The Flame and the Arrow: The Annika Brisby Series, Volume 1 (Unabridged)
by Emigh Cannaday
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"Don't do it, Annika," he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming, but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful? Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a fae-filled realm of fairies, shapeshifter druids, psychic vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it's repaired, she's rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she'll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling with a telepathic elf for a lover quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi's already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there's a mountain of secrets that he's not telling her, and Annika can't help wondering who's really in danger. You'll enjoy this edgy, dark blend of New Adult Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance if you're a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kresley Cole, Donna Grant, Charlaine Harris, Karen Marie Moning, Jeanine Frost, J.R. Ward, and Lynsay Sands.
Not my favorite
Ok, let me start by saying that I absolutely love this story. It is literally one of my all-time favorites. That being said, I feel like this Narration does the original content a great disservice. From the moment I started listening I felt like I was listening to the narration in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events! The narrator failed to make me believe anything he read. In fact his voice was so distracting that I couldn’t even enjoy the story itself. The best Audiobooks are the ones where the narrator fades into the background and the characters take possession of him or her. On the positive side, the narrator spoke clearly. The sound was sharp and I had no trouble hearing or understanding what was being said. I truly wanted to love this Audiobook, but I just couldn’t get there.
I am very fond of this series. It is a great story with rich characters, amazing landscapes, and a lot of twists and turns. I was excited when I heard it was getting an audiobook. After listening to it in its entirety, I am excited for the next one.
The narrator did a great job. His voice was soothing, his characters were distinguished, and his pronunciation helped the story along.
This story is magical and filled with imagination. That essence carried on in the audiobook.
Sometimes, when you dive into a book, the story won't let you put it down. Having an audiobook helps, especially if you are traveling, driving, exercising, taking a bath, or even at bedtime. This let's you surround yourself in that story, that world, no matter where you are.
I look forward to the rest of this series being made available in this format, as well.
The Flame and the Arrow
I enjoyed the audio book as much or more than my actual reading of The Flame and the Arrow! It was nice to venture back into the world of the Marinossians and the narrator, Nick Cracknell, perfected the characters by speaking uniquely for each character and his accents are amazing! Great actor with a wonderful voice with extreme variety! The sound quality is wonderful too-5 stars! It was nice to have a book read to me for a change and I was able to accomplish other projects while listening. I'm now an audiobook fan!