I've never been able to finish a C.E. Murphy novel which is why it was probably heinously stupid of me to download this in the first place but there was a preview at the end of one of my other books and I thought, "OK, maybe it won't be so bad." It's pretty awful.
Murphy's heroine is cast as a tough, smart woman but she's not. She's a hypocrite who makes extremely poor decisions who lives in a land where her job is mentioned every now and then just to we remember she has one--or that it's part of her identity. Alas, Murphy seems to have no idea what it is a lawyer actually does and also seems to be allergic to telling things straight. I mean, would it really be so difficult to say: "He poured whiskey into a tumbler and pushed it across the table" instead of waxing rhapsodic about the color of the liquid as if flowed into the glass? For one thing, the phrasing does nothing for the tone of the story. If your heroine is a tough-as-nails, take-no-b.s. kind of girl, wouldn't she tell it like it is?
Eve Bianco, you are not always my favorite narrator but you are also wasted on this book.
This book was not what I expected, the rating was good, so I thought it would be a good read... but I struggled to finish it, I almost felt like it was a shore :(
It is very slow paced, and not very exciting at all. I was always waiting for the "good" scene, where something would finally happen...but I finished it and was still waiting.
I enjoy this genre, but this was not an easy listen. It seems the heroine is the only one with brains. How can she know more than the "old races". It reminded me of the Gargoyle cartoon I watched as a child.
This series is basically a more adult version of Gargoyles The Animated Series, where instead of Eliza Maza, NYPD Detective, we have Margrit Knight, lawyer. All in all this story follows the typical format for supernatural suspense/adventure stories. Which is it's downfall, often the heroin came across as smart and a smarta@$ but also intelligent and foolish/brave depending on the moment. However, what annoyed me most is that it seemed as though only one person could be smart at a time in any scene to progress the action or plot. Overall, if you like heroins in the vein of Anita Blake (ending at Blue Moon and without the killer martial arts skills) then you'll know what to expect from Margrit.
I read some of the reviews after I read this book and contrary to some reviewers, I found the narrator delightful. All of her accents were different and I had NO problem differentiating her characters. She made the book come alive. The author is new to me and I found her writing style extemely enjoyable and down-to-earth. I look forward to listening to more in this series. I highly recommend her work and the narrator.
This was a great listen, and a new direction of story lines for this author. If you enjoyed the other books you will definetly like this. Good story for the genere with romance and humor. Has a Neil Gaimen feel, buy not quite on the same level, a good start though. Not a waste of time or money. I look forward to the next addition.
The plot was a little contrived, the ending predictable and way too much use of the word "wry" and the phrase "brows pulled down." I felt there were several places where the author could have made it a better story, but backed off and skirted around the possibilities to stick to a predicatble format.
Love to read!
The combination of an extremely slow story line and a pretty bad narration makes this audiobook unbearable. I have tried to make myself finish it multiple times, but can only stand it for a few minutes before I am bored to tears. I started relistening to older books in my library rather than finish this. I think the series has potential, but the author has got to find a way to build some intensity and interest. I suspect that the print version might be a little better, but the narrator reads slowly and it just draws it out even more. I think I may return this book, even though I got it on sale.
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CE Murphy has a good concept for a book, but failed to excute the story. The characters all have potential, but they were dragged out into boringness. Some of the story was vague and I had to assume that something happened. She also dragged out a dead end relationship into the story that drove me nuts. Several times I caught my mind wondering and would miss what was going on, but I would not be willing to rewind. I might be willing to listen to the rest if they come on sale but I wouldn't waste a credit on them.
I thought the story was really slow and the narrator was really bad. The story itself may have been good but I couldn't get into it. The characters weren't engaging and it took forever to get to the point. I was so disappointed midway through that I simply stopped listening and I refuse to listen again. Maybe it get's better, but I was literally falling asleep at my desk and wishing the main character could just die and that the whole thing would be over, so I'm kind of doubting it.