I really like thrillers. My favorite type of movie or book is one that has a unique perspective instead of a different version of the same story repeated by many different writers throughout the years. Many books are fine for a one-time listen, but to find one that's good enough to listen to again and again is a rare find indeed!!
I have finally found a vampire series that I have really enjoyed listening to!! If you read my profile, you'll know the one thing I love best in any tv show, movie or book is that it's unique and Faith Hunter found that uniqueness and shares it in the wonderful series of books about Jane Yellowrock.
The first audiobook was so good that I immediately ordered all the other ones without even listening to a sample. This is an extremely rare thing for me to do, because I'm very particular about the books I like and especially particular about the ones I choose to keep!!
I had to admit that the reader's accent, especially on some of the male characters, was difficult for me to take. That's why I gave the performance a "4" and not a "5" in my rating of this particular audiobook. Other than that, the performance was really quite good -- especially when reading the narrative, doing the voice of Jane and the voice of Beast!! The storyline captured my imagination almost from the start and never let it go!!
I love the sense of humor that Faith Hunter weaves into the story. Also, as a follower of Jesus, the Christ, I enjoy that she weaves Jane Yellowrock's Christian upbringing into the story along with her Cherokee roots!! She blends them in such a way that no one could possibly be offended, unless that particular individual chooses to do so.
The first book is really the first half of the second book. So if you choose to start with the second book, "Blood Cross," you could do so without having heard the first book, "Skinwalker," but I'd highly advise against it. Please read the first book and then you absolutely must buy the second one!! The two books simply go hand in hand and if you like vampire stories, but don't want a lot of gore and are too old for Bella, Edward and Jacob, I guarantee you'll enjoy this series!! And I don't say that often!!
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
I have listened to the entire series so far and have enjoyed it very much. I hope there will be many more books to this great series. I will be purchasing them as soon as they come out. :)
Very interesting main character who you like despite her flaws. Interesting premise and a good piece of fantasy. My only complaint is that it drags on and on and on. I honestly skipped about an hour toward the end. I don't know what I missed, but the problem is, I don't care what I missed. I might try another volume in the series via reading instead of listening and see if that helps.
Yes, I'm on book two. I enjoy the story, the setting and I like all the characters. Jane is a strong and for the most part well adjusted character which is nice. I like that she can handle herself and doesn't have to rely on being rescued. The only thing that drives me crazy about this story is the reading. Khristine Hvam really needs to do a little research to find out how to pronounce the Cajun words properly. I'm from New Orleans and that drives me nuts!!!
Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series.
None in particular. Some of the character accents sound Jamaican rather then Cajun. Also people who live in the city don't sound like that. Those with the accents live on the other side of the river and rarely venture into the city.
Mainly irritation when words where pronounced wrong. Otherwise I found the story interesting.
I wasn't sure about this book at first. I am a huge fan of Patricia Briggs, and I was worried about it being too close. This story is entirely different, and the characters are fantastic. My favorite part is the reader though! Not all audiobooks are equal, but this one is amazing. The reader is perfect for the character, and I love her accents!
I really enjoyed this book and happened to buy it because it was on sale. I must say I was more than pleasantly surprised. The story is truly entertaining, the narrator excellent and this audio book kept my attention all the way to the end. I like the main character because yes, she is sarcastic but unlike a lot of other books highlighting female characters, her sarcasm is not overbearing and she is very likeable. There are no ridiculous, steamy love scenes that are stuck in the book for affect.
If you decide to get this audio, just sit back and enjoy. There are a lot of twists and turns that may surprise you.
I've just listened to book 2 now I'm on to book 3.
I quite enjoyed it. Loved the transition between Cat and Woman and the two different thinking processes and speech patterns. Very nice.
I was expecting more action out of this book. I found myself being exasperated with her telling of this story. The premise is that there is a badass skin-walker was alluring but ultimately disappointed. The author's descriptive prose repetitive. The author's progress on the mission dragged on with over use of daily things like shopping and food. The story is 14 hours long and most times I would be amazed--thinking I got a deal. However, I am sure the author could have shaved at least five hours off of this book by leaving the ho-hum telling of the background information and repetition of facts that she already mention. She mentions many times over how the vampires are bound, what has happened to her memory, and several other facts. This gets a bit annoying. The author writes the animal as the first person when Jane is changed and this is annoying. There are no clear boundaries between Jane and a changed Jane. The narrator was pretty good, but sometime her pronunciation is sharp. She also does a poor job speaking as a black person. I was expecting something more, but was so disappointed with this book.
First off, there's a lot to like about this book. I enjoyed it, but I was in an extremely forgiving mindset because I was under the impression that this was Faith Hunter's first novel. I was able too look past the amaturish dialog, the unnecessary and plot-dragging repetition, and the heavy handed humor (protip: when you have to point out that something was supposed to be funny, that usually means that it wasn't, and if by some miracle it had been, you have just ruined the effect.) No self respecting editor or publisher should have let this go to print. I know it's difficult to catch all the mistakes, tense switches and unneccessary repetitions, but that's what beta readers are supposed to be for.
Faith Hunter has an intriguingly creative mind, but she is still making mistakes I wouldn't accept from a high-schooler's class project, much less a published book, and she's had at least three previous tries to practice.
The technical mistakes draw the reader out of the narrative enough that it is no longer possible to ignore the glaringly stupid choices the characters make, stereotypical cardboard villains, the pre-teen fantasy bad-boy love interests, and the myriad of other problems that are obvious upon any kind of reflection. When you throw in a cringeworthy narrator on top of all that, you find yourself starting to circle the drain.
Faith has the potential to be a very enjoyable writer, as evidenced by my ability to enjoy this book despite all the flaws (listed and unlisted). I just wish she'd take a bit more time after the first draft to check things over... and maybe read a Robert B Parker book now and again to learn how to write dialog.
None of the vampires are whiny teenagers! Also, the monsters, including Jane, are always presented as being dangerous. It keeps the tension high and contributes to a nicely complicated plot. This is a great book for listening to on a summer holiday to the beach or even an afternoon in the park.
Maybe. Her accents are terrible, particularly her French accent. Why did they get a narrator for a book set in New Orleans with a bunch of French vampires when her French accent sounds like a reluctant high schooler taking his oral exam? It's distracting, but not so distracting that you can't enjoy the story. Plus, I suppose if you don't know what a French (or Cajun or British) accent should sound like, then you'll never notice.
Almost. I admit I got a little cross with my roommate for interrupting me a few times.
If I were reading this on paper, I would have skipped all the descriptions of what the main character, Jane, wears for every little outing.