Monday, 27 January 2014

Audiobook DNF Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Narrated by Will Patton

Published: 12th September 2012 by Scholastic Audio
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes
Format: Audiobook on Overdrive
Source: Audiobooksync

Synopsis: "There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve," Neeve said. "Either you're his true love . . . or you killed him."

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them-not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He has it all-family money, good looks, devoted friends-but he's looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we've never been before.
Purchase: Amazon UK* / Amazon US / Audible / TBD*

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*When purchasing through this link, I will receive a small amount, once I have enough saved up I will put it towards a giveaway.

2 / 5 stars

During the summer audiobooksync had a range of popular YA and classics available for free download, The Raven Boys was one of many that I grabbed, but only the second I've tried out.

It's funny because this review will be the complete opposite to the first audiobook I tried out from them (review here).

The Raven Boys follows Blue, the only family member to not have the clairvoyant powers that otherwise thrive within her family, that is until this year when the ghost of a boy steps out of the darkness and speaks to her. 

The same boy is nearby, alive and well, and whilst he heard nor saw anything of what happened, he did manage to record the sounds which he heard the next day, this obviously a complete shock to him.

And that's pretty much all I know of the book.
I think I got through the prologue, chapter one and most of chapter two until I realised I'd have to unfortunately drop this audiobook.

Why unfortunately?

Well its simple really, I loved the story, I was so engrossed with it and I can't wait to know the rest of the story.

Unfortunately, Will Patton's voice killed it for me.

I couldn't focus properly and his voice was just a drab to listen too.

Hopefully one day I can sit down and read this fully, without having to link his voice with the story.

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