Yes, I really enjoyed this first VA novel
I love Rose and Lissa
I thought she did Dimitri a little too Russian, but i liked it and it was better than not at all which was what the narrator in book 2 did
Author really made me feel everything the characters were feeling. I wanted to read the series before the movies came out because I'm sure, as always, the books will be better and I'm pretty sure I'll be spot on.
The author did a wonderful job making you feel the bond between Vasalissa and Rose.
The Narrator tried to differentiate characters with different voices but some of her choices almost made me shut off the book within the first 10 minutes. There were many instances that the narrator forgot to use the voice she had chosen for a character and used her regular voice
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
I've been curious about this series, but was never sure if I should read it. Most reviewers have said this book is necessary to set up the characters and the story. With that being said, I enjoyed the book, and I have purchased the 2nd book, Frostbite.
My biggest complaint was with the narrator. The character Ralph sounded like he had a cold, and Lissa sounds like a 6 year old. If someone can't change their voice, they shouldn't try.
The story line is good, but it's hard to get into this specific series because of the narrator. I definitely didn't care for her. It may be best to pick this book up and read it.
It's hard to get into any of the other characters because they sound really whiney and Dimitri's accent is crazy, not in a good way lol, so I have to say Rose Hathaway is my fav. She sounds like she can be whiney too, but I think that she's a strong girl with a strong will and feisty. It's different from other main characters I've read about.
Unfortunately not, she sounds like she's doing the voices for a Scooby Doo cartoon.
I'm still trying to give this series a chance so I wouldn't completely knock it but I don't know if I'd use a credit it again if given a second chance.
Yes, I LOVE the VA series! I read them (physically, with my own eyes) a few years back and the series has remained at the top of my YA SciFi/Fantasy list ever since. With the movie finally due out early next year, I thought it would be fun to relive the series through audible now.
Rose, the main character. She's got major Sass, but she's still strong and deeply dedicated.
GET A DIFFERENT NARRATOR!!!!!
I don't know anything about Stephanie Wolf, but from listening to her voice I can tell you she sounds like just the cutest, Little Old Lady. She might be perfect for narrating Mother Goose, but to play a 17-YEAR-OLD Rose Hathaway....COME ON!!!!! This is the worst casting I have ever heard in the history of audio books....you have completely missed the mark here! She makes Rose sound like Grandma, Lissa sound like a Cupie Doll and Dimirti a total Dweeb, giving him a very heavy accent (which directly goes against the character description) and stripping him of any hint of sex appeal. In general her voice is saccharine sweet throughout the book, which is not just annoying but also wrongfully gives the author's often funny, sarcastic and suggestive writing style, a super creepy, voyeuristic feel.
Normally, I would refrain from commenting on the narrator; as I don't feel they ultimately have much bearing on the validity of a book itself. But in this instance, I felt a little robbed buying this! So I wanted to get the warning out there. Luckily, it looks like the narrator changes moving onto the next books in the series. Obviously, I must not have been the only one to notice the issues with the original.
The book is worth it if you can get past this narrator!
Actually I loved the narration the best. Stefanie Wolf really nails the tone of the writing well. The story is not my normal fare, but it made me smile and the writing was tight. It was a very nice change from my normal fare, and I really did enjoy it. Not every book works well in audio form, but this is a great start.
Rose because of her sarcasm
It made me smile which was even more important.
The book is for a younger audience, but the writing was good enough that I enjoyed it as well.
I always fall in love with the underdogs in books. The main character always gets the girl, but the underdog gets my heart.
I give these books 5/5
When Christian Ozera defended Lissa and Rose in class
Stephanie Wolf is amazing! I wish she would have continued to read the audio books for the rest of them. Every character had their own tone and she made me imagine everything perfectly. These books are great! To the point and doesnt spend too much time on one thing. Fast paced and amazing!
Yes on Rchelle Mead and Not likely on Wolfe.
The narrator cannot pronounce the words correctly (for example Moroi and dhampir) She is horible at the different voices and has little to no inflection in her voice. I love this book I have the ebook, and the paperback of this book. The narrator of the 5th book is much better.
I've recently developed from focusing on fantasy romances towards epic fantasy/scifi. I love time travel, magic, and anything supernatural.
I'm at 2:45hrs into this book and I cannot do it anymore.
It's weird in the way the story is told... there is next to no history being told of the characters, and the way it is narrated has driven me insane. I want to know at least a little background of these supernaturals, and the point of view seems very bland with the main character's true emotions only showing through in the speech of the character. Believe me, not in the narrator's emotion. I can normally put up with a bad narration to read a good book (fifty shades) but this was one of the worst.