This is a middle-of-the-road mystery, not very original. It was not helped by the flat narration by the author. Her reading seemed to lack any enthusiasm. I found that I didn't really care about any of the characters.
Looking at Ms Moss' other books, I see she also narrated them. Too bad, I might have tried another one if it had had a different reader.
This is the 2nd book I've listened to that was dully read by an author. In The Art of Deception, Mr Pearson sounded bored. There was little to no inflection in his reading.
I found that I was easily diverted from actively listening to the story as opposed to shoving it to the background as noise. This meant I had to keep rewinding the story to get the storyline & characters back.
There are less expensive & annoying ways to get background noise.
I've read & loved this series from the beginning & have enjoyed the development of Sookie from a fairly naive barmaid to a more street-savvy person. In this book, her smarts are quite apparent but so is her wide-eyed, small-town persona.
Johanna Parker's rendition of Sookie in this story as well as "Dead as a Doornail" is absolutely perfect. It is exactly as I imagined her to sound when I read the previous books. Ms Parker's voices for the other characters are also very good.
For me, this was thoroughly enjoyable translation from paper to voice. I look forward to listening to the next one.
I have to admit that I was surprised by this book. I'd read about the similarities to Stephanie Plum, etc. It is similar, but I still enjoyed it for what it is. I call these kinds of books Cheetos for the brain. There isn't a lot of substance but you still enjoy them. It's light entertainment that if it's good for nothing else, it makes vacuuming, cooking & other chores go by faster while listening.
I have read several of the Dark series books. I keep waiting for the writing to get better. Well, I'm done now. The storyline is always the same, Carpathian finds mate, mate is reluctant, he seduces her, she is in peril, he saves her, she loves him, sometimes she has to painfully "change" to Carpathian & they live melodramatically ever after.
These books also seem to suffer from their narrators. This narrator breathily mispronounces words so often, that I was distracted. But then, that might not have been such a bad thing considering the story.
As I said, I've spent enough time on this series & must now move on.
Like others before me, I found the reader impossible to listen to for any length of time. Some day I may try to listen to this book again beyond the 35 minutes already invested. Or at least to the point where I can figure out the mystery. As of today, however, I don't care enough to continue listening. I have listened to so many excellent narrators. Unfortunately for this book, the producers didn't use one.
I couldn't get past the amateurish narration enough to pay attention to the "story".
This is my first time reading a novel involving Carpathians. I probably would have enjoyed the story much more if it had been read by a different narrator. Mr Ferrones's tendency to over-emote & nearly run out of breath with each sentence was very distracting.
The story itself kept me listening. I nearly gave up because of the narration but decided to keep on because I did want to know more about Carpathians as well as what happens to Colby & her sibs.
The story of Yelena and Valec in Ixia is very different from anything I've read. The verbal pictures were vivid. It made me find "listening" activities (i.e. quilting & housework)to do so I could keep busy and not feel guilty. I would have sat through the entire book in 1 sitting given the chance. The ending, unexpected, was satisfying. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel - Magic Study - coing out this fall.
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