Audiobook Review: Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

Posted March 27, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 3.75 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 16 Comments

Audiobook Review: Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona AndrewsSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renée Raudman

Date Read: March 2013

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league—but she wouldn't have it any other way…

More Information:
Series: Kate Daniels #1

Also by this author: On the Edge, Bayou Moon, Fate's Edge, Burn for Me, Magic Bites
Also in this series: Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Mourns, Magic Bleeds

My Thoughts

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Read from March 08 to 18, 2013

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

NOTE: I listened to this book to prep for #ArmchairAudies and Gunmetal Magic. This used the same narrator though and I liked her.

First Thought When Finished:The last half of Magic Bites really hooked me and now I see why everyone raves about this series.

Story Talk: I am one of the last people I know to get to this series so my review could be “what she said” 🙂 However, I want to say that I loved the action, the emotion, and the world of Kate Daniels. The first of the story took me a bit to get into but by the end I was in the mood for more. I see why everyone loves this series.

Character Talk: Kate was AWESOME! I love her brass, sass, and her being a little unusual looking. I like that she isn’t a beauty queen and she is quite OK with it. I am still warming up to Curran but I am sure I will get there. Overall,the characters hooked me and I can’t wait to read more.

Audiobook Talk:

Narrated by Renée Raudman / Running Time of 9 hrs and 6 mins

This is the first book that I have listened too by Renee but it won’t be my last. I enjoyed her emotions, pacing, and most of her voices. Curran’s voice is the only one that I am still getting used too. All of the other voices I think she nailed! I would recommend this series in audio format.

Final Thought: Great beginning for a new to me series. I am glad that I am finally knocking some things off my TBR.

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16 responses to “Audiobook Review: Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

  1. Well, hell. I guess that leaves me as the last one yet to read this! 🙂 It’s going to be my next adult book I tackle, for sure. It’s been hanging out on the Kindle way too long!

  2. Missie

    Nope, the last person would be me. I still can’t believe I haven’t read this series, especially with all the praise it gets. So, Kate is usual looking? I didn’t know that. Cool. It’s kind of hard to get used to a girl doing a guy’s voice. I’m not sure it ever really works for me. But I still love audiobooks!!! LOL

  3. You are not the last one to get to this series I have been eyeing it since 2009 and I still haven’t read it. I have it scheduled on my blog for July or August I think. I just need some good kick butt UF to get me revved up!

  4. Laurie

    I listened to this awhile ago and my memory is terrible but I remember thinking Curran a bit of a jerk in the beginning of book 1 but I warmed up to him eventually.I don’t remember his voice standing out but then again I listened to this just after listening to Cat & Bones on audio and Bones voice was narrated so cartooney, Curran’s would’ve had to have been really bad to stand out LOL. Thanks for reminding me that I have to catch up with the rest of this series!

  5. Such a great series! I feel like I need to reread this series because it’s been so long since I read it. I want to recapture the Kate magic — and Curran, of course.

  6. Sounds fun…..Im so behind on all my audiobooks, I think its been like 3 months since Ive listened to one, I need to get it together…:D

  7. Well, I think that officially makes me the last person who hasn’t read them. Since I finally read Patricia Briggs and loved her, I think Andrews is the last UF writer I haven’t read. I have a few Audible credits left to use so now that I know it’s good in audio.

    • It was an excellent audio and I think Curran’s voice was partially me still trying to warm up to him. I finally read Briggs too at the end of last year (though still a book behind in each of those). I am slowly trying all the authors that everyone raves about 🙂