Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Winter by Marissa Meyer {audiobook review}

by Marissa Meyer
♦audiobook read by: Rebecca Soler
♦publisher: Macmillan Audio
♦release date: November 10th, 2015
♦series: The Lunar Chronicles, book 4
 reviews of previous books: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress
♦source: Audible.com
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Review:  What can I even say about this incredible end to one of my favorite series of all time. Wonderful. Heart-stopping. An undeniably satisfying finale.  So many amazing things happen that myself and I'm sure the rest of the fandom has been longing for--none of which I can mention without spoiling some of the best plot points! (sorry! :D) But, oh, people, with this final installment, Meyer really brought the GOODS.  

I honestly can say that there was not one moment to catch your breath, in all of 824 page (or 19 audiodiscs, in my case). With the absolute expert juggling of so many great characters (her royal villainousness included!), there was no downtime. I loved meeting Jacin and Winter, their history and love story is just the sweetest thing ever. It was also amazing getting to delve deeper into the lives of all the other characters, especially Wolf.  It was moment after moment of danger and chases and death and romance and defeats and triumphs and just excitement, excitement, excitement. 

Listening to the audio of this book took the experience to a whole other level.  The narrator, Rebecca Soler, delivered an absolutely perfect performance, with spot-on emotion brought to every scene.  Every character is completely distinct, I was never confused about whose voice I was hearing (except a few times with Cress and Iko). Her grasp of accents is stunning---she easily transitioned between American, French, Irish, Australian, and several others. My only regret on reading this book versus listening was that I wish I'd been able to build a mental image of Winter before hearing her "voice" because with the way she was read, I couldn't stop picturing her as Luna Lovegood with dark ringlets! :D 

I'm so sad to be done with this series. But I will say, audiobook was the perfect way to experience it. I only listened in the car so it forced me to pace myself and really get to savor every minute! I loved it so much! 


Marissa Meyer is the USA Today- and New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and Fairest: Levana's Story. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband.

Purchase Winter:  Indiebound  •  BookDepository  •  Amazon


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