Audiobook Reviews

Audiobook Review: Furyborn by Claire Legrand Narrated by Fiona Hardingham

With the upcoming release of Kingsbane, I was desperate to re-read Furyborn but as it is an absolute beast of a book I decided to take a dive into the audiobook. Now, in the past I have only ever listened to Stephen Fry and the Harry Potter series, and this is when tape players were around. So, to say it’s been a while is an understatement, but I decided this is the year of audiobooks. I had a small stint with audible, where I picked up a few beastly books I was never going to actually sit down and read, Dracula was one of the first ones I finished this year. And it was amazing! Full cast, including Alan Cummings and Tim Curry! Really loved it, but even that was not as good as Furyborn!

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This audiobook was provided by Scribd, I am not sponsored, but I absolutely love this service. The app is responsive and there is such a huge range of books. My personal preference is to not count audiobooks as Books Read for the year. But that does not stop me from listening to them. I normally want to listen to books that I am interested in re-reading but cannot take the hit when I have a towering TBR. I am lucky enough to have a job where I can listen to music whilst at work, but for me, now I listen to audiobooks. So, I am never listening when I could be ‘reading’. I also super appreciate the amount of YA available on Scribd. If I have a physical copy of a book but want to read it at night or on the go, I appreciate having an ebook option and Scribd has provided that on several occasions!

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So, that is enough about the app, on to the review!

I received Furyborn, as an ARC, in Fairyloot in the November 2017 box and read it early 2018. I was hooked, I hated I had to wait almost a year and a half for Kingsbane, but I sucked it up and decided to re-read/listen to Furyborn on Scribd.

I know I loved this story, I know that the two main characters were just the most badass ever and I know that the world building was great, if sometimes hard to follow with the 1000 year gap between each chapter, but wow. The audiobook brought all of this and more. Fiona’s voice was perfect, all the characters were distinguished and the humour between Simon and Eliana was brought to light more than when I was reading it. I bought a finished hardcover of Furyborn once I noticed some discrepancies between the audiobook and the ARC, not massive differences just little things, polished up sentences and speeches combined or spread out, but I had to get my hands on a finished copy.

The pacing was perfect and the audio quality was superb. I found out whilst researching for this post that Fiona Hardingham will also be the narrator for Kingsbane! I cant wait for the day I need a re-read/listen to that book!

I’ve had some mixed feelings towards Scribd and the audiobooks, but this one was just so good. So, if you prefer to listen to high fantasy on audio, I could not rate this highly enough! Plus, the continuity of keeping the same narrator so far is very appreciated.

I listened to this on Scribd over the course of 2 weeks, at work, whilst working out and in the shower. All 17 hours and 26 mins are available on the app.

Kingsbane releases on May 21st. From minimal research it also looks like the audiobook will be available from that date on Audible. I do not know if it will be available on Scribd.

Thanks so much for reading, and I’ll post again soon!

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