Hell Yes! This is easily the most important book in the story so far. Peices of the overarching plot are tied together and made whole, and the status-quo of the series is broken.
Her portrayal of Keasley is surprisingly racist. I cringed every time he spoke, which was thankfully only very small amounts of time. She tries to keep distinct character voices, but slips into the wrong voices at some points leading to some confusion. Also her pixie voices, while probably more accurate to what the author was going for then with the previous narrator, were none the less aggravating to listen to and broke my suspension of disbelief each time. I found myself hoping my favorite character would remain vacant from scenes to spare my gritted teeth when he talked. On the other hand, I thought her actual narration voice was quite pleasant. If she could stay in the right characters and didn't use voices that made me need to use q-tips after listening, I would totally listen to more of her work.
When Rachel realized it was time to 'grow up' so-to-speak, it really struck home. Everybody has that sort of moment in their lives and it resonated with me.
The sudden addition of musical interludes between chapters was unpleasant. It added nothing but extremely awkward pauses before
Margarite Gavin as the narrator
Bring back Margarite Gavin!
I don't like the music that Harper Media adds. Bring back Tantor!
I quickly fell in love with the quirky characters in this series, particularly that of Rachel. The old narrator— Margarite Gavin— did an excellent job of bringing the voices to life, perhaps even added a little something extra to the story itself. This new Gigi Bermingham woman is just plain awful. She mispronounces terms, has no understanding of how to keep a cohesive cadence— in a word, she’s crap.So I gotta ask, are you kidding me?? Bring back Margarite!
I love to read. I just don't always have time. Thank God for Audibles, aye? Who knew daily chores could so much fun now?
No, because the narrator is not a good fit for the story/characters. I recommend the book 100% but don't waste your money on the audio, buy the book to read yourself.
Not for a VERY long time and only if I can pretend I forgot the way her voice whines.
I am going to write this recording off as taking one for the team. If you love this storyline and Kim Harrison, I would NOT EVER recommend this audible recording because of the narrator and production. Gigi Bermingham kind of ruined Rachel dialog with a constant whining, huffing, puffing, and what felt like complete disgust at times. There were mispronounced words, voice inflections at the wrong parts of the sentences, and then the music at key point in the storyline as if I wouldn't be able to comprehend what was said or written. That was very insulting to me as the listener. Sigh!!! What I can say is that it was a slow and difficult 16hr listen for me. I have never (or rarely) stopped to see how much longer I have in a book while listening but with this one, I constantly check to see how many more hours/minutes/seconds I had before the next book; praying it was almost over. I think I only finished it because I LOVE this storyline and Kim Harrison so much. Plus, listening to three other books during " Gigi breaks" helped. THANK GOD, Marguerite Gavin narrated the next one or I would not be finishing this series.
The previous narrator, she was lovely
Jenks. He totally knows how to annoy the crap out of someone. He is a crazy pixie with the heart of a god
Not really. Maybe a series that she starts.
The story was ok, the narration though, disappointment.
Get Marguerite Gavin back
I will continue to listen to the series. The book definitely keeps my interest all the way through. The narrator was good.
If the producer would have been consistent with the original pronunciation of so very many key names and words of the story.
The book was good but the consistent bad pronunciations were distracting.
If the original narrator would have read it
Glad that it was over.
I only listened to this book so I would not be behind on the next and had no time to read the hardcover. I really did not enjoy this production or narration.
Fun Exciting Story
In response to the question "How could the performance have been better?" I would simply say never use Gigi again! She is a nightmare. It isn't that I was just use to the voices characterized by Marguerite Gavin but the horrendous pronunciation of Names and even common words. Besides how many people do you know that stresses the 't' in words like writing and such! It became very annoying along with the fact that you couldn't rely on the voices at all to know who was talking. They were inconsistent and mostly sounded alike!
Addicted to Audible.
I love this series and have enjoyed all the books! This is horrible! They switched narrator and publisher! It just isn't right and the weird music going in and out made it worse! I didn't finish this and bought the book! I will finish the series w Audio as when I looked foward this is the only book that was switched!