I have only "read" the audio version so cannot make a comparison
I just loved the tongue-in-cheek humour and fast pace of the story.
Jane - of course!
Yes. Luckily I put it on my iPod and shut out the rest of the world.
The combination of Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi make all titles in the range "must haves". They make a cheery alternative to all doom and gloom on TV.
It will make me more wary in future
Pitkin pauses every few words, thereby removing all meaning from any prose.
I would like a refund but am having the utmost difficulty in getting this processed by you.
It is the first in a trilogy which may mean that I'll need to refresh my memory before I buy the next one in the series.
Ian the manly hero, who is both brave and faithful. Ross Pendleton gives him a very sexy voice!
He reads smoothly and with feeling, yet never intrudes upon the story with histrionics. He manages to assume the voice of either gender realistically, together with a genuine-sounding Scots burr. This is an achievement few narrators can pull off. I think I'd seriously consider purchasing almost anything he read.
Virtually, yes. If you count a few hours sleep in the middle, that was exactly what I did..
I had low expectations of this book due to a couple of disappointing purchases recently, but this was a little gem. I look forward to further offerings by this author provided they have the same gifted reader.
Someone very slow on the uptake may have more patience than I do. The narrator takes all the action out of the story by reading so teeth-grindingly slowly.
I would like to see more careful editing to remove the jarring inconsistencies in the text.Phrases such as "pushing someone's buttons" for instance, do not sit well in a medieval context and detract from the atmosphere. There were a few similar instances which were glaringly out of place and could have been amended to improve the whole.
Sue Pitkin reads as if she is following her finger along the text like a schoolchild. She pauses when she should continue to the end of the phrase, and at other times places inapt stresses on certain words which can make utter nonsense of the entire sentence. Frequent mispronunciations are also very annoying, particularly STIFFLING (sic) instead stifling.It is a common enough word after all.
I would not cut any characters.
I usually enjoy stories by this author and feel that she has been badly let down by the producer who should have picked up, and rectified, the errors made by the narrator.
Stephanie Laurens writes a lively story, but Matthew Brenher drains the life from it.
Sadly no, especially to a first-time listener. It would discourage further purchases.
He reads like a failed actor, droning through the prose and only animated during the dialogue. He is unable to manage long sentences, inventing pauses where none exist (presumably he reaches the edge of the page or runs out of breath), yet at the same time he appears to ignore the correct punctuation. The end result is at best irritating and at worst utterly nonsensical.I shall avoid this performer no matter how much I like the author.
Ms Laurens has been badly let down.
The Narrator. It has always been such a pleasure to listen to this series, until now.
There is action, romance and pathos. Something for everyone.
The "Sesame St". voices assigned to the characters were extremely irritating and reduced them in dimension to figures of ridicule, completely spoiling my listening experience.This was a shame as it was competent apart from that. Obviously this narrator had not listened to any of the previous books, unlike the purchasers, which would have helped in characterisation. The previous reader did a much better job, why the change?
Tell the Narrator to stop patronising paying customers, this is not a kindergarten library corner!
This would be in my Top 5 so far this year, and I get through a lot of titles from various sources.
Hard to single out one particular sgement as it held my attention throughout.
A sound and professional delivery, which enables the listener to concentrate on the story.
I had to listen to it without interruption.Too good to put down.
An interesting and absorbing story and, as is usual with Kathy Reichs, highly informative as well. I'll be storing this to listen to again. There is always a long wait between her titles, but they are worth it.
No, merely the author
No. She reads as if she is a very elderly schoolteacher with an audience of extremely young children.Ugh!
Annoyance at being duped.
Nauseatingly "nice" and sickly sweet, and nothing interesting happens, at least up to the point where I threw the iPod across the room in a fury.
Yes. I liked the author's fresh approach and imaginative employment of a vampire's abilities together with some of the drawbacks. Just how would you cope with being a single parent of a non-vampire child in this situation?
The leap from a tall building was a suspenseful moment.
This is one top-class reader. She copes with the author's eccentric grammar without missing a beat, and conveys the emotions of the characters impeccably. I'd enjoy listening to her again.
It's a possibility, after all, 'Moonlight' was a very entertaining series.
I'll be interested in seeing this writer develop.
Jonas Wyatt continues his agonising search for the solution to his adopted daughter's life-threatening condition. Can Stygian's mate provide the answer?
This is one of the weaker tales, but a fan of the Breeds series may forgive it's shortcomings.I fear that Lora Leigh is endowing her characters with just too many scenting skills. Envy, determination, frustration? Oh Please! most of us can detect that by looking at someone.
The reader is consistently good and keeps the story moving along without intruding upon the atmosphere
There were a couple of moments when I wished that Stygian could run as fast as possible from the spoilt infant that Fate had provided as a mate. Did she have to talk like a 12 year old? A virgin at 27, well no wonder! Nobody but a saint would take her on.
I am a big fan of the Breeds books but this one falls short. It felt as if was written for a much younger reader.
A better reader might have helped me finish the book
I usually like this author, but will not buy any read by this person
Tom Stechschulte often reads for this author and does an excellent job
The reader droned through the prose with the sepulchral tones one might expect from a very bad, old-fashioned preacher, but hammed-up the dialogue so that one might feel they were listening to a conversation between "Lurch" and "Tweetie-pie".
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