Cheri Reviews To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I started this book last summer but I struggled so hard to get into it. I loved the Inheritance series by Paolini and was so excited when the audiobook for his new book was listed on NetGalley. So excited!

But then I started listening and I had a terrible time trying to get past the narrator’s snarky, gruff tone for Kira. Pretty much every time she said anything to anyone, she sounded like she hated them or was annoyed or pissed off. I even took some time off and thought about the actual conversations she was having and decided to cut her some slack because most of those would have called for that tone of voice. So it was the author, not the narrator, who was to blame!

I decided to give it another shot a few days ago – I was about halfway done – and something clicked. I couldn’t stop listening. And I ended up absolutely loving the book. I do have to admit to skipping the vast majority of the final nearly two hours because they were appendixes about FTL and terminology and the like. I did listen to the afterword by Paolini and am glad I did. I enjoyed having the insight into his struggles writing the book.

This is a space epic and, even though I had a rough time of it with the narration in the first half, the narrator was really quite incredible with her voices. There were A LOT of voices and she did a different one for each character so everyone was identifiable just from her voice. I am very impressed.

With all of the drama and excitement and various characters, my favorite was Gregoravich and his regular use of the term of endearment “meat bag.” I love you Gregoravich.

A huge thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for hooking me up!



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