Maybe this is an ok, or even good book, but I was so annoyed and distracted by the bad narration that I really couldn't even get into it.
The ending was fine, no better or worse than the rest of the book.
A different narrator. Here are my issues. She absolutely could not do a British accent. Was it supposed to be Cockney? Sounded horrible, like one of the aunts on the Simpsons, but less, manly. So there was that. She coudn't do men's voices in general, so even those with no "accent" were not believable. And here's a further bummer. The narrator was so overly articulate, that I felt like I was getting a diction lesson. This was an enunciation nightmare. Every. Word. Was. So. Crisp. it just really killed any mood or tension within the plot. The thing is, if she was simply reading without accents and multiple voices, she would probably be great, clean, clear, very easy to follow, and her own voice is pleasant.
If the story summary sounds irresistible to you, pick up a hardcopy of this book and read it for yourself. Wish I had.
The story was just okay. Really wished the main character, Cat, had more depth. I won't be reading more books from this series.
Good but not great, really a big fan of the Walking Dead books and how they were narrated, and the Hunger Games trilogy.
Her voices, although the Bones voice is a bit of a love/hate, it's almost irritating at times but you come to enjoy it and wait for it.
The end, great set up for book 2!
I chose this from the reviews that said they loved this series. I tend to like the paranormal/romance genre, but this one didn't do anything for me. It may be mostly due to the narration.
The English accent used for "Bones" the vampire was unbearable. I almost couldn't finish the book. Tavia Gilbert's voice for him sounded more like a middle aged fish wife than a sexy vampire. This character has been ruined for me. Be sure to listen to the sample to see if you can tolerate it. Aside from that character, the narration was fine. I suppose it is difficult for an American woman to do male cockney accent, but this just didn't work.
I nearly gave up & returned this audio after Chapter 3. Listening to the narrator's depiction of Bones (main male character) is like nails on a chalkboard..no kidding. I was so frustrated because the storyline is good and at some point I just gritted my teeth and gutted out the audio listening (a tribute to the author). With that being said, the majority of the narration was really good (with this exception) which begs the question of why such a poor job with the main, male hunk?!?!?! UGH! The narrator made him sound like Mary Poppins after a 3-day crack bender, or if Poppins were rewritten as an 85 year old nag! (Bones) is very clearly a rough around the edges, bad-ass vampire, masculine, but humorous with loads of confidence who goes after what he wants. The accent is good but the tone, pitch and inflection are way WAY off making it difficult to resolve & some of you may not be able to take it.
However this book is well-written, witty, sexy and interesting and would have received an overall of 4-5 in my review efforts, if only (Bones) character was decent. If you can soldier past it like I did, you will enjoy an awesome addition to the audio library in this Paranormal/Romance collection. Frost knows how to build the suspense, anticipation, attraction & action and doesn't overdo it like a lot of others.
yes, this is a solid start for a series. good story great hook for book two.
Im buying book two right now.
Bones is really well done. A vamp comfortable in his own skin. He wont give up on Cat.
Since it's only the first book you don't get the idea yet that thier need for each other is equal on both sides yet.
I love this book! There is action there is romance (hot romance!) there is drama there is humor and the characters...the personalities...and the list just goes on!!! And the narrator...AWESOME! Gilbert really brings all the characters to life!!! I must confess...I have listened to them all (and started on the spin off series of each individual character) but I am listening to them again...and will listen to them again I am sure!!!
The story and the well developed, rich characters kept me riveted! I will definitely give this one another listen!
At first I wasn't sure about this old British vampire with his Cockney accent. But it wasn't long before I was hooked. Tavia Gilbert's portrayal of Bones really brought the dead man to life. This is the stuff fantasies are made of.
The shear range of characters she convincingly created was amazing! Each was so distinct, and so vibrant. Brava!
I have a long commute, so I use audio books to fill the time. I really had to force myself to turn this one off when I got home each day.
That missing star on my overall review is aimed at the author, Jeaniene Frost. Although this is a masterful tale, the Cat character's immaturity bugged me at times. She was plausibly immature, but it still bugged me.
This was actually a good story. It was well plotted, strong character development, and quick pacing. The narrator does a good job giving life to the characters and with Bones's accent. What I didn't like about the book was the romance angel. Although the romantic relationship between the two characters developed nicely, it took over the plot . I would have preferred more action.
Ok I know my profile says "you write it, I read it!" I do draw the line somewhere though. I DON'T READ ROMANCE NOVELS. Ok once, but that was on a bet (I try not to lose bets, especially ones that have payment for a huge expensive dinner date involved). This is about as close to a romance novel as I get (unless there is money involved or something worth reading a romance novel for, and yes that includes another date). I'm a huge vampire freak (and no I don't consider Twilight a legitimate vampire story), and so I was instantly drawn to this series when it came up on my recommended list. Little did I know that about one quarter of this book is a romance novel. Of course being the typical "guys guy" that I am, I rolled my eyes, muttered "You have got to be kidding me", and continued listening when the first hints of the romance part of this book showed up. By the time the action got hot and heavy I was trying really hard to turn off the book. I mean really I was, for some reason I couldn't get my pause button to work and I had to sit and endure listening to that feminine hormone enduced passage rot away my brain cells. If that wasn't bad enough Jeaniene Frost just sort of slips it in here and there, so I am really enjoying the story only to have hot stuff find her way into my listening pleasure. I mean really what self respecting guy doesn't turn it off? Like I said I was having technical issues, so I really didn't have a choice. It's a conspiracy really, because the pause button worked just fine at every other point in the book (I complained but Audible said the problem was on my end, yea right). So even though I had to listen to some of this book under duress it really is pretty good. You know except for the steamy romantic sections. Still have my man card intact (I think, you guys bought those excuses right?)! *Cough* Oh look a flying elephant!
Tavia Gilbert does a great job with this book. Really makes it come to life, or is that half living if the book is about a half vampire? Anyway, good book, great narrator, give it a listen!