As a fantasy/sci-fi listener and reader, I tend to be finicky with my selections. I downloaded this based on reader response, and was not disappointed. Well plotted with developed and interesting characters, the book also offers thoughtful insights and a spontaneous sense of humor.
I love this series, and the narrator does a great job with the voices. I can't wait for the 6th book to come out in January 2011.
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
First, it IS important to read this series in order. Second, I am really enjoying Mercy's stories. My only problem is that these stories don't have any slow spots, so it's very difficult to find a place in the books where I can stand to put it down and get some sleep! The characters have a lot of depth and are well described. The narrator has done very well, being consistent with voices and reasonable with accents. Stephan's accent could be less "bad vampire movie" -ish and more Italian, and I imagined Adam with a deeper voice when I read the first book in paper format, but a human voice can only be so flexible. She gets the humor in the right places with different touches for each character in such a way that I've laughed out loud several times. A few times I heard laughter in her voice when she was describing a scene, but it added to the experience of listening to the book - it didn't detract. I'm not sure why anyone would give any book in this series a low score just because they didn't like the narrator, unless they had already decided in their heads what each character should sound like and simply disagree with how Lorelie King chose to portray the characters. To me, that still would not justify a low score - these stories are great! I'm looking forward to books 5 and 6, as well as Patricia Brigg's other books. As soon as I catch up on my sleep.
The Mercy Thompson books are good and only get better. The narrator is strong and makes the story come alive. If you haven't entered this world you're in for a treat. !My only regret is I'll have to wait for the next installment!
WOW!!!!!! My Wife has read all of these books and has wanted me to read them, but I haven't had the time, yet finally the audiobooks have been aviable if it is only the 3rd book I believe in the series and I'm Hook, I love the flow of the storyline, the character interaction is awesome, a very refreshing listen!!!!!!! I will be listening more to Patricia, and hopefully Lorelie is doing the reading!!! BIG HUGS AND KISSES!!!!!!!
This is a strong entry into the Mercy Thompson series, but the narration threw me....I usually love Lorelei King, and maybe I'm just too used to hearing her as Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, but her voice seems too light and upbeat for this series, and especially some of the subject matter in this story.
Briggs is such an amazing author! I read a LOT of fantasy, and this is one of my all time favorite series! This is the 4th book in the series though, so if you haven't read any of them yet, you should start with "Moon Called".
As for the narration, King does a fantastic job!
This was a great book! I enjoyed the focus on Mercy dealing with what happened to her in the previous book. The werewolves and vampires were a huge part of this book (less fae - Hooray).
Bone Cross starts at virtually the moment that Iron Kissed ends - Mercy is still dealing with the many problems in her life and trying to recover from a horrific assault that was the climax of the previous book. It would have been so easy for Briggs to wave a magic wand and make things all better, but she doesn't, Mercy goes through each emotion as any other person would, which earned my respect. Mercy finally decides to become Adam's mate, as she realizes its him she loves and not Samuel. Before they really have a chance to talk about anything though they are interrupted by Mercy's mother ( since she's just read about her daughters rape in the newspaper.)and Stephan dropping in - literally at their feet. He's burned and starved. He tells Mercy that the Mistress now knows all, has killed his donors and thrown him out of the Seethe. And, she's after Mercy.
Drawn fully into the pack through Adams actions to protect his mate,(who knew the werewolf magic would work on a coyote-walker but it does) mercy now has to help head off a full scale war between the werewolves and the vampires as she knows she is responsible for her own actions and must own up to them (actions that happened in the last two books.) She is still dealing with her random panic attacks and intimacy issues with Adam, who stands solidly by her side even when half his pack isn't in agreement with him for his choice in a mate or for bringing her into the pack. My only compliant is that this is also a romance story and a little bit of romance between Adam and Mercy would have been nice...The intimacy and I love you's are few and far between. Jessie's feelings are never mentioned nor is how the relationship is going to process. I can't see Adam being ok with his mate continuing to live with Samuel as a roommate for much longer. I'm hoping theses issues are resolved in book 5 and we get to see more romance between Mercy and Adam with them hopefully discussing wedding plans.
Yes, over, and over again! I love these characters and stories.
Yes, hard to stop!
I love the series and can't wait for each new installment.