I've given this book 5 stars for overall, performance, and story. For the simple fact is not only the story engaging, quick witted and sometime heart breaking, sometimes laugh out loud funny. the narrator is amazing. She brings Kate to life helping to portray the character as the author indented. The world that Ilona Andrews has created is fantastic, full of magic and whimsy, but still has a foot in reality when it comes to the relationships between characters. She is an extremely talented writer, and I haven't read a book by her yet that I haven't loved. They really did her book justice with the narrator they chose.
Kate Daniels of course. She has a pragmatic sense of the world. while have great abilities and strength, she also has a humble self image and the ability to laugh at herself.
Everything, she has a wonderful voice and a wide range. she delivers the sentiment and tone of what she's reading perfectly. One of the things I find disappointing in a narrator is monotone voices and lots of pauses where they had to have edited. Renee has none of those issues. I really and truly enjoyed listening to her voice.
I can't stress enough how pleased I am with this book. If asked to choice a scene in particular I'd be hard pressed to pick just one. However I found the struggle Kate has with her past training and her current relationships believable in a real human way. that's all I can say with spoiling the book
There are currently 5 books in this series, at the time of this review they are all on sale. I recommend buying them all. The books don't end in a cliff hanger, but they are so wonderfully fast paced you find yourself engrossed and needing to know what happens next
Great listen ,,on going story of a woman who can't mind her own business.. At times you want to throttle her ,,and times she's almost ,well, never normal ,,,good book . Paul t
I tried listening to it, but the narrator's voice was the same for the women and men. That just kills it for me.
If it had a different narrator.
The men's voices were too feminine.
I only listened to the first few chapters. The story was very promising and I looked forward to it because I love series.
I have learned to listen to samples of books before I purchase them. Unfortunately with audiobooks, the narrator can make or break it. In this case, she broke it.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
This is a supernatural storyline & the female lead is a basically a detective for the good guys. Not the strongest plot & character verbaige but the story is entertaining & resolves in one book. I will definitely listen to the next in the series at some point when I work my way through my reading list.
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.