I liked the first few books. Other then the dialog related to mysterious messages and cryptic comments of antagonist i like the series very much. That is, at first. The early books were a little slow but i thought, hey most good novels are like that and then i looked over at the good ratings so i told myself i was being too harsh. Give it a chance. Book 2 and 3 were great so i guess i was being too critical. The problem is the progression of the storyline. Books 4 and 5 really expanded the supernatural content. Our main character goes from a private investigator with a near death experience to a near godly (book 5) kick a$$ heroine we all want. I liked the direction of the series so much so that i bought book 6 and 7 while i was still listening to 5. So you might be asking yourself why i rated the series so low, It's because at the end of book 5 our girl gets a ability/power reset. The girl goes from awsome to nothing. At first i thought this was just a way to relax some of the hype, ya know to steer the books back to their roots but you can't go from saving the world with super powers in one book to a character that has to have a ferrit save her in the next. She is pathetic. After skimming the rest of book 6 and book 7 i have decided to stop listening to the series.
My advice... If you did not absolutly love the first book, don't bother listening to the rest.
The story was good, but could have been better if it didn't sound like the narrator was reading a book. She didn't show much emotion and just blandly read the page. It pretty much ruined the book for me. I've listened to snipets of her reading other audiobooks and some sound ok and others are just like this one. I'm very disappointed.
This book may not be as bad as I think but it was so hard to listen to the narration. The narrator had one voice that sounded okay, the rest where just plain bad. I bought two of these and regret the purchase.
Although I enjoyed the world Richardson built this story in, I did wonder at the motivations behind many of the characters in the story. I kept wondering why all of the secondary characters continued to help the main character except to move the plot along. She gave them no reason to continue to help her. The world-building and the mystery were interesting though.
The narrator I found overly melodramatic and the voices she used for the males drove me to distraction in their silliness.
This may be one of those books that is better read than listened to.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
This series was on sale. I recognized this title as one that I've been wanting to read for awhile, so I picked up the first book thinking that, if I liked it, I would buy the rest of the series while it was on sale.
I guess the fact that I did not buy any more books in the series answers the question as to whether or not I liked the book.
The story starts out well - bit of mystery as to what's going on, bit of mystery that Harper has to solve, so far so good. Then we learn what the Grey is, but we, the readers, are the only ones who listen - Harper spends the entire book denying what she is. This denial makes her sick and queasy (and we hear about this about, say, 37 times in the book) but she doesn't take the "expert's" advice and stop fighting it. No, she spends the ENTIRE book complaining how beat up and dragged out and tired and sick she is. Please, Harper, take a pill. Or, better yet, accept the fact that you're a Greywalker.
But even when she looks into/uses the Grey (still denying it, but anyway)... we're subjected to the same descriptions of the "roiling blackness" and the red edging and the crimson lines and the wavering edges about 242 times.
I like my heroines to have more backbone and less whininess and my authors to have more variety in their descriptions. I'm not saying it's a bad story, it's just not tightly enough written that I'd choose to read more in the series given that there's a whole slew of urban fantasy books out there. Oh, the narration was very good, there is no sex in it, and I don't think there was any swearing.
Greywalker ranks high for lighthearted entertainment value even with some dark elements. The author didn't dwell on the dark parts and did a good job of developing the characters.
I would compare this with the Jane Yellowrock series in the sense that it has a female heroine that is strong and smart. No whimps here.
Yes, Great for all ages.
This is a fun series. I would recommend it to everyone. I liked listening to it while working my crafts. You can listen, do your work, and follow the story without losing your place. Still it is detailed enough to really keep your interest and keep you looking forward to the next book.
yes I will have recommend the book. it has a lot of action to keep the story interesting. and interesting characters.
the way all the characters were pulled together to solve the problem
she is a very good reader. she knows how to change her voice just enough to make the different characters
no its kind of long for that