Google+ Reading Teen: Khristine’s Mad Skillz (And a side review of the Audiobook for Dreams of Gods and Monsters)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Khristine’s Mad Skillz (And a side review of the Audiobook for Dreams of Gods and Monsters)

Audiobook review by Elisa 

Written by: Laini Taylor
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3
Format: Unabridged
Release Date:04-08-14
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Program Type: Audiobook

In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known.

When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera, and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.
I LOVE writing long reviews. Sure, I know you hate that, I just don’t care that you hate that. But, for once- just this one time, mind you, I am going to keep this review of the audiobook, Dreams of Gods and Monsters read by Khrsitine Hvam, short and sweet:

It. Was. Awesome.

Do you need more than that? Okay. Here I try again:

It. WAS. Awesome.

I know, I know. That is so unsatisfying. I’ll try just ONCE more:

It was awesome!
It was awesome!
It was 1080 minutes of AWESOME!

I just love the reader, Khristine Hvam, who also read the first two books in the series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight. I now consider myself an audiobook junkie and Khristine Hvam is my second favorite audiobook reader to Jim Dale who read the Harry Potter’s Series (which is like saying she is second to the god of audiobooks).

It doesn’t hurt that Laini Taylor is also a genius, as is her incredible (or should I say awesome?) series. But, my point is that you probably need to like this story to appreciate Khristine’s mad audiobook reading skillz (and yes, that is a thing).

So, be sure to check out Andye’s review before you start Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I don’t want you to commit sacrilege by briefly considering that you might not like the reader, when oh, you really do. Just do yourself (and Khristine) a favor and consider whether you will like the book(s) or not first. Honestly, though, considering the sheer brilliance of Dreams Of Gods and Monsters, I’m totally just being hypothetical.

Oh ya. And my husband, who really thinks romance stories are stupid and, well, stupid, listened to and enjoyed Dreams of Gods and Monsters with me for 20 or so hours on a trip (a really really elongated trip, thanks to the interruptions of the thousands kids in the back seats). He also really liked Days of Blood and Starlight probably just because it was READ BY KHRISTINE HVAM on audio (though I guess it couldn’t hurt that it was pretty much fantasy war rather than romance, too).

Considering I’m guessing you don’t have mad audiobook-reading skillz, do yourself a favor and check this (and all books read by Khristine) out.

Ethereally and unequivocally penned by Elisa (@AverageAdvocate) at
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  1. I LOVE this series! I listen to the second book in audio, but not this one. Such an amazing series. Do you feel there is companion book in the horizon?

    1. I actually asked her about that, and she said she did have a companion in mind when she wrote it, but that she had to put it on the back burner.


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