What? Life after the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Jim Frangione? Well, it happened. I read the kindle version first and struggled a little to adjust to another story and cast of characters tangential to BDB universe in Caldie. Setting the scene of the new story seemed a little awkward but quickly JRW slid into her best story-telling mode and I was happy! This multi-layered story, like BDB, only begins with this first installment, and each following book expands and deepens the background and the characters who show up in each one. Thank the Scribe Virgin JRW is soon publishing another BDB, and I pray to Dog that there is lots more to follow in the Fallen Angels saga.
I approached the audible version of Covet wondering who could possibly follow Jim Frangione's enormous talent for voicing each of the Brothers and their sometimes annoying shellans. Eric Dove excellently fills the bill for a new story, new voices. I like Jim Heron's cocky southern drawl, and Devina's deceptive sweet-young-thing persona is chilling. This, like Jim Frangione's delivery, is a performance of a book, not just a reading. As it should be, JR Ward's universe deserves the best!
I recently discovered Josh Lanyon, in the Adrien English series, and was eager to read this story which I think is one of his early novels? The story was excellent, keeping in mind it was a much earlier example of his art.
Sometimes I enjoy a writer's work so much I forget to check out the audio sample to see if I like the narrator, before I buy the audio version. Because I require a narrator, not a reader, to fully enjoy an audiobook.
This narrator, Max Miller, at first almost disappointed me, the voice seemed so lacking in energy and the narration was flat. But liking the Josh Lanyon stories so much, I persevered, and thankfully found the narration quickly improved. The individual voices become well delineated after the first couple of chapters, and the background narration itself picks up energy and rhythm as the story progresses.
I am in the midst of reading and listening to all the Josh Lanyon novels I can find, and I definitely would buy another one narrated by Max Miller.
I love this story, with strong characters unfolding their convoluted personalities and twisting paths toward each other, over several books and sequels. I read Matter of Time v 1 and 2 twice before buying the audible version. Paul Morey is one of the best male narrators I've ever heard, good to see such a story matched with such a narrator. He gives a distinctive, expressive voice to each character, major and minor alike, male and female. His dark, growly Sam Cage voice is deep enough to show up on the Richter scale. And yet Paul Morey can reveal every nuance of Jory's charmingly mercurial personality with his voicings. And his pace in the narrative portions is deliberate, unhurried, but always compelling.
Dreamspinner Press, are you listening? So why did you switch to such a low-talent narrator in the sequel "Bulletproof"? I bought it without checking narrator, and was gobsmacked to find that it wasn't Paul Morey narrating the story. More about that in my Bulletproof review.
I don't want to see my favorite stories turned into movies or plays. I do want to hear them read as a performance. I can't wait for the audible version of "But for You", are you listening Dreamspinner Press and Ms. Calmes??? I won't buy it if either Jeff Gelder or Andrew Schwartz narrates. If The Perfect Paul Morey isn't available, there are plenty of other talented narrators like Sean Crisden and Eric G. Dove. Sam and Jory's story deserves to end with better treatment in the audible version.
Thank you DSP and MC and PM for a fabulous first four books in this series.
Yes. I can recommend the story wholeheartedly, the audible version receives three-quarters of a heart in recommendation.
I usually read kindle version first and then purchase the audible version of books I really like and will read again. Point of Retreat is one of those. This narration is a huge improvement on the first volume, Slammed, and I think this new narrator does an excellent job of voicing both male and female roles. There are a few weak points though. In the beginning when he is expressing the main character's inner thoughts, it sounds pretty flat, without affect, and he rushes through the narration. The actual outer world conversations are voiced pretty well though, sometimes even excellently as the main character becomes increasingly frustrated with the obstacles that beset the relationship! But the narrator too often rushes the delivery and swallows a lot of words, slurs them together. If I had not already read the book several times, I would be unable to follow the author's train of thought. A few mispronunciations of the President's English (as opposed to the Queen's English) creep in, but nothing as egregious as those found in another narrator's reading of Slammed. I expect this narrator will do much better next time. He has the potential to deliver a performance rather than just a narration and I would take a chance on him as a narrator in future audible books.
This story was so good I've read it multiple times and given paper copies as gifts. Didn't like the narrator in the sample but gave it a try when title was on special offer because sometimes the beginning of a book narration gets better as the reader gets into it. This is Coleen Hoover's first e-published effort, which received such a positive response it was then picked up by a highly respected publishing house. The audible version deserves a much better narrator. It's a young adult novel, ok, but this reader manages to sound like a whiney sub-teen much of the time, and cannot pronounce the more difficult words correctly. Implacable pronounced as im-place-able? Come on, there must be editors for audible renditions, right? I cannot recommend purchase or free listening to anyone. This book and the remaining two in the trilogy are so good I think the story could be headed to movie-land (for better or for worse!) I only hope the publishers re-release the audible version at some time with a better narrator who is more familiar with spoken English.
An excellent example of a female narrator of young adult stories who can give life to multiple roles, male or female, adult or child, is Emma Galvin, narrator of Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster. Equally excellent is Ilyana Kadushin who narrates all four parts of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga.
Yes, the stories inter-weave intricate characters and action, but Jim Frangione's incredible voice and narrative performance brings so much additional depth to all characters, male and female, good and evil, and to both the romance and the battles. I could listen to his voice reading a grocery list, much less this robust saga.
Hard to choose favorite character, but I'll have to vote for the twins Payne and Vishous. Payne is another strong female vampire role, along with Beth, Bella, Elehna and Xhex. The other females make me grit my teeth, especially the Chosen. V and Butch have been favorites since the first novel, Dark Lover.
Thank the Scribe Virgin there's another installment coming out in a few months!
She gives great performance of both male and female characters. Esp. of course, Bones. Like the Cockney accent.
Good adventure story.
Enjoyed the humor, laughed out loud or smiled many times while walking through the crowds at lunch on on the train going to work.
Tossup between Atticus O'Sullivan--his Earth magic--and Oberon-- who wouldn't want a friend like that? BTW, just got back from a visit to Ireland and Bus Eireann, the state-run bus service in the Irish Republic, displays a running Irish wolfhound on their busses. I thought of Oberon every time I saw one.
Good steady pace, a deliberate delivery,the voices he gives to entire cast adds additional depth to the story. His interpretation of Oberon's "voice" is priceless. A good narrator can make both male and female voices believeable. If I don't like the narrator, I won't buy the Audible book, regardless of how well I like the story. I like Daniels so well I buy IDC stories first in Audible, instead of the Kindle version first.
Laugh, laugh, laugh.
I hope Hearne keeps on writing for a long time.
authentic narrative performance
Others in this series. Also Stephanie Plum's Jane Evanovich's series.
As entertaining asthe stories and characters is this series are (I'm from Louisiana) it's JP's narrative that keeps me buying the books. Not every narrator can successfully do persons of the opposite sex. Her performance on SSSV series, from 1 -10 is so even, any one of them is as good a performance as the others.
Definitely. These books are highly addictive!!!
Charlaine Harris' depiction of the people (breathers) of north Louisiana and their interactions is true to the South on a deep enough level to make me feel right at home inside the world of Bon Temps.
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