Narrator: Alison Larkin

Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster

Posted January 27, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 1 Comment

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Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMasterOf Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #5
Narrator: Alison Larkin
Published by Tantor Audio on February 9th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hours and 2 minutes
Source: Publisher
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When her beloved father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge. The man responsible is well beyond her grasp, but his dangerously seductive heir, Leo Barrons, is fair game. When Mina obtains evidence proving that Leo is illegitimate, she has the means to destroy both the killer and his son, a man who troubles her heart and tempts her body.

A woman of mystery, Mina has long driven Leo crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows that she's hiding something, and he's determined to unravel her layer by silken layer. He just doesn't expect the beautiful liar to be the key to overthrowing the corrupt prince consort or to saving his own carefully walled-off heart.

Of Silk and Steam brings the events that has been building since book 1, Kiss of Steel are finally brought to a close.

Bec McMaster writes great characters and her couples are always fun to see go through their issues to get to their HEA. This time she brings us a couple that are frenemies of a sort. Mina does not like Leo Barrons because his father killed her father. Yeah, that’s going to be a big issue to get over in order for them to get friendly with each other. Leo has wanted Mina for his own for a few years and has been patient in his “chase” of her. Of course it pays off and seeing Leo melt Mina’s chilly exterior was both fun and hot.

Since Of Silk and Steam is the last book in the London Steampunk series, readers get to see old favorites from earlier books. They are work together to when the war that has been brewing through the whole series.

I love how McMaster took paranormals like vampires and werewolves and put her own spin on them for this highly entertaining series. I look for to reading the first book in spin-off series, Mission: Improper (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #1). It is set three years after Of Silk and Steam and I’m curious to see if two younger characters in this series get a HEA in the Blue Blood Conspiracy series.

Fans of paranormal romance, historical romance and steam punk will delight in McMaster’s writing. If you haven’t checked this series out yet you really should and there’s no waiting for new releases since the series is complete and this is a series worthy of a binge read.

If you are into audiobooks, a binge listen is even better. Alison Larkin does a masterful job at the narration for the whole series. She is very adept at the male voices while still making the female voices feminine.


About Alison Larkin

Alison has narrated over 100 bestselling audiobooks, including her own novel The English American which won an Audiofile Earphones award and joined President Obama and E.B. White on Audible’s top ten list of Best Author Narrated Audiobooks of all time. Consider the Fork by Sunday Times columnist Bee Wilson, narrated by Alison won a Best Non-Fiction of the year award. Recent books narrated by Alison include Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie and Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. She recently took over from Penelope Keith as the new narrator for the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton for Blackstone Audio. Alison has narrated countless New York Times bestsellers that have appeared on various Best of the Year and Pick of the Month lists.

About Bec McMaster

My name is Bec McMaster and I live in a small country town in Victoria, Australia, with my boyfriend, and a beautiful dog named Kobe. I grew up either with my nose in a book or writing, and never understood why other people didn’t get to watch ‘all the movies in their heads’. Following a lifelong love affair with fantasy, I discovered romance at the age of sixteen, and haven’t looked back.

When I’m not writing I like to read, go hiking with my boyfriend, pore over travel brochures, and go to the gym. I’m addicted to travel, and love to set my books in foreign places. It’s the next best thing to travelling there. One day I vow to see the entire world, whether it’s by plane, paper, or imagination.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: four-stars

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Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Posted June 10, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

Like many of you, I have seen the Disney movies based on Lewis Carroll’s novel, Alice in Wonderland, but I have never read it. I have some of the retellings on my TBR but again I have not read any of them. So I think starting with the original is the best place to start, and the fact that Alison Larkin narrates it was a no brainer for me. I went into the story knowing the jest of the story and I was delighted to learn there was more to the story. This kept me entertained story-wise. Alison’s performance of the story kept me smiling and envisioning the characters in my head. She made them jump off the “page”. My favorite character and voice were the March […]

Narrator Interview with Alison Larkin The English American

Narrator Interview with Alison Larkin The English American

Posted June 8, 2016 by Jennifer in JIAM, Narrator Interviews | 4 Comments

Welcome, Alison Larkin to The Book Nympho. I first fell in love with Alison’s narration through Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series. Now I’m branching out into more of Alison work with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and shortly after her work on many Jane Austen titles.   Can you walk us through your prep work for a narration project? Do you prepare any notes to help decide the tone and voice to give a character when there’s not a clear description of their voice in the novel (when they do not have a distinct accent)? The kind of prep work needed varies from book to book. For example, if I know and love the story already as was the case with Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary, Peter Pan and […]

Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster

Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster

Posted June 8, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 8 Comments

    I highly recommend reading or listening to the novella, The Curious Case Of The Clockwork Menace before starting Forged by Desire. The novella sets up Perry and Garrett’s relationship. In fact, I enjoyed the novella more than the full-length novel. I believe if McMaster had dealt with the romance aspect in the novella and made it a little longer then only one story for Perry and Garrett would have been needed instead of two. The differences between the two stories are basically . . . The Curious Case Of The Clockwork Menace Sets up characters and their working relationship Shows us that Perry has feelings for Garrett Garrett is a playboy that doesn’t see Perry as a “woman”, at least not in a sexual […]

Audio Review: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

Audio Review: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

Posted January 2, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 7 Comments

     So it seems that books 1, 1.5 and 2 is one story ARC that follows connecting characters around and now My Lady Quicksilver picks up the story thread that started at the end of the previous book, Heart of Iron. And judging by the summary of the next book, Forged by Desire and it’s prequel novella, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace, there’s an another set of stories that connect through the secondary characters of My Lady Quicksilver.   My Lady Quicksilver is all about the thrill of the chase between Lynch and Mercury and it is a hot one! “She looked up and Lynch’s knees almost gave at the heated look on her face. “Do you trust me?” she whispered, a slow smile […]

Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Posted February 18, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

        I highly recommend that you read the novella, TARNISHED KNIGHT before reading HEART OF IRON since there is a few chapters about Will and Lena at the end. The chapters read as a long prologue for HEART OF IRON and gives you a little insight into why Lena and Will left the Warren. I love the heavy steampunk elements we get with HEART OF IRON. I’m still pretty new to the genre and the fantastical elements in the historical setting is like a character all its own. Lena makes clockwork toys, there’s steam-powered carriages and house drones just to name a few of the gadgets. Bec McMaster has created a great world in her London Steampunk series. First with the Blue Bloods, a race similar […]