Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Audio Book Review: Anubis Nights

Anubis Nights

By:  Gary Jonas

Publish Date:  October 21, 2014, Audiobook Release September 5, 2016

Format:  Audiobook - 7 hrs 28 mins
Narrated By:  Joe Hempel

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  4th in Jonathan Shade series: 1st Book ~ Modern Sorcery, 2nd Book ~ Acheron Highway, 3rd Book ~ Dragon Gate

First Impression:  Magic in the past as Jonathan works.


A dead sorcerer in the Underworld named Henry Winslow, a contemporary of Aleister Crowley and former member of The Golden Dawn, steals a spell from The Forbidden Texts in order to fulfill the prophecy of the Thrice Born. He divides himself into three aspects and goes back in time to steal the Emerald Tablets of Thoth from the Great Pyramid of Giza. He wants true immortality and to change the course of history.


Jonathan Shade’s old friend, Sharon, shows up with the master of time, Chronos, to send Jonathan and his team into the past to find and kill Winslow.

First stop: ancient Egypt

Jonathan and Kelly arrive in Egypt during the reign of King Tutankhamun. As they appear from nothing, they are mistaken for gods, but when Tut is murdered during a chariot race, things get out of control.

At stake is, well, everything. Because if Winslow succeeds, the world as we know it will no longer exist, wiped from the sands of time…

First Sentence:
The ghost of Christian Harris stared at me, his hands held out in a pleading gesture.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles  /  Book Depository


My Thoughts and Summary:
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.

The one person Jonathan swore he'd kill if he saw again has arrived to call on Jonathan's payment due to the Ferryman. Sharon needs Jonathan to travel through time with the help of Chronos, the keeper of time, to stop three versions of sorcerer Winslow before he changes all that they know.

Joe Hempel is the voice of Jonathan Shade as he returns in this fourth novel. He feels to really be Jonathan to me with his emotion, sarcasm, and more that hits the mark with Jonathan's words. Joe's audio is clear and flawless to my ears. Not much more I can say but I enjoy his narration of Jonathan.

I like that we start with the characters where they are and how they feel now. Terrible things have happened to a few characters in the end of the last book, and they are dealing with the results. In seeing them now we also get a reminder of what happened, and how horrible it was for them.

Jonathan is definitely back to himself and moved through much of his concerns in the last book. I have to smile when the crew act up together. They all have an individual sense of humor that they all thrive off of, bringing more out of each person. When Sharon tries to explain about Henry Winslow they frustrate her with their wandering focus and jokes. But it's funny 'watching' them act as kids at this moment but know very well they are understanding and will get the job done when time comes.

This novel is in a different format from the previous books. We get POV from different characters - Jonathan, Kelly, Brand, and Rayna. They are in different areas and times in the world looking for our man who's in three aspects, this format lets us see what's happening in those places until they reunite. There is a lot of story of the different characters in their time, waiting for the others to arrive. All find troubles they need to struggle through, and stay alive, along with personal struggles too. I enjoyed the journey through time with Jonathan and friends. Jonathan and Kelly are in Egypt, Brand with Esther in 1870's, and Rayna in 1929. We start in Egypt and meet King Tutt. Cool!

I really started to worry that things would not work out or come to the end I was expecting. Gary is known for this in his previous books. So when I started to get nervous, I was also getting excited to see his twist to the ending ~ something Gary does not let me down at. The ending comes at us fast, and we are left on a bit of a cliffhanger here. The overall missions are not completed in this book and it leaves you looking for the next book (which is out in ebook and print). We do get through Jonathan's time frame completely though.

Oh, I'm waiting for the next book in audio, even though the ebook is out... hmm... maybe I'll get the ebook? lol. I will be looking for the rest of the books!

****If you found my thoughts helpful please click Yes at Amazon and/or Audible. Thank you!


Alexia561 said...

I still haven't jumped on the audio train, but really like the sound of this story so may have to pick up a physical copy. Love sarcastic characters!

LilyElement said...

When the POV shifts into a different style it would normally piss me off, but this time it sounds like it worked in favor for the book :) Glad you enjoyed.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh this looks good despite the cliffie-ish ending. :) I know the struggle when a good audio isn't out yet, but the ebook is... :D

Blodeuedd said...

A cool with those different times

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Alexia, it's okay about the audio train. If it wasn't for reviewing the books, I wouldn't have them either. But I'm glad you like the sounds of this character and world to look into the reads. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

LilyElement, It does work really well! By this point you are wanting to hear the other characters, curious what's running through their heads. And with being in different times, it's needed. Plus, the author starts each section with their name so you know who you are with. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (B&T) It is a good one. I've been enjoying the whole series. And yes! The ebook is out! :D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Yep, Plodeuedd. It's neat. :)