The Hob's Bargain

The Hob's Bargain

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011 | Unabridged
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Overcome by visions of mayhem and murder, Aren vows to save her village from the ruthless raiders who have descended upon it--and killed her family. With the return of wildlings to the hills and forests, she strikes a bargain with the Hob, a magical, human-like creature imbued with the power of the mountains. But the Hob is the last of his kind. And he will exact a heavy price to defend the village-a price Aren herself must pay.
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Audio, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101538609 (electronic audio bk.)
1101538600 (electronic audio bk.)
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file, 10 hr., 13 min.)
Additional Contributors: Penguin Audio (Firm)


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Jul 10, 2016

I love Patricia Briggs' books, and Hob's Bargain is one of my favorites of her early writing -- quirky, funny, & intense. I especially like the transformation of the main character, coming into her own power as a woman. Strong women are the backbone of PB's books. HOWEVER, I have to say that I was very disappointed in the audiobook. Jennifer James Bradshaw, who reads the story, does a poor job of bringing this book to life. Her pacing is slow, especially at the beginning, her accents are very fake and are not at all consistent, and her cadence and word emphasis feel out of step with the story. If I hadn't read it first, I would never have finished it, and as it was, I considered stopping many times, although I had downloaded it to listen to on a hike. So I would definitely recommend the written version, and advise against the audiobook.


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