I've been a member of Audible for a few years now, and have downloaded and listened to over 100 audiobooks, but this is the first time I've been inspired to write a review.
I frequently check Audible's inventory to see if any of my all-time favorite authors have been added. After having read, on the recommendation of a friend, the first of the "Twilight" series, I looked again for "Sunshine" by McKinley. Imagine my delight to find that it has just been added to the Audible library.
On the cover of the print edition I have, Neil Gaiman (another favorite author) writes "A pretty near perfect book." That about sums it up for me.
This is by far the best vampire tale I have ever read. It is the Brothers Grimm to the Disneyesque teen books by Meyer. If you like your tales with gripping characters, suspense, deep mythic depths and a cracking plot that whisks you along, this is the book for you.
I've read Sunshine three times and listened to it once. My only complaint is that there has not been a sequel, which is apparently feedback McKinley has often heard about this book. Along the corridor of the plot, the reader keeps getting glimpses into fascinating rooms where the story might be further developed, and then the book ends without the reader being able to go back and explore those areas. This is an appetizing tale in so many ways, and definitely leaves the reader wanting MORE! (In a good way -- like one wants to go back to a five-star restaurant and order another entree by the same chef, even though the one you had was perfect.)
What I don't understand, with the runaway success of the Twilight series (2 credits per book? Really?) and Buffy, and the Ann Rice books back in the day, why THIS book is not at the top of all the bestseller lists. I envy you if Sunshine is still in your future
I've been waiting eagerly for this latest installment in the adventures of Atticus, and this book did not disappoint in the least. I particularly enjoy Kevin Hearne's clever melding of so much interesting history, mythology and folklore with the best of modern pop culture references, while simultaneously managing to strike the perfect balance between humor and action. Atticus, Granuaile, and the irreppressible hound Oberon rapidly climbed to the top of my favorite fictional characters list with Hearne's first release, "Hounded," and I am hoping we'll be following their adventures for a long, long time.
If you haven't yet had the pleasure of reading this series, I envy you. I think I am now on my fourth time through "Hounded" -- listening to it with my teenaged son and his friend in the car in five minute increments -- and it clearly holds up well to frequent rereads. I was a little startled when first listening to "Trapped," though; it sounded like the awesome Luke Daniels -- who is the voice of Atticus like James Marsters is the voice of Harry Dresden -- had some sort of voice makeover. Maybe I am just more sensitive to the differences, since I have been frequently switching back and forth between listening to the first and the fifth book in the series. I finally got used to it, but I did notice a change. Seems like the passing of a mere 12 years would not have affected the voice of a 2000 year old druid in any noticeable way. :-)
I am a HUGE fan of audiobooks, have purchased hundreds from Audible over the last few years, and this is only the second review I have felt impelled to write.
After eagerly counting down the days to the new Dresden release, and reading the free chapters as they have been posted on Jim Butcher's site, I was overwhelmed with disappointment today to learn of the change in narrator for the audiobook. I agree with previous posters -- James Marsters IS Harry Dresden as far as I am concerned. I must add my voice to those hoping for an eventual re-release of the audiobook with Marsters (no offense at all the new reader, who had an impossible act to follow). Alas, it looks like I will be purchasing this in only in print form for now.
(Please note that my review is based solely on my reaction to the change in narrator, not to the content of the book nor the objective skill of the reader.)
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