While I love this series and this installment is one of my favorites in it, I am so glad that I read this first rather than listen.
I have to say that I love the male/female narrators, I think it adds so much to the audio version. When you listen to another audio book after, especially one in this series and it's just a woman reading, you miss the male influence and Phil Gigante is particularly good. I think that Jane Brown is also very good.
This is what I did NOT like: I found the accents used in the narration to be distracting and annoying. I know that it's an added touch to the authenticity of the story, but I found I was concentrating on the accents at times, rather than the story. Sometimes it sounded like they had marbles in their mouths. I thought Ivory's accent in particular was awful. She sounded like an old gypsy woman and I pictured her to be bent, wrinkled and frail, when Ivory most definitely is not. When her voice was supposed to be soft and musical, I found it grating.
I know that with so many characters, its hard to differentiate between them, especially with voices but the accents I could do without. I'm so glad I read this first, and I continue to prefer reading to listening, but audio books make riding in the car so much more enjoyable.
I'll definitely listen to more, I'll just be more prepared for the distraction of the accents.
Annoying echo used for internal voice.
Unnecessarily long segments of foreign language to suffer through.
Maybe it's less annoying if you start at book#1?
Dark Slayer is absolutely brilliant. This is one of my favorite. Ivory and Razvan make a powerful pair. The scene where Ivory performed the reversal spell was truly terrific. Will definitely listen to it again.
My name is Irene and I'm a lifelong bookaholic. A few years ago, I started adding audiobooks and I'm so happy I joined Audible in 2015 :-))
Book 20: Ivory Malinov & Razvan Dragonseeker. When you hear their backstories, you can't help but be awed at what they have survived. Talk about True Grit! Kick Xavier butt! Story has the same female awesomeness vibe as Ayla in Valley of Horses. Good narration with Gigante & Brown. Wish Brown wouldn't go so heavy on the Dracula accent for female Carpathians who started out American.
I would recommend this book. it's a great story and it was inspired to use both a man and woman for narriation!!!!! Please continue to do so.
Dark Curse. I skipped through hardcover copy at a friend's house and can't wait to get into my own copy for the full story. Hope you never go back to one person narriation!!
Everything about the performance was terrific. their voices changed and blended superbly. As for my opinion, you can use Phil Gigante and Jane Brown in all your narriation.
I don't know yet
I hope you take my advice and continue to use both a man and a woman for your narriation. It makes for a more rewarding listening experience.
The characters had been through much but found love and didn't fight it like many of her other books where the woman were just to protesting when it came to saving the life of her partner.
These two narrators are my favorites. They use a multitude of voices to differentiate the multitude of characters.
It made me cry because of all that Razvan had gone through and he still had such a sweet spirit. A big difference from the other Carpathian males not that I dislike the others just that he's willing to let Ivory lead because he's smart enough to recognize her strengths and celebrate them