The idea of the story is very good but the dialogue between characters in the book seems a little stilted. I just can't imagine people in the real world talking to each other like that. Also, there seems to be some production quality issues early on in the recording. I swear I can hear some background noises like pages being turned in the first hour.
Despite all that this was a very enjoyable listen. While listening I kept imagining this book as a movie like The Crow. I look forward to listening to some other Mark Edward Hall books.
The story was OK and for some, ladies I am looking at you here, this mix of romance novel, light urban fantasy, and mystery is totally their bag. However, I couldn't stand the constant whistling sound the narrator makes on every other "S" sound and soft "C". This title may become the first in my library to have the dubious honor of not being finished.
This was overall a fun story but some non sequiturs such as mentions of clocks and gunmetal as a color took me out of the narrative. There wasn't enough background on the world to make me think that firearms or clocks were normal in the otherwise medieval sounding world.
The narrator has a definite lisp but I don't know if I got used to at the end or if better enunciation was employed.
The story was OK but not great. A major detractor from the immersion was the awful narration.
The narrator takes some getting used to but it seems like no preproduction was done during recording. There were multiple times that the narrator used the wrong voice and would try to transition from one voice to another over the course of a sentence. I don't know what techniques are used so that a narrator knows who is speaking a certain line but this could have been done much much better.
If you can get over this it is a fun jaunt.
This was a truly enjoyable urban fantasy. All of the elements that make for a great listen are there. The narrator did a great job with pacing and differentiating the characters. There is just the right amount of mythos, action, and humor to make the time fly by.
The parts for a truly great story are there: an ancient curse, an interesting heroine, and and exotic venue. The problem for me was when things got too lovey dovey and the solid steel spine of the heroine turned in to a noodle that couldn't be even be called "Al Dente".
I can see where this type of story would be very appealing to a YA female audience and this review would be quite different if I was a 14 year old girl.
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