I loved that the story is a really well written book. And even though the cover give the idea of lots of sex - it is very clean. I let my 14 year daughter listen and she loves them.
Hard to put down
If you are of a more conservative in the content you like to listen to don't let the "covers" put you off- very enjoyable and clean. If you need lots of sex in your books - this isn't for you.
Great book-fun listen. I'm on book 5 and still enjoying them.
I listen to a LOT of audiobooks, and usually the books I choose to listen to instead of read, are on the more soap opera-y/series end of the spectrum. That said, Moon Called was one of the better books I've listened to in its genre.
Sure, I'd recommend it, as long as the listener is an Urban Fantasy fan. Within its genre, it is a good read. Strong characters, decent plot, and a lead you can root for.
I don't believe I have listened to her before. She did a good job.
I would have listened to it in one sitting, if I'd had the opportunity. The story was engaging enough for that.
I didn't like the "Scooby Doo" wrap up ending that took up about the last 15 minutes of this one. If an author has to spend a certain amount of the book explaining the plot and what happened, and how it happened - they didn't do a good enough job telling the tale along the way, or they aren't confident that they did.
I loved Mercy. I thought most of the writing was intelligent and witty. I found Adam an appealing love interest, and his daughter, Jessie was a great addition. The characters really saved this one for me.
I will listen to others in this series.
it is in the top 10% of my books
I love to see a strong female roll in a book. most of my books are fantasy like the Dresden Files so it is nice to see Mercy Thompson do more then just sport Adam Hauptman but have to save him. nice change
i like Lorelei King narration of the book as she give each character a voice
My wife has been reading books by Patricia Briggs for years. I was looking for a new author, and she recommended this series. My first rule is that the characters have to be believable. Like them or not, I have to feel like they have internal consistency in their thinking and actions and that everything they do derives from what their life has been like up to the point the story starts.
That requires the author to have a pretty well-fleshed out back history, and it is clear Ms. Briggs has that with Mercy. The story makes sense without a lot of suspension of disbelief. Even the whole werewolf psychology she develops is logical given a few assumptions. All in all, this book hooked me on the whole series, to which I listened one after the other for 6 weeks while driving 2 hours a day commuting to work. I bought book 2 when I was about a 3rd of the way through this book, and after book 2, I bought the other 4 all at once. They are not all great books, but they are certainly worth a credit and the time to listen to them.
Also, I'd like to give a nod to Lorelei King. She "gets" Mercy's personality, and she really brings it to life. Her voices for other characters are good enough that I can tell who is talking all the time too. She is on the list of readers who could get me to try a book just because she is reading it.
My biggest problem was the first person narration style. The entire story is told from Mercy’s perspective. As a result, a lot of suspense and emotional development was missing. Many things happened that were “told” to us by Mercy instead of a third person narrative “showing” us. For example, bad guys fight with Adam and kidnap his daughter. We don’t see how they overpowered Adam. We don’t see the daughter’s feelings and conversation while being kidnaped and held. Another time someone else is kidnaped, and we don’t see how that person was distracted, overpowered, and taken. Instead all this is just “told” to us after Mercy learns about it. Some books can be entertaining staying in the mind of just one person. But this book is an example of when it does NOT work. Because of first person narration, we are never in the heads of the bad guys. We don’t see the bad things they do and their motivations. Therefore I didn’t FEEL fear or suspense.
Another problem. Mercy had a love relationship with Sam, but they broke up. This book starts about ten years later. After a few chapters, Mercy visits the pack where Sam lives. Then about thirty minutes is spent with Mercy “telling” us the back story about her and Sam. I missed seeing the relationship develop. I didn’t see them interact, talk, deal with conflicts, protect each other, develop feelings, etc. I just hear that they used to be an item, she broke it off, then he grieved. I didn’t understand or feel either of their feelings from that time. It was empty.
There is a lot of describing the nature of characters. That was ok in the beginning, but at times I tired of it. For example, later in the book as a character shoves and plans to hit Mercy, Mercy says that’s because it’s the nature of the werewolf to ... Instead of being part of a scene or experiencing a scene, this narration takes me out of it - like a teacher is explaining something to me.
At the end when the overall plot and motivations were revealed, it was odd. It was a stretch. I don’t mind illogical things if they are entertaining. But this wasn’t that way. It was sort of “what? oh.”
This paranormal world building is similar to a lot of others. The plot and characters are similar. If you’re in the mood for this, it may be an ok way to spend some time. Me, I want something different. I want to be surprised and delighted and I wasn’t. But, as an audiobook it’s not as bad because it keeps you company while doing other things.
Ending: bad guy loses.
Genre: young adult paranormal mystery.
The series and narrator are all top-notch! I love the different voices, and the characters are not shallow at all. A must-read!
I am always checking to see if a new one came out, one of my favorite series.
Mercy is someone you want to like.
I always appreictiate good narrators, I have listen to several books that she has narrarated and she is good, bad ones ruin the book. I rarely read any more as I can do so many other things when I listen.
Always buy Unabridged.
Love this series! Mercy is totally relatable (despite being a Walker). She’s a strong female persona with out being completely unbelievable. The stories are great paranormal/adventure/romance with none of the “high school” angst. There are still love triangles with relatable human feeling. Even though the stories are set in “alternate modern day” the day to day activities seem strangely normal, like they could happen to you. If you were a Walker dating a Werewolf…The whole story moves along quickly, then sadly it’s over…But luckily there are several more installments!
I love to read and I read for fun. Escape and imagination are great reasons to love a book.
I got this book after listening to Home Improvements, and on my niece's advice. I bought just the first book, in case I did not like it. Then when I finished it, impatiently muttered about my connection speed when I bought and downloaded the next book. And I remembered to download the rest on my way to bed so that I did not have to wait when I finished book 2.
The Mercy Thompson series is just plain fun. Not deep, doesn't moralize, but here and there you might find bits of common sense that are useful. Guilty pleasure at its best.