Audiobook Review: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

Posted April 17, 2014 by Felicia S in 2.50 Wine Glasses, 2014 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 11 Comments

Audiobook Review:  Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuireSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins

Date Read: March 2014

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas...

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening's dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening's killer.

More Information:
Publisher: Brilliance Audio, DAW
Series: October Daye #1

Also by this author: CarniePunk, Indexing, Sparrow Hill Road

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 πŸ™‚

Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 2.50
Story Rating: 2.00
Character Rating: 3.00

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

First Thought when Finished: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire had interesting characters but it took 70% of the book before anything happened. I am guessing the rest of the series is probably faster at getting to the point.

Read It File It: Ever had a book that overall didn’t do much for you but you know that the rest of the series is probably right up your alley? That is me with Rosemary and Rue. While I spent most of the book just waiting for something to happen, once it did I was hooked. I am going to give book 2 a whirl. I have a feeling it will be a different experience.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal /Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins

Mary did an excellent job with Rosemary and Rue. She was great with October. I felt like she was her. I will be continuing this series in audio.

Final Thoughts: Rosemary and Rue was a great world builder for this series!


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Overall Rating
2.5 / 5
Story Rating
2 / 5
Character Rating
3 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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11 responses to “Audiobook Review: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

  1. I know some people who are nuts about these books, but I have tried the first book in another series, and really did not like it. So now I don’t really want to read this series either. You rating it so low does not make me more eager at all.

  2. Wow. 70% of the book goes by before anything big happens? Definitely makes the reader wait Felicia! Though I’m glad once something did happen you were hooked and you’re looking forward to the rest of the series. Hopefully book 2 is quicker on the draw:)

  3. Did I tell you that I DNF-ed this the first time I tried to read it? I didn’t pick it up again for YEARS, and the second time I was able to slog through it, but yeah, after that was when it really took off. I don’t think it was until the reread of the entire series I did last year that I really liked this book, and I think that’s how you can tell for sure if a series is improving exponentially–books that were MEH on the first pass are WAY better on the second b/c you understand/like the world and characters so much more.

    Anyway, I hope you keep going with the series, and that it improves for you as much as it did for me πŸ˜‰

  4. I am not sure if I would have lasted 70% to get to the interesting part. That last part must have really been good for you to keep going with the series. πŸ™‚

    • The writing was good and the narration was good so I stuck with it. Plus I am a bit of a nosey gal in that I needed to see if something did finally happen.

      Of course, I also stuck with it because a few of my friends are big fans of the series. I will try book 2 and if we don’t click then that will be my stopping point.