I love the series, but can't even listen to this one because the narrator is TOO annoying. Someone who hasn't listened to the rest of the series might like it.
Kim Harrison always writes a good book.
Hate Gigi's performance.
Nothing needs to be cut.
I'm still waiting for Audible to re-do the narration of this with the Ms. Gavin. I'm willing to pay for it again just so I can stop skipping this book when I listen to the series over and over.
If they had left well enough alone and contracted Marguarite Gavin to read it!!
Her voice was just a little grating maybe if she could have lowered her tone a little I maybe would have liked it better, this story and Kim Harrsion's books and stories are amazing and this narrarter just wasn't able to do this book the justice it deserved!!
Kim Harrison yes, not sure about Gigi
It was a wonderful story, would like to hear it redone by Margarite Gavin
She tried, but just could not live up to the reading of the previous woman. She had really big shoes to fill.
I don't know who is suppose to manage this sort of thing, but someone should have helped transition the characters' previous audio development (which was performed wonderfully by Marguerite Gavin in Kim Harrison's first five Hollows books) to this new narrator. After cringing about 20 times, I purchased the book.
I would buy another copy of this audio book if it was re-read by Marguerite Gavin.
Kim Harrison does another great job. Thank you Kim Harrison!
Did they even have the narrator listen to any of the old books. If you are going to replace another person you should know how they did it. The names and magic words are so mispronounced from the last four. I some times have to stop and try and figure out what or who she is talking about. Then the way she makes jinks makes me think of Tinkerbell which I think is the exact opposite of what Kim Harrison wanted for him
A solid plot, and a good advancing of the meta story about Rachel's identity and background.
Rachel drives me nuts at times, but then we are reminded of the people she loves who have died. She is not slow to grow, but at least she is frustrated with herself.
The big disappointment, that seemed to show up whenever I forgot it, was that this narrator did not know how to pronounce the name of the famous musician who has a bigger role in this book than earlier ones.
The big reveal of Rachel's personal life is almost worth winding back.
Yes, I would consider the audio edition better than print.
Qiunn, he's the rock of this book.
New narrator, she could have pronounced some of the key phrases, names and titles the same as the previous narrator. Made the book a bit weird after hearing so many thus far.
See what happens next!
It was time well spent, but hardly bearable. The narration was absolutely horrible and grating. I love harrison's stories though. They needed to stay with their previous narrator though.
Wow, what were the producers thinking when they hired Gigi Bermingham to read this story? Her voice is pleasant, but she is unable to do characters other than her own voice. She botched just about every pronunciation and voice there was to botch. Absolutely no research into the backstory on this series and it showed.
To be blunt, it was P_A_I_N_F_U_L to listen to this narrator. I only listened to the whole thing because it is part of the series and I wanted to know what happened, as subsequent books would make reference to what happened in this book. To get through some parts of the book, especially when Jenks was talking, I had to "re-narrate" the story internally in my head just to get through it.
The voice of all the characters were terrible; completely unbelievable. Whereas Ms. Gavin's narration brought the characters to life, the character voices of Ms. Bermingham were totally off (not to mention stupid and silly). It's one thing to have a different voice from another narrator, but these weren't even close to resonating how the character should sound. Simply awful.
Additionally, the inflection of how she speaks totally changes the meaning of the words. It's kind of hard to explain, but the timing and how the words were spoken were totally out of synch with how you expect the characters to be.
These books are fantastic and the original narrator Marguerite Gavin brought them to life, which I believe is, at least, 50% of why these audio books are so popular. She nails every character and breathes life into them. The narrator for this book does nothing like this and it shows that carefully matching the narrator to the book is very important for the success of an audiobook.
Luckily, the original narrator is back in subsequent books.
If listening to the book series in order, when you come to this audio book everything gets ruined. The narration is horrible as the narrator cannot properly do all the character voices. She pronounces words very differently which causes problems because you are used to words/names sounded one way and in this book another way entirely. As a listener you get frustrated and suffer through it until you can get to the next book in the series.
The only way to MAYBE enjoy this book is to listen to it as a stand alone or with months between the book before it and the one after so you can forget the usual narrator’s voice.
Therefore I had to give 5 stars for the story which is excellent, however I can only give 1 star for the performance since it was so bad. Overall that equals out to 3 stars, which I feel bad for doing since I love Kim Harrisons books.