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.
Now I don't typically read ya books but I kept reading online that this series was very good so since I don't have any books to listen too at this time I thought I would check this out. The story was ok not really gripping but good enough to hold your attention. The narrator was very good this is my first time hearing her she made the characters convincing so that was also a good thing. Since I am in between series I thought I might check out the next book but when I looked it over I saw that their are new characters for the next book personally, I hate that once you get me into a character and a story I would like more of the same I don't like it when characters switch from book to book its to much to keep up with and remember so I will not be continuing with this series.
Pending on the friend.
The descriptions could use more flesh.
It just seemed a little to forced.
For being a big (big, huge) vampire fan, I took my time starting this series. I cannot put my finger on what exactly it was that kept me away from it. Honestly, I don't know.
I am glad I started it but it didn't quite live up to my expectations.
Let me touch on the audio portion first. Stephanie Wolfe does a wonderful job at narrating, Mead is really lucky to have her. I can't say I really loved all the character voices, especially Lissa. She ended up sounding like a simpering weakling...not a favorite of mine. But, the inflection was spot on throughout most of the book and Rose's attitude shined.
The vampire lore in this is where the story really drew me in. I won't go into a huge amount of detail as most of you have probably already read this series...really, I'm like the last one on the planet. Moroi are like the elite pure blood fangers, Dhampir are like half breed bodyguards for the Moroi. Strigoi are the evil and vicious killing kind of fangers that the Dhampir have to protect the Moroi from. Clear? There is, obviously, much more to it and I found these details intriguing.
The story itself was slow and somewhat predictable. There is also the weird attraction between Rose and Dimitri. I loved Dimitri but the relationship was almost uncomfortable because of the ages of these two. Only because I was rooting for them to get together...hmm.
Jeesh, I sound like I really didn't like this book. That isn't the case. I did. Like I said, I like the lore. I also really enjoyed Dimitri and Rose. I think Rose has a lot of characteristics I like in a female protagonist.
Okay, I am going to stop this incessant rambling and just say this : Vampire Academy is the start of what I think may end up being a quite addictive series. It is not without fault but it builds a fairly solid foundation for some pretty great potential stories. I will continue with the series, just may not rush out to do it.
Not being much of a vampire fan, I decided to read this book on a whim. Gladly, all of the reviews that declared how great it were, I fully agree with. I sat and listened to the entire book, with only a 3hr break to sleep a little. Someone had compared it to the Twilight Saga, and I also would say I believe it definitely can give it a run for its money.
I really enjoyed the narrator Stephanie Wolf. I thought she had a tremendous range with the diversity of the voices and gave each character a very personable and relatable dynamic.
No, but I checked out Frostbite (book 2) along with book 1. The narrator on book 2 (Khristine Hvam) was not as strong as Stephanie Wolf on book 1. Hvam read every sentence with the same cadence and no relevant emotion to what was happening. I had to turn off the audio several times even though I was on a 1,000 mile drive. I had a very hard time listening to narrator Hvam and never felt like I was absorbed into the story.
Narrator Stephanie Wolf was excellent. I'm disappointed to see that Hvam reads book 3 as well. I'll stick to reading the rest on my own.
The narration for this book was supremely lacking. Although she managed a Russian accent well, the voices she used to differentiate the rest of the students made them sound like munchkins straight out of Oz. If it wasn't so laughable it would be truely awful. The story itself has lots of potential, and I have to hope that the characters mature a little in tthe sequel as the series progresses because the glorification of the drinking, revenge taking, promiscuity is fairly off-putting. I'm all about the romance, and I don't think I'm particularly hard to please. I am going to move on to the next book only because I see they found another reader.
The narrator was not particularly nuanced in the reading of dialogue, and her voices for everyone but Demitri were painful. Truely painful.