Yes, I feel this series works even better on audio than in print/ebook. When I first read the series, I didn't really buy into Ty and Zane's romance (at least initially), but hearing the series makes it more real. And, Sean Crisden makes the characters super sexy!
This is the first I've heard, but I really enjoyed his narration. In fact, I was surprised to read the other reviews complaining about his interpretation of the characters. I enjoyed his narration far more than the narration of the first two books in the series, which were narrated by Sawyer Allerde. Although Allerde did a good job, I don't feel that he differentied enough between Ty and Zane, whereas Crisden gives each character a distinct voice. I also didn't hear any sort of Yogi Bear impersonation, but maybe that's because I didn't watch that cartoon enough to have a real sense of which chracter might have a Yogi bear voice.
The world building is good--it's not necessarily a unique take (the premise shares similarities with the Fea reservations in the Mercy Thompson series), but it's interesting and different within the shifter genre. I do wish it pushed a little harder on challenging gender roles, though. I enjoy an alpha male as much as the next reader, but it would be nice if alpha females weren't quite so "rare". All the women are depicted as being strong, so why do they still have to all be subordinate in the power structures?
The final confrontation-- this is actually the second time I've listened to this book, and it's one of the more memorable in the series (trying not to give away spoilers). Also, the part with the underwear.
I've heard her before and she's ok. This is not her strongest performance. Really, if you can't do a passable accent, you really ought not to try. The Morriseys sound like a garbled mixture of Irish, Scottish, and Australian. And Ronan inexplicably has a conglomeration of various English accents. The editing/pacing of some scenes is also pretty rough, with Dukehart pausing in the middle of a line as if she lost her place. It's not the worst narration ever (by a long shot) but I can see why some reviewers are so put off by it.
Well, it's part of a series, so yes, of course there should be more books. But do Andrea and Sean specifically need a second book? Eh.
Yes, this series is a great component of the Cassie Palmer universe. The characters are fun, and Dory is nice contrast to a lot of urban fantasy heroines.
Dory-- she tough and snarky and totally competent and confident. It's a nice change from other heroines who can sometimes be too riddled without doubt or are thrown into a universe they don't totally understand. I also enjoy that she enjoys being crass and "low class" just to piss people off.
Joyce Bean is a great narrator. I've listened to her before, and I think she really nails Dory and the other main characters in terms of attitude and timing. My only problem with her narration is her accents. Sometimes Louis-Cesare sounds German instead of French, and Mircea and Dracula seem a little heavy-handed. And Casanova, who is less of a character in this book than in the Cassie Palmer books, for some reason has a Cockney accent. That was actually a little disturbing since his whole shtick is "Latin lover".
No. But I've read it before, so I wasn't really feeling the suspense that a first time reader/listener might feel.
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