Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee
Narrated by Caitlin Davies
- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 44 minutes
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Language: English
- Told in: First Person
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
My Review: I really liked the way this story was told and I loved the narrator. The book is unique. It’s a different take on the usual dystopian theme. This book has angels running amuck (literally- like actually mad with murderous frenzy). The angels in this book are bad, bad news. Really, really bad. Have I sold my point yet? They have been set loose on earth and they realize that they don’t actually have a plan since the leader of the angles had been killed. So they think: Let’s wage war on the humans, yea that sounds like fun.
I honestly had no idea what would happen in this book with one exception. Raffe. Anyone who has ever read a book in their lives knows who Raffe was going to turn out to be. That however was it. That was the only predictable thing in the whole book for me.
I only had one problem with the narration and it’s me simply being picky. Well it’s that and the fact that this audio book had the terrible misfortune of following Hamlet Prince of Denmark: A Novel narrated by Richard Armitage. He does several dozen different voices and I was spoiled. It was so good that I couldn’t review it between the excellent writing and the unbelievable narration I was dazzled. My problem with this narration isn’t really a problem at all but more of a nitpicking observation. Caitlin Davies male voices were a little creepy to me. They weren’t over the top or annoying and in no way detracted from my listening experience. They were just a little creepy and in the angels and bad guys that’s great but in Raffe not so much.
This story was disturbing and had its fair share of death and destruction. There aren’t any light themes running through this book. It’s dystopian through and through. There is lots of observation by the main character that are disturbing. There is also the little problem of the angels stealing human children. Creepy!
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