I don't know why I purchased this first in a series. It must have been on sale because almost all the reviewers felt the same way that I did. The narrator actually reads it like text to speech and so stilted that I could not get through the first chapter.
Other reviewers have said that story picks up, but I'm not waiting.
This book had so much potential but in my opinion the narrator completely ruined it for me. I almost turned it off because of her but because I like the premise of the book, I kept going. It did get better towards the end.
I honestly wasn't sure about this story when I read the synopsis, it seemed kind of questionable. And even the first hour or two I figured I would listen to it and move on it wasn't bad, it wasn't good. And then I got hooked, what started off as kind of ify, became enthralling such that if I was doing other things and I missed something I was rewinding it to hear what I missed. The story and the use of the magic / different types of magic, blended with the Fae world into a cohesive whole was unique and well done. They detective storyline that led through out the books was well done and suspenseful. The romantic triangle that pops up in the story adds a bit for the romantic type and also tosses in some amusing scenes as well. I ended up enjoying it so much that I actually stared at my phone that it was over and immediately started book 2.
First I hate a weak main character , this girl just can't stand whinnying-ness ..bought all three book and didn't even finish book one, returning.... As far as narrator, it was passable, can't say for sure it it was her voice or the words that made me dislike the story..
This had a new twist on the fantasy world of witches. The main character is a grave witch which means she can raise shades which take solid form so they can be questioned. One even testifies in court for the first time. She can also see ghosts and into different realms. She's even unique among grave witches because she can see Death and interact with him. There are great supporting characters, like a gargoyle that she can actually talk to, a fae landlord There's a mystery that keeps the plot moving. She has a great sense of humor and bad luck seems to follow her around. I can't wait to listen to book 2 to see how her personal life develops which seems to have two contenders right now.
The narrator was okay but could have put a little more life into the story.
The story is OK, and I'm pretty sure I would like it much better if I had read it myself.
The narrator destroys this entirely. She adopts this voice for the main character that's coarse, old, and ignorant sounding. She seems to have no real idea where to put emphasis. She mispronounces things. She tries to put what I assume she feels is 'drama' into the performance and it's really amateurish and stilted.
The main character is supposed to be a bright younger woman and this read makes you think she's crabby old trash. Other characters, while read poorly, don't all sound so plain old coarse so I don't get it. Maybe she's trying to give her a hard-bitten edge? Baaaaad.
I have not checked but I hope to heaven the other books in the series are read by someone else.
It's maybe a little cliche. However, the narration really gets in the way of fair judgement.
It just needs someone else entirely. Narration is not for everyone.
I think the premise is good, and could develop well over time.
I really liked the story. I would listen to it on my way to and from work and would find myself wishing my commute was longer.
The story was fun and engaging enough even between action scenes.
The first time I tried to listen to it, I gave up after the first 30 minutes. I found the story to be slow and I couldn't get over the reader's voice. After giving it a second try, and getting used to the reader, I found the story to be engaging and am glad I gave it a second chance. I am also glad there is a sequel.
Yes. Its just fun and the author did a great job of describing the fantasy world.
Too many! The description of Alex in the Etheric was delightful.
I found she performed all the characters with sufficient differentiation to identify. Even performs male characters well.
There's another world out there!
I was looking for something other than mysteries and thrillers. I never read or watch vampire or witch stories. The first fantasy book I bought was poor in character and background. This one hooked me from the beginning.
An avid audible book listener!
The series seemed to start out a bit slow, but the plot is similar to the Darynda Jones series and a few others so I stuck it out. I actually enjoyed the story, but thought it would have been better with a different narrator. A witch who has "grave sight" and can see soul collectors is just beggging to take part in some interesting mysteries. Luckily, Kalayna Price plays along with the idea.
I love that "Death" becomes a character in the story. Actually a being called a soul collector, Death has visited Alex Kraft, our heroine, for most of her life. Once she grew up, she began to understand who and what he was. For Darynda Jones fans, think of Reyes Farrow.
At first the narrator seemed to lack energy in the performance, but as the story progressed, I became accustomerd to her reading.
The storyline is definitely entertaining and it leaves listener wanting to know what happens next. Luckily, Grave Dance was also on sale. I bought both books at the same time and haven't regretted that decision!
I have not finished this and am trying to hang in there, but wanted to jump on to warn others- the reviewers who said the narrator sounded like William Shatner are being kind. She sounds slightly drunk & the sibilant s's in her speech make me cringe. I feel sorry for the author because there may be a decent story here, but I'm having difficulty gettting past the stilted pronounciation to follow the plotline. I have an image of someone shoving her the pages as she's trying to read them. It really makes me angry for the writer and for us, the consumers, that the audio company can't be bothered to hire quality performers.
Haven't finished yet....
No, no and NO
Not sure- get back to me if I finish this one.....
Tavia Gilbert & Lorelei King should start a training school for narrators.....Just saying.