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.
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.
S. A. Williams
Laurell K. Hamilton had been on my TBR list forever, and when I say forever, I mean years. I had originally thought about reading the Anita Blake series, but it never quite appealed to me; so Meredith Gentry wound up on the TBR list, I was finally offered the first audiobook in the series for a steal, so I jumped on it.
I’m not sure what it was, but I had trouble getting into this audiobook. Even my husband came in and commented that he didn’t care for the narrator. I think it was Merlington’s voice, it was like being spoken to by a scolding principal, or librarian. It just didn’t fit my idea of a young character.
As for the story; all I’ve ever heard was how incredibly erotic Hamilton’s books are. Maybe I’ve just read some kinky stuff, because this book was tame, to me, it was on the verge of yawn. The only kind of emotion I felt was revolution, and a bit of holding back bile during the blood drinking scene. That was just disgusting; I will say spot on for the imagery! Point to Hamilton!
The world is intricate, with many creatures and intrigue. However, the overall plot just didn’t capture my interest enough, so I really didn’t care where the overall story was going. This first book was good, but I didn’t fall in love with it so much that I am dying to find out what happens next....Sara
A Kiss of Shadows ranks pretty high on my list of audiobooks. I've loved the series way back when in high school and was given the mp3 cd version right when it came out, so I've listened to it a couple of times and each time its like luxuriating in rolling around on a warm fur.
I love how Laural Merlington does the Princess Meredith's first person narrative; it's both funny and rye and also vulnerable when it makes sense to the story. Originally when I first listened to it some of the ways she pronounces names was distracting because "that's not how that sounds in my head!" but on repeated listens you get used to it!
I think all of Laural Merlington's performances are great and I just wish she was hired to do the first couple of books of the Anita Blake series too!