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The Song Rising

The Bone Season, Book 3
Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
Series: The Bone Season, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

The hotly anticipated third audiobook in the best-selling Bone Season series - a groundbreaking dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination.

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population.

But having turned her back on Jaxon Hall, and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it.

©2017 Samantha Shannon (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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Narrator?

I love these books and the first two are beautifully narrated. The third book has really strange narration: same person but totally different style and she repeats the same tone and pattern in every sentence and it is really distracting and difficult to listen to. It's like someone told her she needed to be more dramatic and it overrode everything else.

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great third part, action packed :)

loved this book. I was slightly wary after reading a negative review of the audiobook but it is just as good as the previous two! I have listened to all three over a period of a week and now I have to wait for the next installment!

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Narrator changed?

I've now listened to all 3 books in the bone season series. This book sounds like it's being read by a different narrator- most annoying! It's completely ruined my enjoyment of the story.

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A really good solid read.

A really good read. Took a little while to get back into the story as I read the earlier books in the series a while ago - but glad I persevere. Strong characters; original story line; some humour and unexpected twists. Great names! A little bit of romance but this doesn't dominate the story line or reduce it to mush. Looking forward to more...

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Disappointing

Dragged and was disappointing compared to the other books. Story could have been more exciting and could have elaborated on the move story more. Didn't really take me anywhere emotionally.

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Not as good as previous books

What did you like best about The Song Rising? What did you like least?

Pacey with a couple of twists but nowhere near as compelling as the Bone Season. Feels less polished, a bridging book between Paige's life in Seven dials and the future where she is in a French resistance movement. A bit 'been there seen that', like a boring WW2 movie on Sunday afternoon. Character less deep and therefore I cared less about them.

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Brilliant installment in this awesome series

Where does The Song Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was the series which really got me enjoying audiobooks. I found the narrator perfect and exactly as I imagined the main character would sound.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved that we got to move out of London and learn more about the state of the rest of the country and the world.

What about Alana Kerr Collins’s performance did you like?

I adore Alana Kerr Collin's, I find her voice soothing and easy to listen to and she portrays Paige and her emotions wonderfully.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me laugh and cry and it broke my heart many times. I cannot wait for the next one.

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I love this series

I am amazed by the inventiveness of the author. Although the genre is not my normal choice, I enjoy the twists and turns of the story line plus the use of place including historic London. Add in language, dialect and the projection of current culture into the near future there is interest alongside the narrative. Keep them coming.

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Loved it !

Was as good as the previous book, full of twists, turns and action. Loved the performance by the narrator and well done to Samantha Shannon for creating such a great read.

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Another cracking instalment

only one problem with this book and that is having to wait for the next one!!

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  • Dan West
  • 15-04-17

Why the change in narration style???

I was on the edge of my seat excited for the third book narrated by Alana Kerr. I have fallen in LOVE with her voice as The Voice for Paige Mahoney and when the narration style switched completely it made me feel as though I paid for false advertisement. I assume that SOMEONE out there instructed Alana to change how this book was narrated but it is completely unsatisfactory in the build up that I have been waiting for.

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  • S. Hayes
  • 31-03-17

Narrator sounds odd

I liked this narrator in previous books in this series but she sounds terrible here. Like someone told a depressed person to pretend to be happy and up. It just comes off in deadpan voice. I like the tone of her previous books. I'll have to read it for myself now.

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  • LizandRodion
  • 22-04-17

What happened to the narrator?!?!

The narration in the first books is wonderful - I enjoyed it so much. What a disappointment when I started listening to this one - the narration style has completely changed. It's almost unlistenable. Seriously, I am missing the original Paige voice :( the infection, tone, and cadence are totally off and strange in this book.
I wish they would re record!!!!!

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  • Susan
  • 14-03-17

What happened!?

I absolutely love this series BUT what happened to the narrator?? Kerr's narration is way different than the last few books-- it made it very difficult to get through the book. Hopefully they fix this for the next books.

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  • hollie white
  • 08-03-17

Can't even listen to it

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I loved Alana Kerr Collin's voice and reading style for the first two books, but this one has her sounding like Captain Kirk or an 8th grader reading Beowulf. I can't get past chapter 2. This book will be returned and guess I'll have to buy a hard copy. So disappointed as I had really looked forward to another great story to have on Audible.

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  • Lynette Knower
  • 07-03-17

What the heck happened?

The producers of this audiobook must have changed from the last two books, because Kerr's delivery went from nuanced to deadpan. I loved the previous two books in the series, but I'm asking for a refund on this one and buying a physical copy. Super disappointed.

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  • Bryan E
  • 07-04-17

Can not listen to this

Narration makes this unlistenable. Tried my best to ignore stilted and forced narration but sadly, I will be finishing last half of book as a Kindle ebook.

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  • Jess
  • 04-05-17

Wow—What happened to the narration?!

Really enjoyed this narrator for the first two books—she was excellent—but her reading in this one is completely different. It's honestly, quite difficult to listen to and I find myself either cringing or not paying attention. There is no subtlety. All the talent showed in the first two books is now just flat. What happened? I'll likely be unable to finish listening to this and return it. Too bad. I guess I'll have to get a physical edition if I ever want to finish it.

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  • Nicole C.
  • 10-04-18

Oh Dear

The narrator is...trying. The fact is, she just doesn't have a lot of range. She spent the first two books of this series narrating in a monotone, and in this book, she seems to be pushing herself. The result is...not good.

As for the book itself, it really doesn't get anywhere until the second half. The first half is mostly just Paige making bafflingly bad decisions and engaging in the kind of mental flip-flopping that quickly becomes boring, and then annoying. The relationship between her and Warden remains angsty and nebulous, and I found the first half hard to follow--there are too many characters, and I kept finding myself daydreaming and losing track of what was happening.

In the second half, things seem to pick up. The plot becomes more interesting, and Paige does seem to mature a bit. Throughout the first half of this book, I was convinced I was done with this series. But now I find that I'm looking forward to the next installment. Let's hope it's even better.

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  • Michele Bernard
  • 21-03-17

Disappointed

Shannon I think missed many opportunities to create and more diverse plot for the 3rd book. It seems like a repeat of run away, rebel, survive, no real twists and drawn out for what was really happening, could have been much longer. And Warden and Paige's relationship is an infuriating tease. Just disappointed when you wait two years for a book to come out...

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