Although I understand the choice of narrator because of the lighthearted character of the novel, I objected strongly to the voices of Alaskans sounding like Sarah Palin. The heroine is incredibly whiny and I could not find any common ground with her. It was a fairly good storyline for a short and fun paranormal and the sex scenes were well done, but I felt the dialogue lacked intelligence, depth, or creativity.
Unfortunately, I accidentally bought another book by Molly Harper and was dismayed to find that the narrator was the same as in this book. I was wondering if a less annoying narration would make the annoying dialogue less annoying, but I guess I won't find out. The maturity of Molly Harper's heroines seems to be a collective 16, and yet, as other reviewers point out, the raunchy sex makes the books inappropriate for readers with that maturity level.
The narrator could have been less whiny. I know she was constrained by the whininess of the character, but I think it could have been done better. And the accents for Alaskans were offensive.
If you have a lot of free time and have been using your brain too much lately, it would be worth the listen. And despite my bad review, overall it was rather entertaining. It is the listening equivalent of eating 4 large Hershey's bars. This would be a perfect listen for after finals in college.
It felt as though someone were explaining the plot of a series of books to me. Too much happened, and yet not enough. No characters were developed in detail, so that when tragedy befell them or they were saved from the brink of disaster, I did not feel anything for them. There was too much material for one book. I felt as though the author created a world without considering a storyline. I almost feel as though someone should rewrite this, and expand upon it extensively.
I will probably avoid Roger Zelazny's books in the future. I am not sure how he got the sequels to this book published.
The performance was actually quite good, but the book's plot jumped around so much that the narrator's talent was lost. A good book with a quality narrator is a priceless thing. If either of those qualities is missing, it's difficult to judge the other independently.
If I could rearrange the book as I wished, I would have separated everything into several novels. One book would be about the main character's adventures regaining his memory. There would be a much larger section in the sea world and a development of the hero's romance with its queen, culminating in the walk of the path and all of that mystical stuff. Next, I would write a prequel that would explain the history of the hero (instead of having him explain everything in the format of "I remembered..." which got tiresome pretty quickly). This prequel could contain flashbacks of pre-exile-to-Earth Amber, with the main story as the hero's experiences on Earth. This would build a foundation for the hero's relationship with his brothers, and add poignancy to his exile. The next book would be a fantasy war epic, concentrating on developing the hero's forces for an attack on his evil brother. This book would end with his imprisonment. The next book would contain his escape, and probably a lot of what happens in the second book of this series, which I will not find out the plot of because I don't intend to read it.
This book was extraordinarily creative, but it definitely lacked focus. A disappointment.
I had listened to the first of the werewolf series by Molly Harper previously, and was unimpressed. I thought that this was a different author, and had been dismayed to learn that they were both Molly Harper books, with the same narrator. However, when I started listening, I found it hard to put down! Although this main character is also sulky and whiny, it fits her better, and plays into the plot in a way that it did not in the other series. The plot carried me on from beginning to end, with surprises at every turn. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.
The surprise in the beginning about how the main character becomes a vampire is very funny and original.
Although I personally think the narrator's voice is nasal, that is not something I think she can improve upon. Her voice was a good choice for the part.
This book was hilarious for a vampire novel, and that is something that many try for, and at which few succeed.
I would definitely recommend this book for a light, fun read; this book would make a great vacation novel.
I would not try another book by this author. I found it hard to connect to any of the characters because much of the plot was held back until the last quarter, when it was explained in flashback and overly formal conversation. I felt that it left too much unexplained and explained too much, all at once. The connection between the main character and her
Definitely not one of these. A different series by someone else.
I found her voice untrained and formal - like a high schooler trying to sound adult while reading a classic of literature aloud to the class. Maybe she would be better in something with a more casual tone that would allow her to relax into the characters. I think the author and performer were a bad mix.
Boredom. I fell asleep listening to this book multiple times and could not get attached to the plot.
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