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.
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.
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.
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 am going to try to read the book since I can't get past the narration. It is terrible. There are oddly placed pauses, the voices she uses are hard to listen to and are more of a distraction than anything else. I just couldn't get into the story.
I really wanted to enjoy this book but was frustrated by the pointless dialogue that literally was practically a narration of the action we just read with bland sarcasm thrown in.
The plot blocking made me want to Throw my phone. The entire plot consists the main character getting attacked and then bouncing between 4 other characters and internal complaining about life and her circumstances. For a PI she does hardly no investigating and the entire mystery could have been resolved half way through but was plot blocked by another character because... I don't know... reasons. As a matter of fact this entire world and society of Fae motivations is just explained as 'reasons'. These world is alien because zero choices made in this book make any sense to any human.
The world built here was a bit overly complicated. It felt like I was learning something new I had to sock away for future books every other page. So it was good but man it was dense for being so short. Kowal is an awesome narrator. She did a great job.
I absolutely love this series, I have read them all. That's why this audio version was so disappointing. The reader did her very best to destroy the book. Her reading of Toby was the opposite of what I imagined the character to be, and she didn't do much better with the rest of the characters. I never read Toby as incompetent and whiney but that was the way she came off. I'm going to try the next audio book to see if it gets better but I have this whole series a solid 5 stars in book version and this version barely got 3. If you didn't enjoy the audio book then try the real thing. Without this reader makes a huge difference.
I bought this one after reading and loving the Incryptid books, thinking I'd get more of the same, but was mostly disappointed.
Our heroine spends most of the book being injured and/or defeated, and seems unable to accomplish much on her own. I kept expecting October to somehow pull herself together and surprise her various attackers, but no, she just kept getting her ass kicked again and again and again and again and...
The ending was the same, and that made it the most disappointing part. There were some interesting side characters and relationships, but they were just too many, and I found myself constantly getting them mixed up.
The reader barely pronounced consonants, and sometimes her voice trails off at the second half of a word, which made it hard to hear whenever there was a little background noise.
If you want humour and a strong female protagonist, don't pick this book.