J. E. H U N T E R

A writer of young adult fiction specializing in self-publishing, creativity, and writing.

A Young Adult Audiobook Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Early this week, I mentioned I was going out on a long road trip. Audiobooks always make the time go faster, so for this trip I borrowed a copy of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Taylor, Laini Unabridged Edition (September 27, 2011) (associate link), as presented by Hachette Audio and performed by Khristine Fran. I’d heard about the book a few times and seen it around. It sounded interesting enough (and was immediately available) so I picked it up. I was pleasantly impressed.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone begins by following the Story of Karou, who lives in Prague, and whom we slowly find out isn’t quite human. I found it a bit slow to start, there is action right away, but not too much knowledge, which means I didn’t immediately understand where the story was going. But the writing is beautifully descriptive, which I love in an audiobook, and the dialogue was snappy and fun. There was a shift three-quarters of the way through the book, which changed the pace a bit, and slowed things down at a moment when I wanted them to pick up, but then I fell into the second story and began enjoying everything again.


The audiobook itself was well done. The narrator overall did a pretty good job voicing the characters. I especially liked her voice for Brimstone and Zuzana. There were a couple points where the voice for Karou got a bit high-pitched for my liking, but they were few and far between.

The whole, side 1 vs side 2 storyline is a bit old hat (I found this a bit like The Girl at Midnight, though both stories are very unique), but this book is well done with strong characters. My only real complaint would be all the discussions about how “beauty doesn’t matter”, yet everyone in the book is “achingly” beautiful I *almost* wanted to puke. But enough about that. Well, not enough. I wrote a short essay about that, which I’ll post tomorrow.

But for now, if you’re looking for a good Young Adult Fantasy Story on Audiobook, this might be the one for you.

4/5 Stars.

J. E. Hunter is the author of the Black Depths Series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, and Broken Tide, the first two books of the series can be found on  Amazon,  Kobo,  iBooks,  Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. The third book, Dark Shores, was released April 1, 2016. The fourth and last book of the Black Depths series, Twisted Currents, will be released in the fall of 2016, after Dead Water and Doomed Seas, two Novellas featuring Caesar.

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