I love this series & this last book was as good as I was expecting. But listening to this was so frustrating. I was tempted to quit it several times to just read it instead so I could enjoy it fully. Very disappointing.
Granted, this is only the fifth book in the Kate Daniels series, but I'm more than favorably impressed with the way the authors continue to build Kate's world and relationships. Book 5 has Kate edging nearer to a place where many of these urban fantasy books lose my interest . . . a character that becomes superhuman (a condition Kate may be approaching due to her heritage) is often either doomed or ultimately less interesting. But to date Kate has added adopted family, a single main love interest (very refreshing!) and continues to develop meaningful friendships with others. There are a few moments of "dead air" in book five, but overall moved the story along well.
A comment about the narrator -- she's bearable when she's just reading; when she gets faux-emotional or tries to do odd accents it's cringe-inducing. Another narrator would have made the audio series shoot to the five-star mark for me.
The shock at the readers voices and performance. And wondering how she made it past the hiring process.
Wouldn't know, was unable to stand listening to it.
Could only bear to listen to 5 minutes of the book, the performance was THAT BAD. A shame I love Ilona Andrews books... Please hire a different reader.
This is the first of the Kate Daniels books I've listened to rather than read, and plot wise I love it. It's a great addition to a fantastic series. But..and this is a big but...the narrator is so frustrating to listen to. The way she voices Kate sometimes makes her sound like an old lady, but that I can deal with. However, the fact that every male character in the book with a few exceptions sounds like Yosimite Sam is driving me up a wall. You may think this is exaggeration, but take a listen and you'll see! I understand they are in the south, but really, it's just to much. Please please get a new narrator for the next book!
I loved Kate's relationaship with Curran. I guess I felt almost as if Kate's love for her "family" made her throw caution to the wind. It felt out of character. Some of the plot devices in the beginning weren't consistent with the end game. I felt almost as if Kate got "dumbed down" for plot purposes. The ending was a cliffhanger although based on Kate's actions, I was surprised there wasn't more of a backlash. She didn't see it coming--why I don't know. I felt let down by Kate's choices. I love this series but I'm on the fence with this book. I feel the author made the character react to the plot rather than the character's personality establishing the plot. I apologize for being vague, but I didn't want to give anything away.
Absolutely love the storyline- I originally read it on my Kindle, then thought I would enjoy it in audio form too- Boy was I ever wrong!! This narrator is hands down the worse Ive ever had to suffer through!
Dresden Files or Iron Druid Chronicles- I love them both
Lorelei King- she did a decent job on Patricia Brigg's River Marked
Renee' is so overly dramatic that I just could not stand to listen to her for more than 40 minutes, tops. She drags out sentences and over-acts every single line- Arrrgh, extremely frustrating to listen to.
Even though I already have the entire series in print, I wouldve also bought all the audio books IF only Renee wasnt the narrator for them all. Sadly, I could only suffer through 2 of the audio versions until I called it quits.
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
I just finished book 5 and now re-listening to it cause I'm not ready to move on! The story has gotten better and better, I love the characters and learning more about them. I love the humor, the sarcasm, the raw emotions.. it feels real. Renee has really nailed so many of the characters and her voice skills are excellent - she really brings me into the story with her narration. I am dying for the rest of the series to be on Audible! READ THIS SERIES!!!
Doesn't disappoint. Renee does a great job conveying the personalities of the different characters.
Ilona Andrews writes a funny, smart dialog.
I now own all the tittles in this series and they keep getting better with each book. They build on each other and change things as they go along. The writing make it hard to wait for the next book.You fly through the book then have to wait a year for the next, but they are worth the wait. I can't wait to see what happens with Kate next year. It is like family you only see once a year and miss them dearly. Please speed up the writing, but keep the quality of the writing as well.