I will never listen to a book read by Ms. Merlington again.
Not if this book is indicative of her writing abilities.
Incredibly difficult to listen to the narrator. She makes all the male characters sound like Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz and there is precious little difference in each character's voice (if any). I dare you to listen to the narrator voice the male characters and not hear "we represent the Lollipop Guild & we wish to welcome you to Munchkin Land" start playing in your head. I. DARE. YOU.
How about we toss the entire book onto the fire and try for something better next time?
The author should kick her editor square in the rump for letting her repeat the same things over and over. I found myself skipping forward 30, 90, 120 seconds at a time and the characters were still discussing the same concepts with only a minor change in wording. How many times do I need to hear about the lost seal skin? Three? Five? SHOOT ME!!!!! But wait! We get to hear EVERYTHING repeated over and over!! Ms. Hamilton must think her readership is composed of idiots & simpletons. Mind-numbing boredom. Terrible writing and a god-awful narrator. I'm going to ask Audible for my $ back. I listened to three quarters of the book and couldn't stomach any more.
Narrators voice was good choice except for how she chose 2 portray Doyles. his should have been a more velvety, dark chocolate voice, not tha robotic, nasal tone she gave it. just mho.
Please, please, please - will somebody PLEASE let the narrators know that the word "geas," meaning a magical compulsion or constraint, is pronounced like the waterfowl, geese, instead of what I so often hear used, jeeyoss. It drags me out of the story and compels me to shout GEESE at the rafters. Which is just weird to those in the house.
A little less sex, a little less overly abstract descriptions that left me wondering what the author was actually trying to say, a whole lot more plot development and perhaps a feeling of a conclusion. I literally said aload "that's it?" when the audiobook ended. I understand that it is the first in a series of books but at least have the book that has some tension and a sense of victory of some sort. My review here is longer than a descriptive summary of the book would be.
I have no idea but Laurell Hamilton will not be the author of it
The narrator failed horribly at any male voice becoming very monotone.
Hard to say since a lot of them may be used later in the series that was just not needed for this book. If anything the queen's second spy did nothing for the story.
Stories have a good premis, but unfortunately drift into more sex and less plot. Narator was good, unfortuately they swapped narators for one book then go back to the original narator.
Decent reed but plots could be stronger.
Really. This book is just sex. I don't mind sex in books. In fact, sometimes it is nice. This book is JUST sex. The main character turns around and there is another fey creature to have some sort of sexual encounter with. She can't even go to the bathroom without sex. I got this book because the Anita Blake books are pretty good(I am waiting around for another Patricia Briggs or Charlaine Harris book and I need something to fill my time). There are some Anita Blake books missing in the series here on Audible so I thought I'd try this author's other series. It is NOT good. Seriously NOT good. Anita Blake is a prude and Meredith Gentry is the exact opposite and not in a good way. There is NO plot. Try the Anita Blake series. It's a little better than okay. This is alot worse than okay.... alot worse.
Basically this starts out as a mystical mystery, Then you run across a sex scene--okay, it's a modern world, I can put up with that. Then another sex scene, then a fantasy sex scene, and thinking about sex scene, and....well I gave up and checked the plot out in wikipedia...the book is just one long excuse for porn, with a sequel full of it too.
Geeze I know chick lit has girl sex descriptions in it, but at least when you read the "....in Death" series, there's an actual plot there too.
So if you like graphic sex scenes with unhuman creatures--a 5. If not, a 2.
I am hesitant to try the Anita Blake series because this book is so awful. Started out fine, but degraded into weird perversity. I can appreciate erotica; this was just a lot of sex, a little bit of plot and extremely poor writing.
this is my second read of the series and first on audible. I was afraid I wouldn't enjoy the read since I've already 'heard' the book in my inner voices. it wasn't the problem I expected.