Thursday, April 18, 2013

Audiobook Review: What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Series: Bane Chronicles
  • Read by: Jesse Williams
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
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Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices know that Magnus Bane is banned from Peru—and now they can find out why. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, What Really Happened in Peru, is written by Sarah Rees Brennan and Cassandra Clare.
 

My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of both The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices, and Magnus is one of my favorite characters. It's no surprise that when I heard there would be novellas about him and his adventures I was super excited!! What a fantastic way to start of The Bane Chronicles too. I loved the humor and adventure, and I thought that it was so fun that it is told from an outside perspective.

This first installment gives us a peek into the crazy, entertaining, and sometimes downright hilarious things that Magnus has done, more specifically, in Peru. We also get quite a bit of Ragnor Fell in this too, which we know of him, but never really learned too much about him in either of the series. He is quite the cranky pants actually, but it's all very fun. We get to see Magnus do all sorts of things and get up to tons of trouble. I was laughing out loud at so much of this story and didn't want it to end. It also gave me a little more insight to who Magnus really is since we don't know a lot about his past or things about him outside of what we learn through the shadowhunters.

The narrator for this was fabulous and I really felt like he was passionate about telling us this story.  He really captured the story well, and it was like getting a bedtime story read to me. I was sucked in from the start and I wanted to listen to him tell me stories about Magnus for hours. I thought he did very well narrating this and I enjoyed the experience of listening to it.

If you are a fan of Magnus Bane, or are just curious as to what all of this is about, I highly suggest picking this up. I wanted more the moment it was over, but luckily there will be a new installment each month. I really enjoyed the audiobook of this and if you enjoy listening to books, this one is great. At only just over an hour, it's easy to fit in, and will leave you in a fantastic mood. It was so entertaining! I want more of The Bane Chronicles!



20 comments:

  1. AHHHHH! *grabby hands* I never heard that Cassie Clare was writing another book apart from Heavenly Fire and the sequel series.... I'm so glad that you loved this one Amy, it simply must cure my depression of CP2 D;

    Great audio review <3

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    1. This was so fun to listen too. Magnus sure gets into some pretty crazy situations!! I can't wait for more of these tales of Magnus.

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  2. I haven't heard of this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. This was a great audio to give me a little entertainment. It was a perfect length.

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  3. I loved Magnus in the Mortal Instruments. He was probably my favorite characters. It's awesome that the author decided to write more of him in these novellas. I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for this. I'm pretty sure I'll fall even more in love with Magnus after reading this.
    Fab review, Amy!

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    1. I think I will wait until they are all out to buy the ebook set. Or hope that when they are all out they will put them all in one book!! Until then I will listen to them as they come out. I think the listening experience will be fun. Each I believe is going to be narrated by a different person too.

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  4. You probably know (or maybe not) that I've decided not to read CC's books anymore, but Magnus was totally my favorite character back in the day. He's so sassy and hilarious, and the only one who can make Alec not act like there's a huge stick up his butt. *snorts at accidental irony of that statement* Anyway, I'm glad you're enjoying more time with Magnus, since he's pretty fantastic. I like him even more bc he's played by a hot Asian in the movie, which is pretty much win.

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    1. Hahaha!! Dies at the stick up his butt comment!! I almost spit my coffee. I loved how funny Magnus is in this. OMG the things he gets up to!! I am glad that she decided to do these chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. I think they are going to be a lot of fun.

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  5. I love Magnis so much! He's my favorite character in the series (both of them). But gosh, there is so much Mortal Instruments stuff that I'm starting to get tired of seeing it. I still want to know why Magnus was banned from Peru, though!

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  6. So far I haven't read The Infernal Devices series yet, but am a huge fan of the TMI series, so when i heard about The Bane Chronicles from reading Mundie Moms blog, I immediately wanted to this book, but I think I'm going to wait until the next one releases so that I can listen to it right after the first one. It usually works better for me that way.
    Glad that you enjoyed it, and you just made me even more excited about this series.


    -Nazish @ Nazish Reads

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  7. An audio book? Sweet. Gonna go pick it up. Love that the narrator is good.

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  8. Cassie and Sarah talked about this one quite a bit when I saw them a few weeks ago. I LOVE Magnus so I'm really excited to read this! I didn't know it was in audio though... I'm glad it was great!

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  9. AAAAH STOP IT CASSANDRA CLARE!! *tears hair out*

    LOL

    Ok I know you love her, and I am a fan of the original 3 TMI books, I think she's just milking the cow for all its worth now with TWI freaking spin offs and you can't even imagine how many graphic novels and mangas I see when looking for books for my fresh batch. I just get annoyed now. So while it does sound like a fun read, POO ON THIS BOOK!

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  10. YAY, I'm really happy you enjoyed this one Amy :D Even though TMI was hit and miss for me Magnus is one of my absolute favorite characters of the series so I'm really wanting to check out a story (series) from his perspective! Thanks for the timely review girl ♥

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  11. Glad to see that the book is an good addition. Nice review.

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