The narrator was good, but kept distracting me with wrong pronunciation of words....like pronouncing "provenance" as 'provenance', or "shards" as "shirds"....
I also didn't like the 'whininess' of the heroine at times....perhaps it was the narrator's portrayal or perhaps the writer's doing, it is hard to decide...but for someone who supposedly grew up street savvy, has a werewolf side and is supposed to be pretty intelligent, it was a little jarring listening to the whiny, helpless emotionally overcharged character that surfaced often....
The good news is, it is enough of a good read and a feasible plot to make it a worthwhile listen.
I had the book as a recommendation in my library for several weeks because of other books I had apparently bought. As the recommendation was quite persistent, I thought it must be really good. Unfortunately, it is a really childish and immature book. Even scenes that were supposed to be funny just came across as silly.The whole storyline was just a massive disappointment. I made it as far as chapter 21 before I finally gave up.
Very good narrator....not her fault the story was just awful.
I hope not!
It isn't the worst book I've read, but it definitely ranks in the top 10% worst books.
This second book in the series is actually even better than the first. The lead character was funnier than ever, more hedonistic, yet you can't help but like her candor (even as some of her actions / thoughts repulse you!)
Can't wait for the next installment
The pace of narration was quite slow, but that was resolved by switching to 1.5x speed. However, Her narration is impeccable. She brings the characters to life such a way one wouldn't get from just reading the book. I reckon she's one of the best narrators I've come across yet.
No I wouldn't.
The characters tend to come across as whiny and the cadence of the narration doesn't help either.
The storyline itself is not so bad, but nothing I would care to read again. The characters come across as petulant kids, even as one feels the intent is to portray strong, capable characters.
Extremely unlikely. It's probably a good story but the narrator is pretty awful and thus detracts from enjoyment of he book.
Yes - ensure I'm more diligent about picking new authors / narrator s.
I am so glad I gave the novel a chance. Great take on Norse mythology , with grand characters. It is wonderful to have the Valerie take centre stage, rather than the usual Odin and Thor stories. I like the blend of sci-fi, fantasy and mythology, set within modern parameters.
A few scenes made me smile and one or 2 actually made me laugh.
It isn't as funny as the iron druid series, but it definitely holds its own.
Can't wait for book 2!
This is the first time I've been disappointed by the Stephanie plum series. It is a case of '"same ol' thing" and one gets the feeling we are being strung along unendingly....It is beginning to get the "wheel of time" feel to it.
I was excited about the plot at first but less than halfway through, it felt as if the same old jokes, gags etc were been trotted out, barely recycled......I think this does it for me with this series, except a miracle happens!
If you get the book, it isn't too bad, but uf you've pre-ordered it for months like I have......don't hold your breath.
I read the reviews by other listeners and almost didn't get this new installment of Merry Gentry and her band of misfits. The major complaint was of course the narrator. However, it has been many years since I read the last book, so I truly had no hang-ups about a narrator with a different accent.
It is however true that the narrator seemed to have the different accents a bit confused at times (which got a a bit confusing), but she wasn't so bad as to make the experience excruciating.
One of the reviewers seemed irate at the death of one on Merry's men, but for me, I couldn't help feeling a little relieved at the herd being thinned out a bit - trying to remember who's who/what, is starting to cause an enormous mental strain! Even Hamilton's Anita Blake series occasionally thinned out the herd .
I don't think this book is anywhere near the top 3 in the series, but for those who've eagerly awaited the next installment, it's nice.
Decided to try this author and I must say, it was definitely a waste of time. The blurb made it sound really mysterious and interesting, but reads more like an angry teen rant. It isn't completely irredeemable, but I just can't bring myself to finish the book.
Performance was good, but the storyline wasn't much to work with.
Would probably appeal to goth teens with latent anger issues.
I got the book based on an audible customer service recommendation and I'm glad I took the chance. I love the irreverence of the heroine and the twist on preconceived good vs. Bad.
Performance was a bit frustrating at first, but soon got used to it.
The blurb already gives you an idea of the content (which I don't think did the book much justice!) But I would add: prepare for an amazingly good journey. Already looking to get the next book (TGIF!)
These days, I rarely buy a new book without reading others' reviews. I had hopes for the book after reading the reviews and I must say, I wasn't disappointed.
The story is simple, yet woven with undercurrents of complexity. The pace is fast, but not a 'race'. The characters are a mix of dark, gritty and normal folks.
The main characters are truly well developed (some comments about Cassie made me think she might come across as a blithering temperamental young adult) and instead, are true to their nature /age /disposition.
I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the sequel and might even go ahead and buy it in paperback format if audible doesn't have it in time!
High praise for both author and narrator, who made the experience quite enjoyable.
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