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.
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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.
These are great stories by some wonderful and popular authors- I read this book a couple of times and decided to spend the credit- I knew the entertainment I was getting.
Johanna Parker gives an excellent performance- with the exception of pronouncing valet as val-et with an e and hard 't' instead of the French way va-lay. Do they not do a sound edit just like they would edit a written page?
Regardless, I found this book a good deal and the cost of a credit. Enjoy!
Two! You get two hot stories in one! This is a great book and the stories are well woven together and resolve several of the loose ends that had been brought up in the previous stories. The common theme between the stories is that where there is love there is a way. It doesn't matter if you have been divorced for eight years or a two time loser up the aisle- when it's right you just have to put it out there and convince her to say yes. Fortunately, the cowboys in LJ's world are such prime examples of masculine goodliness that any woman would say 'Hell Yes!'. I think I'm going to Wyoming next year on holiday and pray I meet someone like the men in her books.
Scarlet does a great job of narrating and I liked the little 'bite' to her voice when she speaks in Tierney's voice- nailed it!
I was happy to see this is Tana's story and got an even happier when I saw it combined with Fletch's! (He's been the star of many of my secret fantasies ;) This is a well written story that covers the usual gammet of love and confusion- but also touches on the problems of PTSD and how 'what you do' is not 'who you are'- for both Tana and Fletch. I don't want to give a spoiler but will say that it is worth the credit, and I suspect that the next book is Tobin's. Whoooooweee!
Scarlet Chase does a good job of narrating with the possible exception of Fletch. She has given him a slight aboriginal accent- but he's a guy that had rarely if ever been on the reservation and was raised by his caucasian father and had scarce if any memories of his native mother. Eli's accent is stronger- which with the more frequent connections to his people makes more sense. Otherwise the narration if fine.
LJ did a great continuation of the Lawson and friends with Kyle's and Celia's story. She provides a wonderfully empathetic viewpoint of ranchers where 'Cowboy up' is a way of life- you work through the pain( emotional and physical) and never let 'em see you hurt or sweat. She captures the western way of life, where family and ranch come first- loyalty, grit and determination are both expected and appreciated. The brother's raised Celia from an early age due to the death of their parents, and not having the influence of a mother and father is subtly expressed throughout the book for all three of the siblings. I won't do a spoiler so will leave it at that. Is it worth a credit? Absolutely!
Scarlet Chase does a wonderful job of the voices, accents and emotion- I hope there will be more books from this series done on audio and she will continue to provide the sound. Enjoy!
I've said it before and I'll say it again- I love anything written by Laurenston/Aiken, and The Mane Event is no exception. Without giving spoilers- Laurenston has captured the essence of a lion male shifter and his single-minded pursuit of his mate. I really enjoyed Des and hope we see much more of her. It's hard to believe she is the full human in this story. :) In the second story, the female is Ronnie, a female wolf-shifter wild child. Emphasis on WILD! Enough said- no spoilers!
Charlotte Kane is a great narrator and elevates a story with great phrasing and voices, wonderful timing and the accents! Russian, Southern, the Bronx and New York Yankee- she can do it all. Great job!
I had lost faith in JB over the dead Dresden storyline, but Cold Days got me back on the bandwagon again as it is in the same spirit and fashion as the first 8 or 9 books. Well written, with intricate multiple story lines going on concurrently, never boring. I can't imagine the mental and emotional energy necessary to build so many stories and weave them together into one book. And Jim Butcher has done it well, over and over again. Thank you.
This is a wonderful series and I look forward to listening to the next instalment. Sorry, no spoilers! This was well worth the credit and I do recommend that if you are thinking of getting it, start with the first book.
I LOVE the narrator, James Marsters, and it would lose a lot of colour and depth if he wasn't the one narrating, so please don't change. His interpretation of how the MANY people in the book would sound depending on what is happening, their emotional predicament, etc. is spot on and the voices don't change or pick up a funny accent over time. His timing, phrasing and the ability to portray droll sarcasm has me wondering if that is who he really is behind the script. A solid performance.
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