now settled into Renee Raudman and her excellent narration.  She has unique voices for the characters with a great talent for male and female voices.   I was able to listen comfortably at my normal 1.5x speed.

Listen to a clip:  HERE

 

About Renée Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored several bestselling series, including the #1 NYT bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, rustic fantasy of the Edge, paranormal romance of Hidden Legacy, and Innkeeper Chronicles, which they post as a free weekly serial.

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Posted May 22, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 10 Comments


10 responses to “? Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

  1. I’m reading book four now, but I’m pretty sure that William and Cerise’s story was my favorite.