This is actually two stories in one. Both stories are good altho I enjoyed the second one more. The reader was also much better narrating the second story. The first one was read with a bit too much drama, each word emphasized a bit too much. I really enjoy Nora Roberts books and this one, over all, was another good one.
I need to start with the narrator. She has an awesome Scottish brogue that I could listen to forever and her performance of dialog is pretty good for the most part. But her narration is absolutely awful. The cadence and emphasis she uses is very distracting and annoying. It's over dramatized and stilted. Hard to explain, but listen to the sample before buying this book. It's hard to tell if the dialog was really pretty lame or it was just the way it was performed. I won't be listening to any more that are narrated by Valerie Gilbert so I will probably read them instead.
The story is pretty good although the premise that Samantha moves to Scotland because she is a renown researcher and lands a job for the purpose of solving a mysterious malady is almost completely ignored.
This installment of the series is more like the first two. It takes place in the rain forest and and the characters are wonderful. Phil Gigante does a great job performing the characters and the accents are superb. I could feel the heat and humidity of the forest and the passion of the characters. I highly recommend all the books in this series altho I liked the last one the least.
This book was very different from the first two and I found it disturbing. The sex was just as raw which I have no problem with but the domineering, manipulative, controlling attitude of Jake towards Emma and the subservient, submissive, surrendering attitude of Emma's was a classic abuser/abused relationship. It was hard to listen to. The first 1/2 hour of the book describes the abuse Jake suffered during his childhood which was well written and therefore also hard to listen to.
This story took place on a Texas ranch, not the lush, sensual, moody rain forest of the first two books. The leopard theme was not as integral a part of the story either.
The narrator did a pretty good job but I would say that the way he performed this made it feel rawer.
It's not a book I will listen to again as I might the others, but I don't know that I can say that I don't recommend it either. I was glad when it was over but I didn't consider not finishing it.
I hesitate to say it again but it's such a shame that such good stories are read by a narrator that is so irritating. All her characters are portrayed well except the lead female. In all the books she has narrated, the lead always, ALWAYS has this stupid self-rightous, whiney tone that is soooooo annoying. It makes the character so one dimensional and they aren't. Each of the woman in these books has some depth and it gets lost in the attitude.
Other than the narrator, I really like these stories. The good/evil premise is a bit extreem and black and white but the people are interesting and it's well written.
I really like this series, at least the two that I have listened to. J. R. Ward has created people that I'm interested in, that I want to learn more about. It really is a shame that the narrator doesn't do a better job of distinguishing the charactors, tho. Every once in a while it gets a bit confusing. Different voices for each of the members of the brotherhood would have given them all so much more depth. But the stories are so interesting that I manage to get past the narrator. There's lots of sizzling romance so it that's not your cup of tea, don't get into these books. But if you are, these are great.
Listening to audiobooks can make the experience of a story very complicated. I think this story is pretty good but there was something about it that bothered me. It might have had something to do with the narrator. Her pronunciation of words was very precise and stilted. She tried to add emotion to the reading but it fell short.
I have listened to two of he Dark Series books and they just don't measure up to Scarletti Curse and Lair of the Lion, both of which I really enjoyed.
I didn't like this story as much as the first one, Bitten. I also really, really liked Aasne Vigesaa, who narrated Bitten, and didn't really like the sound of Nell Canning's voice. That's a very subjective thing so take a listen yourself.
This story just didn't grab me as much as the first one. It felt like I had more of an emotional reaction to Elena's situation than Elena did. The characters seemed very one dimensional. Regardless, I'm looking forward to listening to the next book.
I loved this book. I loved the story and Carrington MacDuffie is a wonderful narrator. It's the second book in a series but can be considered a stand alone book. There is a reference to the previous story but it's explained enough that it's not confusing. It was fun to listen to because I love the Irish brogue.
This was a good story and well written, as most of Jayne Ann Krentz's stories are. The narrators were good individually but put together they sound like they are reading a script. I liked the story so the narrators were not a showstopper.
I really enjoyed this book. The story was engaging and actually had some depth. The characters were realistic and I liked them. The reader was very good. I got lost in the story and had no problem distiguishing characters. Her reading was at a very comfortable pace. I would listen to anything read by Nellie Chalfant.
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