I found this a little slow in the beginning. Also, I wasn't sure of the narration - Renee was a little breathy. All I can say is that it was worth it to keep listening, the characters were complex and well developed. The world was creepy, interesting and I was easily sucked in, able to suspend disbelief. This wasn't broken at any time. The narration was individualistic and well rounded - it lacked the cheese that so many other narrators have with dialoug - but the individual voices were distinguisable. In short, great. I am downloading the rest in the series.
I really enjoyed the books and I did not have any problems with the narrator. I think she enbodied the character of Kate quite nicely. You will notice a change in her voice when she is Kate (in her own head) and Kate speaking to the outside world. I liked the books, now on #3, and I like the narrator.
First book I've listened to by this Author. Very good story.Kept me interested from start to finish. It's nice to "read" a paranormal story that has more to it than man meets woman, they fight, they have sex, they fight some more then make up and live happily ever after. The story has a nice conclusion while still setting up the next book in the series. The narration leaves something to be desired, a southern voice for a plot based in Atlanta would have been nice.
The slightly darker, gruesome world here was the kicker for me - I really like this series and I've since gotten the other books. A good balance of humor, snark, action and sacrifice.
True, no sex scenes but LOTS of graphic violence peppered with rippling, straining and injuries. Breathy narrator voices the Tough Chick with plenty of insecurities setting in motion the stereotypical mindless mistakes making sure she drives away the Good Guy, positioning the Bad Boy to become her rescuer from the Evil Doer. All the while holding her own in battle and beating herself up mentally. Ah, good times.
Still, I had to finish it and was surprised at how quick the time went by.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this series, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself looking forward to listening. After the second book, I was really hooked and hope Audible will carry more of the series. Great narration as well.
While the writing itself is quite obviously amateurish (not bad, just unpolished), the world created here is rather original to me and that's what's driven me to try book 2 in the series. I'm hoping that the more they write, the better their prose will become. It's a credit to the authors that they've created a world that blends the supernatural with the real world, and have done it in an intriguing way. I still don't know WHY some things happen, or WHY some things are the way they are, but that's ok. I much prefer learning about the world as the story goes on rather than having it all explained to me in minute detail. That's the strength of this book. If you can get past the sometimes eye-rolling turn of phrase or monotonous setting description (on this wall there was a painting, on the wall over to the right, that had a crack, was a bookcase, to the left of that.. etc), then I think this is an entertaining listen for anyone into supernatural or fantasy. There's a little bit of romance, but not a whole ton which is good. Every time there's too much, it's a sure sign of a poor story. Thankfully, the authors haven't made that mistake, at least with this first book.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
I'm writing this review after having read all Illona Andrews books to date. And there's 1 thing I can promise you and that is no matter what this author writes you will never be disappointed.
Her (I know it's they but Illona is how they choose to be called and it's female) since of humor shines through everything she writes.
When I first picked up the story I thought to myself that I was going to regret another vampire werewolf story.
I'm happy to say the vampires are not hot they are nasty twisted things. The were-beasts are hot though.
This alternate Atlanta is so interesting and fun I can't stop with just 1 of her stories.
The narration it's Kate perfectly. She has a passion and emotion that comes through every time.
I highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone.
For those of you thinking that you don't want another series full of paranormal sex. Don't worry that's not what this series is about. That's not what Kate is about. You're not going to be hit in the face with naked bodies and heaving breast.
This story is the action adventure and killing the bad guy.
Just finished listening to this book for about the 5th time. This is by far my favorite series. Completely disagree with the negative criticisms of the narrator. Raudman imbues Kate with exactly the right attitude, snark, and vulnerablilty. With each book, the narration of the minor characters improves as their characterization is developed. The beautiful thing about Kate is that she is a kick-butt heroine with depth. She's a born and bred warrior, with a sharp wit, and realistic flaws. From the first paragraph, the information being given is crucial to understanding the character and the world. Each story is interesting and exciting, and the running back-stories keep you waiting impatiently for the next book. A must-listen for fans of urban fantasy
As my title says, this story was slow to start but when I got into it, it was great. The narrator did a wonderful job with the different characters and I was thoughoughly enjoying it from about 1 1/2 hours in. As soon as I finished I checked for more titles in the series. There is and I'm really looking forward to listening to it.