This was a fairly interesting story (a different take on vampires, werewolves, etc.), but the narration was too slow and read as if she was reading to a group of kindergarteners. Simon's always-gruff voice seemed a little over the top to me, as well. Every once in a while, the story would venture into more adult territory (like with language or story matter), which seemed really out of character with the otherwise "story-time" feel the narrator gave it. Overall, for me it was interesting, but a bit meh. Not sure I'm motivated to continue with the series.
Written in Red is #1 in The Others series. I have seen this book reviewed a number of times, and in the end I tentatively decided to get involved and listen to the audiobook. It is quite lengthy and I finished it in three days. Unheard of for me, I just became swept away by the story, left my usual reading aside and every opportunity I had - I listened.
Meg got the job working as the human liaison person at the The Others compound. In essence it was a postal job, accepting deliveries from the humans and then sorting and delivering them around to the various Others. When she takes up the job, it is in disarray but with a little help she soon has it working smoothly. She is a kind, thoughtful person and has soon gathered a number of friends about her, normally individuals who would be very scary to humans, but Meg has a knack with her thoughtful, innocent ways.
When she arrives she is somewhat nervous and unsure, as she has escaped from a place where they have used her for her gift of prophecy, and treated her like a chattel. She is valuable to her 'owners' and they will go to great lengths to find and bring her back.
However Simon, the other wolves, crows, vampires and many others soon see Meg as one of them. They protect her and go into battle for her. Meg also forms a wonderful relationship with a young wolf cub - Sam. Damaged by seeing his mother killed, Sam has not developed and hides away in a cage in his Uncle Simon's apartment.
Alexandra Harris narrated the story very well and it was easy to listen to her as with the words she weaved her own magic. I am now really peeved because the next two in this series are not released in audio to my part of the world. I am devastated. Sure I can read them on kindle or paperback, but I loved this audio version and I don't want to turn to them. I hate when publishers don't bother with world rights.
I love these books, I enjoy the character's but this audio book did not bring the character's to life. I won't be getting the others as planned because of the disappointing narrator
Never live your life by committee...
I liked how the author took her time with character development. As the story progressed you really got to know each character and it was funny how the different situations effected each one sooo differently, and how they interacted with each other because of it...
Tess, the mystery surrounding her is played perfectly. she's different, she's unafraid, she's confrontational, she's well, you'll see...
Perfect voice for this story...
This story doesn't seem as long as it is...
She read incredibly slow and with very little inflection.
no, I couldn't even finish it. it was so boring.
It was like a 12 year old wrote it and their younger kid sister read it. I kept hoping it would get better and I love a good series but I couldn't even finish the first one. I've listened to a lot of books that weren't great but I still finished them. This was just really bad.
Yes!! This is one of those books that are better in audiobook!
I have no books to compare it to. I never listened to a similar story. At first I wanted to compare it to some shapeshifter books I have read but as the story progressed, the characters were so much different than those books. They were WAY better!!!!
I was surprised that I ended up liking her performance. At first it did seem a bit boring but as more characters were introduced, her performance was great. Animal noises and all!
I don't know why but whenever there are animals involved, I get attached to them. So whenever something or someone threatens them in the book, I get emotionally involved. Sam's story did it for me! He is such an adorable character!
I would recommend this book to a friend who likes damsel-in-distress scenarios along with fantasy characters. But the reader's slower pace and overly precise diction made the narration seem a little choppy.
The characters are inventive and have complex personalities that continue to unfold throughout the book.
Yes... with hesitation. I want to hear a continuation of the story, but I would prefer a different reader.
Mysterious girl struggles to live among carnivores and not become dinner.
I really don't know what I was thinking when I bought this book, but I am glad that I did. The story is great and the narration is also great. I have listened to this book twice which is something that I rarely ever do. I cared about most of the characters and once I realized that the main narration was from the POV of someone like the main character I wasn't annoyed by some of the dialogue that would otherwise have made me gag.
strangely sweet; macabre
I liked the subplot of Sam and Meg. It's cute and still retains that danger of the misunderstandings which can happen when interacting with a cuture so alien. Of course for Meg, almost all culture is alien.
I liked when meg stepped on the watchwolf's foot on purpose because it shows she is getting assertive. It is fun to see all of the tough guys trying not to make her upset. She is a physically frail heroine because she has genuine medical issues but she is not a "mary sue." There are no heaving bosoms or fainting and it is all the more impressive because she was determined and she ran from the only place she knew with only some stolen clothes. She is not physically a warrior but she has a fighting spirit and isn't afraid of the big bad wolf (mostly).
When she slept on the sorting table because she was afraid of being retaken and her statement she would rather live free and die early than go back.
I would have never thought I could be sympathetic to characters who turn into animals and enjoy eating humans. Anne makes these characters likeable without making them into cuddly animal versions of really tough (but good hearted) people. The "others" continue to be very alien and horror inducing, and yet I was cheering for thier team. Fanastic writing, original premise, a plot that kept my attention, creepy, and strangely heartwarming.