The story is not bad if you can get over the reader. Someone please give her a glass of water to keep by her side.
Why is it when I find a series like this that starts of so good there isn't a second book in the series to listen to. This one is really good. The heroine is smart and strong, the story riveting then when you look for the next book in the series you find out it hasn't been read yet. It really drives me crazy. Kelley is a fine writer and Aasne Vigesaa delivers it beautifully. Even though the second book isn't available yet this one is well worth the price. I only gave it four stars but that is an ok rating. If you are like me you will really enjoy this book, The story is solid and the plot intricate.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
It takes the entire book to learn the story. I'm the type of person that prefers to know the past story from the beginning rather than learn bit's and pieces until the end. It would of made it more enjoyable for me personally.
I got this one on sale so I'm pleased I didn't use my credit on it. It wasn't a bad listen. In fact it was OK, but not one that I wanted to listen to all at once.
AKA The Geeky Blogger
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Read It, File It, Get It Done: I have finally took the plunge and started the Women of the Otherworld series. I have to say that Bitten reeled me in hook, line, and sinker. Kudos to Kelley Armstrong for some fab furrballs and kick ass action.
Say something about yourself!
I spent probably the first half the book wondering why I kept listening. After that though, I did finally get it and it did redeem its self. I found myself surprised to be thinking, by the end, that I wouldn't mind giving the next one in the series a try.
My biggest problem with this was that there was a lot of negativity between the two main characters and the reason for it isn't explained. Even once it is explained, the female character comes off as immature (at least to me) in the way she is handling things.
My second biggest problem is that the female character is living with and engaged to one man that she's lying her butt off to and then goes out of town and within a very short time winds up sleeping with another guy. Does so multiple times and then has no intention of telling her fiance about it. That's not the sort of person that I'd generally wish for a happy ending for, so I found that frustrating.
Other than those two things, the plot to the book was decent, the action was good, etc. The narration was a bit difficult at some points because she either had no separation between voices of character or they sounded too much the same. That's not a major problem for me though, it's just something that I know others have problems with.
Endless self-pity on the part of the main character, too much rough sex, and general bad behaviour all around. One dimensional, one themed, formulaic characters. Stopped listening. Sorry. I know it's a lot of work to write a book and not much to write a review. Still. Like Sherlock, I didn't want this book in me.
Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Book Review Blogger.
I finished listening to this audiobook a few weeks ago and have been procrastinating on writing my review ever since. Not because I couldn’t find the words but because, well, how does one critique their all-time favorite werewolf novel without turning into the biggest, squealing fan girl ever? Not to mention, the added pressure of reviewing a story that I’ve been raving about and recommending to everyone who’ll listen since the first time I read it. I’ve concluded that: it’s impossible, so I’m just going to start typing and see where I end up!
The characters in the Women of the Otherworld series, more specifically those of the North American werewolf pack, are some of the most life-like in paranormal fiction. Their distinct personalities, histories and preternatural traits are so far reaching and palpable that you’ll find yourself thinking like a wolf in no time. Kelley Armstrong’s knack for getting inside their heads (both human and animal) will blow you away. Many shifter novels make the mistake of not using were-characters to their full potential. That’s definitely not the case with this book, it screams “wolf”. Reading Bitten is like being front and center to the best National Geographic documentary ever made. Except you get to experience it first hand by seeing the story unfold through the eyes of a werewolf.
I wasn’t big on Urban Fantasy back when this book originally came out in 2001 but I think that it’s safe to say that Armstrong is one of the authors responsible for bringing this genre to the forefront and for making it what it is today. I see glimpses of Elena in so many of the newer heroines and there’s a reason for that. She’s strong, fiercely independent and a natural leader. I adore reading from her point of view. Her snark and wit are unmistakable and really come through in Kelley’s writing. The audiobook amps this aspect up even more so too! I thought the characters in Bitten were lively when I read it the first time around but listening to the story is a whole other experience. I felt like I was there! Literally!
There are also so many underlying themes in this book aside from the obvious werewolf drama. Elena is struggling to keep her humanity, Jeremy is learning what it means to be a true alpha, and Clay well… He appears to be simple minded on the surface but read Armstrong’s anthologies and you’ll quickly realize that that couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s also an undercurrent of sexism in Bitten. Werewolf society hasn’t exactly progressed with the times; they still believe that women are good for making babies, following orders and that’s it. Luckily Elena is just the girl to give all of these wolves the reality check that they need! Only now that I’m going back and re-reading this series am I realizing how connected the overall story really is. Questions that I never knew I had the first time around are resurfacing and being answered.
The plot’s brilliant, the pacing is stellar and the writing is phenomenal. Being the werewolf connoisseur that I am; I’ve often contemplated writing my own book in order to do my wolfish friends justice but who am I kidding? Bitten is that book. I couldn’t write a better story even if I tried. I formally acknowledge Kelley Armstrong as being the queen of the wolves! I will never, ever get sick of this book. Ever.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
Maybe the narrator. Aesne Vigesaa sounded tired sometimes and you could only differentiate when Clay was speaking. All other characters sounded the same. The narrator is not terrible but monotonous at times.
I loved that it was about a she wolf named Elena. I looooved that character. She is strong, witty, and is not waiting to get rescued. She takes charge and does with ther life what she sees fit. I really enjoyed the love story because it was not your classic predictable wolf story. The relationship in this story is not perfect but you
The narrator sounded tired and monotonous at times.
Yes it was so worth it. It's a different take on the whole wolf thing. And there was an excellent mix of action and romance. I will probably not get the other books in the series since it is narrated by a different person and the reviews are horrible so I'll probably just stick to the Ebook version of the other books in the series. Ive learned that a narrator makes or breaks an audiobook.
Beware: there are some violent and graphic scenes in this story ( a la True Blood) so if you are sensitive to this keep it in mind. It's not too much or too gross and those scenes are justified with what happens in the story.
If you like the True Blood series or the Sookie Stackhouse books, you will definitely love this story. There are some very sexy, hot love scenes in the forest that are just wonderful and I loved the ending. But if you are looking for Twilight Saga type of werewolves, most likely you will find this book to strong.
The main one
I was frustrated so often with the main character, so confused and contradicting. I found myself yelling at the recording using words like “make up your mind” “quit contradicting yourself” “for a werewolf you are such a wimp”. Was very bored most of the time and never looked forward to being in my car so I would continue the story.
It was good. The story took a different Vampire twist. There was action and plot twists and the characters were fairly well developed. The narration was okay. I liked the book. Somehow the story fell flat toward the end and I finished it because I needed an ending. It was entertaining, not bad, but not the first book that comes to mind when I recommend a vampire book to a friend, probably the 5th or 6th. I don't need to listen to it again, but I wasn't unhappy for purchasing it.