I bought this audio book as part of the $4.95 sale of 1st books in a series. For 5 bux, I didn't expect much, actually. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The story itself is very different, but entertaining. Supernatural goings-on in modern day life is interesting. I thought the writing was very good, and kept me appropriately engaged. Did this book change my life? Not really, but it was a fun ride none-the-less.
As far as the performance by James Marsters...I think this is a case of you either LOVE his style or completely HATE it. I started out being annoyed by all the heavy breathing, sighing, and dragging of words. It's definitely a particular "style". But here's the thing - it dawned on my about half way through this audio book that I had converted from listening to someone read a story, to listening to Harry Dresden himself relating his experience. There is a profound difference, and it's never happened to me on audio before. Instead of picturing some guy in a studio reading from a script, I actually felt like I was sitting in a bar, or beside a fireplace listening to Harry tell a very good story. For that reason alone, I gave 5 stars for performance.
I will likely pursue this series, and already look forward to the next one.
I loved the story, the characters and the setting, but I am absolutely IN love with Miss Landor. SUPER NARRATION. I listen to audio books. A lot. I have dismissed several stories because the narration was sub-par, so let me be clear...Rosalyn Landor is a gift. I loved listening to her tell this incredible tale. Super duper good.
This is a tough one. The obvious answer would of course be Sophia, but I also enjoyed Carrie, and even the Mastif dog, but I think the character I enjoyed most was Graham. He is so sweet, sensitive, and sensible. His dad was awesome, and congrats to the narrator for nailing the accent.
Rosalyn Landor really made this story bloom for me. Her professional story telling is one of the best I've ever heard. She is highly capable of just making you feel like you are sitting in front of a roaring fire with a cuppa while she spins her web. I was super impressed with the juggling of all the accents, Scottish, American, French...all with ease and sophistication. Simply superb.
If I had the time, yes. I tend to listen sometimes 10-15 minutes at a time, and other times I can dedicate an hour or so. The narration was so good, and the story was enough to keep me coming back for more. I will definitely check out more by this author, and this narrator. Absolutely loved the whole experience!
The narrator was very good, and kept me engaged the entire time. The storyline was interesting and unfolded at just the right pace for me. Really well done, in fact.
I like the approach, where the reader (listener) knows from the get-go who dunnit, and then following the investigation to see if the others can figure it out.
FIrst time. I will look for him again.
No laughing or crying, but it did leave me with a sense of wonder at all the story telling engineering that went in to this story...giving JUST enough along the way to keep the reader guessing, and the minute PLANNING of it all, to reveal the right thing at the right time. Remarkable.
I've recommended this story to several people already. I will look for other work by this author, and narrator. Well done.
I have read several of the novels, but never listened to one. I don't know that it's better, necessarily, but different, and I enjoyed it a lot. The narrator is perfect for Kate, and Dana Stabenow's writing is always pitch perfect. I liked this audio book immensely.
Kate Shugak, of course. She's smart, witty, and kicks ass! What's not to like?
I thought Marguerite's take on Kate was awesome. I will admit, I was a bit apprehensive, but she pulled it off with perfect tone and clarity. Well Done.
Absolutely. As it was, I got through it in about 3 different sittings, but was constantly thinking about the story when I was away.
This series is awesome, and now that I've discovered them on audio, I am even more excited to go on many more adventures with Kate, Mutt and Jack. Love it !!!
I enjoyed both, actually.
I enjoyed the story, and the narration was absolutely top notch, but seriously, the amateurish and mistimed sound effects were ANNOYING! The music portion was okay, I guess, but when the narrator says "...the window broke..." and a full 2 seconds later you hear an amateur sound effect that is neither convincing, nor adds to the story, it just gets to be frustrating. The narrator is so good in this, the sound effects actually take away from his ability to tell the story. I hated the sound effects.
I LOVED THE NARRATOR ! I just hated the producers decision to use sound effects. Even the wind and thunder and whatever was just plain stupid.
I would leave that to the professionals.
I really did enjoy the story and the narration, but hesitant to listen to the others in this series if there are continued sound effects.
It was the perfect amount of creepy...and who doesn't like a free listen? Thanks Audible.
I absolutely loved the first audio in this series, so it was with a bit of apprehension that I picked up and listened to this one...I needn't have fretted one whit. Once again, Kevin Hearne comes through with a fantastic story, and Luke Daniels is quickly becoming my favorite narrator...he's absolutely incredible. This is def. worth the time, and money. I can't wait now to continue on and see what happens to this great character...and my favorite literary canine, Oberon. Entertaining all the way through.
John Finnemore is a genius, and he proves it again with this hysterical Christmas special. I usually listen while I drive, and I almost drove off the road laughing when the bit about the umbrella unfolds in the cockpit. Pure genius, I tell ya. Loved every moment! :)
I really wanted to like this story. The premise sounded very promising, but unfortunately for me, it wondered all OVER the place, with frequent, heavy handed sermons. When the writing finally gets back to the actual story, it was good, not great. Overall, I just felt disappointed and frustrated. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, but this was all together forgettable for me. :(
I took a chance on this one, not knowing anything about the author or narrator. I am a highly emotional listener...and I guess I just wasn't " in the mood " for this particular story. The narration was very good, but the story itself seemed EXTREMELY slow. I like small town politics and behind-closed-doors scenarios, but this one seemed to drag to a grinding halt. I didn't even finish half of it. It's rare for me to abandon a book, whether audio or in print, but this one just didn't do it for me. Once again, it's likely that I just wasn't feeling this story, rather than bad writing and narration.
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