I read equal parts NF + F: (Follet + Tolstoy + Hillenbrand + Monk Kidd + Preston+Child), practical, hands on guides, + KidLit.
This was my first Kat Richardson book, which I thought I'd give a try after reading some reviews. Although the story is complete, without holes in the plot, I found both the plot and the main character to be rather unmemorable. There were a handful of supporting characters however, who have a greater presence in this book than the main character (MC).
In the novel the MC is a private detective who has a life threatening accident that causes her to die before the ER docs bring her back to life. As she's recovering, she realizes she "sees" and senses more than what was there before. The novel traces her discovery of this new sight, how to deal with it, and the cases she's working on, which relate somewhat to her new ability.
There is a lot of description in this novel about the MC's sight into the supernatural world that surrounds her. Much of this description focuses on mist, clouds, figures, forms, and other abstractions. I found it to be repetitive and unclear and I thought it should be edited out. My overall feeling about the book is "meh". Wouldn't recommend it, but wouldn't dissuade someone from reading it either.
Yes, seeing as how hard it is at times to even follow the story in the audio version, I would think it would be even worse trying to read.
Honestly nothing pops out at me. The whole story was a decent story but didn't leave me feeling like I had to finish the book all in one sitting. It felt slow and kind of boring. Also the writer left me feeling lost.
She did a wonderful job. Poor girl had to read this poorly written book and make it sound half interesting. The reader was the only reason why I finished the book. That and because I bought all 10 books in a sale.
No, as mentioned above. I kept getting lost, particularly in the beginning. I had to restart the book about 4 times.
The author really isn't that good and I'm surprised she has so many books in this series. The only way I think others would enjoy this book is if they are at least in their 30's or older and love investigative adventures.
I liked the premise of "The Grey" world but didn't think the author gave a sufficient description.
Work on descriptive background.
Not really. Sounded like a 12 year old and cannot perform male characters.
WOW, where to start...I bought the whole series all 7 books...boy am I sorry. It was everything I could do to get through them, the narration was pitch-y at best, the storyline didn'y even make any sense to me, and each book after the first was the same storyline only different location, people,different scary characters. Explaination on how she became a greywalker and why doesn't even enter into story until book 6, just a furstrating story..Not a great buy.. sorry
Decent enough urban fantasy. Didn't exactly grip me right away, but grew on me after a while. Interesting protagonist and a fresh take on the supernatural world makes this kinda unique.
One thing that I can't understand is the technology level of this book. Pagers and modems?!?!? I believe cellphones and high-speed internet was pretty normal in 2006...especially for businesses. I have no clue if this is intentional, but I felt this book was more early 90's than 2006. It doesn’t ruin the book in any way, and I remember the pager days well, so I didn't really notice this until I had read a third of it.
If you have a gap in your to-read list, or just want to try something new. Consider Greywalker :)
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.