The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater | Audiobook Review

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater | Audiobook ReviewThe Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) by Maggie Stiefvater
Also by this author: Linger, The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Sinner
Series: The Raven Cycle #4
Also in this series: The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Narrator: Will Patton
Length: 11 Hours 51 Minutes
Published by Scholastic Inc. on April 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance
Pages: 448
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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ISBN: 9780545860352

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore. In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: "Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close."

Why Did I Listen To The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater?

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater is the final book in her Raven Cycle series so OBVIOUSLY I had to read it. I had to find out what happens to Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah. After spending three books with these characters, I could not wait to see how everything would resolve and play out. I absolutely was excited for all the different reveals and the revelations. Also, I had listened to all of the previous books in the series. So, it seemed fitting that I experience this one as an audiobook as well.

What’s The Story Here?

Okay so in drafting this review, I realize now that I have got to stop this habit of essentially waiting until a year after I listen to the book to type out the review. Here’s what I basically remember about Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven King. Blue is pretty worried about her curse where the first person she kisses and loves is going to die. Gansey is getting super close to solving all about Glendower, but then because it’s been his obsession for a wicked long time, he needs to figure out what comes next in his life. Ronan, of course, is pissed off. Adam learns something about himself, well, all the characters do. I still don’t know who my favorite is, but perhaps that  will be better clarified upon a re-read.

What Did I Think Of The Raven King?

I almost feel like answering a question about my opinion of The Raven King a year later is kind of unfair. AND IT IS because I have the worst memory and pregnancy brain to top it off (although when you read this I will no longer have pregnancy brain but sleep deprived parent brain). However, what I can say is that I feel very positive associations with this book. I remember very much enjoying the listen. I remember being very happy with how it resolved and how I got the ending that I wanted – even though it was an ending that not many other people cared for. Either way, to me, The Raven King was a superb book. Normally, I could care less about what I’ve forgotten in a year’s time, but in this case, I actually would love a re-listen of the series. Or actually physically reading.

How’s The Narration?

If I do decide to listen to the series again via audiobook, I will not regret that decision. The narrator of the Raven Cycle series is Will Patton. I was a little bit unsure about him at first, because he’s a man and his voice isn’t like totally youthful. HOWEVER, he is perfect as a narrator. I have come to really love the personality and character he brings to his reading. He does such a superb job, that I have to say if you have yet to read the Raven Cycle, you might want to try audio. It’s exceedingly well done. In addition, listening to it again is absolutely not a chore but something to look forward to.

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