I drive a lot for work,and when I drive I listen to audible. Life is good. In my mid-30's now, and I mainly listen to Fantasy books.
I really enjoyed "Urban Shaman". Thunderbird Falls fell short. Change in narrators is always risky, and while Gabra Zackman did a fair job, she set a different tone than Christine Carroll did. Added to the stale story, Gabra Zackman's dry narration increased my frustration with this book.
But the real problem of this book is all C.E. Murphy's fault. Our grease monkey shaman accomplished NOTHING since we left her last. Actually, she accomplished reverting back to a only semi-believing in her powers... WTF? How can anyone believe that is what would happen after book one? Book one convinced her and us that she had real powers and that she was going to be a good little shaman and work on them... then book two starts the whole process over and she has to be convinced again that her powers are real and she needs to learn to use them.... ugh!! Book three can wait, I don't know if I can risk book three being another book about her denying her powers.
C.E. Murphy has a wonderful story in this series, there is a LOT of potential. But, so far it looks like she's afraid to write it. It shouldn't take two books to convince her main character that magic is real, and she should learn how to use her powers better.
This is a book worth a listen. I do agree that the first narrator is better for this particular series - but I don't agree that Gabra Zackman is too cynical. She is a talented storyteller and she is a narrator I look for now.
This stories continues where Urba Shaman left off. It is all about growing up inside of a skill or talent - and the wrong turns that one can take. It is not cynical - it is about choices the character makes that don't always fit. Granted, there are times you want to holler at her, but, we have all made stupid choices and the reader/listener can recognize herself quite easily.
Please Harlequin, put more Luna books on Audible!
This book isn't as good as the first one. There is no character development, the pace is very slow and the plot seemed to lack purpose or plan. I will probably read the next book because there are some elements in the series that I enjoy.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
I became concerned upon seeing the reader had changed in this series. I am very leery of purchasing series with multiple narrators. I eventually bought it out of love for the characters. I am really glad I did; in the beginning I felt a strong awareness of the difference. I surprisingly had no real complaint about her voice except she does deep voices for everyone, male or female. The story pulls you in and you forget the voice and hear only the story.
I adore Jo's running internal commentary. She in not a perfect person or all knowing, all seeing kind of character. Jo screws up. Jo screws up royally and globally then barely figures things out in time to minimize the damage. There is no tidy "and everything went back to normal" in this book. She pays the price of using power without knowledge.
I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys the Jane Yellowrock books by Faith Hunter, Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne andRachel Morgan books by Kim Harrison.
BTW if you love these check out those they are on Audible.
I just totally love this series. Great reader!!! Terrific plots and characters. It does get philosophical but that's a great change from Shoot Em Up, Blow Em Up murder mysteries. Love Love Love the car analogies (not that many women appreciate automobiles). Plus when was there Ever a great woman mechanic character?? Novel Novel....
Oh, nothing bothers me more than when they change the narrator in the middle of a series. . . . It truly plays a major role within the enjoyment of the story and a major part of why I chose to listen to a story on audio...Because, it not only changes the main characters tone- it changes EVERY other reoccurring character within the story,. VERY disruptive. I actually can not even remember what I just listened to because I am so caught up in listening to the pitch and delivery of the new narrator. She is not necessarily bad- just NOT Christine Carrol.
Otherwise- the story is written in the same delightful way as C.E.'s first addition to the Walker Files. I really enjoy her style and found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the story and being able to relate to the main character on manyl levels.
Like Urban Shaman, this is a fun read with undertones of thoughtfulness. Unlike Urban Shaman, the narrator does nothing for the story (hence only 3 stars instead of 4). Christine Carroll (who read the first in the series) hit just the right mix of wry humour and emotion, whereas Gabra Zachman is entirely too laconic and urban-cynical and the story suffers because of it.
I love the characters and idea of the story kept me interested, but the story dragged out and the endless description of the magic that's unfolding didn't really make things clear.. it manly made things more confusing. I'm not ready to give up on the series yet.
I really enjoyed the 1st book in this series esp. with the original narrator. This narrator isn't bad, but I thought the 1st one was exceptional. The story is okay but drags on and on during the middle. I would have liked more plot and less "trips to the lower world". I also would have liked more about the growing relationship she has with her boss, Morrison. Hello, a little romance is nice. Overall, it was a 3 1/2 star to start then dropped to a 1 1/2 star in the middle but redemnend itself at the end. so 3 stars. I think I'm going to listen to the 3rd book....just to see if the author decides to develop her "love" interest.