Acheron gets his HEA, and basically that is what all of us DarkHunter fans have been wanting for a long time. Unfortunately, Kenyon takes more than half of the book and devotes it to excruciating details of Ash's past. And, oh do I mean excruciating. If you don't like pain, don't read or listen to this book. It was hard to take sometimes, but it does explain what and why Acheron is. As for the narration, Holter did wonderfully, but I was thrown off by him pronouncing Ash's name as Asheron instead of Akeron as he did in Devil May Cry. Also, the Gallu demon who was the bad guy in DMC didn't have an accent in Acheron. The only thing I truly didn't like was that so many characters were repeatedly and unneccesarily stupid and/or cruel. It was kind of like Kenyon didn't think we'd get it, so she decided to bludgeon us over the head repeatedly that Ash had a horrible life.
The best thing about this book is the ending. The rest of it was boring, repetitively so. The main characters kept going over the same ground over and over again, both in their thoughts and in their dialogue. Another problem is that for the most part, we only had the two main characters. That worked in A Hunger Like No Other, but they were on the move, so the story went somewhere. In Macrieve, the characters were always just in one place, both literally and figuratively. The Lore is a rich and diverse world, filled with extraordinary beings and more of them should have been in this book, because the main characters just weren't enough to hold my interest.
Yes. I don't like all of her books, but I more like them than not.
It wasn't annoying, but I don't like his female voices at all.
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The set up for the next book seems good. I hope it is.
I am almost done listening to the book for the second time and I have some reviews to make. Perrin had waaaayy to many pages in this book and it was so boring. The only good part was the reunion of Moiraine and Galahd (pardon my spelling, I haven't actually read a WoT book in years). Mat eying every single woman and deciding who and what she might be good for was exceedingly tedious. Egwene is simply not believable. In 2 years she goes from inkeeper's daughter to Amyrlin? Not likely. Not even with Swan (I know, I know) as her mentor. And such a know it all, imperious, autocratic Amyrlin? Nah. I don't like Elaine, but then I never really did. What the heck was Reading doing with Min's voice. It was awful. She sounded so stupid. Reading should stop that immediately. Lan was really annoying also, but at least he had a good reason. Nynaeve matured--that was good. The Tower of Gengi? Eh. The best part was Rand. Too bad more of the book was not about Rand. Rand whom the whole series revolves around. Or the prophecies. The prophecies of the Dark or the prophecies of the Seanchan. They have prophecies about Mat and Perrin and I would have liked to learn those. I was satisfied by the book the first time and so my credit was well-spent.
It has been awhile since I've come across an author I just couldn't put down. Nalini Singh is quite the storyteller. She keeps you on the edge of your seat--so to speak--waiting for what comes next. The plot line is well paced. The romantic line is drawn right down to the wire--just when you are fed up with the tension, things start to happen. My only complaint is the narrator. I hated her voice--its like a cross between a whine and a morning-croak. Extremely grating. She was a good reader, her voice was just horrible though. If that was an affectation for the book, she should lose it.
The story as usual is fast-paced and gripping. Nora Roberts is an incredible story teller. However, this narrator, is not incredible. Her main characters are fine, but her secondary characters sound ridiculous. Peabody and McNab sound like, I don't know, like old-time cartoon characters. They don't sound like any cops that I would trust working a case for me. The commander sounds like he has perpetual phlegm in his throat. The only ones that are remotely believable are Dallas, Roarke, and the strippers.
This is the second time this year that I have been burned by a change in narrator, and oh! this is the worst by far. I know you have all read this over and over again, but it bears repeating. Gigi needs to learn how to read! Some pronunciations are just obvious. Sometimes I wondered if she didn't just do it to be different from Marguerite. I didn't really hate her portrayal of Rachel, but everyone else is just awful. I swear, in one scene, Algaliarept had 3 different British accents. And her Ivy was God-awful. I hated Gigi's Ivy. I am actually not finished listening to it yet, but it had to be said. ALWAYS CHECK THE NARRATOR!
This book is very good. I loved the characters, the story was well paced. There was plenty of action and twists and turns. Its very different from other books in the series, which keeps the series fresh. I love the dynamic between Lucas, Paige and Benicio. I hated the voice of the narrator. She sounds like an old woman with a smoking habit. Not a bad habit, just a light one. I wish I hadn't bought the next book in the series until after I had heard the narrator.
Just did my 2nd and a half listen. Love Holter Graham's voice. Love the insouciance with which he interprets Kenyon's dialogue. I also love Kenyon's way with a metaphor. And once again let me say that Graham's voice as Sin is "dead sexy, baby!" I listen to him just to help me go to sleep then get caught up. Come on! If you like paranormal romance audiobooks, you'll like this book.
There may or may not have been a good story here, I don't know because the narrator was so freakin' horrible, that I gave up after an hour or so. If I had to listen to that piss-poor excuse for a male Scottish accent say the word "lass" for much longer I would have hurt someone, or chucked my iPOD. Neither option being viable, I deleted it.
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