Spoilers ahead: I was looking for something new after the last fabulous Jeaniene Frost book. Found this, and since it was on sale, decided to give it a shot. Was sorely disappointed. Basically, it's catty girls and arrogant guys playing dress-up in a Chicago-based fraternity/sorority system. The dialogue was immature, unnecessarily snarky, and quite frankly it sounded like the author was trying to hard. The character development was weak, the arc of the plot was dull, and, even for an UF novel, some things were too fantastic (she's a super powerful novice vamp? her roommate is a super-powerful sorceress but doesn't even know it? she's offered the spot of "consort" and sentinel right off the bat?). I echo other reviewers who have been extremely annoyed with the narrator's rendition of the various voices. Even when she was reading non-dialogue, she does it in sort of a snarky, sarcastic tone. Weird. Anyway, would not recommend this book. Apparently the second and third in the series are better, but I'm not going to waste a credit or money on either.
This is my first Jon Ronson book and I found it to be a highly amusing and interesting exploration of the concept of "psychopath." As a psychologist, I was fascinated with his exploration into the background of the DSM and his interviews with Drs. Hare and Spitzer. In addition, I thought the accent and intonation of the narrator was quite delightful and provided an extra incredulousness to the narration.
The story was engaging and interesting, but the voices were extremely annoying. The female narrator who read the female voices made practically every sentence sound sexual. The male narrator who did the male character voices did practically every voice with a New Jersey or Brooklyn accent. I'm pretty sure there are "cons" in the world who are not from the east coast. Very annoying...would have been much better to read this one.
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