C. DeCap

West Midlands, England
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  • Froi of the Exiles

  • By: Melina Marchetta
  • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home ... or so he believes. Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper with a warrior's discipline. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not what they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad princess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That First Audiobook is Hard to Match

  • By C. DeCap on 08-08-12

That First Audiobook is Hard to Match

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-12

As my title suggests, this was my very first step out into the big brave world of audiobooks. It took me a fair bit of finding, but I could not have chosen better.

I had not read Finnikin before embarking on this journey, but as expected that did not seem to matter. Marchetta did a fantastic job of brushing me up on the events from the first book and helping me to love all the characters without being too pushy or potentially repetitive with the re-cap.

This tale is fabulous, and Marchetta has quickly hit my list of authors worth exploring, but other reviewers might be able to cover that better than I. I want to impress upon you the talent of the lovely Grant Cartwright.

I'm sure that I would have loved this read regardless but Cartwright's strong narration was absolutely addictive. His character voices and expression never failed to deliver impact and feeling in the correct measures. His pauses, the suspense, his fervour...Now I find it hard to imagine Froi himself without the help of Cartwright... He was a perfect fit!

It'll be a difficult road in waiting for the next installment, Quintana of Charyn, but if Mr.Cartwright is drafted in again I certainly won't mind it.

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