I saw that others didn't like the change in narrator, but I didn't have a problem with her. I like her narration as much as, if not more than, the previous narrator. Regardless of the narrator, I am hooked this series! It's a lighter take on the paranormal story and yet it's still engaging. I really care about the characters and can't wait to find out what they'll do next.
I have to say I was in love with this series but when a narrator is switched out after 5 books it ruins it for me. As a listener to 5 books thus far I had become very accustomed and familiar with all of the character's voices to have it all disappear, making it very difficult to enjoy. Having to relearn and adjust to the new tone and inflection of this narrator was beyond my scope sadly. To date I have only returned 2 books this being one of them and although I had purchased 6,7,and 8 I will not be listening to them.
The original Cynthia Holloway! That is who is the voice of all the characters!
I don't often listen to fiction books a second time. Once you know how it's going to end, it's a bit anti-climactic.
The new narrator. I swear I was going to pull out all my hair listening to Cynthia Holloway's mispronunciations! Cynthia, FFS, the word is "undoubtedly" NOT "undoubtably!"
Haven't listened to her before, and am seldom swayed by who narrates a book. It's just Cynthia Holloway's apparent unfamiliarity with English pronunciation that drove me crazy!
Please keep Sophie for future books or at least please don't use Cynthia.
The story was entertaining and I enjoyed it. I knew there was a change of narrator beginning with this book in the series, but that wasn't going to stop me from continuing. I love Sophie Eastlake's tone and think she performs female voices very well. The problem is with her male characters; they all sound the same! I pine for the voice of Ethan from the previous books, who was filled with emotion and sophistication. I miss the distinctive voices of Catcher, as well as all of the other male characters in Chicagoland.
I don't understand why an author or publishing company would change the narrator in the middle of a series! When you listen to a book, you form a picture in your mind about the characters, the story is literally built in your mind. When the voice changes, it changes the view and your connection with the story. It is difficult to want to continue reading when everything changes! ugh!!
This time the story reveals Merrit as an individual without just being an extension of her master and no longer the vamp with a chip on her shoulder. As Merrit has come into her own, she is ready to be a partner rather than bit player in her own love life.
Since the first book of the series I have been hooked and this book is no different. The story and characters keep me on the edge wanting to know what happens next.
The change in narrator does need to be acknowledged, especially if like me, when you find a series you like you read/ listen end to end. After recognizing the initial switch, I could still dive into the book. The range of emotion and changes from character to character are not as dynamic and the female characters are better represented than the male.
Yes if they have liked the series so far.
Again, only if they were into the series.
I read the other comments and people were upset about the narrator change. Personally, I found it a relief. I hated the other narrator, she over pronounced her words and came across as cold and uppity. The new narrator is much better as Merit,and since she has the most to be narrated being the main character, it is much easier to listen to now. I do hate the male voices, but I think she just tries to hard.
I haven't liked Merit much so far and it was because of the narrator.
In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something
Why change narrators? It always hurts the story. This narrators voice was so different, I just couldn't get used to it. If you listen to oh about 5 books on audio, hearing another voice read it is like taking cod liver oil. No one ever likes it unless this is where they jumped into the story. Tsk, tsk, tsk . . .
There's no "again." I skimmed it the first time, and don't intend to go back for the parts I skipped. That said, I do still like the series, and intend to continue with future books.
Devourer of all books fantasy
I listened to this book on audiobook and have a lot to say about the new narrator (not positive). Anyway this is the sixth book in the Chicagoland Vampires series and it was a solid continuation of the series.
I need to comment on the narrator change in this audiobook first. The narrator change was horrible; all the characters fail to sound like themselves and all the voices for male characters sound the same. Merit sounds much drier and less emotional than in previous books; like a pale ghost of her fiery self. Why did they have to switch narrators? If they keep this narrator for future books I will no longer be listening to these on audiobooks. Such a disappointment; these were such great audiobooks....
This book follows up on a lot of issues that started in the last book. Ethan is dealing with Mal being stuck in his head and Ethan and Merit are trying to cobble together a new relationship. Things get even worse when Tate consumes all the evil in the world and goes rogue. Ethan's house is also under investigation by the vampire GP and they are threatening to kick the house out of the GP. So a lot is going on and it is up to Merit to deal with it all.
Merit and Ethan continue to have an on again, off again type of relationship and this drove me crazy. I wish they would just decide what they want and get on with the story. That being said there are some very good scenes between the two.
Mal is trying to kick her addiction to black magic. I am not sure how I feel about the whole Mal storyline; it is so sad to see her degraded from the sparkly and happy person she was earlier in the series. She makes some progress in this book to kicking her black magic addiction, but not a ton. It will be interesting to see how this storyline goes.
It was incredibly interesting to finally have the Tate storyline expanded on. We learn a ton about what Tate is and his history and that was fascinating.
We also finally get some incredibly interesting resolution around Cadogan’s status as a House. I am hoping that we can finally move past this whole political issue and get on to a different storyline.
These books are a bit hard to review because they are so connected to each other. You definitely need to read previous books in the series or you will be totally lost. There are a lot of little storylines going on here and because of that the story progresses, but slowly.
I still enjoyed the story and hope that the Ethan/Merit drama can be set aside for a while in the next book. The ending was exciting and I am eager to see how some of Cadogan Houses’s decisions play out in the next book. The book ends on a very positive note; which was nice to finally have happen in this series.
Overall I enjoyed this addition to the series. We get some resolution around the Mallory issue and around Ethan/Merit. This book ties up a lot of things and sets up some interesting new storylines. The ending is spectacular and I am eager to see where the series goes next. This was a bit of a transition novel and it tidies up a lot of the loose ends from the last couple books. I definitely recommend this series to fans of vampire urban fantasy.