A narrator can ruin a great story for me.. I am a huge fan of Laurell's and have purchased all the audio books for the Anita Blake series but have been a bit leary of doing so with Meredith Gentry series. But I caved for Swallowing Darkness after hearing what I believed to be a perfect performance in just the lil sample that is given. After listening to part one of the dl I am very pleased that I did. Claudia's timing and accent are exceptional. It is how I would imagine the Faye to speak. Her ability to change from character to character and to make Meredith not sound like an old woman made the whole experience appealing and not a turn off. I am saddened she was not used for book 8 and still do not understand how that whole process works. I hope to see her return for book 9; that is once it is released. :)
. in my opinion.. and if you have read the previous ones I would say you must continue on, this is a story filled with an ever winding road- mystery and intrigue . Laurell's style is raw and filled with great detail for this i can not compare it other than to say it is but a side to the supernatural / paranormal world that I find extremely appealing.
I find i am always moved by the emotions of the characters; they become so real and through-out the journey Laurell spins for her readers i find great sadness and joy. there were many with in this tale but I do not wish to spoil them for anyone else who wishes to read/listen
Yes but not with the enthusiasm of other book. The narrator lacks the passion of the other books.
Having Laurel Merlington narrate.
I love the series because of the passion and would read more.
And the second time that she switched to Claudia Black....And again messed up the listening experience by switching narrators. Laurell Merlington was needed.
I have all of the books in this series. Each book is written in first person which allows the reader to see this new literary world through Merry's eyes. These books progressively get better every time I listen. However this particular book is truly the culmination of the five previous books and the most important in the series. Unfortunately some publishing DORK changed the narrator to some British chick instead of keeping Laurell Merlington. I'd pay for this book all over again just to have the old narrator make it come to life and keep the tone of the books more uniform. You can't get better than these books if your genre runs parallel to all things paranormal and romance. But lumping it into that one category of books isn't doing the series justice. I love this series so much that I own them in hard copy and through Audible. This series is more graphically sexual than Anita Blake ever thought about being and there are no vampires. However if a slew of beautiful men rotating out of one extremely lucky woman's bed gives your body the warm tingles and wrenches up the possibilities in your imagination - you can't go wrong with these books. Can't wait for the next one!
The entire series was narrated by Laurell Merlington except for this one narrated by Claudia Black. Bad choice - should have stayed with Laurell to remain consistant. Lost it's continuity as a series.
I would recommend that if you are thinking about purchasing this audio book that you listen to the sample before you do so. If I had done so, I probably would not have purchased it despite my enjoying this author and this series. The reason is that I found the narrator, Claudia Black's voice hard to listen to. Personally, I think the previous narrator, Laural Merlington was much easier to listen to / follow.
I have enjoyed Laurell Hamilton's work. I love the fey. Why did they change narrators? I miss Laural Merlington's voice. That is the Princess that I know. It is like there is an imposter in the book trying to act like Princess Meredith.
i adored this like i love all ms hamiltons work i hope audio keeps bringing us more of her novels
cause i cant wait to buy skin trade
Ms Black would be a good narrator for the Elizabeth Peters series, but a poor choice for this one. Meredith sounds like a snob, and the men all sound the same.
My favorite of the series is only made better by the incredible narration of Claudia Black. The princess uses the phrase 'a voice like warm honey,' in several of the novels, and listening to Claudia bring this book to life, I finally know exactly what she means. Great job.