One Unique Reader
You'll fight like a sentinel to get past the first 8hrs (boring) but the ending makes it worth it.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
Worth the listen!
Rune going back in time and the changes it makes.
She does a good job and I've been very pleased with her as always.
It's well worth the credit.
I listened to the first two books by Thea Harrison and thoroughly enjoyed them. I had a much harder time getting involved in this one and I'm not really sure why, but I just found I wasn't as interested in the story. Maybe it was the beginning, where we are getting to know Vampyre Queen Carling. She just doesn't seem like a very nice person and I really didn't want the story to be about her. Rune, yes. Carling, no. As the story progressed, I became more empathetic with Carling, but still couldn't really embrace her. Also, it seemed to take a long time to figure out what was going on. Maybe my mind wandered and I missed something, but I kept thinking that the writer was going to take the story in a different direction or include some other notions to make the whole story line more plausible. But even after the story ended, I kept thinking there were some missing pieces that could have really helped to tie the whole story together. The story ended with me kind of wondering what really happened. There were, to me, a lot of unanswered questions, even at the end.
And then there was the narrator. Really, I would expect a reader to be more educated, but she mispronounced what I think of as common words. Filleted did not have the French pronunciation fill ayed. She enunciated it all Fillit ed. It really irritated me for some reason. Luckily I figured out what the word should have been strictly from the context of the sentence (slicing someone up - like deboning a fish). Another was reticule (pronounced reticle). There were other words, and I recall she had problems with the other two books, but really, if your not sure you should look it up. Or are there editors for audiobooks. Whatever, they didn't catch the errors and it was annoying, making a fairly good story only adequate. Sophie Eastlake needs to be more careful, and, to me, take her job more professionally.
This wad by the far most interesting and least predictable of the Elder Races series so far.
I started this series as a mental break from my stressful life and enjoyed the first two books, but found them a little predictable. I settled into this one expecting much the same, but the plot and characters were way more interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of this series has to offer.
So here's the deal--if you like fantasy, want to indulge in an intense romance, and are looking for something with a little more umph than most of the other books in the genre, this could be it for you.
For any high-brow snobs out there--probably not the best option.
Narrator , as always, great in this series. Story for this one not as compelling. I can't bring myself to like Carling. She seems too cold and B-------y for our Rune. He is such a laid back, hottie with genuine personality. Why not "Mate" him with someone more likable ? The time travel element was interesting, but could have been more developed. Also, Dragos needs him, why take him out of New York and put him and his vampire in the blazing sun of Florida. Why not 'Forks'. Sorry, Ha! Ha ! couldn't resist. I would have liked to see the Griffen' s and Tiago stay working together periodically. Maybe like the Avengers.. Maybe have all the Mates become friends like "Rock Chicks".
For me, this was the weakest book in the series so far, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy it. I really like Rune and Carling as characters and the plot of trying to save Carling from her degenerating fade outs was really interesting, but the romance parts of this story felt heavy-handed and forced. I had almost decided not to continue with the series, but Thea Harrison has a gift for introducing really interesting characters that will star in her next book, and the Oracle Grace looks to be a real winner to me. If you liked the previous books, you will likely enjoy this installment, but I was not as impressed with this book overall.
The pacing of this book may not be for everyone. There isn't a lot of heart racing adventure. What there is, basically, is a really good romance set in a paranormal world. I really appreciated how Harrison focused on developing Rune and Carling's characters. They worked together to solve the mystery of Carling's health while behaving rationally and acknowledging their growing feelings for each other. Sophie Eastlake is a fantastic narrator and brings a lot to the story.
So many times when I read a PNR book, the characters might be hundreds or thousands of years old and it amazes me that they behave like immature idiots. Not so in Thea Harrison's world. I like that!
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
Suspenseful at the start,
Mysterious in the middle and
Humorous at the end
Dragon Bound due the humor of the author
Sophie Eastlake is truly a fantastic craftsman when developing the different voices and the added talent of showing how different people talk in different locals of the United States.
See who bites who first and see which bite really lasts!
I really love this book!!
passionate reader and vegan
5 wonderfully and gleefully given stars.
I have a crush on Thea Harrison’s mind, her ability to create a world of ‘other’s (including actual Other Places), to craft and breathe life into such marvelous characters as Dragos, Pia, Tiago, Ninniae, the Sentinels and beyond. This books is no exception with the extraordinary tale of Dragos’ First (a Sentinel named Rune Ainissesthai) and the creature he’s drawn to and eventually mates, the vampire Carling. The tale in itself is a challenging and complex one, certainly a cut above the run-of-the-mill vampire books. As Carling is dying, Rune is more and more invested in finding a cure for her.
Carling’s history is in itself a superb evidence of Harrison’s mind. With….WAIT JUST A MINUTE!! You know, I’m sounding like a wannabe reviewer and I’m NOT. Here’s the deal:
I read Thea Harrison with my gut…my reaction to her writing and her people and her stories and her incredible mind is oh so visceral. I can’t really dissect the writing or the stories or the everything because it would be like doing an autopsy on myself. The privilege and honor goes to those much more intellectual than moi. The bottom line is that her books draw me in, they excite me, they flay me, they speak to me, they draw me in, they take me from the mundane to the extraordinary. When I was very small, like 5-ish, I used to sneak out of my window (completely unbeknownst to my parents until MUCH MUCH LATER) and roam with my imagination all over a neighboring golf course. It was magnificent. I’d climb trees and make up a life in a faraway place with faraway people and faraway excitement. Well, I’m 67 now but I can say that reading Thea Harrison is like being that little girl again…living with the wonders of my (and her) mind.
The narration of The Elder Races by Sophie Eastlake is beyond perfection. She nails EVERY character and brings the total story to such life, it's amazing to hear her.
Thanks, Teddy. for the books and Thanks, Sophie for the animation. You are both remarkable.
I liked the first book in the series and the second, while not as good, was still OK. This one is approximately one hour of story spread out over eleven hours of reading.
It goes nowhere. There are endless scenes of the protagonists admiring each other, first one and then the other. But there is almost no plot and no action.
The narrator is good.