Frost's books are not enhanced or even given their due because of the narrator. Many times throughout the book I would be distracted by thinking of poor phrasing, inflection and accents--her Latino is at times almost non-existent and at others stereotypical. I enjoy Frost's plots and the interplay between characters, but it could be so much better with a different narrator, such as Lorelei King,Jennifer Ikeda, or Johanna Parker.
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I have read and love all the Kindle books from both series. After reading many of the reviews I purchased the audiobooks on sale. I must agree with the negative reviews of the narrator. Her Bones voice is HORRIBLE and her Spanish accent for Juan is even worse! I'll stick to the "printed" version.
As many follow-up books as Jeaniene wants to write, I will read (not listen).
I'd give this a solid 3.5 stars, but I have a hard time giving this 4 stars or for that matter, understanding why this book has so many 4 star ratings. The main character, Cat, was far too annoying for me to give this anymore than 3.5 stars. If I had to rate her alone, I would give her 2 stars. She irked me off and on throughout the entire book and so did her mother. I had sympathy with Mommy dearest in the beginning, but by the end, I was alll for ditching the bitch and running off with Bones. IMO, Bones was the most redeeming thing about this book and frankly, I'd read more of them just to get more of him.
Though I didn't love it, I was intrigued enough by the ending to venture into the next book. Frankly, that last bit of action saved this book from a far more negative review. Way to end it with a bang, Jeaniene! In fact, I already started the first few chapters of the next installment and go figure, Cat has already made me roll my eyes and sigh heavily a couple of times. But I'll see it through, if only to get another couple of glimpses at Bones.
Audiobook review: My annoyance with Cat was mostly due to the way her character was written, but a tad bit of it was also how her dialogue was read. I could identify several places where her emphasis on certain words or her tone when she read a particular line would have made a significant difference (i.e. if I had been reading it instead of listening, I would have said it in a completely different way). But something like that is so subjective and it was so subtle that it's hard to say whether or not it would annoy anyone else but me.
a lot more boring, this is what you would get.
Mind you, I didn't get this book looking for any sort of profound literary experience. I got this book to help me over the fact that this summer we have decided to cancel cable, and that I would not get to watch the current season of TrueBlood on HBO. So I was hoping for a suspenseful story with Vampires, a good dose of humor and some steamy sex scenes. There are indeed Vampires, sex and even some humor in this book, but the suspense is sorely missing. The plot is achingly predictable, which I could bear, but the narrator's representation of Bones (seriously, "Bones"? Really? Hmm... lets take Buffy's Spike and name him after David Boreanaz' new show, why don't we? Oh, look, a brand new character...) is awful. He sounds like a prissy older British woman. So not sexy. Ugh. Will be returning this one.
I loved the story and the romance between bones and cat, my only complaint would be with Bones' awful english accent! It is the least sexy accent I have ever heard.
i think teenagers would appreciate this book more than adults since the main character acts like a teenager through out the book
make Cat act like a grown woman instead of a child. The female lead is a complete childish twit that only teenagers can identify with. I ended up rooting that one of the vampires would kill her to put me out of my misery.
The voice of the male lead sounded like Eliza Doolittle with the cockney accent trying to immitate an australian native. It's very annoying and just ruins the entire mood of the story. Every time the narrator does his voice, I just cringe with laughter...it makes it really hard to imagine him as an manly lead. Then the way she voices Cat makes her sound like a teenage twit. I just want to slap that character in many parts of the book because she comes off so immature and a complete child.
Please don't buy this book unless you are a teenager. Go buy Dianne Duval's vampire series of books...it's just so much better and the characters are more mature than the ones here.
This is a well written and well read story about a 22-year-old college student coming of age...a little late. The characters are well defined and likeable but Cat, the 22-year-old half-vampire-half-human female, is immature...in a likeable way but still immature.
The first thing she thinks about after waking up in Bones' bed is "What will my mother think?!?" and that's just one example of how young she is for a 22-year-old. She's still living at home with her mother and her ultra-conservative grandparents and still hides things from them as she tries to expand her world.
Bones' calls her on her immaturity several times, in fact, he sometimes states exactly what I'm thinking as I listen. "oh come on...!!!" Despite her immaturity, Cat is a charming character.
Bones' is interesting but I need more from his point of view. I feel like we don't get to know him very well and without that information it's hard to follow Cat as she falls in love with him. I'd like to see more internal dialogue from him as he learns more about Cat. I also wish he was stronger with her but that's just a personal preference. They work as a couple though there is a drastic age difference and a maturity difference as well.
Overall I'm meh on this one...I do think the author is a skilled writer. I just don't think she's going to write characters that will pull me in. A younger audience would appreciate these stories more.
Maybe it gets better, but after about 2 hours, I couldn't take it anymore. I like paranormal romance, but I've read fan fiction more believable than this angst-ridden Mary Sue story, and everyone who complains about the terrible accent is spot on.
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
This story is so uninteresting. I could not finish it. And the narrator is pretty terrible. The fake British accent for the main male vampire (ala Buffy) sealed the deal for me. I would not recommend purchasing this book.
this was not the worst urban fantasy i've read/ listened to, but it had the most annoying main character. for the first time in my life, i actually yelled "what, are you that stupid?!" to an audio book, not once, but several times. aloud and in rooms with other people in them.
i like flawed characters, they make the story more interesting, but her personality, impulsiveness, and inability to think ahead (or for herself at all in some cases) had me shaking my head more than once.
the premise is interesting, the story not bad, but the main character killed this series for me.
i'll stick to anita blake, gin blanco, kitty norville, and harper blaine as urban fantasy heroines (or anti-heroines) and leave cat to those who can stand to be in the same room with her.
not for everyone.