I haven't read the Karen Chance novels so this narration was my first exposure to her work. At the regular speed for the recording, I was getting frustrated with the storyline and the characters, especially Cassie, because of the slow-mo narration. As the main character, Cassie just seemed off kilter and not very appealing when I listened at the normal paint-drying speed for this narration. After I sped up the recording (using the Audible App.) to 1-1/2 or 2 times the normal speed, the narration seemed to fit the text much better and the characters came to life. I had to do the same with another narration by Cynthia Holloway. So using deliberate speed might be the trick to cure the monotonous quality of the recording and to get a better sense of the book's story and characters.
I saw the complaints about the voice for Bones and I don't agree. The tone of the voice does not detract from the character's allure. I think that the books in this series are well narrated by Tavia Gilbert. Her voice selections fit the characters well. Overall, the Night Huntress stories will draw you into a very interesting world of love, friendship, family, and fighting for a cause. They are an indulgent paranoramal escape.
The book is all that it is meant to be. It is a breezy, fun vampire-human love against all odds story. What messed with my fun were some of the voices chosen by the narrator. They sometimes did not match the characters well. Vanda sounded so froggy that it was distracting. Shanna (from How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire) sounded too airy and a bit ditzy. A couple of the other voices were like that as well. They did not mess up the story, but I had to work to ignore them so that I could continue to enjoy the book.
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