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Publisher's Summary

Praise for the instant New York Times bestseller SKYHUNTER
“Riveting.” –POPSUGAR
“Action-packed.” –BuzzFeed
“Fresh.” –Los Angeles Times
“Exhilarating…a rollercoaster” –The Nerd Daily

Explosive action and swoon-worthy suspense collide in Steelstriker, the riveting conclusion to Marie Lu’s instant New York Times bestseller Skyhunter.

The world’s last free nation has fallen. And behind enemy lines, Talin stands alone.

With her friends scattered by combat and her mother held captive, Talin has no choice but to submit to the Federation’s experiments and become their most deadly war machine—a Skyhunter.

But Red hasn’t given up on Talin. Though the link between them is weak, it could be enough. To find their way back to each other. To reunite the Strikers. To fight back against the Federation, against all odds, against all hope.

Because the battle has only just begun.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press

©2021 Marie Lu (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Was good but.

I really enjoyed story but the male voice just was not great and kept taking me out of the story especially when he tried voicing other people.

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Male narrator frustrated me

I loved the female narrarator (Natalie) but I feel the male narrators (Raymond) parts with the exception of Red were way off base. It was severely distracting every time he spoke as another character. Other that that I was happy with the story. I'd give her 5 star on performance and him a 1.

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Great work by Natalie, not so much by the other

I loved the writing, it definitely was a fantastic ending to the duology.

My main issue lies in the narrator they got for Red. He isn't anything over the top impressive, but my main beef is the fact he didn't seem to listen to how Natalie voiced the characters in the first novel and during her parts and just... made up his own interpretation of how the characters sounded, which was nothing like Natalie had been doing. It ranged from annoying to obnoxious throughout and would have only taken a little effort on his part to try and match the character voices.

He also wasn't the best with intonation, often stressing weird syllables that would leave me wishing for Natalie to pick up the narration again whenever the POV changed.

Not the worst narrator I've listened to and certainly bearable, but it seems very silly to come into a project that has already been established and not try to at least match what had already been done.

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Great story, poor male voices

Not that I could do much better, but Raymond Lee’s voice for anyone other than Red makes them sound like a pouty child, it ruined Jarron’s character for me in this book.

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But why does Jarron sound stupid?

Love the book. Love the story. I’m a huge fan! All of the narration was great except Jarron. He sounded like a stereotypical dumb jock. The voice makes no sense for his character. Yes, he was dominated by an abusive father but that doesn’t mean he is dumb and weak. I’m certain that isn’t what the author intended for this important character.

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Great story

And yet it is a love story. In a future war torn world. Found it interesting.

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The male reader…is awful.

Initially, the female reader was bad too, in book 1. She didn’t know how to inflect sentences so stops and starts were odd and confusing. She warmed to it, and is fine now. Her voicing of characters was spot on from page one though.

The male reader sounds like a teenager reading a book aloud for the first time. His voice for Jarran is one that a person would use as mockery of another, to mimic another’s words, as if they were really dumb. It’s universal “dumb” voice and he gives it to Jarran.

It breaks immersion/flow and is the vocal equivalent of fingers on a blackboard each time.

As for the rest, as I said, like this is his first go at reading a book aloud. Very stilted. Doesn’t know his stops, starts, transitions, flow.

Audible would benefit from a separate page to rate narrators, separate from the books themselves, categorized by their names. At least authors could have some clue of their book being butchered going in.

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I was honestly dissatisfied

This book was alright but no where near as good as the first book. I don’t like giving bad reviews but if I am going to be honest this book just wasn’t as riveting as the last one. I quit reading less than halfway through the first time I read it (And I hate not finishing books) After a while I re-read it and got disinterested many times but pushed through to finish it.


What I liked: The female narrator was great and did a wonderful job of portraying emotion and other characters.
The characters were well-written and had good backstories.

What I felt neutral about:
The description and writing itself was alright, I didn’t hate it but didn’t love it.

What I disliked:
The plot was often stagnant and/or predictable and failed to keep my attention.
The male narrator was fine for Red’s voice but often strained syllables (maybe to emphasize that Red wasn’t fluent in Maran?) but when it came to any other characters voices he was awful. He made Jarin sound like a stereo typical dumb jock even though Jarin is written to be sensitive, light, and quiet. The male narrator also made Adena sound nasally and mean girl- ish which greatly annoyed me because Adena is one of my favorite characters in this Duo logy.
Last but not least, the romance between Talin and Red. Frankly, it felt forced and fake. The lead up to the “first kiss” also felt like it was dragged out. The whole ordeal felt dry and fake and I would’ve preferred that either the author wrote in more romantic action between the two to make it balanced or just kept the two platonic.

Overall I would recommend just reading the first book as a stand alone and imagining a happy ending or something like that by yourself. This book wasn’t unbearable but it was definitely a huge let down after the first one.

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Great if you read the 1st book. Good performance.

Great if you read the 1st book. Good performance. Probably best to read the 1st book before this one.
it's not quite as interesting as the first book, but still enjoyable.

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Struggled to finish

I liked the first book but this one was a struggle to finish. I almost quit. I don't like not finishing books, but the male narrator was not engaging, sometimes hard to follow and his voice for 'characters that are not Red' was terrible. I kept having to go back and re-listen to figure out what was going on. It would have been better if Natalie Naudus just read the whole book.

With that said, there were parts where the story felt stagnant and other parts were too predictable. I thought the character motivations could have been a bit more unique and complex.

Not a fan of this one. Don't recommend it. Read the first book, imagine your own continuation and ending... you'll probably come up with something better in your own.