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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I should have read the reviews first.

I loved the narration of the first two and downloaded this without reading reviews or listening to the preview because I saw the narrator hadn’t changed. Within seconds of the book starting it felt off. I’ll be returning it and reading this one as a physical book. I hope whoever told Kerr to change her style on this one isn’t a part of any remaining books in the series!

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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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Disappointed with the narrator’s tone change

It’s a pity the narrator changed her reading voice for this book. It ruined what she had spent 2 books creating! Not sure why?
But other than the narration the book was great.

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  • N B
  • 06-24-19

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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  • Eclipsaire
  • 11-01-19

awful narration

I liked the other two books before this one the narration also wasn't bad! the narration for this one was the worst narration that I have ever heard from an audiobook. couldn't tolerate it for more than one hour...

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  • Melandro
  • 05-20-17

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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  • CAROLINE
  • 05-24-17

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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  • TuuliH
  • 12-21-20

Please redo this recording

I love this series and I am eagerly waiting for the next book. I have listened to the first two books many times - however I find it very difficult to listen to the Song rising because of the style change of the narration that has occurred from the first two books.

The narrator, who did a suberb job in the first two books if the series, capturing perfectly the dystopian atmosphere as well as the characters, has now adopted a repeating pattern of rising the pitch and the volume of her voice in the beginning of the sentences. It quickly becomes very irritating and sounds like listening to a car engine being revved again and again in the middle of the night, right next to your house.

From the numerous reviews addressing this issue I think I'm not alone with my thoughts. Please redo the recording for this book, or at least tell the narrator to avoid this style in the future sequels. I will be carefully listening for a sample before buying the next audiobook. Meanwhile, I am listening to this with 1,25 x speed to change the narration to robotic sounding. It is the only way it can be tolerated.

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  • a.harvey
  • 04-22-17

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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  • Charlie
  • 03-10-17

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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  • Emma
  • 08-22-19

I should have stopped at #2

The narration and story of this book were equally bad. The up and down over the top voice got really annoying. The story had massive holes in it, the characters changed personalities constantly, nothing really happened and cliches lost all meaning as there was one per sentence.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-17

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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  • Lis
  • 09-14-17

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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  • Renee Hawkins
  • 11-29-20

Addictive Series

The series is enthralling. I thought the narrator did a better job with The Bone Season and The Mime Order. She is good at the accents but her tone didn’t have as much affect in this one. Nevertheless I devoured it as I did the others.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-20

Narrator's voice sounds completely different

I've never left a "negative" review before, so let me begin by saying that I LOVED this book. Even though I couldn't listen to more than a few hours of the audiobook, I have already read the paperback 18 months ago and I remember loving it. I also thoroughly enjoyed book 1 and 2 as audiobooks. This one however, I am very sad to say, is ruined by the complete change in the narrator's voice. I don't normally mind slight changes, and I'll overlook a whole range of things when it comes to narrators because I feel it's important to keep the same voice for a whole series. But I can't listen to this one. The narrator's cadence, inflection, and even accent lilt is completely different from book 1 and 2.
That might sound really fussy of me, but consider:
When the narration voice changes THIS dramatically and the novel is written from first-person perspective, it is not only the narration that is affected. The voice of the character (Paige) telling the audience their story changes, and when that happens the audience's perception of all the character's motivations, attitudes and dedications changes as well, which in turn affects how you perceive the entire story. Characters go from sounding sincere and heartfelt in the first 2 books, to suddenly coming across as flippant and nonchalant in this one. Other characters sound too harsh for their personalities. Paige seems like a different person. All because of the voice shift from the narrator.

There are also other issues with the accents and continuity. Wynn for example, a character we've been told sounds as though she came from Dublin, had a perfect thick Irish accent in book 2. In "The Song Rising" however, she's suddenly being given an English accent that shifts from Londoner to Camden as if the narrator can't remember whether Wynn is meant to sound like Ivey because they both came from the same community. Likewise Ognena Maria's accent shifts in the beginning of the book. A few hours in, hers does begin to improve while Wynn's becomes worse.

I don't know what's caused this shift. I hope that it's a case of the producer of the audiobook directing the narrator poorly, and in which case I hope it's resolved for the rest of the remaining 7-book series. I hope that whoever's job it is to track continuity actually pays closer attention to which characters are given which accents in future books. Above all, I hope the narrator returns to reading the books as she did for 1 and 2, as they were fantastic. I don't want to see the narrator changed, just reading the way she used to!

This is a great book, but poorly narrated.

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  • Ric
  • 03-23-17

good ending to a great series

An excellent story masterfully written and an inspired choice for narrator.
Well rounded in all respects.