I read how many reviewers disliked Victoria McGee's narration, and I do understand their feelings. But I really enjoyed her vocal qualities and her interpretation because I found it unique and smooth and lovely to listen to.
I'm very glad I read the one reviewer who recommended to listen to this book first before the rest of the series because it seemed to introduce the characters.
I also really enjoyed this book. I found the author's world of humans from Antlantis with nanos particularly fascinating and wonderfully different from any of the many vampire books I've recently become addicted to. What is that? I admit to having a guilty pleasure of all these vampire books and hopefully, soon, I'll have enough of them and move on to something else! They are like potato chips.
I'm a fan of good story writing and I truly enjoyed this story. I really don't get into paying attention to the actual speaker's voices even though to listen to this speaker talk about a love scene was rather comical. Any looking for a good love story..this is it.
This narrator was horrible. I should have listened to reviews! The best thought I had is that it was computer animated voice with adjustments gone wrong. It put me to sleep the first 3 or 4 times I tried listening to it. I kept trying and towards the end the pain wasn't worth it. The story was so, so nothing like Laurell K Hamilton. No excitement, and I actually found myself bored during the love scenes. Not another one...ugh!
I read so many reviews about this series bring great and finally listened to first book and understand why I never listened to it and put off. Not worth a credit
I love the Kressley Cole and Jeanine Frost series and was looking for a similar supernatural , romance vibe. This wasn't it!
There was little to no action and vampires in didn't wield the supernatural strength or power associated with the fictional species. The narrator didn't 'take me there'. Her narration had no flair and she often empty long seconds of silence which made me wonder if my app had shut down. I don’t know if the rest of the series if any better but I do know that this first installment didn't peek my interest enough to find out.
This is probably the worst paranormal romance I've ever read. The story is slow and fragmented. Worst of all I did not care about the characters, particularly the heroine. The stumbles through the story with no motivation or view of the future she wants--strange for the central character. I finally gave up to the disbelief and frustration. I hope Lyndsey has another job.
I am not sure but thought I heard the narrator taking breaths, almost as if she was turning pages as she read. I have never experienced this while listening to a reading on this service.
Done with this author.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: Toronto, present day
Genre: paranormal romance
This is my first full-length book by Lynsay Sands in this genre. My first exposure to the Argeneau family was in a novella I listened to while I was in my all-anthology phase. At any rate...
I enjoyed this multi-layered story very much. I couldn't go with 5 stars because there were a couple of instances of "oh come on! Can't you see what's going on here?" in the mystery. I did say multi-layered, didn't I? There's a big problem with Lissianna fainting at the sight of blood, which would be a problem for a vampire who is supposed to get her nutrition via blood bags. So, as a birthday gift, her mother kidnaps Greg, who is a therapist specializing in the treatment of phobias. Finding him tied to the bed in her old room, Lissianna takes a sample, thinking that he is her special birthday treat. Greg is understandably upset with the situation until Lissi starts kissing him and finds that he's attracted. And she's attracted to him, beyond his tastiness and purpose. There is the romance, the problem with her phobia, as well as a mystery involving a plot to kill her. The mystery is where I get eye-roll syndrome. Maybe it isn't supposed to be a mystery for the reader? But please! If the reader gets it, why doesn't she? It sort of made me want to grab her and yell, "can't you see what's going on here?" I could see it from its introduction into the plotline.
The biggest problem with this audiobook is the production. Notice I didn't say narration, because Victoria McGee did a fairly good job with the voice and inflection of the characters. It would have been great if there hadn't been huge gaps where there shouldn't have been. I don't mean chapter breaks, which were over-long, but intra-paragraph stops. No, it was that there were breaks within many of the sentences. It dragged me right out of the story. That made me sad. 😭
I do wish this could be re-recorded, which would make it worth a full credit. Otherwise, try to get it on sale and grit your teeth though the production problems.
Love to read and I am really enjoying audible. Fantasy and sci fi are my faves but I also enjoy period novels and historical fiction.
Terrible narration. Weird pauses stupid storyline. 100 s of years old but they all forget how to mind wipe or change memories despite that has been "drummed" into their heads since birth. the pronunciation of French names is atrocious. how is it a vamp with hemophobia has no problem biting two people in the first 20 min of the story but it's such a terrible affliction she is near starving? It's just dumb
One thought that is not conflicting in my mind is that the narrator is absolutely horrible. She is all breathy and high pitched. She totally killed this book. So that is why I am on the fence. I think there was a lot of potential for this book but am not sure if I was just too critical due to the narrator or my expectations. I have never ready Lindsay Sands before but heard lots of positive talk about her books so thought I would give it a go. I think it was a really unique idea to have a fainting vampire. I do think that the humour in the story was lost in translation by the narrator. I also agree with other reviewers that the love at first site was a bit too fast and over the top. It is hard to fully buy in. However, I think that there is room for positive improvement so am willing to give the next book a try before I cast judgement on the series. Overall it was just ok for me. I have certainly read better.
The narrator was so blaze, she didn't add in any life to the characters and I found myself disliking the story and finding it boring. That's when I realized it was the narrator who seemed to slog through it. Couldn't finish the audio book and will get the book at a store now.
No. I couldn't get through it because of the narration. The voice was boring and lifeless and had a weird saliva sound to it that annoyed me too much to continue.
I hope the book is re-recorded with another narrator, Amanda Ronconi would be brilliant for this series!