The book, while mildly interesting in its initial premise was painful to get through. I kept thinking that I was reading one of my high school student's papers where some well meaning 14-year-old tries to mimic the sultry tripe she see on TV. What was particularly putrid for me was the exorbitant amount of time the author spent developing the physical description of the men and the painfully cliché
If Chance could take more time to develop her plot and characters in a traditional way rather than the choppy, flashback manner that she did it would be helpful. Additionally, if she could break the mold of the angst ridden, overly assertive Goth and make her protagonist more relatable it would go a long way towards endearing her readers.
While it is challenging at best to tell who would be an effective narrator without some kind of reading, it seems to me Kate Reading or Lorelei King would perhaps have been better choices than Holloway. Holloway may have even been an acceptable reader if they production team could have just agreed upon letting her read naturally rather than attempting words and accents that were beyond her.
Another way to potentially add to the experience would be to develop the male characters in a way that wasn't so physical appearance heavy. This was a tool that was overused by Chance in general, but was down-right abused when used in describing her male characters. The use of dialogue, interaction, and conflict would have been far more engaging than the new age eye-candy the author seemed to be shooting for. This is not to say that male authors don't abuse this same tactic, but then again it's not redeeming in their writing either. The only thing more sad than surface writing is the emulating of surface writing as what comes off as a social statement.
In summation, I am going to go back and look for a way to delete this out of my library. The only purpose it would serve for me at this point would be to play it for my writing and acting students as an example of what not to do.
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.
Professional Geek and Book Aficionado
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!