As a fan of Armstrong's Darkest Powers and Darkest Rising young adult novels, I was excited to listen to her her adult series (especially as it would be aimed more at my generation of readers). However, I did not find this book to be as fun or intriguing as I did her young adult novels. The main character in Bitten is a rather dramatic and melancholy character, whose mistakes you can see coming from a mile away. While she was thinking one thing, she actions and words would often spell a completely different story. This kind of behavior would be plausible for a fifteen year old girl, but was harder to believe from a grown adult.
The book starts of rather slow...too much backstory, too many lush romantic descriptions with no real reason. But the story picks up about half way through, and will leave you pretty enthralled once you get there. Overall, I am not totally discouraged from this series...but am not quite sold on it yet.
One thing I do want to point out is the narration: while most of the time the narrator did a fine job, the voice that she used for the character Clay was absolutely grating on my last nerve. I wanted to scream at the narrator "Have you ever heard of subtlety?" every time she had dialogue from him. For a lead romantic characters voice to be so thoroughly tarnished by narration really impeded my overall enjoyment of the audiobook. However, as I said, she was able to do every other character's voices perfectly fine.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
The more audiobooks I listen to the more I am reminded that the right narrator is critical. I happen to really like Aasne Vigesaa's narration. She is one of my absolute favorites, primarily because her voice never overwhelms the author's words.
This was an entertaining book. Certainly not a page turner, it had a less than complex plot. But the characters came to life and were believable because of Vigesaa's narration.
The fact that this book was so dependent upon the voice of the narrator was driven home to me when I tried to listen to the next book in the series. The story's narrator was the same character, but the actual narrator who read the book changed. And the effect was so great I could not finish the book. It wasn't just because the narrator changed. It was also because the narrator was awful.
I have a love/hate relationship with book series. When I look back at the ones I loved and the ones I hated I inevitably find the deciding factor is the narrator. Either I believe the voice in the first book of the series or I never do. I believe one of the worst things a book publisher can do is change narrators in each installment of the series. That is what happens in this series, and why I won't read any more of them.
Yes. The reader is one of the best female readers i have ever heard. Just the tone and pitch of her voice tells you what is happening in the story.
The first time Clayton and Elena run together
Kelley has 1) done an amazing amount of research, and 2) authored one of the BEST descriptive narratives i have ever read! Her descriptions and story of the pack running, hunting, playing and communicating are amazing.
BITTEN IS THE FIRST BOOK IN "THE OTHERWORLD" SERIES BY KELLEY ARMSTRONG.
IN BITTEN YOU MEET ELENA, CLAY AND JEREMY. THEY ARE WEREWOLVES. ELENA IS THE ONLY FEMALE WEREWOLF AND THE STORY IS TOLD FROM HER POINT OF VIEW. I READ ALL OF THESE BOOKS SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CHARACTERS.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SERIES. HOWEVER IT IS NOT FOR KIDS DUE TO THE VERY ADULT CONTENT.
If your looking for a new twist on supernatural and getting away from the typical vampire route, this is a great series to listen to. Bitten captures your attention by chapter 3 and intrigues to see where Armstrong is going into the future. Bitten sets the stage for rest of the series and is a must!
Kelley Armstrong is just amazing. I like every book she has, and I hope she puts out many more. This is the first book in a series, and I like the series very much. I will warn you, that it is not a normal series, and the characters are switched up often. The series in about the woman of the underworld, and though this first book is mostly about one of those woman, you wont really be hearing much from her in the series again until about book 6. Love the book, Love the series, Love the author, and Love the Narrator. Worth the credit.
It was an interesting take on the werewolf genre and the story line pulls you in as it goes on.
Their first run together behind the house.
Clayton..... just really liked his character though as the series goes on you really begin to admire Elena.
Keep reading this series. I had read this book, and then kinda slid off to others then went to the 2nd book Stolen and then by the time you get to the 3rd book, you are so hooked. I read (well listened) to the entire series in just a couple of days and so forgot about my wifely/motherly chores so beware. It is so very good. Am very disappointed the series is ending this July..... but maybe we can get lucky and Kelly Armstrong will change her mind down the road. YOU WILL VERY MUCH ENJOY!
This first book in the Women of the Otherworld series had me hooked quickly. Elena is enjoyable as a strong, but conflicted main character. She can kick butt when needed but also has enough emotional vulnerability to give her depth and make her likeable. I am looking forward to listening to more of this series.
Shewolf saves day
Twilight's Lea Clearwater meets serial killer
Clayton and Elana have a relationship that off-&-on-again that stands the trials put before it.
Clayton is memorable as the less than civilized 2nd in command and Elana as out of place were-heroine who wishes she were still human.
I kept hoping for a love interest for Jeremy.
yes best book i read or listen scince i grad. form H.S. in 06
nno i havent
elena she reminds me o my gf