I think the story would have been good, If wasn't for the fact that the narrator was lip smacking and swallowing constantly !!GROSS!! I mean Come on can't you edit that out!!
I really like the story line and feel the narrator did very well. I don't know if the noise I hear on the recording is the narrator or the sound quality, but sometimes it was a little irritating. I enjoyed the story and although I don't mind sexual content, I felt the descriptions were a little repetitive. All in all, I will listen to the remainder of the series and have enjoyed the story thus far.
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.)
I love Audible for their variety and number of options of books available. I can enjoy books, take care of my grandchildren and drive too.
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.
Really fun story
The post production quality on this one is low. You can hear EVERY mouth sound the narrator makes. Some of that can be taken care of in post production so I'm not sure why it is so bad, but if you listen to this with headphones you hear every swallow, every squelchy noise her mouth makes. It was a bit off-putting and if I hadn't already read the book, I would have turned off this audiobook.
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.