This book was much better as the whining and moaning about who she(Anita) is as a necromancer and succubus was less strident than in the other books. Anita accepting her gifts and the loves in her life- and how she has to use them- made this book a much better listen. I figured out how she was going to have to make this work( like a firebreak) about halfway through. It was only logical. Overall, I would recommend this to any who have been fans and were dropping off due to frustration about the litany of insecurity on sex and moral judgement. It was getting so old. This feels like a fresh start.
Normally, I like the narrator, but this time either she or the sound engineers dropped the ball, particularly with Edward. He sounded WAY to high school instead of the sociopath we all know and love. The pitch, intonation and emotional expression is off. The male 'voices' in Skin Trade were better and more consistent. This recording sounds like it was done in several different studios as it is 'pitchy' throughout the book- sometimes sounding a little hollow. A reader can't do an 18 hour book all in one go, so it is important to have competent sound engineers to smooth out the edges and make it homogenous. Kimberly Alexis is a talented narrator, so not sure who decided this was 'good enough'- but that is the impression I'm left with. Like they gave it one shot and it only got half the target.
Anything with Jean Claude and The Wicked Truth is always good and if this gets back to LKH- please give us more of those three! I'd beg but I hate sounding whiney, too. :)
I'm surprised by the shock of other reviewers regarding Micah's sexual negotiating techniques with the other Were Masters. It made perfect sense to me and I've been waiting for this to come out in the open( on paper as Anita already knew and was OK with it). It is result driven, not desire. Pragmatic. Just like Anita and Micah, if you think about it.
Overall, I'm back in the fold as an LKH fan- and can hardly wait for the next book. I'm also looking forward to her next Merry Gentry book that is supposed to be coming out in the next year. The last one was out somewhere around 2008 so we are seriously overdue to hear about the triplets.
Have a Good Listening Day :)
I've already listened to it several times- it's a great story! Before I bought it on audio, I read it from the library. This is primarily a great story about an older heroine- and how great passionate love can happen when you are older and be just as fulfilling. For an extra spicy facet- it also introduces the problems that comes with falling for an OCD artist with a younger couple centered around Carter McKay- one of the brothers we haven't heard much from yet. Awesome story!
There was amazing balance and sweetness in Gemma and Cash's story and it would have gone too smoothly- Hey! They are older and wiser, have loved and know who they are! But by adding the story of Carter McKay and Cash's daughter for spice and rough patches, it made this story a 5/5 for me.
She is always great, consistant and a joy to listen to. Thank you Rebecca!
Hard to without spoilers, but when Cash relates why he can't look at Gemma while they make love is very sweet. Many of Carter's explosions moved me to want to smack him up along side the head, but then I remember 'this is a story' :)
I love LJ's western books. Her men are alphas, the women no fools and the stories are credible( especially regarding what goes on behind the chutes in rodeo- don't let anyone tell you differently).
It was a well designed story. Unlike the other contributors, I didn't find the heroine whiney, etc. I found her just fine and certainly practical considering she has no practical experience in monster hunting.
She is a great narrator, I've always enjoyed her storytelling.
This series is a great middle of the road story- it doesn't reach out and grab you and make you want to stay up till 4am so you can finish it- but it is compelling enough that I look forward to the next one in the series.
Absolutely! G A Aiken always delivers awesome heroines with sassy mouths, lots of backbone, all the back story in place- she writes awesome stories! And now I have to wait FOREVER for my next fix! Groan!
The other series that G A Aikens alter-ego Shelley Laurence writes. This would include the shifter series as well as the Crow and Raven novel. I love this woman's books no matter what she calls herself.
I have listened to the recordings of the other two books in this series- and I enjoyed them- but in this one she dropped the ball in the pronunciation of some of the Gaelic names- which she had pronounced properly before. For instance Gleanna is pronounced 'Y-lana' not 'Glee-ana'. There were other similar errors. Her Slavic accent could have been more definitive and consistant-though perhaps it was done so that it was easier to understand. She is still a pretty good narrator, though.
Yes, but life insists on interfering with my plans.
I love anything written by G A Ailken/Shelley Laurence. I'd love to see more audiobooks written by her and would buy them in a heartbeat.
Better story, better dialogue, better narrator.
She couldn't make up her mind if she was going to be raunchy or not. No commitment to a style.
Get rid of that narrator altogether. She was horrible.
I would have revamped the entire story for better continuity and a commitment to a style.
I'll never read or listen to anything from this author or narrator again- particularly the narrator. She is the kiss of death to a story.
I've been looking forward to Dev's story since Turn and Burn came out. Lorelei James does a great job of portraying what goes into a musician's life- the long hours and the incredible lengths groupies will go to 'own' a piece of their 'idol'. I'm really happy that she included Liberty's story as the kick-ass woman and ex-soldier she is, dealing with the problems that often accompany our military. Enough said so I don't spoil anything. I do have to say though- the Wright Brothers? They have been playing a secret role in my fantasies....Oh, yeah :)
When Devin tells Liberty why he hasn't had intercourse in a few years and she gets how messed up the groupies are and how much it affects the actions of the musicians.
When Liberty takes Devin to the bowling alley for some karaoke, no one recognizes him and some guy tells him to 'get off the stage' while the MC tells him that he just chose the wrong song and she could give him some advice to help him out. So funny!
I would seriously go to any movie about LJ's books. I don't go to many movies( boring) but I'd see her stories.
I hope LJ keeps the great western books coming and bringing them out in audio. Thanks for the great work.
No one- so damaged that they are unconscious for over 24 hours and then wakes with PTSD- trusts the first man they meet and immediately start to have romantic feelings for the stranger. And I have yet to meet a man that sees a woman so badly abused but can't help himself from having romantic feelings. Doesn't happen. What would have made this book better? A more believable premise.
This is a great story- coming from Gigi's perspective just as she is finishing college. But we are left HANGING! It's not finished! When is the rest of the story coming out? I gotta know who that new Vamp is, and now I've got to wait. Darn it. When it comes out, I think it will be worth the credit- I already like the first 3 hours.
Amanda Ronconi provides the vocals for this story as with the rest of the series and as always nails it. Thank you, you are appreciated.
Cal- he has taken on the role as the male protector/father figure for Gigi and is loving it.
Colin, just cause he is still so stiffly British and uncomfortable around others. :)
Trust Dick to get a giant hamster ball! LOL!
I liked Lady Pippa- she's so bright and well-read with very little understanding of people. Cross has a troubled past- but with highly inappropriate behaviour, she manages to get him to pull out of himself- all very entertaining. One of the most amusing of the stories in this series so far. I recommend it for a credit.
When Cross is trying to get her to leave by being deliberately rude- a real stretch for him- and she just looks at him and says- 'I wish you would call me Pippa', like he wasn't even talking.
Enough said- my headline says it all. I LOVE the books on the Smith and Van Holtz packs and when read by Ms Kane, they are even better than reading them. But this is read by someone that is very one-dimensional in his narration with abysmal accents. He is obviously not an actor as he doesn't emote very well- he is just 'reading' it. I wish I had read it and not wasted a credit.
I read this book before I listened to it on audio. Should have not done the audio. The narrator sounded like she was eating or sucking on candy the whole time, and her accents were not all that good- admittedly, how many people would know what a Welsh accent sounds like? It doesn't sound like they got to Wales via Jamaica, though.
The content of the book is a good story, well written and entertaining- I've read the whole series and enjoyed it. If they change up the narrator in the subsequent issues, it would be worth checking out, but this reader makes a good story painful. Too bad.
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