The narration made the story fall flat. The reader's voice had such an unvarying tone, rhythm and inflection that it became difficult to listen. Scenes that were meant to be exciting were read with the same dull tone as the explanatory bits. Attempts to differentiate between voices had every young person sounding drugged and/or air headed. It seemed like the narrator was extremely concerned to pronounce each word very precisely, but had no feel for the flow of the plot.
Since the story was only moderately good to begin with, a poor narrator made the whole thing not worth even the sale price.
No. I could not recommend this narrator to anyone. I think she could make my favorite book sound unbearable.
Actually, the story could have used more fleshing out. It went rather lightly on actual characterization. The whole plot line about the auctioneer who was crooked and fired Will was extremely weak. It could have been dropped and Will could still have gotten that good job in Europe as an excuse to dump gray girl.
Overall, extremely disappointing. I'm not sure why I actually kept listening to the end.
Communications Professional, Jewelry Artist and Lifelong Reader
It's pretty darn good. The narrator is spot on and the story is relativley unique. Those two things combined make it a 4 out of 5 for me.
No, I haven't listened to any others yet.
No extreme reactions.
Have been looking at this book for awhile, hesitating because of the mixed reviews. Luckily, it came on sale, so glad I gave it a try. The first of a new series, it had to lay quite a bit of groundwork, making the beginning kinda slow. Once, she got the 'grey' established in our minds; she started adding characters. That's what I liked most about this book, and will keep me reading more of the series. They are an interesting lot, all with different backgrounds and personalities. The narrator did a good job, with expressing all their differences. Harper is a PI, that gets drug in to this grey area, by dying and being revived.She is stuck with that reality now, and at first has a hard time dealing with it. She resists through most of the book, but her clients tend to drag her in to the "grey'. So, everything meshes together, and we end up with the beginning of what looks like a worthwhile series. It's strictly paranormal PI work, with a little romance, so if you're looking for a typical paranormal romance, it won't be for you. This heroine is more interested in her job, than her love life.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
I really like this new take on the paranormal. The author takes the genre on a new course by creating a unique perspective on "I see dead people." The main character is believable and you can easily empathize with her as she adapts to her new way of life. Its a good blend of mystery story and paranormal ideas. The main character sees herself as slightly flawed due to her new ability, yet she overcomes this by relying on her abilities as a private investigator. A great new idea for the paranormal genre.
I like mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Occasionally I will listen to some scifi or fantasy.
No, I don't relisten often, there are just too many good stories out there.
Harper Blaine, I liked her style, she was tough and practical but still afraid.
The characters were differentiated well, I just didn't really like most of the voices. Cam sounded like Scooby Doo and some of the vampires were just annoying.
The sentences are blocky and the reader pauses a fraction of a second to long between sentences - adding to the blockyness of the writing. Short choppy sentences are grammatically correct that tell small choppy portions of the overall scene. There is an overabundance of the first person usage of “I” at the beginning of the sentences.
Looking for the inconsistencies throughout the story.
The reader tends to read in monotone, and at a constant rhythm, and under emphasizes dramatic parts of the story. It is not till chapter 15 that the reader appears to develop a sense of the characters and the story begins to develop some cohesiveness.
There were portions where the reader managed to successfully add accents and character to the voices for ‘some’ of the characters.
Through much, especially the first 15 chapters, I felt like I was sitting in an economics class listening to the instructor reciting, “ Bueller….. Bueller….”
Being academically correct in enunciation and pauses between sentences, and after other punctuation, does not lend itself to the telling of a good story. In this case, it contributed to the choppiness of a story that forgets to provide details in an entertaining way and fails to develop characters the listener can enmesh themselves with.
The concept is new. You still get a mix of the supernatural beings (there are vampires, ghosts and witches, etc) but also new things; and the main character's ability is new.
Not quite sure yet. Haven't seen another character with her ability. Although she is a very tough female lead which I gravitate towards in the books I love.
A little mellow. Although Barron's performance is definitely not the best I've heard, she is also NOT the worst I've heard... Her reading can be a little slow at times, and her voice octave doesn't change much when it's a male character speaking, but she is fairly good at different accents.
I like the friendship between Harper and her witch friend, Mara. It's genuine.... Mara seems very genuine and is actually my favorite character. There should be a book about her...
I actually love the fact that the main character ha s a ferret. I have one and hers is portrayed pretty true to life.
I like the story line but the narrator just ruins it for me. The lisp is distracting, and the voice of Cameron reminds me of a Ninja Turtle. Won't buy the rest of the books in the series due to narrator.
A little slow in places, but this was an interesting story - a new paranormal plot that I haven't seen before, and not what I expected. I will read more of this series.