Audiobook Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong/Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno

Posted September 5, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 27 Comments

Audiobook Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong/Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan MarnoSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Omens by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins

Date Read: August 2013

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home.

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

More Information:
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Series: Cainsville #1

Also by this author: Bitten, Visions, Deceptions
Also in this series: Visions, Deceptions

My Thoughts on


Listened for BookClub (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: Solid beginning to a new series! Who knew Omens could be a great foundation for a story?

Story Thoughts:Omens was a fantastic read filled with brilliant hooks/twists/turns that I just didn’t see coming. I loved how the Omens were woven into the fabric of the pages becoming part of the story instead of over-powering it. The town of Cainsville was also interesting and I totally believe there is a lot of story left to come where the town is concerned. I really liked that Kelley weaved in the architecture and essence of the town into the story. I love when you feel like you are there. Overall, this is only my 2nd Kelley Armstrong book but it won’t be last!

Character Thoughts: Oh Olivia! I wish that it didn’t take so long to warm up to you. I just felt you were being to careless/naive where finances were concerned. I don’t think you got what it took to really live on your own was concerned. In fact, even though you are a waitress and don’t have a great apartment– you still managed to land on your feet so no real “world” lesson really learned. You did grow on me with your smarts and perseverance. I just know that in the next book that I will adore you because by the end you seemed to have grown. Gabriel, on the other hand, I totally adored. He reminded me of Finn from the Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep. He was just arrogant, self-assured, and a rascal! 🙂 The town folk were interesting and so were Olivia’s mom(s)! I have a feeling the characters will totally grow on me through out the series.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno / Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins

How to tackle the narration *sigh*! I am normally a fan of having two narrators. In fact, I mostly prefer it but both have to be strong (or on the same level). I really adored the older voice in Omens. The pacing, nuances, and emotions were dead on! I felt there was a layer of depth added to the story anytime that voice was there. I wasn’t a fan of the younger voice. I felt the pacing was off and Olivia sounded “off”. That being said, the voice did grow on me by the end but it just wasn’t as strong as the other. I will probably continue this series in audio though because overall the audio was well produced. As always please listen to a sample before purchasing an audio book to make sure the narration is right for you.

Final Thoughts: Looking forward to book 2!

Other reviews of books by Kelley Armstrong here
Other reviews of books narrated by Carine Montbertrand here
Other reviews of books narrated by Mozhan Marno here


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27 responses to “Audiobook Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong/Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno

      • Yes – she was just so sheltered she really didn’t know any better – thinking everything would still work out for her so easily.

        I’m glad she finally wised up. Gabriel I just can’t get enough of!!

    • To be honest, if you are on the fence I would wait till book 2 is out and see what people say about it. The lead character wasn’t all that likable most of the book (for me) but the series has great potential. I haven’t read Kelly before so it is just an outside her fan base POV. I have high hopes for the second book!

  1. I’m often worried about starting a new series on audio, because there has been the occasion I feel the audio diminished my love for the book. Glad it was a solid start. I’m looking forward to a new Adult series by her…do sad for the Otherworld to end.

  2. I kind of have mixed feelings about Omens. I enjoyed it but like you said Olivia was a little difficult to warm up to at times.

    I’m not much of a mystery genre girl and that’s mostly what this book was so even though I thought it was good – it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

    I really enjoy Kelley’s Nadia Stafford series (there are no paranormal elements though) & unfortunately I noticed a lot of similar plot threads so it kept taking me out of the story.

    Even so I think I’ll continue and see where it goes.

    • I did love the mystery part of this book and it was what “saved” it for me but then again I read a lot in that genre.

      I have found a lot of people had a hard time warming up to Olivia so it isn’t just us.

      I haven’t read anything else by her but I do want to try her Nadia series. I did enjoy her “writing” and “flow”. It was super strong.

  3. I am also listening and had the same thoughts on the narrators. I am not too far in so haven’t warmed up or found a connection to Olivia yet.

  4. Awesome review! It seems you enjoyed this much more than me but I agree with you that the town of Cainsville and the omens were the standout things in the book. I thought Olivia’s character was a bit inconsistent but, like you, I think that she and the rest of these characters will continue to grow on me throughout the series.

  5. I can’t wait to read this one! But I think I’ll skip the audiobook if one narrator isn’t strong. I’m still looking for the story to get me into audiobooks.

      • I’d still rather start with a really strong one!

        (Aside, since I don’t know if you’ll see my reply: there is no love triangle in Coldtown – Tana’s relationship with her ex is thoroughly over, they just have lingering feelings.)

        • Oh that is good to know!

          I totally understand starting with a strong narration. I also suggest starting with a book you already know slightly. I always recommend that so that you are only having to get used to narration instead of both story and telling! 🙂

  6. While I definitely enjoyed this book, it took me a while to warm up to Olivia, too. Not that she was snobby, just that she seemed to have cushions wherever she fell so, like you said, she didn’t really learn much about the real world. But she is being masterfully manipulated and we still don’t know enough to really *know* what’s going on… come on, book 2!

    • I totally agree! I don’t think she was snobby–she was never like rich girl *look at me* *look at me*. However, she seemed way to careless. She kept turning down money and help yet someone who didn’t have a trust fund coming to them in a couple of years would have accepted at least some of the help. That being said—I want book 2 also 🙂 NOW!