I have now I listened and read over 1500 books since 2010. Goodreads.com is a good way to find books and keep track of what you've read.
IT TOOK ME AWHILE TO GET INTO THIS BOOK. I THOUGHT IT STARTED OF KIND OF SLOW COMPARED TO WHAT I AM USE TO AND WHAT I WAS EXPECTING. OVER ALL IT WAS PERTTY ENTERTAINING. I JUST FINISHED LISTENING TO THE WHOLE SERIES (or whats availble) AND I WILL SAY BOOK 1 ISNT THE BEST BUT THE OTHER BOOK MAKE UP FOR WHAT THIS ONE IS LACKING. ITS IS DEFINITLY WORTH LISTENING TO. I ALSO LIKE HOW THE AUTHOR ENDS THE BOOKS. YOU DONT HAVE TO ACTUALLY LISTEN TO THE BOOKS IN ORDER LIKE YOU WOULD DO IN OTHER SERIES.
Okay, I listened to the entire series within 2 weeks, so I'm only commenting on the first book and I will separately comments on book 6 (only because I had something specific to say about the last book).
This whole series is amazing!!!
Like other commenters have said, the author keeps the story moving so there are no lulls of boredom and only constant action. It's also very, very sexy, so brace yourself!
At first, I had a major issue with the main male character, Bones', accent (harsh British, not the sexy British accent of James Bond or someone else), but by the end of book 1, and definitely by the book 2, I found myself looking forward to hearing from Bones. (I die every time he calls her by her 'pet' name.)
The relationship between Cat and Bones is EPIC throughout the series. I love this couple! They are INTENSE!
I also have to give it up to the narrator, Tavia Gilbert. As you move through this series, she only gets better and better. Her ability to convincingly narrate the several voices and accents of the many characters is flawless. She can say a line without even telling you who is speaking and you know which characters are conversing. She is also the only narrator I've experienced who sounds like she's acting out the scene physically. Not so much in the first couple of books, but definitely by the last couple of books, she sounds like she's taking blows in the fights scenes as well as dishing them out. I really have to give this narrator props.
Books 1-4 are my favs. I felt like books 5 and 6 went a little stray (not to mention I hadn't realized two spin-offs were written about side characters which then feed into book 6 - - so I was a little confused about sudden new details in book 6 that I hadn't experienced since I didn't read the spin-offs). Despite the spin-offs, the author does catch you up on what happend briefly, but it felt odd not to read and experience the major events myself.
I'm looking forward to book 7 though. Book 6 definitely set up what the focus of book 7 will be...
It is hard to get excited about a main character who, although she is physically strong and a well trained fighter, is emotionally weak and not very intelligent. The book is written in such a manner that it is extremely obvious where the plot is going, but the character is very naïve and has not a clue as to what is going on and has the emotional responses of a teenager. She does not catch on to simple things a typical 14 year old would understand. It is hard to get excited about a character like that, I was disappointed.
If you like the Sookie Stackhouse series you're very likely to love this one. Plucky, tough heroine, lots of humoristic twists and plenty of fangy drool-material. Quite bloodthirsty, dead sexy and completely addictive. Also great narrator - I love her Bones-accent.
Jeaniene and Tavia are a great combo. Bones is real and Cat is relatable. That is hard to accomplish apparently because so many authors struggle with realistic characters in the paranormal/fantasy genres. Jeaniene is worth every credit. Enjoy!
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
This is a girl meets vampire tale and falls in love. But this girl is one gutsy person. She kills vampires with a vengeance. She teams up with a Vampiric bounty hunter (Bones) and the story unfolds. As with many of these novels there are several story threads all progressing at the same time. One is the romance and the other is the story thriller line. I think the romance is done reasonably well, and the plot is above average. However, the way she weaves the together is great. One minor commentary is the vampire gives up his secrets pretty fast eliminating mystery faster than necessary. Also, she introduced a character in the middle and he left the stage, at then end leaving me wonder what the heck?
Tavia Gilbert narrates the story. I am not a fan of voice she gives bones. Bones is British /Australian and the accent is borderline hookey. You do get used to it. This book will appeal to all folks who like supernatural fiction. There are seven or eight books in the series, this is the first. I will definitely read the next.
Book 1 in a series, but the plot is self-contained within the larger context.
Jeaniene Frost does a competent job spinning the yarn. Her universe shows good consistency. I’m not sure I’d choose another book in the series, but it is more that I think I’m satiated with this author than a general flaw. The characters are well enough written.
Tavia Gilbert does a good job. The book is lite and the voices match. For a more serious book one would worry about some of the accents, Bones’ English for example, but as it is they work well enough.
The main character’s internal dialogue could be annoying by its frequency; it is a first person point of view book. The tone of much of Cat’s dialogue is that of a startled rabbit, but that’s OK, too.
The story is intriguing enough that I finished the book; I was drawn to the characters sufficiently that I wondered what would happen. The sex scenes are fairly graphic, nothing kinky – other than it’s vampires, so be warned … but give it a try.
I bought this because it was on sale and since I've read all of Jeaniene Frost's books on Kindle I figured it was a no-brainer. Well I should have paid more attention to the reviewer who mentioned how distracting the narrator's voice for Bones is because it completely pulled me out of the story. I would compare it to Spike from Buffy but that's doing a disservice to James Marsters. More like a menacing Eliza Doolittle. I thought I'd get used to it but I'm halfway through the book and I'm giving up. This one's going back.
I encourage everyone to at least try the sample, though, because you may not have the same issue I did and it's really a fantastic, fun, sexy series.
I got this book because it had good reviews but it just wasn't for me. Unfortunately I bought 3 books in the series all at once and I felt obligated to listen to them all. They did not get any better for me through the series either. I think this story is just geared for women. Some men may like the series but my guess is most will not. I can at least say that it wasn't so bad that I stopped listening to it.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
Story is full of well-described action scenes that lend toward the reader's imagination.
No doubt when Cat & Bones are getting to know each other. Both in the bedroom and out especially when Cat allows Bones to feed for the first time.
No. However, Gilbert did an impeccable job in both Book 1 and Book 2. Loved how she keeps all the characters distinguishable.
I would recommend listening/reading "Halfway to the Grave" and "One Foot in the Grave" back to back. However, I did not have a similar experience in "At Grave's End." It felt like that one (Book 3) was written by someone else altogether. Save Bones, few characters behave/sound the same as Book 2. Not sure what happened there.