avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
I loved the first book in this series, The Edge. This one is very similar in the whole begrudging love plot, but the villains are more interesting and the action is a bit more exciting. I really enjoyed it, even if it was a little bit predictable. The narration could've been better.
This was alright but it's probably my least favorite of all the Andrews books I've read. I'd still rate it three and a half or four. I think it went on longer than it needed to. I like Sereise and William and I'd love to have more interaction between them and Deckland and Rose in the next book.
The narrator is the same throughout all these books and does a very nice job.
I was happy to see that William is in this one. I did sympathize with him in the first book and its satisfying to see him find romance. His emotional torment and struggles to overcome his abusive childhood are covered here without making him seem pathetic but strong and worthy of happiness and love.
Cerise is a true heroine and perfect for William as they battle truly monstrous enemies. Some are really creepy.
Renee Raudman was easy to listen to with the only drawback for me was the voice of Spider. Hearing her interpretation made me think of a fairy tale witch or a very old woman instead of a powerful, evil man. Other than that its a great listen.
Bayou Moon continues the partnership of Ilona Andrews and Renee Raudman in showing how the right narrator improves the story. The book is great on its own -- strong leads and secondary characters, action, and intelligent world-building - but Ms. Raudman brings out the subtle humor that is hard to hear when "listening" to the voices as you read.
Maybe it was the reader, or maybe it was the writing -- or maybe it was both. Regardless of the culprit, I found this book wanting in comparison to the first Edge book and the Kate Daniels series. The Edge as described in the first book felt really real to me. It all seemed to fit together. In this book, I had difficulty picturing the world of the Mire, or believing in it. The accents the reader used didn't work for me. And the writing... the way it kept switching back and forth between different peoples' perspectives within a single scene was just poor writing form.
Also, what is with Ilona and her characters adopting children or raising their siblings? Kate, Rose, Cerise, and William have all followed this pattern in one way or another. Also, orphans. There seem to be a lot of orphans popping up in her books. I don't mind this part of the stories, but it is starting to feel a little formulaic.
I really like the narrator, she is the perfect voice/voices. This book is full of action, really full of action. I guess that I am a prude, but I do get sick of the F word in all of her books. The variety in this series is interesting, I am anxious to start the next book.
While I LOVE the narrator, the book needs new characters. The names have been changed, and the location is different, but the main characters are the same as in her other books. Uber powerful, I can take care of myself, nasty beyond belief woman meets a man who is equally if differently as powerful who is completely smitten and patiently waits for her to realize she loves him. I was disappointed.
this book is not this author's best work. the characters and realtionships are well developed, but the underlying story is predictable. granted, there is a formula to this genere, but this story just feels like it was rushed to meet contract obligations. it's a collection of good scenes held together with the literary equivelent of cheap duct tape. the narrator, who has previously done outstanding work with this author's other titles, just goes over the top with bad accents and even worse characterizations. she does a decent job with the central characters, but everything else is distractingly bad.
I FORCED my way to finish book 1, ON THE EDGE (aka The Big Giant Head cover) in print, but since it IS an Ilona Andrews series (LOVE Kate Daniels), I figured I’d give it another try only with the audio book of book 2, BAYOU MOON. The audio book IS marginally better, however I’ve come to the conclusion that this series just isn’t for me– it’s just too hopeless and depressing. I really forced my way to finish out of sheer stubbornness.
However, kudos to the narrator Renée Raudman who provided the bulk of any enjoyment I got out of the book. Seriously, if the exquisite Johanna Parker ever gets tired of narrating the Sookie Stackhouse series, I would highly recommend Raudman to take over.
So I guess that if you liked The Edge series book 1, you will LOVE the audio of book 2 because of the narration. But if, like me, book 1 didn't work for you, then don't bother with book 2. I'll just stick with Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series and I'll be letting the Edge series drop by the wayside.