When I read a book, I hope for interesting and well-developed characters, a good plot, witty, realistic dialogue, and romance. Bayou Moon has all of these. The world and the way magic works are interesting without taking over the entire story. The descriptions are enough to take you there but don't go on too long. The plot is a bit predictable at times, especially since I have read all of Ilona Andrews' other books. I recognized some of her patterns from before but she writes them well enough that I'm happy to read more. The romance had the appropriate levels of tension and interest without becoming ridiculous.
My favorite aspect of Andrews' work is her characters. That is no less true for this book. I've found that, in many books, one of the characters, usually the heroine, desperately needs help and the hero is the only one who can provide it. She starts off asking for help and remains lesser for the duration of the novel. William and Cerise are both tough, capable, and smart and the author does a nice job of having them remain equals while giving them both moments in which to shine. They each need something from the other and they have complementary skill sets. They both also have issues which, over all, they are proactive about resolving.
The narrator Renee Raudman only adds to the experience of reading this book. Some of her accents aren't to my liking but that is a very minor point against her. She reads like I think. When the characters have humorous or frustrated thoughts or dialogue, Raudman's voice communicates not only the words but the mood of the character. There is a brain behind the voice and, because she uses tone and inflection so well, she brings the characters to life in a way that simply reading the print copy never could.
I eagerly await the third book in this series. If you enjoy Bayou Moon, you will likely love the Kate Daniels series which is also by Andrews.
Although I really enjoy the Ilona Andrews books in general (and particularly liked The Edge, Book 1), I found this book incredibly boring. As another listener mentioned, the story was formulaic. It was also predictable and way too parallel to the story in the first Edge book. The fight scenes went on way too long and the monsters of the book were less than believable. A big disappointment - one of the few books that I have listed to that I was glad to be finished with.
In the worst story. This one is just twisted (like the main antagonist) - it goes way past my tolerance for detail of the twisted way the Hand works and the demented torture they employ. Other than that, it would be a better rated story.
Cerise and William? Love the wolf and the girl with the blade - even the semi- whacked Mar family.
the narrator was really good in this book but let me tell you about details maybe 15 or 20 characters this time and you've got to remember them all and their characteristics you can't get distracted you've got to stay on point but in the end this is a very unexpected and delightful story
i love ilona andrews. i love reading her books, getting lost in her world and falling in love with her characters. rene spins a great tale, good pacing and her voice is soft, sweet and an easy listen.
This is one of my favorite books. The story is great from beginning to end. Ilona Andrews is a one of a kind duo, creating worlds that you can immerse yourself in. I love the edge series. They are all good stories.
I love audiobooks. I usually listen while quilting, or just relaxing in the garden. My Great Danes even settle down when they hear a book.
The writing was superb. But characters jumped off the page and invited you into their world. When the book ended I felt like I was leaving friends behind.
did not read the printed version. so???
When the "GRANDMA" patted his cheek and said he was a good pup. I all most lost it. writing like that, is what makes reading so much fun.
the voices. how she can do all the voices and make all of them so clear, and full of snark, and grissle.
lol, yes, and I cant wait for the next one.
I like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.
I'm so happy with this series! It's so very creative and well done. This edition was long, and at times felt slightly anticlimactic for that reason, but that long journey pays off in the end by making the romance involved feel more natural and by making the characters and the world of these stories more dimensional. I love the way details of the world are added in quickly and succinctly, without drawn out explanation, and then are expounded upon with action and dialogue. Really a cool writing style that packs lots of info in without slowing things down. On a side note, I am betting that the married couple who write these books under the moniker Ilona Andrews have a very strong relationship, partly because of the collaborative influence of their writing (and I'm sure cooking up the sex scene details doesn't hurt either.. These two can really write some sex ). Great stuff, all around.
I love the Kate Daniels series, and this one has captured my interest as well. This is a paranormal romance set in another realm of existence that borders our own world, that only those beings of magic can survive. It's one of the most imaginative series that I've read, with creatures brutal and lovable alike. They must go to a war among their own kind, then battle an intruder out to steal a secret most of the family doesn't even know they posses. Renee Raudman does an excellent job of narration,bringing all the voices, mannerisms, and emotions of the characters to life.