The only major problem with audio books is their dependence on the skills of the narrator. A good book can be ruined by a bad narrator and a mediocre book can appear better by a great one.
The books narrated by Ms. McGee tend to fall into the former category. To give her her due she has gotten better since the first book in this series. She finally has some character differentiation, which helps a great deal. She has also gotten better at correct pronunciation of many of the words she used to butcher. However her pacing and her actual speech patterns are repetitive and irritating. For example in nine sentences out of ten her voice pitch drops and her pace slows at the end of each sentence.
I had intended to skip the books she narrates in this series, but my mother loves the series so much as to ask me to get them, so I did. But I will not start any further series in which she provides narration.
As far as the book, itself is concerned, I did enjoy most of it greatly. The one part that irritated me greatly, though, was the denouement. I understand why it was written in that way, but what human would ask questions about "how" before asking questions about "why?"
All of the Argenta books are awesome, however this particular audible book is awful due to the narration. The narrator sounds like Siri. Monotone and boring and almost intolerable. Read the book. Don't waste money on this poorly read version of a good book.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: Toronto, Canada
Genre: Paranormal romance
This is about a blood-thirsty vampire who faints at the sight of blood, and a psychologist who specializes in treating phobias. For her birthday Lissianna's mom kidnaps this guy, thinking he can cure her. Unfortunately, Lissiana's case isn't an easy one, so they keep him around longer than they planned, then they discover that he is her life-mate. Meanwhile, someone is trying to stake her.
This is an average story taken to a lower average by narration. Hey, I've discovered another name to my buy-the-Kindle-instead list. The best thing I can say about Victoria McGee is that her performance is uneven between books.
If you like light paranormal romance AND can deal with the narration, this is a good book, though you should get it on sale. On the other hand, if the story sounds good, get it from Kindle.
Its a great story. Loved it. This story rates a "re-listen". Too bad I won't. Only because the reader didnt give it the reading it deserved.
Vincent is great. I started liking this character from the previous book. He's wild and crazy and has an interesting feeding problem.
The performance could have been better if the reader had put more effort in the reading. She read as if it were a news article...no feeling and hardly no difference between characters. She spoke cleary though...a bit slow like she was reading to a pre-schooler. It would have been good to hear more differences between characters and differences of the love scenes, the tragic scenes or the funny scenes. Its a good thing I have a good imagination. I loved the story but it would be painful to listen to it again. This book needs to be scrapped and replaced with a different reader or if this reader made improvements...
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A fairly good series, I enjoyed Love Bites, and Single White Female both were funny and while A Quick Bite and Tall, Dark & Hungry were okay I wasn’t sure this was enough for me to continue on with the series. After trying this one and enjoying it, although not as much as number 2nd & 3rd book in the series, I will keep trying and see how it goes. And I agree with other reviewers the breathy voice of the narrator does distract from the story. I see that she also narrates other books in this series and it makes me pause before buying and listening. Maybe if there is a sale.
I am loving the Argeneau series and was not disappointed with this story.
A different narrator!
I always enjoy Ms Sands writing but the breathlessness of the narrator was extremely distracting. I just couldn't get into it. When Ms McGee reads in the characters' voices its fine but then degrades as she narrates the in between passages. She also read the first book but that was fine. Not sure what changed but it needs to change back!
The narrator made Tiny sound awful... I cringed every time she did his voice. Plus I agree with the others, her breathlessness really started to get on my nerves and I just wanted to finish the book PDQ.
If you didn't listen to book 1 "A Quick Bite" Victoria McGee the narrator for this book also did that book. And like this book it was HORRIBLE.
I have listened to all of the books in the series so far and BY FAR this is worst Narrator of them. Actually, as a commuter I listen to A LOT of books and this narrator is the worst I have ever heard. --
The story is good, though a little heavy on the sex scenes, but that can be over looked (after all it is paranormal romance right?). I highly recommend the book but go into it knowing that the narrator reads it like she just ran a marathon and is totally out of breath. --
I pray that she doesn't read any more of this series or I may switch to buying them and reading them when I can, seriously I can't take her for another book.
I may have been able to enjoy this book had it not been for the narrator. The entire book is read in a monotone. I hope this narrator is NOT reading any of the other books in this series.