Probably in the top 25.
At first, I thought there was a little too much going on in the story to follow easily. But, as I got into the book and had a better idea of the main character and where the author wanted to go, I could unterstand what was happening a little better.
The weakest part of the story was the visions/time travel in the beginning. I found it a little hard to understand, in the beginning, how someone could go into a vision, spend several minutes there while things are going on around her body and she's not concerned about that fact. I kept thinking...is the time the same in the visions as in reality? because, Cassy just left and fight with guns and knives, and she doesn't seem concerned at all for her safety. Why? It wasn't until later that we find out that Cassy is not seeing visions but traveling in time and then coming back a moment later.
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I mostly enjoyed the story of _Touch the Dark_. Cassi is a sympathetic heroine with an interesting ability in a world where she is usually weaker than everyone else around her. Running from those who wish to control (or kill) her and maintaining her independence is a realistic concern, even when she gets all bone-headed about accepting a position of responsibility (and power). And kudos for an atypical relationship/sex/love plotline.
It pulled me out of the story, though, any time she talked about "X level vampire" or such. Who thinks in those terms in the real world? It made the setup seem more like the result of a game designer than anything spontaneous or natural. That's a shame because it seems like there's a lot of background to explore. I really hope it isn't as... contrived as this leads me to suspect.
I haven't read the Karen Chance novels so this narration was my first exposure to her work. At the regular speed for the recording, I was getting frustrated with the storyline and the characters, especially Cassie, because of the slow-mo narration. As the main character, Cassie just seemed off kilter and not very appealing when I listened at the normal paint-drying speed for this narration. After I sped up the recording (using the Audible App.) to 1-1/2 or 2 times the normal speed, the narration seemed to fit the text much better and the characters came to life. I had to do the same with another narration by Cynthia Holloway. So using deliberate speed might be the trick to cure the monotonous quality of the recording and to get a better sense of the book's story and characters.
I really enjoyed this book when I read it. However, the narrator ruined this audio book for me. Many, many words were over enunciated (I could hear an echo of too many final 't's from across the room.) The book itself is a tightly paced urban fantasy. The world creation is believable with interesting characters.
I found this author due to searching for a book like the Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost. I have to say this is pretty good. I can't wait to start the next book. I don't want to spoil it but I thought she was going to be with someone then he turned out to be a loser. This is a good read
Loved the book - narrator was very good and easy to listen to. Could not wait to listen to more.
I will listen or read all Karen Chance's books
The Book Muffin
This is the first in the series and it is AWESOME! I happened to really like the narrator, unlike some of the other reviews that I read. I really liked some of the voices done like Pritkins. I bought the entire series and really liked everyone I listened to. If you liked this book, just wait, the series keeps getting better. I can't wait for the next one to be released!
This book could be much more exciting, but the narrator is TERRIBLE. I listen to tons of audio books and a bad narrator can destroy a great book...this is a perfect example. This narrator doesn't even use correct pronunciation! If she has to say the word "costume" which she calls "coshtume" one more time, or "were" which she pronounces as "weer", or even the word "vague"(...who doesn't know the pronunciation of the word vague???), I think I might loose my mind! I hate to be rude or insulting, but for those of you think this is a good narrator, please, expand your horizons, because you must not listen to many audio books. There are some really great ones out there who really know how to stimulate the imagination, however; this lady is not one of them.
I just wish the narrator knew how to pronounce "were" as in werewolf! Main character is interesting, good read but would be even better with a new narrator!
I need to preface my review by saying that I've read most of Karen Chance's books, and am a big fan! I hate to make one of her books with only two stars.
However, the narrator has completely killed this story. She must not know the difference between 'telling' a story and just reading one. If I want to hear lifeless droning I can get my kindle or mac can do that for me for free.
The opening paragraphs, in which the heroine receives a death-threat and has to flee for her life are read with less emotion than than Ben Stein's economics lecture in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Sarcasm must completely fly over the narrator's head, as the lines are read with no change in pitch. There is some inflection, but no change in tone, voice, or emotion!!!