I have really enjoyed this story and most of the narration. I'll admit Dick Hill gets a bit carried away with Hoyt's voice being too sonorous a few times, but he separates the voices very well and only makes the women sound whiny when they actually are according to what's being said. I can't understand how anyone could think of it as boring. I have not read The 7th Sign Trilogy so cannot comment on that. I found this story to be riveting and am going to get the next one right now. Those sales for "first in a series" catch me every time.
If you like paranormal stories of witches, sorcerers, vampires, and shapeshifters, with some violence, romance and a bit of sex (they don't stop at the bedroom door but it doesn't dominate the story), I highly recommend this audiobook.
Story could have been good but it was like listening to a textbook for what seemed like hours. Wait, it was hours. The story could have been interesting, but I did not want to learn to drive a boat, catch a fish or test lots of amber. Nor did I need a long lecture, or 2 or 3, on the geopolitics of the ex-Soviet Union. I kept listening and then yelling at my iPod as I drove. With about 3 hours to go and one more lecture, I pulled over and found another book to listen to. I will be returning this one.
As for the narrator, she was awful. In the beginning, she made a bit of an effort to differentiate at least the H and the h, but then everyone sounds the same, except for a few poorly done accents. Mostly she talked like she was in the library, then something goosed her up and she acted over the top for a minute or so. Then back to the library. I really hate it when all the men sound just like the women.
The story itself, while somewhat improbable, could still have been entertaining if about 3 hours of instructions had been cut out of it. My daughter has a copy of the book so I will skim it for the ending.
While I would have preferred a series about any group of men, warriors, highlanders, SEALS, etc, to be narrated by a man, this one is done by a woman. Some can handle it, and she did not do too bad on men's voices, though as someone else pointed out, the only man that had an accent was the hero, Theron. All his brother Argonauts spoke regular unaccented English, which made no sense. I could live with that. Her regular narration voice was OK and sounded like a normal woman's voice. But her female characters sounded like 13 year olds - high pitched, often whiney. I had to force myself to finish but I was on a trip in my car and had to tough it out. If she would just have used her normal speaking voice for women, it would have been so much better. So I would ask her "When you speak to your friends, do you pitch your voice much higher and try to sound like a kid?" Think normal!
As for the story itself, I enjoyed it very much, though again, sometimes the dialog of the heroine, and her sister, was reminiscent of kids instead of 27 year old women. I'll get the rest of the books from the library and just read them maybe. I sure won't get the audio.
Like others here, I've read all the Sea Haven books and listened to most of them. I really like the male narrator for the Prakenski's and I hope they will continue to use this narrator for the rest of the books. One person commented he didn't do any accents. He used a French accent, a Russian accent and an American accent. He was pretending to be an American for much of the book. I enjoyed his voice very much.
The story itself was also very good and the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because, like most Feehan books, things are repeated endlessly. But it seems to work for her as she sells lots of books, many to me!
The next book, Air Bound, is due out in May, 2014, and I so hope they will use a male narrator. These are the Prakenski brothers books and they are male, very male! Yea!
Just FYI for Audible, I did NOT get the audio book for Water Bound because the sample did not demonstrate her male voices. Some women are pretty good, but others just keep sounding like women. Just unacceptable.
I did enjoy this book but I did not love it. It kept me interested, but, as much as I love Virgil, I think Sandford gives his best stories to Lucas. I love Lucas also, but he's not quite as interesting since he got married.
I think the story itself was not quite as interesting. Like others, I'd rather the story be a mystery involving Minnesotans, not foreigners.
As for Erlc Conger, I like his voice but he makes no real effort to distinguish different voices, not even making female voices be a bit lighter or something to make you know you are hearing a woman. All in all, it was a pretty good book and I remain a firm Lucas and Virgil fan.
I do enjoy a book about Highlanders and this one had an interesting premise. The female lead hung on a bit too long to "I can never be myself or with a man", but finally gave in. The male was just what I like - handsome, tough, big, warrior, etc. My biggest complaint is the narrator, though for a woman she made a decent attempt at male voices. When you have a book, or series of books, where the main characters you are following are male, they need to be read by a male narrator, like Robert Petkoff, who reads Kresley Cole's Immortals after Dark series. I have every one of those that are out. I won't get the rest of these on audio. Maybe at the library.
Note that I say "reader". There was no narration. Every character had the same voice. Even when the 2 main characters, one male and one female, were having a conversation, there was NO difference in her voice. She made no effort to make males and females sound different from one another. This was such a huge disappointment after Hilary Huber narrated the first 2 books so well. Bennett's voice was so bland that I would find myself with wandering mind. She will be added to my "never listen to again" list. I just bought the 4th book in the series at Target for $5.99.
The story, on the other hand, was very good, with lots of action and sexual tension, as well as some pretty steamy sex scenes. Now, I'm going to go READ the 4th book because Erin Bennett narrates it also. I really prefer when books whose major protagonist is male is read by a man. I love the guy that does the Kresley Cole books.
Also, it's Halley's Comet, pronounced Hal-lee, not Hailey (hay-lee).
I liked this one better than the last couple of Virgil Flowers book, though they were good. I thought this one had a better story. I always like when there is at least a bit of Lucas Davenport in it also. I also like when Virgil has a bit of a fling, though Sandford cannot write a sex scene. But the characters have that "true" flavor with conversations that sound like real people. And while there is no mystery, since you know from the start "who-dun-it", there's still the figuring out how to catch them. Eric Conger doesn't do a great range of voices, but you expect him to read the Virgil books, so it's all good.
I love this entire series and this one in particular. It has a great mix of romance (including steamy sex scenes) and action, just as all the books in the series do. The narrator does a really good job with this one. My only complaint about Nalini Singh is that she has the weirdest chapter breaks. Rather than stopping the chapter at the end of a scene, she does it right in the middle, for no reason I can discern. But that's minor.
I was so disappointed in this addition to the series. I liked Rune so much in the previous 2 books that I was very disappointed that his book was so boring. I actually would find my mind wandering, which never happened with the first two books. There was little action and lots of internalizing. Like I said, boring. There were some pretty good sex scenes. I was also unhappy with the way Rune just seemed to turn against Dragos and the other Sentinels. Poor Dragos has now lost 2 of his sentinels. If this keeps up, how is he going to run his domain? As for Carling, I liked her OK. Better than Tricks from book 2, much less than Pia from book 1.
This book had the same narrator as the first 2, but she did a much weaker jobs. Often when Rune and Carling were conversing, you could not tell who was talking because she just seemed to give up on making the males voice somewhat different than the females. I also could not tell whether they were thinking or speaking. I don't remember that occurring in the first 2 books. In fact, she just seemed to be reading this book. Toward the end of the book, however, when they were with the oracle in Kentucky, she suddenly came to life with the oracle's voice, and it was HORRIBLE! I won't be able to listen to book 4 if she uses that voice for an entire book. I was hoping to see one of the other sentinels star in the next book. Just because a sentinel finds his or her mate, does not mean they need to leave the Wyrs. I'm afraid the oracle and the jinn are not of much interest to me.
I have to say I loved the hero, Tiago. But I didn't care much for the heroine. Actually, one of my least favorite kinds of females are the ones where the author keeps talking about how tiny they are, their tiny feet and hands, etc. (Shades of Feehan's Dark series) I also have little patience with so much emphasis on pink nail polish and 4-inch heels, etc. That's a lot of why I loved Pia in the first book. She was so real and no nonsense. Otherwise, the story itself was pretty good and had a goodly amount of action and steamy romance. The narrator again did a pretty good job.
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