Audiobook Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Posted April 11, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 3.75 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 22 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie RutkoskiSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Listening Library

Format: Audiobook

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins

Date Read: March 2014

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart

More Information:
Publisher: Listening Library
Series: Winner's Trilogy #1

JUST A NOTE: Read It File It is for books that I have read that I need to keep track of. The reviews will be super short (think tweet longer length) but will serve the purpose of getting the books into UBB for tracking purposes 🙂

Listened for Review (Listening Library)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00

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

First Thought when Finished:The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski was a very good beginning to a series that I think I am going to enjoy!

Read It File It: I will admit that this was way outside my normal reading happy place. However, I am super glad that I gave it a whirl. The world was fascinating and the characters were engaging. I thought the last quarter was a little disappointing but then the last 30 min (few pages) hooked me back in. I will be waiting for the next book in the series.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Justine Eyre / Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins

I am a fan of Justine and I really think this is her niche. She is excellent at epic worlds and engaging characters. I think I enjoyed the book more because of her.

Final Thoughts: I think YA fantasy fans will love this even with the historical setting.


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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22 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

  1. I know a lot of people found this book to be kind of slow but I loved it right from the start. Which is kind of odd because I usually don’t enjoy slower moving plots.

    • The beginning was tough for me too. A lot of world building but it didn’t quite flow with the story. I will say about the 40% mark it got a lot better.

  2. I enjoyed this one until the ending. Still, didn’t see that one coming (at least what she did, I thought it would be in the next book plus sorta-cliffie! :p). I do want that next book to see what happens next.

    • I didn’t see it coming either and I am curious how it will all play out. I kind of figured something would happen but that wasn’t on my list.

  3. I am itching to read this one as most people seem to be liking it. I am glad to see you took another plunge into YA and liked this one.