This book was a disappointment. The story dragged and never really hooked me. I downloaded the book after i read many positive reviews, but i don't know what the fuss was about. The narrator really bugged me when she tried slang for different characters. I made myself get through the book, but i'm not going to continue the series.
I enjoy reading -romance, mystery & paranormals. Some of my favorite audios are: Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Cat & Bones & JD Robb.
Characters I can support.
Very well done.
This is an interesting and original world, but I really don't care to be a part of her drug filled lifestyle. I don't find the story romantic or mysterious at all.
I can't seem to get past the slang used in the setting of the book
Yes, I like her, just not this series.
Yes, she is a great narrator. I just don't like the slang and the drug world the main character lives in.
Not in this series. I suppose Stacia could write something else that could be of interest.
No, I like urban fantasy, I just did not care at all about this "protagonist" - if you could call her that.
In all fairness, it was the material, not necessarily Bahni.. I will look up her name and see if there is anything else she narrates..
Others must like this, I just did not. I am a huge fan of many female writers with strong female protagonists: Kim Harrison, Ilona (ok this is actually a couple, not strictly female) Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Faith Hunter, Jennifer Estep, Nicole Peeler, Caitlin Kittredge, Seanan McGuire, Chloe Neill, Kat Richardson, Vicki Petterson, Carrie Vaughn, Darynda Jones, Jeanne Stein, Jeaniene Frost, J.R. Ward, Karen Chance, Keri Arthur, C. E. Murphy, Kelly Armstrong, P.N. Elrod, Thea Harrison, Tanya Huff, Karen Marie Moning, and even Laurell K Hamilton before she went nuts. Nothing about this character made me care what she did, or what happened to her when she did it.
Long distance interstate driver. I need my books to be interesting to keep me going at 4am. I'm biassed towards action, scifi, fantasy but also entertaining non fiction/educational
Most-The main characters unconventionally
Least-Gets fairly boring in places.
I found this one pretty tuff to get through. Its defiantly different and dark and has good scenes but is let down for me by its tendency to drag in spots.
Let me start by saying I enjoyed this story. The three stars and the remarks that follow will make this sound like a more negative review than it is. It suffers mainly in storytelling style, and by comparison with other novels in the post-apocalyptic UF genre. Taken on its own terms, it was very entertaining, dark, and imaginative. The author has succeeded in creating her own version of a world shattered by, and rebuilt anew after, an apocalyptic catastrophe in which the threats still abound. And her vision is remarkably unique - something increasingly hard to find in the glut of "zombie-apocalypse" books. Kudos for that.
All the wonderfully dark, gritty UF details here have been diminished, however, by the flippantly adolescent style - this applies to both the book as written and the audiobook as narrated. The story is told, not in the first person but nevertheless from the protagonist's point of view, and that person, Chess Putnam, is a young girl, teens or early twenties, I believe. A multiple drug addict and exorcist/witch/debunker for the Church of Real Truth, yes, but a young girl just the same, and much of her style - and thus the style of the narration here - sounds like a flippant, eye-rolling, sarcastic 16-year-old. I managed to enjoy this story despite this annoying style, certainly not because of it, and that must only be because I am so addicted to the whole genre.
The plot moves along nicely, although most of it is not exactly a nail-biter. The characters, except for Chess herself and the utterly engaging Terrible, are largely flat, cardboard stereotypes, from "Bump," the drug dealer/pimp to the church officials to the middle class families whose homes may - or may not - be haunted.
Bahni Turpin's narration of Chess has the hip-but-squeaky affectation of a 16-year-old, one who is trying to make it in a hard, strange world by being just a bit too casually "whatever" about nearly everything. Turpin voices Chess just so, and gets it right, true to the author's style (much as this style annoyed me), but she struggles, and often simply fails, to give credible voices to the male characters. I found myself substituting my own version of the voices in my mind, something an audiobook narration should relieve you of the chore of doing. A second, male narrator would have greatly improved the experience.
So there you have it. Many will no doubt take issue with my comments, and I do hear that the books that follow get progressively better. I will listen. But I will say, as a true lover of the whole postapocalyptic and UF genres, that it is hard to come from "The Passage" or "The Stand" or "Swan Song" and find nearly as much enjoyment here. That said, three solid stars for the sheer imaginativeness of the world Stacia Kane has created for us.
I enjoyed some of the characters and the narration. What I liked least was the drug abuse and descriptive sex.
No, The book makes drug abuse seem like the answer to everyone's problems and very descriptive sex. It is definitely not a book for teens.
Yes, I enjoyed her narration of "The Help".
No, very dark. I feel like it brought down my soul.
The story was simple and relatively easy to follow and there was enough there to keep me engaged with what was happening
Not sure what else is out there from this author, but she could have potential in the future. This felt like a first effort and easy way to make a series, but it read as very "first time" to me. That aside, I'd probably look for something else from her to see if this is newness or just not my kind of author.
The performance was flat and one dimensional. The ability to give a character an identity other than just a higher or lower voice was lacking. That said, I do think she did a passable job voicing the main character.
I could see this as a TV series on Sci-fi or something like that with the typical new hot female lead and over muscled unknown male supporting cast.
I really wanted to like this book. But...during every single one of the first 12 chapters, I thought about returning it, until I finally decided to just power through it and listen no matter what. Unfortunately, it never really paid off. I never really cared about any of the characters or what happened to them. There is sense that this book constantly strives to acheive a level of suspense and drama that it never manages to pull off. Part of that is due to the story and part is due to the performance of the narrator. There are many, many times when she has long awkward pauses as if she thinks the sentence or thought the author is trying to convey is done, but then suddenly realizes there's more. The cadence of the performance goes wrong. The 3 main male characters all sound way too similar. I think the most interesting parts are the quotations from the various books and pamphlets that start each chapter. The villain never comes off as terribly menacing and the story isn't really engrossing. There were many long periods where my attention drifted and when I came back to listening, I didn't feel like I missed anything important. In short...skip it.