I love the vampire theme books, and having exhausted several other lines of books, found this one. I found the story of the vampires and how the came to exist to take parts from several diffent other series, but still unique it theirown way. I like the cohesiveness of the main family and characters, and how much looser they seemed with formality than other vampire family books. At times it seemed a bit teenagerish with language and behavior, but was not to the point of obnoxious. Overall a good read. The narrator drove me a little crazy, almost sounding more like a 900# operator at times, but you can get past her to the story if you try.
I bought this audiobook for a "beach" book - one you could listen to at the beach and put down when you like. Therein lies the problem - it was not easy to put down. The reader is led through the trials and tribulations of the characters to the inevitable conclusiom. I would love to follow the characters through their future together. So, I'm ready for Book 2!
The person who performed the book used the same "pitch" and speech patterns for every single sentence. At first, I thought it was being read by computer software that has limited expressive abilities. It truly did not sound like a real person reading it.
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Unlike others, I thought the narrator was fine (but then, I've always enjoyed a pleasant alto). I'm afraid that I just couldn't get past the content of the story, though. The background was ridiculous enough (I'd go into detail, but don't want to give spoilers), but worse was the clunky exposition and completely unrealistic characters (starting with the nubile hotties running around in babydolls and culminating with the young, well-muscled, work-a-holic, pinnacle-in-his-field psychologist). So while I liked the central romance well enough, I really couldn't get into the book at all.
First of all, Victoria McGee got a bad rap. Her monotone, attempting-to-be-sexy voice didn't annoy me as much I everyone said that she would. Actually, wait until she says the chapter numbers. I literally laughed outloud everytime she said one. The story...it wasn't that good. The narrator reading chapter numbers was about the highlight of the book. Trying to hard to be a sexy tween book, maybe? Weak characters, weak plot, weak everything. For these ancient vampires, they are really nice and really naive. Interesting theme for explaining their vampirism...when I throw out interesting I mean, the author used an explanation out of right field, then left field, then the parking lot... Save your credits on this one.
This was an excellent book, it has a wonderful love story in it along with some action! I would definatly recommend this to vampire story lovers!!!The vampirism theory is very unique and intersting!
Omitting the few sex scenes, this was really teen literature. It involved six or so cousins/friends, having slumber parties and constantly answering to their parents. The story itself moved VERY VERY VERY slowly, picking up a little speed late in the book only to slow down again (and become quite silly) near the end. The whole fainting-at-the-sight-of-blood thing got very old and never really made sense (it wasn't the blood that almost killed someone, but the biting and drinking.) The narrator certainly wasn't the worst I've heard, but her monotonous tone didn't help an already dead tale.
The plot and story line of this book is so basic that even a young adult would find it boring. There was no character development, and the characters are so simple that it is easy to predict what they will do or say next. The one and only creative thing in this book is the authors explanation for the origin of vampires. I understand that the author wanted to make them more human and realistic, less like the traditional stereotypes, but when doing that it created stupid and predictable characters. I just don't believe that a 200-year-old vampire would still act like a 22-year-old. The reader in this book was so bland, that I often could not tell the difference between character voices and narration. It was very easy to drift off and not pay attention, but don't worry! You won't miss anything if you drift off for a few minutes! Save your credit and your hours, and do not get this book.
I only listened to the first 30 minutes, it was absolutely horrible.
Have no idea how the book is, I could'nt focus on the story at all. And listen to the entire book was out of the question with that narrator.
I purchased this book as a light distraction. I apprecitate audiable books because of the accents used and hearing a professional reader adds so much to certain stories. This is the first time I must say the reader has taken away from the story. I am a Librarian and have listened to hundreds of books--but this reader could make a children's story seem dull. This book will make a much better read then listen! Sorry to say but if your going to use a reader to represent your characters and enhance your plot you should listen to them read and choose wisely.