I didn't finish this. Not because I just didn't get into it-- which happens-- but because I actively disliked it. Now, let's be clear-- I knew what I was getting into here. I know this book is for women who read Harlequin novels, and I'm a man who reads Heinlein. I was looking for something that matched the intelligence, style, and wit of the first seven or eight Anita Blake novels. I'm still looking. I can deal with the spicy stuff for the Harlequin crowd. But where Anita Blake's sexy escapades were part of a plot, this book just threw them in. (Oooo! Rachel almost got into a girl-girl with a vampire BY ACCIDENT!!! Oooo! Now that Rachel is small, the Pixie is just a hunk! Oooo! There's a book about how sex with vampires is REALLY EXOTIC!!! OOOOOOOO!!!!) The idea behind the universe seemed interesting, and was enough to get me reading, but the actual storyline came together too conveniently (One minutes she's fine, the next she's on the run, living with a vampire and pixies, and Together They Fight Crime), and the characters were just not believable. For example-- Rachel has a big speech about how she can't work with Ivy because her Dad told her to work alone. So, to put distance between the two of them... she takes a DIFFERENT PARTNER. So she can work alone. And where did her mission come from anyway? The plot reads like a bad pilot for an 80's buddy-cop-movie. And the sardine on this particular Sundae was the reader. She actually seemed pretty talented, and the only voice I didn't like was the Valley Guy whose came across as a cartoon character. But there were a lot of points where she finished her sentences. Before-she-realised-there-was-more-so-she-rushes-to-finish. Was there no director or post production??
I'm reading the whole series, the characters are addictive. My problem is that Rachel is a flaming idiot. I spend half the time yelling at her or thinking that she really deserves to die for making such inane choices. I love Ivy, Janks and the rest - but be warned; your favorite characters in this series are not safe. People do die in some of the books.
I disagree with those who said Marguerite Gavin was difficult to listen to. She was entertaining and did female / male Dialogue extremely well. I enjoyed the books and Marguerite. I downloaded book 6 'the outlaw demon wails' from my local library - now that was the worst narator I've ever listen too! Gigi Bermingham! Try that one and you'll see what I mean!
Attorney in Chicago, avid audible listener.
I picked up this book (and the second in the series) during an Audible sale when I needed some distraction from life's heavier demands. I didn't know what to expect because this isn't my typical genre.
I'm so glad I got it. While the roles of witch/vampire/pixie/elf, etc. play an important part of the series, it's really the personalities of the characters that make the book enjoyable. Rachel (main character) is a bit fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, Ivy is a brooding, heavy handed vampire and Jenks is a mix of serious and off-the-wall. The three of them open up a business together and things go from there. It's not overly heavy and it's not entirely brainless reading, either - it's a good mix.
For me, this was exactly what I was looking for in my next audible listen. I was never bored, I laughed out loud a few times and definitely grinned in even more places. I ended up getting some of the other books in the series on Kindle and it's interesting to see some of the highlights made by other readers. There are some nuggets of knowledge/wisdom in there that have really rung true for me and I suppose might for anyone who has loved/lost.
It's just... entertaining. And entertaining enough that I'm now on book 7 out of 11 in the series. I was wary of reading a book that seemed sort of... how shall I put it... trampy vampy? I mean, the covers aren't something that make me want to pick it up. But I got over it quickly with how entertained I was and, like I said, on book 7 now so that says it all. I gave it 4 out of 5 purely because I reserve the 5 stars for being blown away.
Tip: If you're a Kindle owner and happen to buy the books on Kindle (cheaper than the price of a credit), you'll see that you can also pick up the Audible version for a discount price. (A few were just $3.49 or so!) It's nice with the whisper sync because I can put the book down and then walk the dog, listening to the story where I left off.
Even if this isn't your typical genre, I'd give it a try. One credit that might lead to really enjoying a full series. I'm glad I did.
I couldn't get beyond the first few chapters. I just didn't care for the writing style or the narration. I really tried to like it.
I don't know... but I had the books in this series in my wish list. I will have to remove them.
I thought her voice sounded too old for the part.
I couldn't get through much of the book, so I couldn't say.
It seemed like this would have been something I would have enjoyed. I like other books in this type of genre, but the writing style and the performance were grating. I just couldn't listen beyond the first couple of chapters.
Ok, I got sucked into this book, thinking I could really get into a good series.
This book and series has had lots of acclaim- how could I go wrong?
For the first third of the book, absolutely nothing happens.
Just kept plugging along, thinking it would change. How could so many people love this book, right?
Then by the time something did happen, I was totally uninvested with the characters, and I thought "Who cares?"
How this series has found so much fame is really beyond me. I found it to drag, and I also found it poorly written. Perhaps it gets better with the other books, but I won't be wasting me time, or my credit to find out.
The story and the humor were good. The narrator was a bit rushed at times and the voices tended to blend together too much.
I don't like Rachel. I find her to be one of the most selfish characters I've ever "met". She has no self awareness and doesn't think about the consequences of her actions. I root for her only so Jinx and Ivy don't suffer. I really like the stories though, so I overlook her blatantly self-destructive behavior, the adrenaline flowing in and out of her body like the tides and the constant affirmations of "I'm a White Witch". I love series with strong female lead characters like Eve Dallas or Anita Blake so it's refreshing to have a series with a main character who can't do it all.
Don't get me wrong. I think the series is original and entertaining. When listening it's easier to hear how often her adrenaline gives her headaches.
I will continue listening to the series.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
There is a lot of character development in this first book of the series, which is expected. The story line was a little bit light, in my opinion, but I can see a great series building with the "loose ends" left at the end of this book. Rachel, the main character, has a very unique and clever skillset -- the ability to use white magic spells to change her appearance and even change herself into other creatures in order to accomplish her goals. I am starting the next book in the series shortly and an anxious to see how things develop and progress.
The narrator was good, but at times I thought I could hear the dictation equipment clicking on and off, which was a bit distracting during the short duration of time that it seemed to be occurring.
At first, this book was horrible! The story was all over the map as the author tried to give context and the back story. And I really struggled with the narrator, she isn't great. About 1/3 of the way through the story, it became interesting and I was sitting in my driveway every night listening an extra few minutes. The author could have disregarded an event or two near the end of the reading, it seemed that she was trying to slam an extra few bits of action that were really unnecessary. I hear that the series is good and when Kim Harrison writing well, her story flows and is enjoyable. I am going to pick up the next in the series and see how it goes.
I have no idea who would enjoy this book especially if one likes the vampire/werewolf/witch kind of story - it's not very intelligent. Even the cliches are boring.
The performance is terrible. The reader has no sense that she's being listened to by an audience. Very little animation in the voice and that makes it difficult to pay attention. In a word, monotonous.