I put off buying this for quite some time based on reviews I read from previous listeners. Finally after not wanting to stop and read the book, I used used my credit and bought it.
First the audio itself sounds poor, like the narrator is in a can - it's hardly noticable but it's there. Next she reads poorly, and it doesn't flow from her as well as though she wasn't reading it.
What finally led me to writing this review was the mispronunciation of the witch or magical terms and the botching of the characters names.
Still I knew what I was buying - so I was warned. I gave the overall rating a 2 star because the production and the narrator were bad, and I felt that was generous. As for the story - it rocks!!!
I have enjoyed this series immensely. The narration in this book however made it almost impossible to listen to. The mispronunciations of core character names as well as the horrible voicing of the characters was truly painful. Jenks sounded like Mickey Mouse, a complete destruction of probably the best character of the series.
The horrible narration
Volume would change from track to track....And listen to previous books and pronounce the names the same way.
I must agree with all the other reviews I've read about this book. Kim Harrison does a wonderful job writing but as Jenks might say "Tinks titties get a new narrator." I had a very hard time finishing this audio book. I am so glad to see Marguerite Gavin will big back for the remainder of the series.
I love the series and hope it will be.
Very disappointed that Marguerite Gavin is not performing this book. I'ts very hard for me to listen to.
Voices and characters don't feel real. Boring, I am spoiled with the way Marguerite Gavin created them. I felt I could see them before, now they are empty.
I'm not finished with this title.
Good story line. The narrator had different pronunciations of certain words/characters that was a little irritating--well, a lot irritating. However, I did like her voice of Rachel's mother more than Gavin's as hers made Rachel's mother sound a little younger and stronger than Gavin's frail portrayal of the character. However, nearly all the other voices, I preferred Gavin's.
Her voice was okay, I think Gavin's voices for nearly all the characters is better. For this particular narration, her voice was: irritating, annoying and whiny. However, given a different story, I would likely find her pretty good.
The awful narration
Yes.. the book itself was good
The woman who read all the previous books!
All of the above
I was really disappointed in the production of this audio book. It is so annoying when the narrator changes. Her enunciation of the names of characters and certain words used throughout the story were pronounced phonetically. Equally annoying was her sometimes New York accent leaking through. The main character is from Ohio. Lastly, there was this annoying track of ominous music played throughout at seeming random places throughout the reading (rather than being at the end of a chapter). All in all, it makes me wonder who hired this lady.. and that whoever was in charge of production should be fired. By contrast, the story by itself was fantastic.
Story line is good. K. Harrison offered fluidity between the previous book and this one. Unfortunately, the narrator's mis-pronunciations were annoying enough to distract a reader from enjoying the story. Ms. Bermingham obviously didn't do her homework, or at least, listened to the previous books. I don't have anything against changing readers between books in a series (albeit, I don't prefer it), but new readers should be required to listen to the previous books to get an overall picture of how the characters in the series have evolved from day 1. I mean, c'mon, "lee line"? As if Ms. Bermingham has never encountered this term in her life. Why have someone read a book that involves the supernatural when the reader (narrator) has no clue of this terminology? Names of characters were also read differently. Glad that they took Ms. Gavin back for the subseqent books.
Mis-pronunciations of words and read the characters named differently from the previous narrator
Using the same narrator as the rest of the series.
If the narrator had listened to the previous books before narrating so she at least could have pronounced the names and terms the same. It was disappointing enough to have the voice change, but having pronunciations change kinda spoils the listening experience.
I am glad to see the original narrator returns for the next book.