This is not the absolute dumbest book I have ever read, but it's close. The storyline lacks inspiration of any kind. It's crude without being compelling, and even at the end of the story I found myself completely apathetic towards the characters. All of them! Don't waste your time.
Read hard. There's not much time left.
Huff is an excellent writer, and this series is one I have particularly enjoyed. I bought the audio version to re-visit an old favorite.
The narrator was another story entirely.
When I nearly peed my pants laughing so hard at the horrible narration and my husband and I enjoyed acting out the dialogue, as read by this narrator, as if it were a Saturday Night Live skit.
My grandson, Elliot. He is two years old, and might have been able to inject a little bit of emotion into the piece. Seriously...just about anyone would have been better. This woman has a lovely voice, and she would be spot on for doing the audio supplements for history or science texts. But her Vulcan-like rendition made the story extremely confusing...and I already KNOW the story! When the characters are in the middle of the argument and you don't get that from the verbal cues until the fight's almost over...the narrator might be a bit too mellow to narrate fantasy/action novels.
It has a follow up book. Two, in fact. I am patiently waiting for someone to get on the stick and produce the third book in audio format. I just downloaded the second one, which has a different narrator, praise the saints.
Frankly, this was worth the download just for the entertainment value. The story is awesome no matter what! But it is so rare to get a hold of a book with a narrator this badly miscast...it's actually priceless. Good show, Audible!
The only thing I would change about the book is the narrator.
The narration sounded as though the book had just been picked up by a high school student and read without any preparation. The narrator didn't seem to know what the sentences being read were about, or who was supposed to be speaking, nor any sensitivity to the humor in Huff's writing.
I could not get over the reader. Her delivery would sometimes be good, but mostly bad. There was is a constant struggle distinguishing between the narrator and the character that is speaking.
The sole reason I listen to audible books is so that I could multitask while listening. This book demands that I do nothing but stay still and really focus on what the narrator is saying.
For instance while driving and listing, you will find yourself with a distracting choice drive on muscle memory to your destination, or become dismissive of your safety because you realized you blanked out on the last 10 minutes and need to rewind. The book becomes too much work!
The story sounds great but the reader kills it.
little distinction between characters. It felt like I was being read to by my fourth grade teacher. Not a bad thing but terrible for a multi-tasker.
Someone mentioned the "Canadian" accent and that is exactly what is wrong here. No idea if the narrator actually is Canadian but she sure is trying hard to sound like she is. "About" comes out "Aboot" and the emphasis on the pronunciation is *obvious. I'll add the corollary too that I AM Canadian and I don't say "aboot".
Please, NEVER recommend an abridged book for me. Really. I love to read and I've become really addicted to audios.
This is more a "romance" flavored book. I like urban fantasy but can't abide Paranormal romance. I probably set the "romance bar" lower than some.
Probably not. I've tried a few.
Okay. young. girlish.
Most of them I think. Really the ones where our protagonist waxed poetic about males she meets...seemingly any male she meets.
Skip this one if you're looking for Urban Fantasy not PNR.
The Enchantment Emporium was my first introduction to Tanya Huff, and it was a great one! I love the setup of the Gale family: their mysterious magic and rituals, their seeming obsession over pies. This is one of those books that manages to strike the delicate balance between the absurd and the serious, between the characters' magic and their lives. On the one hand, many of the sections are laugh-out-loud funny, surprising us with clever turns of phrase and amusing characters and situations, while on the other hand, we feel the characters' heartbreak and longings as if they were our own. The Gale family is the perfect example of a large, over-bearing, supportive family: run by the powerful and spirited Aunties, it's the sort of family that might drive its members crazy, but will be there for them no matter what.
Teri Clark Linden's narration sparkles through the text. This is a book I've never seen in print form, and I can't imagine it any other way. To me, Linden's version of Alysha, Charlie, and the rest will always be the real thing.
I should have kept track of the number of strange looks I attracted as I listened to this story and this performance and laughed out loud while walking or cleaning with earbuds in. I'm sure the count would have gotten pretty high.
If you enjoy material concerning sexual intercourse between close relatives, by all means please purchase this audiobook. But if you are mentally stable please run. I just could not believe the author would take us on that journey. I mean this is Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Huff hasn't the imagination of a flea. She will not get another chance.
How on earth did this get published? The voice acting is very good, I'll give it that much. The accents are recognizable and understandable. That's the only good thing about it though. The main characters are nothing but a family of manipulative, amoral, incestous Mary Sues. "The Aunties" opinion is that since Aly failed to use magic to "change Michael's mind" about being gay, her heartbreak is her own fault. They want his blood in their family and might just change his mind for him anyway if they get the chance. And these are the good guys! The "romance" between Aly and Graham (a most unfortunate name for the love interest given that she's in Calgary to investigate the disappearance of her "Gran." I can't tell you how many times I had to rewind mentally while listening to this.) is the most ludicrously superficial I've seen since reading book one of "Twilight." She was devestated over Michael and told her father he was The One for her but then snaps up Graham without ever a FIRST thought, let alone a second. I'm really wishing Audible had a return policy. I really enjoyed Tanya Huff's first couple of Valor books; I'm very disappointed in this one though. I can't finish this book or recommend it.
Hi, I am a voracious reader with a wide range of tastes.
This is the first book by Tanya Huff I have read and I found it disjointed in the beginning, but the characters were well written and the story is interesting. The big down fall was Ms. Linden's performance was like listening to someone on tranquilizers reading the story. Over all the low price makes it worth a read.