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The Raven Boys: Audio Version

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Raven Boys (2012) written by Maggie Stiefvater and narrated by Will Patton

Raven BoysI read this last year, then on a trip Michael and I started listening to the audio version. Then I remembered I had the second book in the series, so I re-read the book, and then read The Dream Thieves (oh, Ronan), and then I finished listening to the audio version.

Because I am nothing if not a completest.

If you’d like my original review of the story, it’s here. This is just how I feel about the audible version.

First, the narrator (as may have been given away by his name, Will) is male. This actually makes sense, since four of the main characters are boys, but somehow, I was expecting it to be told in Blue’s voice. Not that the book is written from her POV, it was just what I was expecting.

The narrator has to do several different accents, including the all important Henrietta accent, which both Blue and Adam have (even though Adam wishes to be rid of his Henrietta accent, and everything associated with it). He did very well with the boys, especially Ronan, although initially I wasn’t too sure about Ronan’s voice. I can’t say I loved the way he did the voices of the residents of Blue’s home. I understood what he was trying to do, but the female voices–especially Persephone–were just… odd to my ear.

I can’t say this is my favorite audio version of a book, but it was well done, and I did enjoy spending the extra time with the characters.
Rating: 7/10

Published by Scholastic Audio


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