I am a huge fan of "The Witching Hour" and Ms. Rice takes the standard werewolf story in an original interesting direction but God, someone please get her an editor! I tried and tried to make it to the end of this tale, but finally had to cut my losses.
Rice so overwrites and pads her story with melodrama and feminine fantasy sex appeals, you will be hitting the stop button way before the end comes.
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.
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.
Home is where my books are.
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.
Lofty philosophical dialogs were not engaging, somewhat pretentious.
A better story line with more diverse action.
Narrator was good.
Condensing much of the tedious and long winded passages would help.
I use the word "Saga" loosely, as I hope Anne Rice is working on sequels. This book introduces a very interesting take on a werewolf family storyline. I enjoyed Ron McLarty's performance except for the women, but this did not distract noticeably from appreciating the storyline. I will listen to this one more than once.
How did we ever get through the day without audiobooks?
I have to agree with most of the reviews that have posted: this seems like an introduction to a new world of wolves. But, having entered into this with that in mind, I actually didn't mind. I am hoping that there is a lot of growth in characters and some of the hinted at artifacts from the past become woven into the next books.
I'll give the 2nd book a go when it becomes available before I discard the series.
You know you are reading an Ann Rice novel. Fluidity, interesting, a new take on the Wolf stories. A must read and I hope soon more to follow.
I think people have expectations and then are excessively harsh when judging a successful writer. If I didn't know it was written by Anne Rice, I would not have been able to tell it was her by the style. She presents an alternate view on Werewolves which is semi believable. It wasn't the greatest book I've heard this year but I enjoyed it.
Ron McLarty's performance was very good.
The ending would have been a bit different. I won't give it away, but it could have been more open to what I think a lot of us would like to see... a coming together of the different beings in Ms. Rice's books.
The voices he uses to create the characters and to portray them in different states of being were quite good.
Running on the scent of evil... The Wolf Gift.