I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
This the second in a series by Kelley Armstrong. I especially like the werewolf world she has created. It is balanced, has ethics, rules and respect. Elaina is the central character in book two and you get to see her develop in her thinking an emotions on the positive side. On the negative side, the story drags on and becomes transparent in the final push to the end. Armstrong lost the central conflict in and the back half was an anti-climax.
Nell Canning was outright horrible. She made Elaina sound like a forty-year-old chain smoker. Often, I had trouble distinguishing who was speaking and her dialog skills were a mess. This is a big miss for her.
I liked the first book a great deal, and the second book brought forth some characters that also appealed. This is why I gave it three-stars. If not for the new characters, it would have rated lower. I appreciate the central premise and will continue with the series for now. Listen to this one for continuity purposes.
I loved this book but the narrator sounds too old for the role. The first book in the series was perfectly told. I actually thought about returning this audio book and purchasing the print version because the narrator was so inappropriate for the role.
Nell Canning has a very limited range of voices and levels, sometimes nearly speaking in a monotone. She really, really takes away from the story, which I've read before and enjoyed. I am sad that as popular and talented an author as Kelley Armstrong has been so poorly served by her audiobook publishers.
I don't think I'll be re-listening to this. I'll re-read the book instead.
As others have noted, while the story is engaging and enjoyable, this narrator was a poor choice. She gives Elena an odd, masculine voice with a touch of country-hick. Clay's "Southern" accent makes him sound like a Deliverance-extra-reject. The general narration isn't too bad, and her reading of the other characters is mostly fine. But its been difficult ignoring the very wrong voices of the important main characters while trying to enjoy the underlying story.
I am a mother of 16 yr old twins..Mikael&Miranda. My kids think I am a big dork listening to my books. I love to read but its nice to read twice as many books and listen while working.
I am so disappointed with this book mainly the narrator. After the first book I was stoked to listen to the next. This lady is too old and totally screws the characters up. I can't even make it through the first hour. I am ordering the book to read, I think we should get a refund!! Oh, I would give the Performance a big FAT "0"
I would get a new narrator!
Anyone, but most likely the reader of the first book.
Don't know, the reader was so bad it was hard to get into the story.
The narrator for Bitten actually had a Canadian accent. This narrator sounds too old & too gender neutral. Additionally, Clay is now more Texan than Southern. Horrible choice for narrator. Takes away from story.
Love Kelley Armstrong, but this was the worst possible choice for narration ever! This is the second book in a series, if I had heard the narrator before I bought it, I would have skipped book two! This is definately a read your own book. Im usually listening from my phone so taking the time to come on my computer to write a review is more effort than I normally care to give. The reader sounds like an older woman, and the character is a young woman in her thirties........
I enjoyed the story, but after Book 1, I had a hard time with the narrator. The characters just sounded so different, I have a really hard time getting past it. The story line was good and I enjoyed it, I just preferred a different narrator.
Nell Canning was a horrible choice for this book! I have no idea how old she is, but her voice sounds over 60 which is a problem when narrating a book written in first person with a 33 year old sassy woman. Being that I am 33, I am certain that I nor any other 30something I know or have ever known has ever sounded so old! Plus she makes her sound like a goofy man and really takes away from her character. Not to mention that she makes both Jeremy and Clay sound mentally challenged. I really enjoyed the narration on the first book in the series and I have seen that none of the other books are narrated by Nell, so hopefully these will improve the series (actually the later books are done by Johanna Parker, who I love-so looking forward to that!)