Martha Lee (narrator) ruined the book for me.what would have been quite a good read, turned into an exercise in patience! her overly dramatized voice and the way she emphacizes and pauses dramatically at inappropriate times, made me regret purchasing this book.
I am so glad I gave the novel a chance. Great take on Norse mythology , with grand characters. It is wonderful to have the Valerie take centre stage, rather than the usual Odin and Thor stories. I like the blend of sci-fi, fantasy and mythology, set within modern parameters.
A few scenes made me smile and one or 2 actually made me laugh.
It isn't as funny as the iron druid series, but it definitely holds its own.
Can't wait for book 2!
This is the first time I've been disappointed by the Stephanie plum series. It is a case of '"same ol' thing" and one gets the feeling we are being strung along unendingly....It is beginning to get the "wheel of time" feel to it.
I was excited about the plot at first but less than halfway through, it felt as if the same old jokes, gags etc were been trotted out, barely recycled......I think this does it for me with this series, except a miracle happens!
If you get the book, it isn't too bad, but uf you've pre-ordered it for months like I have......don't hold your breath.
I read the reviews by other listeners and almost didn't get this new installment of Merry Gentry and her band of misfits. The major complaint was of course the narrator. However, it has been many years since I read the last book, so I truly had no hang-ups about a narrator with a different accent.
It is however true that the narrator seemed to have the different accents a bit confused at times (which got a a bit confusing), but she wasn't so bad as to make the experience excruciating.
One of the reviewers seemed irate at the death of one on Merry's men, but for me, I couldn't help feeling a little relieved at the herd being thinned out a bit - trying to remember who's who/what, is starting to cause an enormous mental strain! Even Hamilton's Anita Blake series occasionally thinned out the herd .
I don't think this book is anywhere near the top 3 in the series, but for those who've eagerly awaited the next installment, it's nice.
The narrator was good, but kept distracting me with wrong pronunciation of words....like pronouncing "provenance" as 'provenance', or "shards" as "shirds"....
I also didn't like the 'whininess' of the heroine at times....perhaps it was the narrator's portrayal or perhaps the writer's doing, it is hard to decide...but for someone who supposedly grew up street savvy, has a werewolf side and is supposed to be pretty intelligent, it was a little jarring listening to the whiny, helpless emotionally overcharged character that surfaced often....
The good news is, it is enough of a good read and a feasible plot to make it a worthwhile listen.
Decided to try this author and I must say, it was definitely a waste of time. The blurb made it sound really mysterious and interesting, but reads more like an angry teen rant. It isn't completely irredeemable, but I just can't bring myself to finish the book.
Performance was good, but the storyline wasn't much to work with.
Would probably appeal to goth teens with latent anger issues.
I got the book based on an audible customer service recommendation and I'm glad I took the chance. I love the irreverence of the heroine and the twist on preconceived good vs. Bad.
Performance was a bit frustrating at first, but soon got used to it.
The blurb already gives you an idea of the content (which I don't think did the book much justice!) But I would add: prepare for an amazingly good journey. Already looking to get the next book (TGIF!)
These days, I rarely buy a new book without reading others' reviews. I had hopes for the book after reading the reviews and I must say, I wasn't disappointed.
The story is simple, yet woven with undercurrents of complexity. The pace is fast, but not a 'race'. The characters are a mix of dark, gritty and normal folks.
The main characters are truly well developed (some comments about Cassie made me think she might come across as a blithering temperamental young adult) and instead, are true to their nature /age /disposition.
I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the sequel and might even go ahead and buy it in paperback format if audible doesn't have it in time!
High praise for both author and narrator, who made the experience quite enjoyable.
I found the heroine -Dolce -a bit retarded. One or two stupid moments are allowable in a heroine, but a number of stupid moments? Got too irritating....
An okay read overall, but not sure it's enough to propel me into the series.....the Barbie-looking cover picture may be more apt than I would have believed....
Story has potential to be really good, but the narrator is simply too awful! I've had to listen at 1.5x narration speed, just to get the pace at a normal reading speed. Her inflections are terrible and the cadence of her reading is just plain awful - makes it difficult to figure out punctuation and whether she is at the start or end of a sentence!
Such a bad narrator makes it really difficult to follow what really is a good storyline - too jarring. Would consider buying the book as an ebook, just to be able to read and enjoy the book.
I really enjoyed book 1 of the series and really looked forward to this 2nd book. However, I found a good portion of it unnecessarily wordy. Halfway through and towards the end, I kept wondering: how many ways will one sentence or emotion be spun on and on! It seems several paragraphs were used to describe what half a sentence would usually do. I actually got annoyed and irritated a few times. Towards the end, I just wanted it to finish.
However, it is still a good book, while not as enchanting as the first one.
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