fantasy fan extroardinaire
I will admit to being wary when first I looked at this novel, after all it was one of my only choices for the special sale Audible was having. I was more than happy at being wrong after only about 5 minutes into the book though. Add the fact that I was expecting another predictable vampire romance novel and well.....Yeah. I know you may be thinking "Is he nuts? Predictable and vampire should never be in the same sentence." Unfortunately I am, but thankfully I was wrong once again.
I can truly say that the only real audiobooks I have enjoyed as thoroughly as these have been The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Chronicles of Narnia, all of which are older and more recognized as classics. I consider a classic to be a book, film or some other piece of art that I and others continually come back to and read, look at, or discuss over and over again during our lifetimes. That being the reason I consider these books to be a true classic. These books stay on my iPod right alongside the above mentioned novels to be enjoyed by myself and others anytime the mood strikes me, which happens to be quite a lot honestly.
As for Tavia Gilbert's narration, well it's spot on as well as having quite a dazzling range. Now I will say that some have had issue with her cockney accent for Bones but I must assuredly disagree on all counts to this. Firstly, his character was for lack of better terms a street rat/streetwalker. Secondly, you can't quip about Tavia's portrayal as being off as Bones is over 2 centuries old so his terms and vocal quibbles are only an issue for more modern speakers. Thirdly, along with the previous fact you also have to understand that his linguistics are based in Old London but he's lived all over the world since so of course he has a bit of wherever slotted in here and there. Fourth and Lastly some have said that Bones should sound more like Spade and vice versa but Bones was a low class and Spade was a noble so it makes perfect sense.
Here's to hoping you will give these books a chance and end up loving and sharing your love of them as much as I do. Cheers mates!
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.