Audiobook Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Posted March 22, 2016 by Felicia S in 2016 Read, 3.75 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 20 Comments

Audiobook Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne BishopSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins

Date Read: March 2016

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community...

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

More Information:
Publisher: Penguin/Roc
Series: The Others #4

Also by this author: Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver
Also in this series: Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver


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

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: I am not sure if it was my mood but Marked in Flesh was a mix of brilliant and bogginess (explain down below) for me!

Quick Thoughts: This is the first time it has taken me two weeks to get through a book in The Others. My Ratings for the earlier ones: 4.5, 5, & 5. I can’t quite pinpoint where this book and I didn’t connect. There were parts where I was on the edge of my seat. I loved those moments. I also loved the growth of all the characters, especially the female characters. They are really becoming quite a force to be reckoned with him. On the flip side, even the growth of the idiot Human Movement was fascinating. I hated them (you are supposed to) but I liked that it finally came to a head. However all this brilliance was under so much prose. I felt bogged down with details that was a little too descriptive for me. I kept speeding up the audio to get through some parts just because it was too much for my taste. However, it may have very well been my mood. It is the curse of a mood reader! Either way I still highly recommend this series and in particular Marked in Flesh. You do not want to miss the character growth that happens.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Alexandra Harris / Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins

Alexandra is really a great fit for this series. I still want Simon to have a deeper voice but I think she nails him as well as any female could. This is a HUGE cast of characters with a ton of different accents–she does really good at bringing them all to life. I recommend this on audio (she even sounds great at higher speeds–which I listened to this one too in several areas).

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Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
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20 responses to “Audiobook Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

  1. I had a similar reaction to this one. I LOVE the series, and I loved the overall development of plot/characters in this one. But … there were definitely parts that I could have done without/with less. It all feels like stuff that will be important in the future, but it was tough to have the patience for it now, and for me it made me feel like this started and stopped a bit as a result. I also mostly wrote it off to mood … Honestly, I think I was just anxious to get to the next book I was planning on listening to 😛

  2. I just finished listening to this one yesterday (review next week). I’m the opposite of you – I found this book to be the best in the series so far – the most interesting, the least repetitive, not as bogged down. I also finally enjoyed the narration more (listened at 1.25x vs. 1x – the earlier books I didn’t have a choice). Anyhow… still a very good series!

    • I by no means hated it 🙂 I enjoyed it but yeah it wasn’t as big a hit for me as the other 3 were. I am glad to see I am in the minority because that means it probably was a mood thing!

    • I am looking forward to it though it seems like there is still a LOT to wrap up so that last book is probably going to be long. I hope it isn’t rushed!

  3. sorry about the disconnect with this book –this book heighten the tension between humans and others . Yes I need to do audio books but I haven’t tried it but I love this series .

    • That is most def did! I loved those parts and overall liked it just not as much as 1 to 3. Though I am in the minority so I think on reread (before the last one) I will probably like it more. It must have been mood. The audiobooks ROCK!

    • The character growth was amazing (not just Simon/Meg) and every other person who has read this said it was the best one in the series. I swear my disconnect must have been mood LOL

    • OMG the audio rocks but I will caveat it with this: not everyone thinks so. It works for me on every level. I do still want Simon to have a growlier voice but that is about it.

      • I have the first book on kindle because of the sale and I wanted to get it on audio too but that $12.99 scares me every time and my library doesn’t have book 1 or 2 in audio. My booklover and cheapo hearts are colliding and I’m not sure which one will win.

  4. I just started this one the other day, and so far I am loving it. I love this series. I wonder why you disconnected a bit with this one?

    • I think for me it was just maybe too much and I had to relisten to parts because I kept missing things. Also I have been in a reading funk so I am seriously thinking MOOD!