Audiobook Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning

February 10, 2015 2015 Audiobook Challenge, Audio Book Review, Book Review 4 ★★

Audiobook Review: Burned by Karen Marie MoningBurned by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever #7
Published by Brilliance Audio, Random House Narrator: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
Length: 13 hours and 9 minutes
on January 20, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 512 pages
Format: Audiobook
Source: Personally Purchased via
Amazon two-stars
It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.
When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

 I tried desperately NOT to put anything spoilerish in this review.  I am not perfect, but I did try.

Burned by Karen Marie Moning is the seventh book in the Fevered series.  I have sung my love of this series for many many years and It is one of the few series I always think about rereading.  That being said, Burned just didn’t hold up to any expectations.

I am not sure what just happened here.  I was left feeling disappointed, confused, and irritated.  World building holes were the potholes in my mind that would not allow me to enjoy the ride that should have been Burned.  Too many events felt like attempts by the author to fix even bigger holes that likely existed.  I just never bought it.  Most of what we learned in Burned came from Mac via nefarious means, this mean that she happens to have no control of and that wasn’t even half of it.

Adding to the above issue so many things happened that truly meant nothing to the story.  You could take about one third of the major scenes out of the book and it would not change the story contained in Burned one bit.  I suppose it is possible that some of them will tie into a back-story that is spanning over a couple of books or so, but I really did not get that feeling.  As a reader I should not be questioning why she talked about certain things.  Why did some of these whole entire chapters even exist?  The let down of this installment is monument.

The bottom line is, I cannot recommend this book.  That is a very hard thing for me to say.  It is a series I love, with the always make-me-melt Barrons in it, and I still say pass on it.

Narration:  Close to godliness.  Is that too much?  Phil Gigante does sexy alpha male in a mind blowing and entrancing interpretation.   I feel like I should apologize to my husband after I get done listening to a chapter read by Gigante.  Natalie Ross narrates for the female characters and they are a great pair.  I do the narration of Mac’s accent slips a lot, but all in all it was a truly great performance by both Gigante and Ross.  

I rate Burned 2 out of 5 Bullets!

2 Bullet Rating

I personally purchased this title.  All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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4 Responses to “Audiobook Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning”

  1. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

    So I have this on my kindle, but it keeps getting pushed farther and farther down the pile as others just sound more appealing than the reviews I’ve seen on this so far. I was never a Mac fan and if this story revolves too much around her, it is going to be even worse. I will read it though. I’m neurotic that way. Have to continue the series!

  2. thegeekyblogger

    I was so disappointed for some of the same reasons you were and a few more. The amount of backtracking and let’s completely forgot iced happened floored me. It might make more sense after the next one but right now just disappointed.

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