Quirky, sassy, and entertaining! This is light hearted urban fantasy that kept me smiling. Rachel Morgan is not some super witch but manages to get into the worst situations and gets out of them with some help of her crime fighting team. The narrators change in voices makes it all the more enjoyable. I can wait to hear the rest and hope it doesn’t degrade in other books in the series.
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??
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
Yes. Marguerite Gavin does a great job with the voices.
Hmm... Jinx, he's so funny and cocky for such a little guy.
I wasn't sure about this series at first, it seemed like it took Gavin a while before she hit her stride with the characters voices. I am happy I gave it a chance though because I have all the books in this series now and love them.
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.
I'm 52 and enjoy sifi, history, funny romance, fantasy type books. I give my views as to how a book is based on my emotions.
I wasn't too impressed with it even though I listened to the end. Could of been better. It just didn't grab me like the rest of the books I have.
Horibal narrator. The story could be a good one but the narration was so boring I found my self after ten minuts of listening rewinding the book because I had stopped paying attention. It took me three times starting it till I could get into it at all. The only reason I keeped listing to it is because I had already bought book number two and did not want to through my money away for two books. But I even got to the end of the book and did not want to through away any more of my time so I stopped the book with over an hr left. Just flat out did not care how it ended.
I wish I could get my money back so bad. I have over 100 books I have listened to this year and nothing is close to being this bad so I had to wright a review. Please take my advice and don't get this book.
I am almost finshed with the 3rd book in this series and I am enjoying them very much. The story/plot lines are really well developed as are the characters. I like the difference in this series from other 'fantasy/otherworld' type seriers as there is actually a plot and a story and its not just boy meets girl, boy looses girl, bad thing happens, boy gets girl back. There is some romantic interest through the first 3 books, but it is NOT the story itself. Mystery and wondering what is going to happen next is what keeps you hooked on this series. Plus (and always my favorite) there are just some laugh out loud moments as the main character who seems to have it together, doesn't...always have it together...even though she's a redhead she can have some great blonde moments.
The narrator of this series is also very good, she really puts a voice to the characters that keeps you interested and also helps you distinguish who is actually talking, where some female narrators have issues with mens voices as they all sound alike, Ms. Gavin does really well.
An avid listener of audio books.
I must say it took me a bit of time to get into the book but once I did I really enjoyed it. At first I couldn't wrap my head around a little pixie sitting on a witch's shoulder but once I did I found the characters funny, likable and very entertaining. It also took me a bit of time to enjoy the narrator. I didn't like her at first but I soon found her performance enjoyable and I thought she did a great job on this book and subsequently the whole series.
Since discovering audible I have become an avid "reader" I have been able to read more books than I ever thought possible, as I am dyslexic. I love self help, thrillers, sc-fi, so much more.
Great story line good performance
The demon attack
She brings you into the story with feeling in her voice