It took me a while to get into this series, but I have really enjoyed it. Emily Gray does a wonderful job with character voices, and the story itself was fast-paced and fun. The editing, however, was terrible. There were uncomfortably long pauses between sections and chapters, punctuated by the sound of a deeply indrawn breath. I found myself checking my iPod to see if I'd accidentally hit the pause button or otherwise messed something up. Very strange, but sill well worth listening.
I expected a romance, an interesting romance full of myth and maybe light and fluffy. This was not that. It is not a romance novel, but it is a character driven story with love at its core. Not physical love, but emotional connection and companionship. The romance is complicated, understated and deeply fulfilling. The story depicts two very different cultural neighborhoods in the heart of New York at the turn of the 20th century. The descriptions are interesting, telling, and evocative. They story is gripping.The characters feel true. The voices and accents are well done. Listen to this book.
Normally, I love Renee Raudman. Her voice is perfect for Kate Daniels. But something strange was going on in this book. I don't have the text version, so I'm not sure if it was the authors or the voice actor, but every time a foreign language was used, she (or the authors) got it wrong. It was teeth-grinding bad. If you don't know or care about the language, then you won't notice and this book will be fantastic as usual (because it is! Great story!), but otherwise... ouch. Kate's character is supposed to be super-knowledgeable about Mesopotamian/Mediterranean cultures and it's important to the plot that she knows much more than she should about this group in particular, so this really ripped me out of the story. Luckily, it's only a few chapters, and the story is otherwise fantastic.
I have loved this series, and I still do love the chemistry between the main characters, but there were too many times in Biting Bad where my reaction was just, "You did what? Idiot!" Merritt (sp? Hard to know these things when you've listened to all the books) throws down her katana to even the odds before a fight before she knows the caliber of her foe... and then gets her ass handed to her. A normal human nearly does her in at one point. It's really hard to buy her supposed fighting prowess. The ending felt convenient and easy. I didn't but too much of this novel.
The story was solid, filled with action, fun characters with enough depth that they didn't fall flat. I would definitely read the book, and I might even listen to it again, though I doubt it. The voice acting was usually really good, different voices for each character and it was easy to discern whom was speaking, despite the ensemble cast. However, every time a character was exclaiming or really emoting, it seems like the voice actor pulled back too much, and the moment came across funny or ironic, rather than powerful.
I adore this series. I listened to the first one a few months ago, and then listened to books 2-5 in about three weeks straight. In some ways, this book was my favorite. The character development was solid, the pace was unrelenting, and there were major changes in the world. But I new who the villain was by about a quarter way through the book. I still enjoyed it, but I wish I hadn't seen it coming. There were a couple good twists, and as I said, I did love this book. Definitely worth the listen.
I listened to this book back in March and immediate brought all the sequels. I still think about them as great listening experiences and I've just decided to listen again to help get me through the winter months. I strongly recommend these books (even if the narrator's "southern" accent isn't spectacular).
I found the writing heavy handed and not particularly creative. The narrator mispronounced words. I spent more time rolling my eyes than enjoying the story.
Her accents were inconsistent and she mispronounced a number of the Greek words (and some of the English ones).
I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks in the last few years, and there are some series I'm totally loyal to. This beats all. The story, the humor, and Wil Wheaton's performance are all incredible. I laughed out loud multiple times during a marathon practice run! No one laughs during that misery!
I enjoyed the geek "in" jokes, and I appreciated the 80s nostalgia, even though I'm too young to get a fair number of the references. I enjoyed this so much that I went out and got the hard cover so I could loan it to friends. Buy this book. I'm serious. Do it now!
Too many. The entire hunt for the egg was well done and the conclusion was excellent--very satisfying. There is a moment where Wil Wheaton as narrator refers to himself in text :). I think they picked exactly the right narrator for this novel.
I loved the deus ex machina moment where Og appears to save the day. Also loved the Oingo Boingo reference in the beginning.
The discussion between Samantha and Wade at the end. It was sweet and sincere.
Seriously, this is one of the best books I've read/heard in a VERY long time.
I really liked the book, the plot, the characters, etc. It's as well written as Shinn's other novels, though it was a little anti-climatic after the fourth book. The major problem was Ellison's narration. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't as good as those that came before.
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