To me Cynthia Holloway (sp?) is the voice of Anita Blake the new reader is ok but nowhere near as good as Cynthia. I don't know why they have added music and sound effects to the book but it detracts from the story. I found it annoying to have the noise competing with the readers voice. I get it's supposed to add drama and intrigue but all it does is annoy especially since the readers voice is not strong.
I vowed that I would never purchase another Anita Blake book and I wished I had listened to myself. Poor Anita. She used to be a heroine, but now she's just a pathetic, big-boobed, un-likeable, female (can't think of a better noun) who can't decide who to have sex with next.
There is no doubt that Laurell Hamilton is a talented author, but holy poly-amorous, paranormal characters, Batman! Can we stick to the plot, please?
Seriously, how many law enforcement officers do YOU know who spend this much time talking about sex? How does she get any work done when every, single time she enters a new station, she has to do the whole I-don't-want-them-to-know-but-I'm-going-to-do-everything-I-can-to-out-myself routine? There was even one scene where they spent a good 10 minutes discussing Anita's love life, but when the love life of the other woman in the room came up, that discussion was shut down with a simple, "That's none of your business."
Sadly, the actual story underneath all of the unnecessary crap is interesting, but there are other authors out there who can do paranormal that is just as interesting without including all of the stuff that is really none of our business.
I had begun to fall out of love with this series, but Affliction has renewed my love!! At times the narrator's voice would completely change tone, sounding as if it had been dubbed in and it sounded terribly strange. It was an editing issue and not the narrator herself that caused this problem though! However, as great as she is at the 100 or however many different character voices, there was times that one character's voice would be used for another character's part, usually when they were having a conversation together. Also, one thing I noticed with Ted/ Edward was that his accent would fade in and out. Which is normal for him usually. Except this was within the same sentence!! The first time I noticed it was when he first joined the story, which I won't go into so as not to spoil anything too much. But even with all of these small annoyances throughout the book, the worst to me being Nathaniel and Nicky's voices, this book was well worth the credit!! I'm just mad at myself for waiting so long to listen to it! I got it very soon after it was released I think, but I'm just now listening to it. And I did a marathon listen too!! I listened to about 16 or 17 hours yesterday, finishing it up the last 2.5 hours today. But now I have to wait oh so long for book 23 to find out what happens next, in the personal and professional life of Anita Blake!!!
Reading is my favorite past time.
This is the Anita I know and love but a little more grown up. I like that this book is starting to close off some of the lose ends cause it was getting a heavy handed with the so many people and story lines. I felt like it was starting to create spinoff characters which didn't always fit with the story we where reading. I've never had a problem with the sex scenes and I still don't. I hope that the next book keeps adding to the main relationship like this one did and doesn't' create more side action till the main setup is straight.
I love the action in this presentation. Plenty of good character and story development and not just an endless orgy with a little action like Bullet was. Still has lots of kinky sex but its better integrated into the book and not what the story revolves around.
Police scenes, zombies and Anita kicking butt. A good selection.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has been following the story of Anita Blake. I enjoyed this book because unlike the last 5 or so I've read in the series the author got back to writing a good story rather then just writing a book filled with supernatural sex. Its a quick, entertaining read.
Anita Blake of course!
No, I like spreading out my listening sessions.
This is the kick a$$ Anita Blake back in rare form. The story was action packed and kept you
on edge thru to end.
Anita was not caught up in a orgy. She was Anita we all came to love. The story was well developed and written. Anita was the action character she was created to be. The story line supported it's self did not have to be filled with mindless sex with multiple partners to attempt entertainment.
YES. She was in rare form. Nailed all character's voices perfectly. I could envision each character.
Yes. I was captivated. I could not turn off story.
When I first saw book in store I knew I had to check it out. I'm hooked on Anita Blake, but was afraid to purchase. I had become discussed with Anita's sexual escapades. I get the succubus thing, but the books were becoming too graphic and Anita newest lover Jade was a turn off. I felt the book was now becoming politically correct. Anita into child exploitation and now heteroflexible?. I seriously did not think it was cool Anita picked up a 16 yr. old tiger. With all the children being sexually abused I think Laurel Hamilton did a disservice to the fight against exploitation of children with that story line. Say what you will, but when authors make something so taboo ok and acceptable it gives the impression all is good as long as the child wants to be involved.
It is difficult to say why I enjoy this series. In polite society I might deny being a big fan but I am. The action, sex and men of every flavor? Maybe that's it?
I really liked this one. With all series that have 20+ books, there are books that I have liked more and some that I have liked less. This one is high up on my list. The story is an interesting one, it really keeps your interest. Kimberly Alexis does a nice job. She has her hands full with all of the different accents and you can tell each character apart. I am really happy with this one.