I have to admit that Book 1 of this series was hard for me to get through. I wasn't stoked on the narrator, cause she made Kate sound old. I get that Kate is a tough woman, but I couldn't get past the age in her voice by the narrator. I think with the later books in the series, this improves, and her voice no longer seems so harsh.
Also, I think the author tries too hard to make Kate tough in Book 1, and it ends up making the character lack what is necessary for you to actually relate or like her. By the end of the book, I did start to warm up to Kate. But it really wasn't until Book 2 that I was a fan of Kate. Plus, I've read reviews where people think Kate's rude and sarcastic comments are hilarious. I found her immature and annoying in Book 1, but I think the author improved the "inside" jokes and sarcasm as the series progresses. By the end of Book 2 and definitely by Book 3, I was laughing outloud to myself at some of Kates thoughts and comments.
Book 1 also has weird time jumps, where the future is mentioned and then all of a sudden it's ocurring without a good transition. It was confusing at first, but this also improves as the series progresses.
Basically, what I'm trying to say is, I wasn't a huge fan of Book 1. But if you can make it through, the rest of the series is quite addicting. I love LOVE Curran, who is quite an intriguing character (but don't want to give away spoilers).
Oh, and romance and sexual tension is pretty much non-existent in Book 1. But the rest of the series is a nice progression of a developing relationship.
Book 3 and 4 are great!
Just jump in an stick to it!
Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.
Loved this story. Easy listerning and very entertaining. Will be impatiently waiting for any new books in audio from this author.
I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan and Sherrilyn Kenyon.
With the first book in the Kate Daniels series Ilona Andrews has created a story that features a strong heroine with an amazingly real-world point of view for a single woman fighting and living alone in a rather scary world, world building as solid as I've ever read, and there is a hint of attraction between two central characters without it being the central plot point.
Ilona Andrews obviously has faith in the strength of her characters and uses them to their best advantage, revealing their traits and story lines tantalisingly slowly. As well as really strong lead characters there is a great cast of really interesting secondary characters and a world structure that will allow for more characters to be added as the series progresses.
Renee Raudman does a really good job of bringing it to life. It took me a little while to get into the narration but her characters are good and consistent and her voice suits the gritty urban tone of the book.\n
Soo happy to b able to listen to anything Kate Daniels! This list of characters is my favorite, ty so much for writing them then reading them as well! Love the narration!! This is clumsy but you get the gist! Ilona Andrews is perfect fun, excitement, laughs, tears u name it!
The first book in this series was a little hard for me to get through....but it is SO worth it as each book in the series gets better and better.
Kate Daniels is a fantastic urban fantasy heroine. Unlike many heroines, Kate isn't a bumbling amateur and doesn't swoon when she sees a cute guy. Like Dresden (and that I'm making the comparison shouldn't at all suggest that Kate is any lesser than Dresden - I just got familiar with him first) she's a tough loner though with some friendly and/or professional affiliations. Also like Dresden, she's funny, dry and sarcastic. There are passing threads of love interests, but it's not a big part of the story - nothing wrong with mixing in romance, but it's refreshing for a female lead to not be that interested. I highly recommend this and am super bummed that there are only 4 on audible.
The story is interesting and so are the characters. The ending leaves you wanting to hear more, which is good when it's a series of books. But the narrator is just ok. She doesn't do the male voices all that well. This same narrator was used in On The Edge by this same author and was much better. It's not so bad though that the book isn't worth a listen so I do recommend it.
I rarely give up on a book I'm listening to. In this case, I can't remember if I gave up on it or just let it droll on as background noise.
Incredible! This whole series has turned out to be one of my favorites and I've recommended these books to so many people. The story is great along with the rich characters that the author has created. The romance between the two main characters is fun and touching, but the story doesn't get bogged down with just their romance. The reader of this series, Renee Raudman, is fantastic, especially with this series! She is able to create different voices for each character and stays true to those voices throughout the whole series. You know exactly who is speaking and what they are feeling. Between the author and the reader, this series is great. I highly recommend all of the books. Each book keeps getting better!