Thursday, July 25, 2013

Audiobook Review : The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

"Ganseythat's all there is."
- Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

  • Release Date : 9/18/2012
  • Genre : Urban Fantasy
  • Publisher : Scholastic
  • Length : 11 hours 18 minutes
Synopsis:  It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them-not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He has it all-family money, good looks, devoted friends-but he's looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys

Going in to The Raven Boys  I  heard a lot of good things from other bloggers and based on Kat's review I had pretty high expectations, all of which were met.

The Raven Boys reads like a modern day fairytale. In the small town of Henrietta, Virginia three boys who attend the elite Aglionby Academy and a psychic's daughter embark upon a clandestine quest into the mystical, occult and magic; lead by the enigmatic Richard Gansey III.

In short, this story has  an amazing sense of setting  and eccentric characters you find yourself rooting for.  This isn't just a story about boy meets girl, so this was way different from what I'd  read of Stiefvater's  Mercy Falls series.

I grabbed the audiobook from my local library's Overdrive. Will Patton's low slightly accented performance lent itself well to the characters and third person narration.  I live in Virginia and  went to college with a few people from the real "southern" parts of  Virginia and I think Patton's accents are spot on.

I also noticed in this audiobook that when 2 or 3 characters would say the same things at once, the recording would talk over itself. It was a nice touch and gave a jarring effect.

For some reason, the character of Gansey was such an enigma to me. I had a hard time trying to figure out if he was supposed to be a likable character or not. He is always described as this larger-than life put together guy. He is cool and confident, so confident that at one part of the book he doesn't have to worry about looking back to see if his friends will follow him, because he knows they will.

I suppose what get me is  I didn't get any indication that he would do the same for them. I think on some level Gansey is aware of this and as one character always notes "he doesn't mean to be". 

I liked Gansey for the complex character he was and what I'll be looking out for in the sequel Dream Thieves is if there is any indication that he reciprocates the respect he is given. 

The Raven Boys is a great audiobook and just an all around unique story that will amaze, frighten and make you believe.

Maggie Stiefvater performed and wrote the music that plays at the beginning and ending of the audiobook. You can listen to "Henrietta" here


  1. I love Gansey. I think he is so cool and collected, because he is afraid of being alone. So he gets accused of buying and collecting friends, when all he really wants is to be loved and he doesn't know how to let people love him. He thinks he has to take care of everyone in order for them to care about him. He breaks my heart the most out of everyone.

  2. I remember really liking this story, but not really liking the narration. I found Will Patton to be too monotoned for me. I'm glad you liked this one!

    Sara @ Just Another Story

  3. I loved this book. I also loved Gansey. At first I didn't, but he grew on me. I started off liking Adam, but I think he has a lot of problems and a very dark side.

  4. Sounds like a great book to read as well! I'm just barely getting into my love of audiobooks now. I'm kind of sad I didn't discover them sooner!


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