I am addicted to Audible! I spend many hours listening while knitting or bonding over a great story with my family.
Being a huge Anne Rice fan, I was very excited to purchase her latest release but wound up being highly disappointed. The story was unbelievably slow and the characters lacked depth. I kept waiting for the moment when my interest would be sparked but had to call it quits when I found that I was two-thirds of they way through the book and still had no attachment to the characters or plot. Also, I know that Anne Rice is well known for her erotic horror, however, at times this story came off feeling more like a cheesy Harlequin romance.
On a positive note, the performance by the narrator was not unpleasing and if you are determined to have every Anne Rice novel, then this may be worth a credit to you. Otherwise, I would advise sticking to one of her greats such as The Witching Hour (only available as abridged version on Audible) or the Vampire Chronicles.
Winter's coming -- almost time to huddle up with my ipod and hot chocolate!
How amazingly bad is this book? i don't even care enough to count the ways. It's enough to say that it is the bloated product of once great author whose command of descriptive language, obsession with theology, and need to make a buck off of paranormal freaks like me, exceeds her decency. read it if you must -- for a class, or if you just like having adjectives poured into your ears indiscriminately, like hemlock.
If you bought in with a desire for gripping weirdness, then the passages that fit that description wouldn't even make for an interesting 10 page illustrated comic. The central character is so freaking self involved and boring that you end up wondering how Rice didn't just chuck her own laptop out a window. Everyone calls him (we are repeatedly told) little boy, or baby boy or some other infantilzing term. This is a 23 year old man. WTF?
At the end, during the "last supper" tableau constructed by Rice right out of the da Vinci Code, "god-like old wolf guy" speechifies ad nauseum while the newbs sit shocked into worshipful gazes, as if hearing a great truth. I could barely keep my buds in my ears. I had only a hour to go to the end, but it was killing me! I had to stop and write this. I had to warn the masses. IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER -- IT'S BAD ALL THE WAY THROUGH!
AND, what a narcissistic move on Rice's part. You don't forget for a single second that all those gradiose words are her words and her philosophy. Even the reader get's into it, slowing each word down with pauses between as if manna was dripping from his lips. (He loses all his points for this. Period.)
It was too much I tell you, way too much. i'm amazed Rice could publish this crap with a straight face. (Can I go back in time and get my money back for everything I've ever bought of her's?)
My only positive comment is the descriptive passages of the Nyak House and property. This is a place I could come to dream about. A better book would have been about the house and spooky things going on it in. The descriptive passages are as luscious and sensuous as dark red wind and antique velvet. Divine. As awful as the rest of this tripe was, that's how amazing this house and it's restoration were done. That was Rice at her best. But she let her theology get in the way of her ability to write, and now we'll never know what this book could have been. And that's the real shame.
Definitely! The performance captured the nuances of the characters not to mention how to pronounce their names!
I loved the the web that Anne Rice weaves and quite frankly I loved that she leaves you hanging wanting more! I can't wait for the next novel.
The performance captured the nuances of the characters not to mention how to pronounce their names!
Not your normal Werewolves!
I know some may think that she is simply substituting Werewolves for Vampires but the timbre of this story is so different and somehow more deeply spiritual.
Artist/crafter and writer
Ann Rice never disappoints!... This is one of her BEST! A great twist on an old story. Her version will have you at the edge of your seat! ~ And I don't miss Ron McLarty's awesome narration ~ he's fabulous!
I love reading a book and listening to a book.
I found the story uninteresting and tiresome.
I love Ann Rice, I would definitely listen to other stories.
I wasn't a fan.
This was the first time a audible book didn't keep me going.
this book was equally as intriguing as all the other novels by anne rice.
merrick, blackwood farm. its just as eloquently written as all the books.
This is the Anne Rice I knew and loved. Beautiful prose, picturesque settings, enchanting characters and fascinating story. Now that she's "back", I can hardly wait for her next novel. The narrator performed superbly,so much so that I immediately searched for anything else narrated by him.
I haven't read Ann Rice for anumber of years, but when I listened to Wolf Gift I was enthralled. The descriptions were succulant, The narrator particularly seductive in his rendering of this story. She not only painted pictures with her words, but also brought smells and tastes and every other sense into play and the book lived!
My only regret is that I've already listened to it!!! I wish that it were brand new and I could experience it again, as new. I'm certain that I will listen again, and I hope that the flavor will hold!! I highly recommend it to all!
I can't think of one moment. It all flowed and called out to me to continue the adventure.
I don't know of any other books performed by Ron McLarty, but I will find out!
Don't know. I've never really seen a movie that was ever as moving as the book. I don't know how they could ever portray all of the emotion and sensuality, love and beauty of this in a movie and in any way understand what lay inside the soul and mind of these characters.
I wanted to love this book more but I think it fell short when I realized this was clearly Part 1. I know trilogies have become really popular but this is one book where I felt like it could have been pushed further into one massively good read rather than making us wait. Then again, I could be just impatient. I only gave the story 3 stars but this may change once we hear the full story.
People who are in to sci-fi or totally unbelievable storylines
No...unless it was recommended and I could ask questions
Some of the voices he did sounded like he was trying to hard to create depth and richness, but it sounded fake
I'm trying really hard to finish this book to see if it goes somewhere, but I'm having a big big struggle. It's so unbelievable. I could have gone with the whole werewolf angle...but when he made love to the woman as a wolf....really? Who would let a wolf/man from the forrest into their home and then just proceed to make love. Even in sci-fi...it sounded a bit ridiculous...