I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I seldom read science fiction, but the reviews for this series were intriguing so I took a chance. Give it a try. I used my credits on the first two and then ended up buying the third book in the series because I was too impatient to wait for next months credits! I agree with other reviewers that the first book was the best, but all three are well worth reading. The narrator made each character come to life. It was a good escape from reality. I'm sad because there isn't another book in the series.
My daughter and I listened to this book while we were driving from Colorado to Michigan. When we stopped for the night, we couldn't wait to hit the road the next day to find out what was going to happen next!
The story was well read, and the different voice characterizations ensured we never got confused or wondered who was doing what. Our road trip flew by. We can't wait to take the same trip this coming summer and listen to the next book, Magic Study.
I could not rate this book with 5 stars because of one thing. The descriptions included even the smallest detail and were somewhat tedious; however, had I been reading the book, I would have skimmed over most of these. I would not have been as happy with an abridged format of the book though, so just be prepared to hear some looooong descriptions!
You almost think you are there. Living in the time of the book. I have yet to find another Author to write these kind of books with the same passion, intrigue, and fun. I hope it isn't too long before there are more of Maria V Synder books on audible. Enjoy!
This book is one of the most entertaining books I have heard in a long time! I am looking forward to the next in the series. Also, the reader was perfect for this book. I was enthralled in the story from beginning to end. I strongly recommend Poison Study.
I loved this book. I especially loved the reader, Gabra Zackman. She really brought the book to life, had great character voices, had a wonderful voice. She was just perfect for this book.
If you're looking for something delightful and fun, this is the book for you.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
A great start to a new series, the time flew by while listening. In a way this audio reminds of The Hunger Games but darker. The story is different but it has the same feel. It is a fantasy world loosely based the Dark Ages with magic. There is only a small amount of romance so not sure why it is harlequin, but it is defiantly not a teenage book because it has some references to rape. I will be buying the remaining books in the series and if they work out I will be buying the rest of the books from this author. Great narration.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
The narrator is very good. Her males might sound a bit odd the first couple times you hear them, but after the first 15 mins or so, you won't even notice it's a woman reading male characters.
This is the best audiobook in the sci-fi/fantasy category I've listened to outside of Richard Morgan's... and this one has no profanity or graphic sex/violence so it makes a nice change.
I listen on the treadmill and I was disappointed when I had to stop because my workout was over. Several times I wondered if I should go to the gym early to find out what happened next.
The story and characters are engaging and very well read. I was never sure where the main character's relationships were going, or what she'd do next.
It is soft fantasy (not sci-fi) and it was NOT written with adolescent males in mind. (Note that it is a Harlequin production.)
I will be buying the rest in the series.
I was very pleased with this story. Unknown author to me. The narrator was not necessarily bland, just soft... but by the fist 1/4 of the book it really became part of the story. The characters were intriguing and interesting. Author created a new world with familiar things, but customs were different. A very interesting adventure with a plausable plot. I hope there is a sequel.
I waited several weeks before I got this book. Something perked my interest and I kept returning. I usually read Grisham, Baldacci, Very few Stephen King (Green Mile, Ann Rand, Robert Ludlum, Crichton etc. I read very little science fiction, fantasy etc. as I have never been able to finish one.
This was totally different for me. My only disappointment is that there are no more books by this author. Hopefully the sequel ( there has to be one ) will be with the same reader. I doubt if it would be the same without her. Frank Muller is my favorite male reader. Gabra Zackman will easily become another favorite.
I was so taken with this author, I did a Google search for her home page. I wanted to know more about her.
No hints about the story. Take your time reading it as you will be empty when it is over and wish you had read ( listened ) more slowly. I wish I could encourage the author not to rush writing the sequel.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Poison Study is an unusual story that I am struggling to categorize. It is what I would call a serious fantasy, but it's not dark or depressing. It is definitely not whimsical or juvenile. There is action and mystery and also some romantic tension between two characters which progresses refreshingly slow. The "poison study" aspect makes the story unusual, and there are many hidden identities and agendas which will keep you on your toes. This is the first book in the series so there is obviously more to come, but most of the major themes come to a conclusion so the story can sorta stand alone.
NARRATOR - Good job, nothing remarkable.
OVERALL - Recommended for people who enjoy fantasy/mystery stories. It is perhaps slightly more oriented toward a female audience.