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Shadow and Bone

Written by: Leigh Bardugo
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves her life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.

©2012 Leigh Bardugo (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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why did it take me so long???

I can't believe it took me so long to listen to this Audiobook. I loved it...and immediately got the next one. thanks narrator did such a good job, I felt every voice and ever emotion. definitely recommend!!

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Amazing!

I truly enjoyed this book. I found it easy to follow and exciting! There were many thrilling moments and I loved the characters. I especially loved how well the narrator spoke and how well she switched between accents and tones of voices. It made it truly believable and at times I forgot it was only one person reading it! I can’t wait to read the next one!!

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Not what I was expecting, but still a good read.

I came Across Leigh Bardugo’s books from a friend talking about Six of Crows, so after being sucked into a world of mischief and daring heists reading both of them. I decided to take a look at the Grisha trilogy. I’ll be honest, not what I was expecting but still a good read. I quite enjoyed it. I’ve also noticed it seems to be a running theme of her books to have great narrators.
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Really enjoyable listening

I’ve been meaning to read or listen to this book for a few years! So glad I chose to listen. Great narration, good plot, and a satisfactory end which leaves the reader excited for the next book. #Audible1

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Amazing start to an amazing series!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo was one of the first audio books I ever listened to, and it remains one of my favourites.

Side-story - A couple of years ago, I found myself moving over 10 hours away to a small town where I knew no one in order to pursue my career. I commuted a half hour to and from work each day, and drove close to 2 hours every weekend to visit my aunt. Not long after I first moved, I discovered Audible. An avid reader, I had put my reading to the wayside during the move. With Audible, I was able to listen to stories as I commuted everyday. I have fond memories of listening to Lauren Fortgang reading Shadow and Bone as I drove along a beautiful coastline to work. Lauren does an impeccable job of voicing Alina.

Shadow and Bone is your introduction to the Grisha world, a world you will want to return to again and again in the books and accompanying series that follow. Leigh has created a truly fantastical world, rich with unique cultures and histories. A master of her craft!

A true gem!

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Gah!

I loved it? I am so high off finishing this story, gah, I have no coherent thoughts? It is amazing. I loved it. I need more of it.

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  • Whovian
  • 2018-08-31

disappointed

I LOVED Six of Crows and it's sequel. both were amazing. This one just pissed me off. Stupid Girl doing everything they tell her not to. I just wanted to slap her.I got bored at the half way point and almost gave up. Not sure if I will listen to the others. Six of Crows was leagues above this.

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  • HKJ
  • 2016-01-18

😥

I thought that this book would be better. It did have a good ending but her new book, six of crows, was much better. A waste of time and money.

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  • Deborah Andersen
  • Texas
  • 2018-05-07

Fell flat...

Just wanted more from the story, world, characters, everything, it just could have been MORE

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  • Katherine R.
  • PERTH AMBOY, NJ
  • 2018-07-19

ugh

I don't think I've ever been so disappointed in a book. I was so excited when I started reading it, and the story just got worst and more predictable. There's a lot of books that I've predicted but the outcome still make it fun, but not like this one. Plain characters and I think the villain was the only one I kind of like, but at some point they were a disaster too. Idk what made me finish this book but it wasn't cause it was good. so disappointed. Dont know if I'll read the rest.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-07-03

So much potential wasted..

Oh my god I hate the progression in this book. The main character is a girl with the power of light which is unique to only her but she is so painfully stupid she totally ruins this book for me.

She is a train operative but her automatic instinct is to use her power which reveals her identity when she is supposedly trying to keep a low profile.

So many parts of this book are molded to fit the storyline but the writer doesn't seem to have a seamless way to bring it together without making all the characters look naive, ignorant idiots.

I pray the second book is better than this first one because the world building and intrigue that is developed in this world is really interesting

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-04-10

too predictable - but worth the listen...

nice story but a little bit to predictable...

Excellent reading and many twists make it ok

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  • Shannon Thurgood
  • 2018-04-02

eh

boring. slow. narrator did alright. i couldnt stay focused on the book while listening to it.

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  • Greg
  • 2017-11-22

Unrealized promise

It started out intriguing, but ending towards the end...I was just skipping to get by the over indulgent prose.

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  • Najima Rainey
  • 2015-06-09

Mediocre

While I liked the world of the story, I think it would have been better told from an omniscient narrator's perspective because the main protagonist isn't particularly like able.

She makes a lot of mistakes but never seems to learn from them. She's suspicious of everyone EXCEPT the bad guys. It's like being inside the head of an acerbic, self obsessed kid, who spends the whole time complaining. An experience not worth repeating for the 2nd or 3rd book.

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  • Brian
  • 2018-05-29

Started off really good.

Started off great. Kind of a different story.
Lost me at the end. Things happened that didn't make sense. Was kind of frustrating because the build up was pretty good.
Then end seemed rushed and not a lot of thought put into it. Kind of how all the new star wars movies are.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful