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Listen Up! Audiobook Review: Destined for an Early Grave

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Back at the beginning of the year, I started to work on my TBR pile by listening to audiobooks for some high-volume series. One such series that has been on my TBR for a long while is the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. I posted my thoughts on the first three books in the series back last month, and here is my review of the fourth title in the series… Note: this review contains spoilers from previous books in the series.

Audiobook review: Destined for an Early Grave

Author: Jeaniene Frost
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Audio Speed: 1x and 1.25x
Series: Night Huntress #4
Source: Audible/purchased

The fourth book of the Night Huntress series finds lovers Cat and Bones on a much needed vacation. But knowing their luck, it doesn’t last long and soon the pair discover that a not-so-nice vampire is after Cat, claiming to be her husband. I’m not going to sugar-coat this… I absolutely HATED the premise for the story. My eyes were rolling and face grimacing over and over as the plot came to light. The fact that there is a big chunk of Cat’s youth ripped from her memory and we just now find out about it bothered me. Additionally, I am a bit tired of all of these vampires that want to collect Cat. Unfortunately, this situation brings out the worst in Bones and I grew to dislike him over the course of the book. He was cruel, and I don’t feel that he made up for his actions by the end of the book. There was so much bickering and arguing, Cat blaming herself, and Bones saying “This is who I am.” I fell out of like of this couple.

I am glad the plot was resolved by the conclusion of Destined for an Early Grave, but I almost didn’t care by the time it was over. I will agree that there are some highly emotional parts that did grip and my heart and pull on my heartstrings. But unfortunately the few shining moments didn’t make up for all of my issues with the book.

While I had issues with the opening, the story did pick up for me midway through. I found that regardless of how we got to that point, the story was gripping and compelling. Once I hit a certain point, I found that I couldn’t stop listening until the end. This is what saved the book for me in the end; however, I am going to take a break from the series for a little while. Emotionally, I need to get away and start fresh after a respite.

The narration by Tavia Gilbert continues to be above par, and I enjoy her interpretation of both Cat and Bones; however, her voice for Gregor, a Frenchman, sounded too forced – like a fake French accent. Yet, she is part of why I continued to listen to the book even when I was frustrated with the story.

Story: C-
Narration: B+

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  • Melanie Simmons

    I love this series, though there were points that frustrate me too. I just started listening to Tavia Gilbert narrate a few other books and when I first start, I have to remind myself that it was not Cat narrating the story, but a completely different character. She has just become Cat to me.

    • Unlike a lot of folks, I really enjoy her narration of Cat and even Bones. It’s some of the side characters that annoy me.

      • Melanie Simmons

        I like her narration of Bones too. I think it fits. I can’t remember what Gregor sounded like

      • Like a fake French accent. LOL.

  • Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    I’ve reread/listen to this series so many times. I didn’t have any issues until the last two books. They were just kind meh for me. But I LOVE the early books including this one. LOL I think you’ll enjoy the spin off books more.

    • After I get through two more audiobooks on my TBL queue, I plan to go back to the series, and I left off at the two spin off books, so I am hoping to enjoy them more.

  • Jeffe Kennedy

    I had this exact same experience – though I read it on Kindle when it first came out- so I’m gratified to hear yours. Because I LOVED the first three. Book 5, I thought, was even more egregious. I kind of want you to read it so we can compare rants, but life is short…

    and whoa! what’s up with this audiobook cover?? *squints*

    • Oh, I was so p*ss-off when I started this book, and it only got mildly better as I listened (aren’t the audiobook covers weird?)

      Chronologically, the next two books are the spinoff books from two side characters (not Vlad), then it goes back to Cat and Bones. If I enjoy the two spin off books, I’ll give Book 5 a try and we can compare notes. Just be prepared – if I don’t like it… I’ll be swarming you with texts – just ask Jennifer (Book Nympho). LOL!

      • Jeffe Kennedy

        I love book texts! Really, I can’t wait because I had NO ONE to share my rant when I read it.

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