#1 a less annoying accent. I'm not sure if the narrator was asked to do the accent or how this usually works, but after about 30 seconds of listening to it I was ready to give up and find something else to listen to. Maybe it's just me, I can see a lot of people loved the narration in other reviews, but the constant souther drawl grated on my nerves.
#2 less repetition. A few other people have noted that the main character loved to announce the colour of her eyes ie "I looked at him with my grey eyes". I lost count of the times I swore to myself that if she said it one more time I'd take my headphones off and smash my ipod with a hammer. That was probably the most repeated thing she said, but other things, like scenes from her past, where she kept her weapons, or trivial things about how other characters looked kept being repeated as well. Very frustrating to listen to.
I really don't pick books to listen to based on the narrator. That said, if I notice Lauren will be the one narrating I'll be carefully reading reviews to see if she does it with a southern accent.
I couldn't stop listening to the book. Excellent story. Well developed characters. Good flow. Thought the narrator did an excellent job. Couldn't wait to download the next book.
Perhaps to enjoy this one would have to be a fan of this type of fiction ... magic, vampires, giants, dwarves, etc., living in "real world" cities here in the US (versus Pratchett's characters living in their own environment). Overall the story dragged. Toward the end of the book I was starting to care about one or two of the characters, but not enough to listen to more books in the series.
This unlikely assassin is found starving in the streets, hiding from the woman who killed her family, by the assassin who turned down the job because his moral code does not allow him to kill children. She is trained as an assassin from this point, an assassin with a "moral code" who just wants to retire (having made plenty of money in her career). Her small group of magic wielding and totally human friends back up the story.
I love Urban Fantasy, Paranormal romance and dystopian novels. I almost always have either a book in my hands, or an audiobook in my ear!
It took me 5 tries to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked, now I am inhailing the second book!! The narrator is wonderful!! It was so good, I wish I could eat it!! If you devour books like I do, you understand that feeling!!! Happy listening!
Another heroine filled with angst believing she is responsible for her family and friend's death? Really? It's all her fault? I just didn't buy it. It's a fun idea with the "elementals" and their different levels of ability living in a corrupt city - very dark. But the main character repeats herself regularly - rehashing her own and others' motivation - blah! It gets old and a bit sappy - kind of adolescent. Maybe the characters are supposed to be cartoonish? Good guy - oh, so good and naive. Bad guys - unconscionable and stupid? I will say the narrator used wonderful accents and played with the pace nicely - really set the atmosphere.
Superficial storyline with forced hype
Kept waiting for it to get better. Sounds like the author has made herself the main character and is full of herself.
Action and sex scenes were about as exciting as watching grass grow. The narration was monotone and soft, though clearly spoken. I felt no emotions when listening to this book.
The storyline, while promising, is very predictable. The descriptions of eye color and other adjectives are overusd, as well as the words b*tch and f--k.
Her voice was soft and monotone. I felt little difference with character shifting and could not differentiate between anger, sadness, or elation.
The storyline is compelling and I see a lot of promise in it. Gin is a complex woman who I feel will grow into a brilliant character.
I born a long time ago and grew up to be who I am today.
I'm on the fence with this book. The characters are fun if not a little too Mary Sue/Gary Stu (really, a computer hacker/financier/car-jacker/marksman/thief who has a way with the ladies?) Most of the characters just seem to be an expert and whatever skill they need to force the scene to carry on but the contrived scenes are offset by good characters. The mythos is creative, but the prose is wordy. For every good thing about this book there is something that I feel and good editor should have asked to see cut.
First thing I would have asked is for the word "silverstone" be limited to at least once per chapter. Even better, just stop using it since everything seems to be made of the stuff from Gin's knives, to normal kitchen knives, to gardening tools, hand cuffs and car keys (I'm making up that last one). Worse is every time she mentions the knives, which can be several times in one chapter, we're reminded they are made of silverstone. Also, I'd avoid the overly contrived subtext that everyone Gin opposes in the book is either tortures people to death or sexually depraved. It's like Estep is trying to make Gin a anti-hero by proving she only kills people who truly deserve it.
This is actually the best part of book. Fortgang probably gives this book more life than I would have imagined if I reading this myself. Audible is probably the best way to go with this one in particular.
I do. Probably on the CW where the focus is a limited cast of good looking people with very little in the way of moral ambiguity.
I kind of feel like this is probably the authors first book- and by that I mean first book EVER. It reminds me of Larry Correia in that this book would be better if it had been polished, or had the author made some of these glaring mistakes in unwritten novels so that the writing could just be cleaner. That said I assume the following books are better, but it's going to be a long while before I'm willing to return to this series.
When i first listened to this book i immediately loved it. The narration was excellent and the writing left me wanting more. I could not get enough of the series.