More to the plot than boy meets girl, fights dragon and flees to the past.
lack of depth to storyline
Ability to keep reader listening
Is it possible to find out the genre of a book? I am not big on romantic stories that give little of substance re the plot.
The first chapter (story setup) seemed a bit sophomoric. I felt my intelligence was being insulted. However, I stuck with it and was rewarded. I felt the narration was very good. The story just got increasingly interesting as it developed. It was one of those audio books that I couldn't wait to get home and listen to it at the end of the day.
I am looking forward to the historical aspects, romance, character development (and conflicts) and mystery solving the I expect to find in Book # 2. I honestly can't wait for more!
What a great listen! Had me on my toes the whole time. Can't wait for the next one in the series. Loved it.
I enjoyed the story, but I thought the narrator was the best part of this audiobook. I have over 700 audiobook in my library here at Audible and have listened to many, many audiobooks. Experience has taught me what a good narrator does to bring a story to life. Ms. Ikeda did a remarkable job narrating this book. There was never a moment when I didn't know which character was speaking and she conveyed the feelings of the characters (e.g., fatigue, fear, joy) very nicely. I was not expecting this book to be a romance novel and it dances around being one (romance novels are not my thing). Ms. Harkness seemed unsure of what genre she was writing in and as a result, the romance/sexual part of the story was rather juvenile. It would be a better story if the entire book was written for adults. Even so, I was entertained and that is what I look for in fiction. I enjoyed the history and didn't mind the detailed exposition that seemed so disturbing to some reviewers. As I said, romance novels aren't my thing. There is one semi-romance novel (Diana Gabaldon's Outlander) that Ms. Harkenss could take a lesson from because it drew me into the story in a way that was similar to what the author tried to do here (albeit Outlander did it far more successfully). The romance/sexual element of Outlander was an intriguing part of the reason why I enjoyed that listen. Perhaps Ms. Harkness might consider strengthening that element of her next book since it is now a part of her tale.
I really enjoyed this book. Interesting and easy listening. I sometimes have trouble listening to books over 15 hours, but this one I never wanted to stop. Will definitely read or listen to her next installment.
NO - and I very much enjoyed the print version of the book. Jennifer Ikeda's dreamy, worshipful, weak-voiced rendition of the book was INCREDIBLY annoying. Where's Diana Bishop's strength of character? In this reading she sounds like a star-struck 16-year-old. Ikeda's British, French and Scottish accents are badly done as well.
Not by this reader. I'll only buy the print version for book 2.
All of it. I barely made it to the 3rd chapter before I pulled out my headphones in disgust.
I'll; listen to the previews much more closely for any future purchases.
Harkness has brought to live a world with Witches, Demons and Vampires living among Humans. The characters are rich and multifaceted. Ikeda does an amazing job narrating this first in the trilogy. I can't wait for the next to be released! Both Harkness and Ikeda have a new fan! Great story and great narrator, perfect summer fun.
Well, I wasted a credit and I can't blame anyone but myself because I read several of the reviews. This truly is a ROMANCE novel. We're talking HOURS of the rescuing prince being overly concerned about the heroine's well-being and emotional state, HOURS of the heroine being overly concerned about the prince's well-being and emotional state, HOURS of descriptions of physical contact including back rubs, foot rubs, hugging, snuggling, embracing, biting, holding hands and a little bit of sex. The actual story might have been 5 hours without all the romance.
I suppose I am most disappointed to find out it is part of a series. Sigh. Part of the reason I didn't give up on the book was because I wanted to find out "what happened".
So, like the other reviewers... if you love romance, you'll love this book.... if not, you are probably going to hate it.
This story has it all. I couldn't stop listening.
Diana is independent and stuborn. She is very powerful and doesn't see what she is capable of. When she falls in love there is no changing her mind. She trusts her intuition and follows her heart.
I thought she did wonderful performing the character of Matthew. He has different accents and even speaks different languages.
Yes this book has it all. Love, pation, mystery, history, war and more.
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! It was a different application of the cut and dried fantasy outline. I am really looking forward to the next book...