The audiobook was off-the-charts excellent! The 2 new narrators are amazing. They each give very distinct voices to all the characters (so you can always tell who is talking), full of emotion & truly bring them to life. It's like a live performance privately done for you. Unlike the prior female narrator, the men are now virile & sexy, & Mac now actually speaks at a believable pace (not so slow it annoys you) & with a real sounding southern accent not some overdone "thang" from a highschool play. The terrifying chainsaw voice for the Dark Book will scare you to your core! The interplay of the characters & timing of the actors is intense.
BTW, some reviewers on here have wrongfully critiqued the new female reader for mispronouncing Rowena's name or pronouncing it two different ways in the audio. The author specifically directed her in the pronunciations of "Rowena" & Ms. Ross says it right! The reason it varies at times is because the character Mac does mispronounce it at times, it's part of the plot.
As for the plot, (I'll try to write this generally without any plot spoilers, but it'll be harder to explain) I must be honest & say that I was frustrated & a lil disappointed with this book. I have to agree with others who have said this series should have been at most a 3 or 4 book series for solid content. There was little plot development this time. Unlike past books, this one is such an excerpt that you probably cannot just pick it up & read it as a stand alone without having read the others. You'd be totally lost. Frankly, even if you read the others, this one is so fantastical & jumps about, it's still a bit confusing. While I have been totally enjoying & loving the Fever series...after waiting so long for this book & knowing it'll be a year or more till the next, this book wasn't worth the wait.
I would hesitate now. The first few books in the Kate Daniels series, I loved. The character development, the multiple plots within a plot, the world portrayed and the adventures of the characters, all were something to get lost in and almost mourn when the book was over. But, this book? I won't post a spoiler by saying exactly what happens to who... but the book totally depressed me. I was angry and sad, let down, and yeah... just totally depressed by this book. I kept waiting for something to happen to make it not so... and instead, it just ended, leaving me stranded. A character gets seriously maimed, another gets crippled and a third gets killed off completely. WTH? Was any of that really necessary for the ongoing story arc? Why? I hate that. And, now I'm totally and completely depressed. I bought this book right away in blind faith on the basis of its predecessors in the series. But, after having waiting two long years for this totally depressing episode... I'm afraid to keep reading. I just want to sit down and have a long cry. It was well written... like the first books... but that just makes it worse, because then you can really relate to the characters and mourn their losses even more.
I don' t know. I'm warning them right now. It is well written, but it is so (IMHO UNnecessarily) sad that I don't know whether to tell them to read it or run screaming away from it.
"We were coming to save you, but you saved yourself already."
I don't know... not if it's going to be full of depressing stuff like this one.
We, your readers, get emotionally committed... there is no need to kill off main favorite characters..... we don't need such losses.
Oh yeah... but the performance was spot on for the audio book. The emotions were there in the voice of the reader. You could see, feel and believe all the characters and they all had their own individual and well-portrayed personas. So, awesome audiobook.... just depressing events in the plot line.
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