Soundbites About The Raven Boys

downloadTitle: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Narrator: Will Patton
Rating (Story): ★★★★☆
Rating (Narration):★★★☆☆

Accompanying her clairvoyant mother, Blue has never seen a spirit before – until Gansey. As someone who lacks the ability to see spirits, the only reasons for her to see Gansy are if he’s her true love or if she’s the one who will kill him. Determined to avoid either fate, Blue tries to avoid Gansy but is inexplicably drawn to help with a quest in which he’s involved.

I didn’t love the narrator, whose voice was somewhat gravely and oddly accented. However, he did an impressive job of doing different voices for both guys and girls. He also did a good job doing accents for the appropriate characters.

The characters were one of the better parts of the book and I get the feeling that the author had back stories for some of them that we’ll only learn about later. There was also a fascinating new mythology which I can’t wait to learn more about in future books. For all that I wanted to know more, however, I found the ending of this book pleasantly conclusive. There were a few loose ends and vague hints that are clearly going to play into the second book. But there is  also an epic confrontation with a bad guy that I felt could have been the end to a standalone book. I think the writing was great, very descriptive, and I think it’s impressive that the writing was good enough for me to notice in an audiobook. I’ll definitely be searching out more of Maggie Stiefvater’s books in the future.

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4 responses to “Soundbites About The Raven Boys

  1. Glad you liked this! I’ve only read The Scorpio Races of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, but I agree about the writing and characterization. Can’t wait to read this! (Will probably skip the audiobook if the narrator wasn’t great).

    • Yeah, the narrator was ok, but not one I’d say you have to listen to. I’ve actually also listened to The Scorpio Races as well and it was the first audiobook I’ve listened to that just totally blew me away. It’s got such a great, slow-burn of a romance and great character development too. I really liked it!

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