It is hard to say if the audio is better than the print version of this book. Ms. Huff's writing is, as always, stellar. It is so easy to like Tony, the main character, and Brian Sutherland's narration is spot on. The story line is engaging, and you find yourself not only liking the characters, but rooting for them as well.
Tony Foster is a character introduced in Tanya Huff's Blood books as a street kid with smarts and heart. In the Smoke books, Tony is all grown up, and working a job he likes and is hoping will springboard him to ultimate success as a director. Tony always seems to try his best to do what is right, and is trying to grow out of his need for Henry Fitzroy (the vampire in the Blood books). You really end up hoping Tony's dreams will come true.
I really liked his narration, especially his take on Tony and Chester Bain. He makes you forget that he is only one man, reading all the different parts.
I read this book before, and loved it. Listening to it just enriched the story.
I have read and listened to all of the Iron Druid series books. This book is the weakest. Quite frankly, I had a difficult time getting to the end. The culture references are getting old, and his eco-preaching is tiresome. Oberon's input is getting harder to like.
Luke Daniels is an excellent narrator. However, he has changed his rendering of Oberon in this book, so Oberon sounds more like Scooby Doo. Not a good change.
I got really, really tired of the interaction between Atticus and Oberon.
I hope the next book is better - I will be checking it out of the library, though - just in case.
Carefully crafted story and characters. Very believable story line - almost makes you believe in vampires. Tanya Huff is a master at character definition, dialogue and pacing. It makes for an intriguing story that is hard to put down.
The blending of true history and modern fiction.
Her pacing and accents were dreadful. She over-emoted virtually every scene. She gets the award for the best William Shatner scene chewing performance - ever.
I was so overjoyed to see the Blood Books in audio that I bought every one on the same day. I'm hoping I can overlook the dreadful narrator to enjoy these books the way I did when I read them, and not come to rue the economic outlay.
I wanted to like this book. I really did. I liked the first two books, hated the third, and skipped the fourth, since I had gotten this one on a special deal. I really liked the characters in the first two books. This book, well, I have no idea why Anatoly is still taking the crap Sophie dishes out constantly; Sophie has turned into a self-righteous shrew, and Mary Ann is starting to seem like the only sane and smart one in the bunch. The joke about peach taffeta was so overused as to become painful. Sigh. I won't be coming back for more, even if another one is written. I'll stick to C.E. Murphy for my Gabra Zackman fix.
I really liked the first two books in the Sophie Katz series. This book was just tiresome. The plot was minimal, and seemed to be only a platform for snarky political commentary. I have read other series where you were in no doubt about the author's political stance, and that was fine; it didn't interfere with the story. In this book you are repeatedly bludgeoned with politics, and the story really suffers for it. What a disappointment. I hope Ms. Davis reverts to her previous witty prose, and leaves the political rants to the people with the placards. Gabra Zackman, as usual, does a stellar job with narrating the tale, tiresome as it is.
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