this was pretty awful, so imagine you're watching your favorite TV show, and you're 5 seasons into the show, then on season 6 they replace the entire cast. now the characters are the same, the story's still the same... but lets face it bringing in the new people was a major mistake. that's what changing narrators did for this book. I've listened to the entire series up to this book, and now everything's changed yes i realize that down in the roots the characters and the stories the same but I've come to associate each character with the certain tones/ voices that the previous narrator (Cynthia Holloway) used. now i cant tell who is who in this book because Sophie Eastlake has one voice for all female characters with no change of accents or tone, and one voice for all the guys which is worse because she sounds like christian bale trying to be Batman. this series has lost so much with the change of narrators. i was really getting into the books until this change occurred and now I'm not sure i want to get the rest of the series its that bad... please for the love of god bring back Cynthia Holloway... for whatever reason you lost her its not worth this atrocity of a change.
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.