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  • Bitten: Women of the Otherworld, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1508)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (859)

    Young, beautiful, and successful, Elena Michaels seems to have it all. Her happy, organized life follows a predictable pattern: filing stories for her job as a journalist, working out at the gym, living with her architect boyfriend, and lunching with her girlfriends from the office. And once a week, in the dead of night, she streaks through a downtown ravine, naked and furred, tearing at the throats of her animal prey. Elena Michaels is a werewolf.

    Autumn says: "My favorite Audio title"
    "A Decade to Ponder my Werewolf Self"
    Overall

    This is one of those cases where I wish I could give a half star more. I almost gave the full four, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Don't get me wrong, this is a good book, and one to enjoy if you like werewolf stories, but it's got a lot of plot and character problems I just can't ignore. That said, these problems don't hinder the story too much if you just want something good to listen to.

    Elena is a woman and a werewolf. In this world, that doesn't happen. People have heard that it has happened, but she's the only proof. What's more, it happened 10 years ago and she's still not over the fact that she got nibbled and turned.

    So, let's face it, Elena is a Mary Sue. She's special. One of a kind. And her "pack" which the author makes seem bigger, really only consists of two fathers, their sons, and a couple expendable others that get killed, sometimes even before they say a word. Elena is, of course, the only one who can save the day, and, of course, has to deal with a hulking, too-beautiful-for-words piece of manflesh with a Cajun accent. He loves her and no one else. And has waited a decade for her to get over herself. She doesn't want him, naturally, but, oopsie, she keeps ending up letting him do naughty things to her (despite having a man she loves back home).

    But then, many successful novels have this same problem so once I came to terms with the character and the world she lived in, it was a pretty fun ride. The key is to just go with it, listen, and enjoy. There's plenty of fight scenes, lusty moments, and tension - and even a few moments that make you smile, usually involving a werewolf or two turning back into humans and remembering that they left their clothes on the other side of the busy highway.

    A good one to listen to if you're looking for another werewolf book and don't take it too seriously. 3 stars

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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