I really enjoy this series as a whole.
After 5 books with the previous narrator, this was quite a shock and disappointment. I've never written a review, but this really got under my skin. The new narrator reads like all the characters are old ladies - which means she does Rachael's mother really great! Ivy no longer has a sultry, sexy, alluring vamp voice, she just sounds like a depressed human. All the pixie voices are the same - although she has nailed the "annoying" part of their voices. Rachael has lost her "fire", she no longer sounds like a late 20-something butt-kicker - the tone and way the sentences are emphasized makes her sound old. Al and Mineus might as well be the same demons. All of this might have been more easily swallowed except to top it off, words that are central to story/series are now pronounced differently. Examples are "lay-line" is now "lee-line" and "pis-carry" is now "pis-cur-ee" -- it really pulls the listener "out" of the story and make them say "who, what?" This all distracts from getting/staying caught up in the story. I find myself spending a lot of time thinking "Rachael would never say it in that way" (wrong emphasis or lack of sass/attitude). This will not keep me from continuing the series, because the series hooked me good. But I'd really like the old narrator back!!
Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.
Ok after listening the the first few books, and becoming accustomed to the first narrator, I thought I wasn't going to make it through the book with this narrator, honestly, couldn't see be able to pronounce the name of the main characters correctly. She totally ruined the book and I only finished because not finishing would have left too many gaps in the storyline and I would not have known what led up to the next book.
The story had incredible twists, but the narrator had no respect for the series. She spit in the face of listening fans.
Marguerite Gavin should have naratted this book, because she is a professional that knows what she is doing.
It was barely worth the listening effort.
Gigi should not be allowed to narrate anything.
Why did they change the narrator? I really liked Marguerite Gavin. She had the character's voices down which I've really enjoyed. Not happy with the change and I've been listening to the whole series.
This woman did not even review another book, she just jumped in and pronounced things her way! If your going to narrate an ongoing series you could at least get the names right!! The story is probably good, I just spent the whole book being annoyed by her voice.
I am an avid reader. I enjoy how audible allows me to do chores and listen. It also protects me from too much eye strain. I am picky about the reader. It can make or break a book for me. I love mysteries, psychological thrillers and espionage. My favorite series are by Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Brad Metzer and Kim Harrison. When I am not reading ...I workout and play volleyball.
I have read all of the Racheal Morgan series and I was anxious to listen to all the books on tape. The original reader was great and I am grateful that it seems they returned to her. This Gigi ruined the book for me and this is one time i want my money back
Kim Harrison is an excellent imaginative writer but if Audible does not redo this one with the original reader. Buy the book.
I have learned how important the reader is. It was excruciating to go from one reader who did a great job of bringing the characters alive to another who not only killed them but made them annoying. She squeaked her way through the book. Her performance of Jenkins was the worst.
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!