I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
The story is set in France about a main character named Aisling Grey. She is likable enough but just way to much of a caricature for my taste. To be sure, there are a number of times where there are light moments and humor, but they are way too far apart to save this novel. The central plot does not create enough conflict that you get overly interested. It is more of a lackadaisical plot that bobs and weaves but with no real drama. If it weren’t for the daemon dog, Jim, I don’t know if I could even have finished it.
The Narration by Barbara Rosenblat is just plain horrendous. First Aisling Grey is supposed to be 32 in this novel. Rosenblat’s voice for her maker her sound like she is in her late forties and not at all attractive. The voice she uses for Aisling’s daemon, Jim, sounds like Steve Urkel from Family Matters. If you do ignore my review and listen, do not use enhanced mode, she has the most annoying unbecoming narration habits – you can hear her swallowing almost every sentence. I think that her narration is horrendous enough to ward you off the series – pardon the pun. I notice that Rosenblat has done other novel for MacAlister – not good.
I admit, I’ve read positive reviews. However, if you like this book I would steer you to Betsy in MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead series. That’s a vampire series that’s got a lot of laughs with excellent narration. I have to say punt on this and the others in this series – usually the first book is the best and if they get worse from here – oh boy and Aisling is a big don't care.
Great choice for stress relief! Katie MacAlister has a great imagination and Barbara Rosenblatt is my all time favorite reader. Barbara makes the characters so much more entertaining than I believe anyone else could. (I heard the noises other listeners complained of, but Barbara is a person, not a machine, doesn't bother me. I did notice it more when I wore headphones and had the volume up too high. I didn't hear it in my car.)
A very happy grandmother of 4, who finds Audible extremely conveniently for my way of life.
This is the latest in her dragon series on audible.com. Good story line with great characters. The narrator is good and gives life to the various and different story lines involved in each of her books. I look forward to seeing the entire series to download in the future. Please do not change narrators. This one is perfect for the books.
The narrator of this novel consistently clears her throat and smacked her lips and speaks with a middle-aged smokers voice this ruins the characterization for me to the point that I cannot listen to this author when narrated by this narrator. The story is good and funny, and the narrator does a good job with voices, but the way she speaks is so annoying and to me it is like listening to fingers on the chalkboard. I will read these books rather than listen. I look forward to listening to any other book by this author as long as it is narrated by someone whose voice is not ruined by a life of smoking.
I am a long time audiobook listener, and a long time it Katie MacAlister fan! I read all the reviews about this book before hand, however, the story is so amazing I really wanted to give it a try. I was hoping that throughout the book I could just set the narration problems aside and enjoy the storyline. However, this was sincerely not possible. It was a constant efforts to get over the lip-smacks, swallowing and page turning. The character is supposed to be in her 30s and the narrator sounds like she is 55 and has been smoking her entire life. Her French accents were well done to my ears, but most of her other characters just sounded goofy. I'm sincerely disappointed that after all the reviews this narrator was continued to be used for the entire series. This could have been an amazing book, but instead it was a rather disgusting experience..
I honestly thought that the reviews regarding the narrator were exaggerated. I own hundreds of Audible books, have heard a lot of crappy narration and figured I could get beyond it. And maybe I could have if the story had been good. It wasn't. The central character was unlikeable. The other characters she befriended or bonded with had baffling accents,. The narrator had Drake use this sort of Count Chocula accent that I honestly don't even understand. It's terrible. And I have no idea why he bonds with the wretched main character. Makes no sense whatsoever. Not at all. There are a set of twins who, every time the narrator speaks in their voices, I immediately imaging punching in the face. The accents are so distractingly terrible I can't even focus on what they are saying because of how it's being said. It's quite possibly the worst accents I've ever heard on Audible. And again, I've heard a lot.
Terrible, terrible, terrible all around. Do not bother with this book. An utter waste of your credits. I will be asking for a refund.
Character development, Katie MacAlister's sense of humor, and a rollicking storyline.
Characters. Katie writes engaging central characters with the best snarky sidekicks.
Chewing gum? Potato chip wrapper? Mint? Sinus issues? Whether it was the narrator or someone near the microphone, the extraneous sounds were akin to blackboard scratching.
None specifically. It was the character by-play that has me listening for about the fourth go-round.
Hilarious, Sexy, Mystery.
Aisling of course; Jim is my second favorite.
Probably where she goes to the P&G club for the first time.
There's another world.... in the city of lights.
This is a great series. It kept my attention all the way through. Rosenblatt is a great narrator, you can here her swallow sometimes but it's nothing you can't overlook.