It would be truly pleasant if new narrators would listen to at least one of the books in the series before recording their version. It was difficult to get through this book with the main character names being pronounced differently.
Yes and No... By the 5th book you are probably hooked into the story and are like me... someone who will suffer through. You should be warned!!! The way the names are pronounced differently and the tone the characters are given are much different than the books before and after this one.
Jenks usually is, but he just came off extreamly annoying in this book.
NO! NO! NO!Don't mix it up in book 5 unless the narriator does their homework to flow with the first four! Hearing different pronciations of words and different tones from characters was very distracting.
This is a great series which I have really enjoyed - love the character development, in particular the evolution of Rachel in learning to accept that life is not black and white and there is a lot of gray in between.
ANYONE! I was aghast at Gigi Bermingham's narration of this story. First, why would you have ever considered changing narrator's in the middle of the series? Second, did she not even bother to listen to previous narrations so at the very least she would have the same pronouncation of names/ titles/ect.as the previous narrators. THANK you for bringing back the original narrator as I don't think I could have listened to one more of Gigi's narrations.
Listen to the sample before you buy this audiobook! I didn't take the time to look at the narrator or read the reviews, I just assumed it was Marguerite Gavin since she did the rest of them. Not only does this narrator not fit the characters (she sounds way too young and just isn't very good) but the quality of the recording is very poor. This was the only book in the series I hadn't purchased as an audiobook and I got it to complete my collection (I have the physical book) and now I wish I would have just saved my credits.
Its hard to switch readers in the middle of a series but I thought Gigi did an admirable job. I think she even did Rachel's sarcasm better and I laughed out loud. I'm even a guy!
Love the book but the performance was terrible. Gigi did mispronounced character names and voices were really annoying. I LOVE Kim Harrison and this is a fantastic book but sadly it was the biggest let down in performance.
Loved the plot twist
Rachael and Quinn
Is there an unwritten rule that once a series is successful; the publisher has to try to mess it up by using a terrible narrator? This is a very good book, part of a great series, but listening while the names of all of the characters are mangled becomes very annoying. Luckily the story was so good, I had to continue listening.
I'm only a 1/4 of the way into the story and have become distracted by the nuances of a different narrator. The voice doesn't match the personna i have in my head for Rachel, she has more of a whiney feeling in this one. Frequently used names (Piscary) and magic terms (ley line being one of them) are pronounced differently from previous recordings . Its frequent enough that a frown comes to my face every time. I think had this been the intitial narrator, I don't think I would have continued the series. I'm glad the orginal narrator is returned to after this blip in the series.
The good: The story itself was a 5 star easy. This is one of the best books in the series so far. The story uncovers some secrets about Rachel that was totally unexpected (for me anyway) but totally make sense now and I could see where they can be used and were necessary for the series to grow. Rachel grows up a little in this book, but her habit of doing the wrong things for the right reasons is still a big part of her.
The ugly: The only problem with this book was the narrator. Not that it was bad enough to make you want to put it down and read the book; but it wasn't good either. Once you get used to a 'voice' of a series and then mid-stride that 'voice' changes...it really throws you for a loop. The main problem with the narrator was the mispronunciation of words from the previous books. It took me forever to figure out that 'Pis-ca-REE' was actually 'Pis-Car-EE'. Then 'Ta-Ka-Ta' was pronouced 'Tak-a-Ta', a 'lay' line was pronouced like 'lee' line, etc. I understand that one person may not be able to narrate an entire series, they have other obligations. However, if a narrator has to change, they should at least listen to the one of the previous audiobooks to see how words are pronounced in previous versions. Also, her voice for Jenks was too high in pitch, he sounded like a Chippette.
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I've listened to many audios over the years and this narration by Gigi Bermingham is the WORST, most HORRIFIC narration that I've ever had to listen to. I really had high hopes that Kim Harrison would go back and have Marguerite Gavin redo it because other authors do this all the time. Please Kim, get this audio redone. I love relistening to all your stories but once I get to this one, it ruins it for me. I beg of you for all the listeners who love your stories to please redo this one. She kills the entire story and I can't even give her a star but I don't have a choice, at least I don't think I do.