Audiobook Review: A COURT OF THORNS & ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

Posted 06/10/2015 by alicemarvels in Fantasy
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 


It’s always fun to try books you highly enjoy on audio for a re-read, and A Court of Thorns and Roses was just as much fun, if not more, the second time around. Jennifer Ikeda, a narrator who has charmed me before with her fantasy performances, narrates the voices of Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien and Rhysand beautifully. On the first read, the beginning of Feyre’s story was a bit slow, with the swoon (SO MUCH SWOON) and action escalating as the book went on, and I’m pleased to say a strong audio performance made that slow beginning much more bearable and interesting.

I was also surprised to like Feyre much more this time around, and I give credit to Ikeda making her more relatable and vulnerable. Originally I liked her, but found it slightly annoying that she was such an altruistic fantasy heroine martyr and a willing pawn to everyone in her life. Some of that annoyance slipped away, and I found myself easily rooting for her again. No surprise at all that my love for Rhysand increased tenfold—he is still the most interesting character. While I am not rooting for a romance with Feyre, I am DEFINITELY rooting for more Rhys in the next installment.

If you enjoy swoonworthy romance in your fantasy, and strong, memorable characters, this book will not disappoint (and in fact, anything by Sarah J. Maas is a safe bet). I highly recommend doing A Court of Thorns and Roses on audio if you can—it probably went up a full star for me due to fantastic narration.



    I absolutely love listening to fantasy novels on Audible, and I enjoyed all of Sarah’s other books this way. Great review. I’ll definitely purchase this one! Thx, Liza


    Yeah, so happy to hear you loved this on audio. I have it lined up for my next audio listen just as as soon as I finish the Martian, which is fantastic, btw….


    Yay! I love that you rated this one so high. So many people only felt so so about this so I’m excited to see a really glowing review for it! I need to read this ASAP.


    Hmmm, I was not really a fan of her other series


    Seems like there is a mix of reviews for this one. I do love good characters and I do want to give this one a try. Brilly review!


    I bought the book and now you are tempting me with the audio,,,lol. So glad you enjoyed this Lauren.


    Maybe I would have enjoyed this more had I heard it on audio! I liked this one but I didn’t fall for it nearly as much as many other readers. I’ll have to pick up the audio version of the sequel for sure! Great review, Alice! 🙂


    I’m really nervous yet excited to read this book. It’ll be my first Maas book. I hope I don’t have my expectations too high for it.


    “While I am not rooting for a romance with Feyre, I am DEFINITELY rooting for more Rhys in the next installment.”

    DITTO!!!! I absolutely loved him in this book, just not necessarily as a future love interest for Feyre. I’m hoping he goes more the direction of Rowan in her ToG books (at least I hope the direction of Rowan 😉 and can just be a great friend for her. I definitely need to re-read this one!


    I went back and forth between audio and hardback for this book. I quite like it. 🙂


    Yay fun to do a reread and glad to hear you liked her even more this go round

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