My husband and I always listen together and we both agreed that this book was amateurish and boring. The storyline is a good one and could have been a really good book, but the author's writing technique sounded like it had been written by a young girl writing her first story. The dialogue was stilted and unnatural. The narrator was completely wrong for the story, or maybe she could only do so much with the material given to her. I would be extremely wary of ever selecting this author or narrator again.
Warning: If you are not open minded, then this book is not for you. Brian Godawa takes minor and major characters from the Bible and embellishes the story and characters into a plausible tale. All I can say is, well, it could have happened that way. I am interested in seeing where it goes next.
I expected this story to be of the same caliber as Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson or Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville. At the very least, give me a strong character, if not a strong storyline. The characters and story line were completely unbelievable. I love urban fantasy, but this put me to sleep, twice!
What inspired me to select Urban Shaman was the fact that Faith Hunter and C.E. Murphy collaborated to write a story with Jane Yellowrock and Joanie Walker. I have not read that book and may not now that I have listened to Urban Shaman. It was a like expecting to eat ice cream only to discover that the milk used to make the ice cream was completely spoiled.
I don't think so, but she did an excellent job.
I am not interested in listening to the rest of the series!
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