I hadn't ever read any of the books and started the series with the first book. I read the reviews complaining about the narration but went ahead and bought it anyway. I'm glad I did. It was really enjoyable, and I didn't think the narrator was bad at all. Narrators really can make or break the book. Perhaps since I didn't start with the other narrator like some of the other reviewers did I didn't have an idea of what the characters should sound like already. As for the sound effects, I didn't find them annoying. You can still hear the story just fine over them, and they were actually kind of fun. The only thing I did find weird was when she screamed. I would have preferred it if she had just read "I screamed" and not actually tried to scream.
As far as the story goes, it was compelling enough for me to go on to read the second and third book and plan to continue on with the series. I only gave the story three stars because I save five stars for amazing, life-changing books, and four stars for well done books. This story is interesting, but a little rough around the edges, as many first books in urban fantasy series tend to be. I would have liked to hear more about her work as an animator, as I'm not the biggest fan of vampires, but happily as the series has gone along there's been more on the character and her backstory. I'm looking forward to finding out more about Anita and seeing her grow as a character.
This is one of my favorite series and I was delighted to be able to start collecting it on audible as well as hard copy.
The narrator did a wonderful job giving life to each character and it was very easy to tell who was speaking just by accent and/or tone of voice. At the beginning and end of each chapter there is a bit of music or sound effects in the background which I personally found distracting but they are few and far between and do not last very long.
My only complaint is that Jean-Claude's voice, while beautifully accented, came across very feminine. His character does not have a very active role in this book which gives you very little exposure to grow accustomed to the voice the narrator is using. I am hoping that it will be easier in the next books.
I love this series, especially the first dozen books. I have read them many times. I decided to give the audio a try and was not disappointed. Alexis mastered it. If you like the super natural and a strong woman that can handle herself, then I definitely suggest reading this series.
I loved this book and this narrator. Unfortunately I HATE the narrator they replaced Kimberly Alexis with in the more recent releases. Audible in it's infinite wisdom will not set up a way for me to get those books out of my "recommendations based on previous ratings". Because I rated the early books so highly they feel that they HAVE to recommend the later books in the series based on those ratings. I've emailed Audible asking for a fix for this and got no response. At this point I don't think there is one book in my recommendations that I haven't already read/purchased someplace else or that I cannot stand the new narrators. So in order to get some new recommendations had to go back and trash a whole bunch of books that I love. This truly sucks and is something I did NOT want to do. I'm blaming this on Audible.
I would recommend to a friend because it is a great story. Immediate hook!
Anita's final confrontation with the master vampire.
background music and small parts of the narrator's voice.
Anita's humor cracks me up.
This is a great story! I've moved on now to book 3 and see no end in sight. Anita is funny, bad ass and real. A lot of this genre portray the vampire hunter as a badass take no prisoners type. Don't get me wrong she is bad ass but she is also scared ****less a lot of the time. Given what she is up against that makes her more 'real' for me.
****one reviewer mentioned weird background music and it is there!
at first I thought it indicated the end of the chapter but no it pops up throughout the book and frankly it is quite distracting. The narrator's voice didn't bother me as much as some other reviewers (granted I haven't listened to the previous narrator) but she does fall flat a few times. For instance several times Anita screams :ahhhhh. and the narrator has no emotion really assigned to it. Now having said all that obviously it didn't deter me from listening to the next 2 books.
It's a story well worth the few annoyances.
I liked the book it was great until Ronnie appeared and someone thought it was ok for her to have a heavy wisconsin/north dakota accent when there is no indication she isnt from St Louis. Every time the narrator spoke as Ronnie it pulled me out of the story, but since i like the series i can deal with it.
Willie McCoy just like in the books, good perspective on before and after.
I would not go looking for a book by the narrator but would listen to another Laurell K Hamilton book, unless more characters started having heavy unexplained accents.
No, i have listened to books i had to listen to all in one sitting, this was not one of them.
Kimberly Alexis has a great voice. Love how she did the different character voices. Anita is a great character, strong, smart and brave a great heroine.
The different character voices. I can picture a person in my head, but I cannot hear them. I loved what she did for identifying each character.
The narrator. Kimberly Lexis does such an amazing job with the accent of Jean-Claude, the voice of Edward and Anita. The accents are so dead on accurate that it really brought the book alive.
Whenever Anita came up against Jean-Claude. He loves to call her his ma petite as much as she hates to hear it. A close second is the final fight with Nickolaos. Can't help but love a book that has a variety of preternatural creatures that you either love or love to hate.
Jean-Claude. Her performance of his character was made so much better by the fact that she does a French accent very well. You can almost picture him standing there, speaking to Anita.
Actually, it was a book I listened to all in one sitting. I brought it along during hunting opener and with no deer in sight, I listened to my book. Enjoying every minute of it!