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Unholy Ghosts in audioversion is even better than the written version, if that is even possible! Bahni Turpin’s narration brought the awesomeness to a whole new level, with her changes in pitch, pace, and the way she ‘was’ each of the characters I’ve come to know and love in the Downside Ghosts series.
I am still new to audiobooks, but I think Unholy Ghosts managed to really whet my appetite, and to be able to live the story because someone talented tells it to me is such a great experience. Each time Turpin narrated Lex, I could hear the kind of teasing smile in her voice, and if Chess was upset about something, it could be heard in her voice too.The way Chess actually shrieked instead of me just reading ‘Chess shrieked’ was so well done, and I was so into the story I would have done ironing all day – and that’s my least favorite chore to do!
Unholy Ghosts includes a very specific Downside dialect for some of the characters, and Bahni Turpin had that down to pat as well, I can’t even begin to explain how great she is at narrating. I have read all the Downside Ghosts books that have been released so far, and this series is among my favorite UF series, which is another reason I was so happy to be transported by Turpin’s voice and her perfect way of expressing the feelings and moods of the characters.
I know I have tagged my review with ‘strong female character’ because even with all her flaws and insecurities, I think Chess is just that. In Unholy Ghosts, the readers get to know her, and the fact that she has an important job does not deter her from using her drugs to dull all the past pains she is still feeling. Hearing Chess rationalize her addiction was another thing I really enjoyed, because listening to her brought me even farther into her head.
Enjoyed this introduction to a particular world that isn't too different from reality-- that is to say, while there's some drastic shifts cultural, political and spiritual frameworks, people are still mostly people and there's isn't a ton of sci-fi created vocabulary or super-invented geography to keep up with.
I love the complicated nature of the protagonist. I like the variety of players in her world -- the professional side and the off-hours and in-the-neighborhood aspects of her life. And the story is not a predictable one. I was puzzling through along with Chess, not ahead of the story.
The story is suspenseful though it took me a little while to get the hang of the various factions of people Chess has to navigate. Great character names and Terrible is a favorite, no doubt.
Best narrator ever.
I like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.
This is truly what I think of as urban fantasy, because of the wry, gritty sense of humor and pressing sense of action it delivers. What I really admire in these books though, is the reality of a high functioning drug addict, how her mind works, why she lives that kind of life, how it harms her, but especially how it sometimes actually comes in handy. This is not an after school special on why drugs are bad and will ruin your life. There are two sides to every coin, and it takes courage to write about the less desirable side in today's market. Only complaint I cloud possibly have is the way her world building and mystery investigation get so intertwined that when the main character is finding clues and trying to figure things out, it's easy to get totally lost, since the strange magical elements of her world seem to be so innumerable. Its like she was making up lots of the rules and realities of this world as she went along. Just makes it easy to get confused is all. And maybe it felt a little tedious. Still, this story injects a little ugliness into a genre that is plagued by fluff. Ghost stories don't have to be for kids :)
I enjoyed listening to this book, although I did find Chesses drug use a little bit grating at times. There were times that she really should have stayed clear headed but didn't. I was just waiting for her to get clean or at least try! Maybe later in the series. Despite that, the book wouldn't have been nearly as good if she wasn't an addict. She's got street smarts but she still makes bad decisions. I like that she is vulnerable but can still hold her own. She needs help sometimes but isn't helpless.
I also liked the gradual buildup of Chess and Terribles friendship. Their relationship started off shakey but kind of blossomed into this, cool, dyfunctional friendship. I look forward to seeing what will become of these two.
The narraration was fantastic. I love how she gave that downside street vernacular life. The voices all sounded different from one another. Very well done.
I really like the world that Stacia Kane has built here. There are interesting political and philosophical considerations built inherently into the world here that add a depth not always seen in an urban fantasy novel.
Besides that the main character Chess is an interesting mixture of vulnerable and competent. She's smart, which I appreciate, but still makes mistakes.
I also appreciated that I was totally wrong about my predictions of the plot. I have read several urban fantasy mysteries that have completely failed to surprise me lately, and it was nice to be surprised again!
If you have ever read or listen to a story that has you talking to, laughing at, or shaking your head at the characters, then that story has engulfed you and pulled you into their world. And for me, that’s the best natural high a book reader can achieve. And seriously if you think about it, it’s the only reason to read a book. This is by far one of best series of urban fantasy that I have had the privilege of listening to.
Stacia Kane's delivered a spellbinding and very unique story. Scary at times, dangerous at times, over the top at times, however brought together through life trails, love and hope. The characters are well developed and very interesting.
Although at times, I thought Chess needed to rein in the insecure emotional drama, I can’t wait for the saga to continue.
Bahni Tupin brings each character to life with his/her own distinct personalities. Tupin is one of the best narrators on Audible.
I really like the way Bahni Turpin's narration brings Downside speak to life. She really shows Bumps greasy ways.
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I was more intrigued by the cover than the premise of the book, yes, I'm a sucker for pretty girls... but the story is absolutely fabulous and the narrator is just wonderful, getting the tone and inflection spot on every time...
I absolutely love audible! I read constantly and there is nothing better than finding a new series to follow. I'm a syfy/fant kinda gal.
I really enjoyed the narration for this book. I really like Bahni Turpin. She has good voices for each characters.
I haven't listened to any other books by Ms. Kane.
The scene with Terrible when they are kissing and almost leave the bar together. Then she blows it by acting like a jerk. That was my favorite scene.
This book didn't hold any hope for me. The book itself was a decent story and a unique concept, but in this new world, there is no hope. No chance of a future or love. I felt that the characters were all very beaten down and lonely. It's a sad world filled with man's addictive personality and anger.
I will not be reading any other books in this series. Again, the story was good too dark for me to have the desire to continue.