First off... I love Nalini Singh. I've loved reading the books and I've loved listening to them as I catch things I didn't in the reading.
As for Archangel's Blade - don't start the series here. This is the 4th book and there is a lot of back story from the other three books that just adds depth to this book. I have a hard time imagining that this would be as good without having the other three books as a base to what Dmitri, in particular, is like. (Bonus: I LOVE how Nalini Singh is able to be true to the original character she developed through the three previous books, yet add more depth to him without changing him dramatically for this book).
Another note - The Guild Hunter Series is violent. Personally, I think it fits the world that she has created in these books, but this book is NOT for the faint of heart. If you loved the Psy-Changeling Series, this series is much darker but in some ways more compelling than the other. I love them both in different ways. Can't wait to read and listen to all of her new titles.
I bought this as a book based on the reviews and felt terrible that I couldn't get more than a couple of chapters into it (and I do NOT not finish books). So when I saw this as an inexpensive audible purchase ($4.99-ish), I thought this would be my chance to see what all the hoopla was about! Unfortunately, while I got a couple more chapters into the audible version, I just couldn't bring myself to care about the story. I was bored silly.
The narrator was great, the story was... dry. Overly descriptive? Obsessed with details that didn't pertain to plot (or at least to the part of the plot I got to). I needed a reason to care about the protagonists and I never got one. Perhaps someone can tell me that I just didn't give it enough time, but between trying to read and listen to this I think I've given it as many chances as I care to. There are so many other books out there to read and listen to!
I love this series from Madeleine L'Engle and I've read Many Waters a number of times. In listening to it, I found that it is a better book read than heard. I'm not sure if that came from the narration or if the book really was more simplistically written than Wrinkle In Time series featuring Meg and Charles Wallace.
I have listened to the other older books in this series and found them to be as good as I remember the written novels. The narrator was wonderful with different voices for different characters and really drawing me into the book. I found the narrator for this book to be very hard to listen to. Her words were overly enunciated to the point of being distracting and there was very little nuance in her voice or how she spoke the characters or situations. It was clear to me that she was "reading a book" rather than "telling a story" which tends (for me) to be the best part of the audio book. I would actually go out of my way not to listen to a book with this narrator.
That being said, I love this story and was overall disappointed in the performance.
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