The snippets of fiction at the beginning of chapters is, to me, weird. Not complaining, just saying... However, I don't think I've enjoyed a narrator more than Ms Quirk. The story is well done, but repetitive in little ways--I think it was six times in the book that the hero lifted the heroine (and once a secondary female character) seemingly effortlessly. We got it, you're showing us that he is strong. Showing rather than telling is part of good writing, however, twice drives the point home, more than that gives me to understand that the author thinks her readers have poor memories or she, herself, forgets what she's written or perhaps just is over-invested in her hero.
That having been said, I enjoyed the Raven Prince. I failed to find it particularly witty, but it had charm and, while not historically accurate in speech or setting, it is done well enough not to overly jar this reader's senses.
And the author has a very good grasp of grammar. Only once was I jarred from the story with a grammar "huh?', but turns out it was correctly written. So she wins a HUGE number of points from me for that. Especially in the oral form when an error is so jarring on both halves of the brain.
So, to sum up, the narrator reads as though she is actually invested in the story without going over the top and without sounding bored or emitting the verbal equivalent of an eye roll. The author does a creditable job of telling a story (foreshadowing by the chapter introductions notwithstanding) and if you like the genre and are looking for something that might hold your interest for a long car ride, this just might be what you're looking for. Certainly far better than a lot
of the swill out there. And as always, YMMV.
The story(ies), characters, plot line(s), story arches -- it was all marvelous. These are not people nor stories that to assimilate all in one gulp, not even an eight hour gulp. For me, it is better that way. My busy fore-brain, generally bent on 'figuring it all out' gets to sit back and wait for everything to unfold. Bits and pieces of the characters pop up, then slide away. The same with bits and pieces of the story line. I get to wait to find out, just as the characters do. And it isn't ONE story line, but many, just as in real life, things don't stop while the characters work the one thing out.
I initially thought I'd have a hard time with the narrator. She is absolutely spot on and perfect with voices, cadence, tempo, all of it, but she breathes audibly and I thought "oh, no". What I found, though, and it is perhaps just me, is that it added to the verisimilitude of hearing the book. I was hearing from the protagonist, herself, and people breathe when they are talking to you. (Clumsily put, for which I apologize.)
All in all, I had a marvelous time with this book. I admit to having picked up the print version a couple of times, but for me, the narrator makes all the difference. I hope this lovely team goes on to write many more. If they do, I shall be purchasing them with a smile and a clearing up of my schedule for a couple of days to make time for more gulps.
Might have been interesting had I been the right demographic. I'm not, by many years, though. I didn't like it enough to finish it. Had I known, I wouldn't have bought it.
I think this book is aimed at a different demographic than I fall into, and it definitely doesn't span the ages.
That being said, I think the narrator is perfect for the role. She sounds young and a little too intense in that all-knowing way that the young twenty-somethings have.
It reads as though the author is her own demographic. I am giving a better score to the narrator for her interpretation. She'd drive me batty after a while, but that it is as much a part of the what she is reading.
Who might like the book? Someone of the targeted demographic who is looking for something silly for the drive home?
Pretty much the same book as the last two or so (forced humor, protagonist who hasn't learned or stretched from the last two books, taking advantage of friends, dad in danger, step mom nasty, boyfriend loves her to insanity and beyond). Even the narration sounds tired. I realize I am probably the minority but I'm done with Charlie et al.
Loved this book. Love the author and his delivery is exquisite. While the subject matter can have an 'eww' factor, it is something I have wanted to see both studied and then brought out of the crawl spaces since I read the Kinsey report a hundred years ago or so. Get off your judgement plank and consider what it must be like to be one of the 'new' pervs.
Well done, Mr. Bering; and thank you.
I thought the story line insipid and a little too 'finger pointy' for me. The narrator has a nice voice, but she'd put a little lilt at the end of most sentences that grated on my nerves. She also, to me, had poor pacing. I want a narrator; the AUTHOR is the storyteller. Could be just me.
On the plus side, the author can put a sentence together and uses grammar correctly, for the most part.
It is possible I am just too old and too experienced to fall in love with this story. Needless to say, I won't consider the sequels and I'm glad it was inexpensive.
As always, YMMV.
I liked the story line; it was different and intriguing. The characterization was well done; they acted within the 'person-hood' established for them by the author.
Pacing was good; the story neither dragged nor jumped ahead without reason. And the narrator stayed true to that.
I'm not fond, for the most part, of stories that do not end but are the beginning of the next book, and this one has series written all over it, and not in a particularly deft way. (Although it's not a cliff-hanger either.)
SPOILER**It's a love triangle, although the female protagonist isn't one of those romance Tall and Blonde and Gorgeous heroines, thank heavens. Relationships develop rather than are thrust on one.**
All this said, I do not think I'll be going to the next (and the next and the next) book. The set-up seems to indicate more of the same, and she did it right the first time; I don't think I'll need a second helping. But YMMV. If you like the genre and don't need clothes falling off every time the characters get close to each other, you might like this. Not a 'gritty' book although there is violence.
Enough world-building to spark my imagination, not so much as to leave me lost and confused. Some of the 'slang' didn't make sense, but it was a mild distraction.
Lots of different concepts touched on here; 16 and pregnant and shipped off to an off-world school...could have gone so many ugly ways, but it didn't. The violence and blood-shed is left at remove; perhaps too far removed but it wasn't there for entertainment. And the aftereffects of being subjected to violence are nicely ignored. Which isn't a bad thing, in my book. The YAs this book is aimed at don't need another book of angst and guilt, IMHO.
Options for the pregnancy are touched on without judgement; if you have strong opinions one way or the other, probably it is best for your blood pressure to pass on this book. But were my daughters younger, I would have enjoyed going out for nachos and discussions about this book. Heck, if I knew of an adult book club reading this book, I'd join in a heartbeat. It's one of those, without having it jammed down your throat.
And the ending is an ending; no cliffhangers and the reader's imagination is left to figure out what happens after the HEA, and I find myself imagining what's next.
The narrator is capable; characters are fairly well differentiated and the pacing and pronunciation is well done. My complaint, were I to issue one, is that she sounds fully adult, and the characters for the most part are 16. Quite a disconnect for me, although the story is generally enough to carry the occasional dissonance.
All in all, worth the time and the money, although I probably won't listen to it again unless I find someone to talk about it with me.
What an unusual, and entertaining, book! The addiction stuff rang true; the characters act like human beings, and the story stays true to the characters as presented--no plot driven people here. Different. The cover makes it look pretty grim, but it isn't overly graphic or nasty.
And the narrator is PERFECT. The accent sounded spot on, and she made the characters sound true to themselves. Pacing is good, and no weird quirks that narrators sometimes have.
Altogether, absolutely worth the time and money. And for me, it wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining in print form. Brava to author and narrator, on this one.
Action, suspense, great characters and a well-written story. I am getting used to the narrator/voices in my head disconnect (you know, when what you're hearing isn't how you thought the characters should sound ); Ms Corbett is absolutely capable-her men sound like men, her accents are amazing, and I like her voice.
If you're up for a decent forensic series without a lot of gore and isn't going to leave you unable to sleep at night, allow me to suggest this entire series. And I do suggest you start at the beginning to get the full flavor of how things are put together and who these people are.
And I'm delighted to say that while this series is beginning to flag a bit, it is still a solid 4 stars.
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