I enjoyed the story overall, though more Jane, than beast. I dont think it was necessary for Beast to talk the way she did, I really think it distracts from the story. I kept finding myself thinking of, or doing something else. The story just couldn't hold my attention while Beast was talking. It would have been better if the authot told us that Beast talked in pictures, scents, and basic feelings. Still liked the story very much though. As for the narrator, she does an excellant job with everything except the southern accents. Sometimes Jane had an accent, and sometimes she didn't,. Regardless it wasn't a North Carolina accent, especially an Appalachian accent, and her New Orleans accents weren't even close. I figure if you don't know the accent, you just shouldn't even try, even if the narrator was raised somewhere in the South and truly does have a Southern accent, then she should have just stuck with her own, and had character voices using her accent, after all she really has a very nice voicel
Unafraid to read from any genre.
I do enjoy a good urban fantasy, so I was looking forward to this audiobook series. Unfortunately, Khristine Hvam kills it for me. There are a variety of reasons. First, she has much too much of a nasal "head voice" for the protagonist, detracting from the toughness of the character. Secondly, her southern accent went in and out and varied in regional dialect from southeastern to western drawl. The thing that got me most irked was her lack of understanding in terms of speaking her lines. So many times she misreads the emphasis needed in a sentence, destroying the meaning or intention of the line.
I own the next two books on kindle as well as audible, so I'll probably end up just reading them if this same narrator is used.
Faith Hinter and her character Jane Yellowrock are both new to me. Saw another author mentioned book 9 in the series on Facebook. Decided to take a chance on the author and character. I was not disappointed, love the strength and different direct of the vamp myths. Very much appreciate the Cherokee back history/story. I have also started book 2 in the series!
Hermit author of fiction and non-fiction influenced by the Ozarks
I loved this story, once I listened long enough to get used to the narrator's voice and enunciations. I'm from the south Louisiana area, so the accents were a bit much for me to bear. However, I got used to it and thoroughly enjoyed the story and the telling of it after that.
Reminded me a little of the Laurell K. Hamilton series, but only in the setting of normalcy in a paranormal world of vampires and humans.
I had to get used to this. I grew up with authentic accents from New Orleans and south Louisiana, and the narrator's enunciations were different than the ones I would have used on certain phrases and words. This may not have bothered someone without the same biases, though.
Overall, it was a great tale and I loved it.
The story was decent but could have done without all of the cheesy southern dialect. All of that just made it feel like the story was written by a backwoods redneck. But a creative backwoods redneck. You may like it but I will not read the second one.
I really loved this story, I did have to get use to her thinking as her beast half. but all and all very good story. will get more. I love Jane!
Faith Hunter made a lot of mistakes in this first book of the series. Jane Yellowrock should have died many times over in the story, from gross errors in judgement to completely ignoring her alter ego's identification of the opponent they were up against. The intrusion of the witches in chapter 25 was a monster of a mistake which nearly caused me to toss the book completely.
All in all, it was a poor beginning for an otherwise great series. I keep hoping that Jane will kill Leo "True Dead" but she doesn't seem to be inclined to do so anytime in the future. If the truth be known, I really dislike vampires, and stories about vampires. I'm also not too fond of blood servants. They can not be trusted any further than the vampires can.