The story is pretty strong though I think there might be too many creatures introduced. I did not really like the narrator though. I felt like her voice was too old for Elaina and her southern accent for Clay was terrible. If you can get past the narration it's a fun story.
Audible: Please, re-record this book, as well as the remaining books in this series, once again using Aasne Vigesaa as used in Book 1, Bitten! When done so, it should be provided FREE OF CHARGE to everyone who purchased this version. I can't even get through Chapter 2 AND just listened to the "Sample Recordings" for the Book 3+ Narrations & they are almost just as bad as this Nell Canning read. Come on Audible! Why would you knowingly inflict this product upon your paying customers??? What did we do so wrong. PLEASE RE-RECORD 'STOLEN' WITH THE ORIGINAL 'BITTEN' NARRATOR. If she cannot do it, at least get a similar sounding voice with just a teeny, tiny bit of talent for switching between characters! No offense to Nell Canning personally, but stick to the type of books your voice is tuned for, NOT this.
I couldn't get passed the first few chapters. I did not like the choice of the new narrator. She was no way near as the narrator from Bitten.
I loved this story; however, the narrator was the completely wrong choice! She sounds a lot like the older woman in NCIS Los Angeles, not a young woman. The previous narrator was great, why did they switch? I literally almost couldn't finish listening to the book.
This is obviously a female narrator, but she was giving a more feminine intonation to the male characters and a deeper, more masculine intonation to the main female character. Spoken narration of the characters came across like mumbling and almost struggled speech, where as this wasn't always present with the non-conversation "in between" narration.
It was almost like she was bored with the story but making a mild attempt to put something into the performance. This in turn made me bored with the story & wanting to shelve it as unfinishable. Only way I finished the story was to re-read it separately from the Audiobook & it ended up being not so bad.
I don't read print book much anymore due to poor eyesight. I always purchase the unabridged versions so I always get the full intent of the author.
Clay and Elena were my favorite characters. They are in love with a real conflict between the two.
I would have cast Julia Whelan or Lorelei King. I love these two narrators. They have great voices for these type of stories.
Elena came into her own in this book overcoming her circumstances.
Definitely different vocal feel than the first, but it isn't terrible. You get past it.