I bought this mainly to hear the Jeaniene Frost Story. I am SO glad that this was not my introduction to her writing because I doubt I would have explored her work any further. It wasn't the story, but the AWFUL narration. Bones is one of my favorite fictional characters, but this narrator made him boring and forgetable. Tavia Gilbert is such an outstanding narrator so why didn't they get her for this one? If she wasn't available, a narrator who could at least attempt Bone's Cockeny accent would have been nice. Cat's voice sounded like her mother's usually does, and her mother sounded like a sickly-sweet nurturing mommy, not the fun bitchie shrew she usually is.
The Charlene Harris story was good, my first time reading her work although I am an avid "True Blood" fan. When the HBO series is over I will definitely read the Snookie Stackhouse books.
The other stories were ok but the narration was substandard.
Bottom line, get this anthology in print and save you Audible credit for something else.
I read the previous reviews and almost didn't bother with this book / series. The author is very good and the story line is interesting. I like the main characters even though it was kinda hard to get invested in them because the narrator is so bad. Her nasal voice is like fingers on a black board to me. She does little with making the characters unique and at times is so annoying that I found my mind drifting off and not following the story.I will have to think long and hard before spending credits on the second book to listen to. I may just get the print version so I can follow the story.Where is Tavia Gilbert when you need her!!!
The narrator is just plain hard to listen to. Sorry to see that it is the same one for the next several books.
The story; Yes. The narrator; NO
Fun new twist on the whole vampire craze. Characters are flawed and likeable and the narration is spot on. A fun romp through the supernatural!
No sense repeating all the rave reviews already posted. All I can say is read em and don't let the few negative negative reviews on the narrators portrayal of Bone's Brittish accent sway you. I'm no expert on accents, but since the character was born in England and also spent time in Australia, his accent could very well be a bit muddled! I think Tavia Gilbert's entire performance is A-#1 BRILLIANT!
I'm a grown up and thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. I read the first two "Twilight" books and found them somewhat entertainingg but too juvenile. The Twilight vamps were just too darn nice! What's the use of being a Vampire if you aren't gonna be "bad" once in awhile?? Cat and Bones and the rest of the Vamps in Frost's books are interesting, funny, charming, and definitely not afraid to be bad when the situation calls for it...
I'm on book 5, can't wait to listen to book 6 and hope book 7 isn't too far off!
P.S. Bones - I think I love you!
Starts out a bit slow, but don't give up on it! After the first chapter I was hooked right through the end of the third book!
If the narrator "makes it or breaks it" for you, you will love this series. Simon Vance is a masterful narrator. Not "over the top" dramatic, but has a real talent for character voices that you won't have any trouble differntiating (sp?) between and following the story.
A real shame that Mr. Larsson is no longer with us, he was a very talented author.
Loved em all!
No. The author should have bowed out to a more competent narrator. Her nasal and dispassionate reading really detracts from an interesting story. Frankly, she sounds somewhat bored with her own story!
The WWI information about how dogs were utilized was very interesting.
I only listened to about a third of this book and couldn't cope with the substandard narration. I went to the library and checked it out because I wanted to finish the book. Much more enjoyable to read in print. The narration really ruined it for me.
When I first read the synopsis of this book I didn't think I wanted to get it. Then I read some of the reviews from other readers and decided to give it a try. It was EXCELLENT! Very uplifting and a true example of how the human spirit can prevail.
Tough, touching, funny & captivating. Keeps your attention from cover to cover. Narration is top notch!
An excellent look at a time in our history that I knew very little about. The book was very well written and kept my attention from start to finish. The narration was excellent.
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