Sep 212017

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 8 hours and 3 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Penguin Audio Release Date: July 25, 2017
Language: English

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she ll go to to protect him
The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours the entire scope of the novel she keeps on running.

Suddenly, mother and son are as trapped as the animals. Joan s intimate knowledge of this place that filled early motherhood with happy diversions the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.

A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself from its tender moments of grace to its savage power Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?”

I was really excited to start listening to this book since I’d read a lot of positive reviews.

While I enjoyed the book very much, there was a lot of time spent on the layout of the zoo. I did like that Joan had taken Lincoln to the zoo so often that she knew where she could keep them safe.

I liked all the characters. They all made the book exciting and I thought they were perfect choices for the book. The author was very descriptive, so even after a few weeks, I can still “see” some of the scary scenes in my mind. I can’t imagine being in that situation, especially with a young son.

The book was really good. I liked the relationship between  Joan and her son Lincoln. I liked how close they were and how well behaved Lincoln was. They listened to each other and the love they shared was obvious.

If I had to say something negative about the book it would be that I thought the ending was a bit too abrupt. I would have liked more closure.

The book was narrated by Cassandra Campbell and I enjoyed listening to her.

 Posted by at 3:16 PM

  12 Responses to “Audiobook Review:
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips”

  1. Lovely review! This audio book’s new to me. I’m glad you enjoyed listening to it, Vicki.

  2. I love Cassandra Campbell’s voice so that alone makes me want to listen to this one! The premise is definitely interesting and unique! I’ve frequently wished we had a zoo locally – especially when my son was younger because what better way to kill some time. I’ll have to add this to my TBR.

  3. thank you for your thoughts, I have not learned to listen to a book very effectively. I must keep trying.

    • I tried listening to audiobooks a few years ago and just didn’t really like them. Then I tried again at the beginning of this year and something just clicked. Out of the 30 books I’ve finished this year, 22 of them are audiobooks. So yes, I’d keep trying if I was you. I’m so addicted to them now.

  4. I liked this audio a lot but do get what you mean about the ending.

  5. I haven’t heard about this book at all. It sounds really good.

  6. Thank you for review. The book sounds interesting.

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