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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 2.50
Story Rating: 2.00
Character Rating: 3.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire had interesting characters but it took 70% of the book before anything happened. I am guessing the rest of the series is probably faster at getting to the point.
Read It File It: Ever had a book that overall didn't do much for you but you know that the rest of the series is probably right up your alley? That is me with Rosemary and Rue. While I spent most of the book just waiting for something to happen, once it did I was hooked. I am going to give book 2 a whirl. I have a feeling it will be a different experience.
Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal /Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
Mary did an excellent job with Rosemary and Rue. She was great with October. I felt like she was her. I will be continuing this series in audio.
Final Thoughts: Rosemary and Rue was a great world builder for this series!
At first, I really didn't like the narrator, but grew accustomed to her voice. It helps that the story was so well done. This is a re-read for me, I did the series on my Kindle and have switched to audio for this re-read.
My only complaint is that I don't care for the vocalization of Tybalt. I hope the narrator changes the voice as the series (and his character) develops.
I have to say I absolutely loved this story, and immediately got the 2nd, 34d, and then the 4th book. I have fallen in love with some of the characters, and I think there are some great world building in this book. the narrator is really good as well, because she sounds like she enjoys reading the books.
The author creates an interesting world full of a myriad of fairie kind making the book an interesting listen. The plotline is well crafted. I agree with others that the narration doesn't fit the character. The narrator orates like a victim rather than a strong protaganist. I liked the book anyway.
Excellent series introduction.
Meeting Lilly. There is something very appealing about that character. Someone I'd want to be friends with.
Great way to get to know the world of October Daye... the descriptions sometimes drag, but for the most part the story moves forward. Some of the voices didn't seem quite right for the character, but I appreciated how clearly you could tell who was speaking by the way MRK changed the tones and speech.
I enjoy mysteries, wrapped with violence and sprinkled with romance.
Like with all new series, books 2-4 are better than #1, but 1 is still good. I do not care for the slow pace of narration and many of the character voices are annoying. I enjoyed reading the book more.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
I think the problem with this book is too much introspective talk by the main character. There was no strong bond formed with any of the characters in the story. At first I thought maybe with Dare, that Toby would form a bond but no. Toby was a very boring self centered character, all she bought to the table was CATS!! At the beginning of the story there was a boyfriend and child. But I must have missed something, next thing I knew 14 years had passed. There were a host of characters introduced but I could never figure out their importance in the story or what their vested interest was in her supposed quest to avenge her friend.
The narrator had several voices, but she didn't elicit any excitement when any action happened. Narrators need to remember they aren't doing a reading but a performance. They are suppose to bring the book alive and this narrator fell really short of that expectation.
Not sure if I will continue with the series, the premise is good however, too much character talk about herself and San Francisco was definitely boring.
Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
It's hard to even know what to say with the awful, plodding narration getting in the way. Mary Robinette Kowal's reading of the book is lifeless, populated with one horrible accent after another, and littered with awkward pauses and inflections. Despite the narration, there was some real potential in the characters and mythology. Once we get past October's lengthy backstory and into the current mystery, events are paced well, and the characters are interesting. I can only hope that the publisher finds a more competant narrator for future installments.
This is a decent urban fantasy novel, but it's almost unlistenable due to the inept, amateurish narration. It's so distracting when the reader places the emphasis on random weird words in almost every sentence or adopts a tone that clashes with what's actually going on in the book. And in this case, she's also got an awe-shucks, Midwestern voice that doesn't match the tough, worldly character.
Publishers: an incompetent or incompatible narrator is worse than no audiobook at all, so if you're going to go to all the trouble to record an audiobook, pick someone who knows what they're doing! Good readers for this genre include Marguerite Gavin, Jessica Almasy, Johanna Parker, Mia Barron, and others. But how hard can it be, really, to find an actor who can at least read English sentences in a fluent, comfortable manner?
I'm a Canadian book blogger who loves audiobooks. My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, especially anything paranormal.
It felt like there should be a prequel to explain Toby’s history with turning into a koi, how she became human again, and the first few years afterward. A lot of that situation is only referred to offhandedly, and is a bit confusing.
My favourite character was Tybalt, but he’s one of the least utilized people in the story. Every glimpse of him was exciting, and I wanted more. I fully expected to see the hate relationship between him and Toby develop into something else, and I was surprised when it didn’t.
Romance actually plays a very little role in the story at all, which is quite refreshing from most urban fantasy stories. Also unique is the fact that Toby gets hurt, a lot, and doesn’t instantly rebound. Yes, she does recover with some magical assistance, but she has realistic limitations, and can’t push herself past them with no consequence. It makes the action scenes more interesting because this is definitely not the typical action story where only the good guys land bullets with every shot.