I love the audio edition of this book because I never have much time to actually read these days, but I spend hours driving. With the audio book, I get the stories I love and it's almost better than reading, because Marguerite Gavin's interpretation of Kim Harrison's work is so entertaining!
I loved getting the peeks into Ivy, Trent and Jenk's lives apart from Rachel's. I also loved learning about Rachel's first encounter with Pierce.
Until this book, I had only heard Marguerite Gavin perform Kim Harrison's "Hollows" stories. But this book had some other Kim Harrison stories and I was amazed as Gavin's ability to make those characters sound so completely different from the Hollows characters. She's quickly become one of my favorite audio book performers.
If you like Molly Harper's other books, you'll probably like this one too. But I would read "How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf" before reading this one, since this is sort of a sequel to that one.
Molly Harper's protagonists are always strong women with quirky senses of humor, and that's certainly true here. But this character, although young, is also feeling the weight of her world on her shoulders. And that gives her a perspective that is different from Harper's other heroines. It makes her both stronger and more vulnerable.
Amanda Ronconi is THE voice of Molly Harper's world(s). She personifies the clever, sarcastic humor of Harper's characters. She has a good vocal range that makes it easy to discern which character is talking. And her narration is fluid, conversational and convincing.
Like all of the other Harper/Ronconi books I've found, I didn't want to put it down.
This book is fun. The story is moving without being too heavy. Both the writer and the narrator obviously take their work very seriously, and somehow manage together to craft a work that feels light and fresh. Pure joy!
This story is high on my list of light-hearted, fun, escapist stories. Truly delightful.
This book is full of moments that just pop to mind. It's hard to pick just one, without giving anything away. There was the elk scene, the camping trip, the gift, the bear. That bear scene was fun. The first bare scene was even better!
Amanda Ronconi captures the subtle humor and sexual undertones Molly Harper has woven into the story. Ronconi's reading makes Harper's stories delicious. You can't help but smile, and even laugh out loud at times!
Yes, but I would give away the plot if I told you.
This book is a great adventure.
I haven't read the print version of this story, but I really enjoyed the audio edition! This is a delightful story in the best tradition of Molly Harper's Hollows series. It's a fun, sexy story that doesn't take itself too seriously. And Amanda Ronconi's interpretation makes this an easy listen. Again, she finds a new voice for another woman from the Hollows. It's amazing how she manages to make them sound like they're from the same town, without sounding like the same person. Brava!
I really liked Miranda. She tries so hard to be what she's supposed to be, and it always blows up in her face. She just soldiers on. You have to admire that kind of tenacity.
Amanda Ronconi makes sure that you never miss the humor of the situation. She makes the funny parts funnier, and the sexy parts feel natural...not awkward.
This book made me laugh out loud several times. It also made me smile a lot. Two reactions I'm looking for when I read/listen to a Molly Harper book.
I probably wouldn't recommend this book as an audio book. Although the voice performer had a nice range of voices in her repertoire, I didn't care much for some of the choices she made.The main character, who is supposed to be a resilient, resourceful American, sounds like a mousy, little girl. It seemed as though she was written to be a strong person, but the narrator's interpretation made her sound anything but.However, the narrator didn't always miss the mark. Her portrayal of the main male character Jordan, was spot on.
I probably wouldn't recommend the audio book, but I think this one might have been a good read.
Pleasant, varied, off-target.
I believe the characters could warrant another book -- but not if Klea (sp.) spends the whole story trying to run away from Jordan. Been there, done that.
The basic story was solid, but the characters seemed smarmy in the beginning of the book. I'm not sure if that was the fault of the writer or the narrator. For the first several chapters, this felt like a second novel in a series. There was a lot of back story that felt superfluous.
I think I would have liked more solid action a little earlier in the story, because once the action picked up, the book got better.
One of the most interesting parts of the book was the side story about the main character's partner exploring a relationship of his own.
I wish she would have differentiated between the character's voices more. In some of the dialog scenes, it was difficult to follow just who was saying what. It was especially weird because the main character and her boyfriend were sometimes hard to tell apart.
Overall, it was an entertaining story that probably would have benefited from a better narration.
The story and the well developed, rich characters kept me riveted! I will definitely give this one another listen!
At first I wasn't sure about this old British vampire with his Cockney accent. But it wasn't long before I was hooked. Tavia Gilbert's portrayal of Bones really brought the dead man to life. This is the stuff fantasies are made of.
The shear range of characters she convincingly created was amazing! Each was so distinct, and so vibrant. Brava!
I have a long commute, so I use audio books to fill the time. I really had to force myself to turn this one off when I got home each day.
That missing star on my overall review is aimed at the author, Jeaniene Frost. Although this is a masterful tale, the Cat character's immaturity bugged me at times. She was plausibly immature, but it still bugged me.
I've read others in this J.R. Ward series, and will read more. They're entertaining, good for a lazy summer afternoon.
I don't know if I'll listen to any more though, especially with Jim Frangione narrating. He made all of the women in the book sound like weak, docile creatures with no sex appeal. Yuck!
I may listen to another, but not if the main character is supposed to be a strong woman.
It passed the hours driving, but I could never do two in a row like some other audio books.
I understand that publishing (including audio books) is a business, but switching production houses for this one book was a bad move...not bad enough to completely spoil the book, but it did hurt my listening experience.
Gigi Bermingham is undoubtedly a good voice actor, but she's not Rachel Morgan. Who thought it was a good idea to hire an actress with an obvious east-coast accent to play a Midwesterner? Last time I checked, Cincy was still in Ohio, not Jersey.
And the production company should lose the cheesy music interludes. They're just plain stupid.
All that being said, I really liked the plot of the book. So I tolerated Gigi renaming Piscary and Takata, and barking out Ivy's lines (guess Gigi didn't read that part that described her voice as "gray silk!") I just had to find out what kind of trouble Rachel had gotten herself into next. And Kim Harrison didn't disappoint!
Great story, mediocre telling.
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