I really wanted to enjoy this book, but for some reason, I just couldn't get into it. I'm not sure if it was the narration, or the story itself, but I was disappointed. I finally gave up after listening to half of it.
I listen to a ton of books and this one is bad! I say that because of the way the book is read. She begins the book like she is angry and continues to read in a weird monotone that rarely gets my attention. I really wanted this to be better! The story? I have no idea because the reader bored me to death. I actually daydreamed while listening to this???
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
Touch the Dark is an OK start in the crowded genre of Paranormal Romance. There's some real interesting elements with her circles of magi and vampires, were's, and Ms. Palmer the clairvoyant. She does a great job of building the world and some of the characters, but the plotting of the story needs some work. She tells the story well enough, but the story doesn't end with the book. The book ends like it's the end of a chapter. It's not that it's a cliffhanger, it's an incomplete story and the editors didn't make her finish the story. That's just unacceptable. There's some good romance and the author starts turning the heat up and teases the audience throughout.
From a narration standpoint, Ms. Holloway is pretty good in the Chicagoland Vampires series, but she is very hit or miss in this book. Her accents for the European characters are bad, and Cassandra's voice goes from OK to what happened throughout the story. I think she does the best with Billy's voice, but that's not saying much in this case.
Overall, it's got some good hooks, and if you can get past M.s Holloway's performance, there's enough meat in the story for us to want book 2, it's just a shame that she didn't tell a complete story in this book.
I loved the books but the reader is reading the story and characters as one long sentence. Her timing is so bad and the emotions she is supposed to be giving these people are simply NOT THERE!
I already miss Cassie's sense of humor... hope the reader gets better hate to think i 'wasted ' my money
This was one of those books that make you want to scream "GET TO THE POINT ALREADY" Boring, tedious, not worth the credit. The narrator's lackluster performance leads to not being interested in any of the characters.
I originally started this series years ago and for some reason I remember liking this book. At the same time it's the only book in the entire series I didn't take the time to revisit until now. Now I know why.
Man is it boring. And nonsensical. And there is way too much world building at the most inopportune times, like in the middle of a pretty bloody fight scene. To be completely honest I'm amazed that I finished this book the first time around.
I feel bad about bad mouthing Karen Chance's work, because I absolutely adore the rest of this series and I reread the other books every year or so, I especially love everything after book 2.
Also, this narrator is driving me nuts. She's okay sometimes but she's not my favorite, though she is starting to grow in me a little.
Oh, good heavens, get on with it already. We all sit around the room arguing. Then we have a fight that lasts forever. Then we all sit around the room arguing. There is very little plot, very little meaningful action. This is a five-snooze book.
I bought this first audiobook for $5, I started listening to it, stopped. Restarted and reluctantly finished. Its a hard listen with all the jumping around and lack of background in the beginning. Honestly would have returned it if they had that feature at the time.
Then I accidentally checked out the second book (Claimed by Shadow) from the library...and got hooked. I checked out the first and third book (Embrace the Night). Went back and listened to the first and got through book five as audiobooks. I now eagerly await the next book.
Despite the rough start and really confusing first book, this is now one of my favorite series. It nicely combines modern paranormal, with fantasy and magic and time travelling, oh my!
While Cynthia Holloway is not the best narrator..its listenable. If you just have to pass the audiobook I would highly recommend getting a paper copy, I never would have gotten hooked if I hadn't.
The narration added to the story and brought it to life
Cassie Palmer is likable and relate-able with a good balance of strengths and weaknesses to be a heroine without being unbelievable due to perfection at all times.
She's great at distinctive voice/tone for each character in a story populated by a multitude. She strikes the right tone throughout her performance.
The whole series of books is very good so far, it has not flagged through book 5