I've enjoyed the story so far and the dialogue is pretty decent. I'm not far enough into the story yet to know if it follows a coherent story line. The narrator is what I like least. I can get past the nasal New England accent. What I can't ignore is the odd cadence and what sounds like an underlying amusement throughout the narration. Mary Kane has a tendency to pause in the midst of sentences in such a way as to remove any meaning from them. She also sounds like she finds the entire book humorous. It's nothing overt, but it's hard to appreciate the serious thrilling parts of the book when the narrator sounds like she's amused by the whole thing.
I'd ask that they return to Cynthia Holloway or explore Amanda Ronconi.
Possibly, but it would have to be very well done - on par with Harry Potter, NOT Twilight.
I love this book. It would definitely go into my top 10.
The narrator was the perfect voice for the protagonist - so I would say the delivery and narrator selection combined with humor and rather wry naivete of the protagonist are a perfect fit.
She filled out the character of Jane Jameson. She brought inflection and life to the characters. I mean...the characters are well developed in the story, but somehow hearing the sarcasm isn't the same as reading "she said with sarcasm", if you know what I mean.
This book made me laugh out loud during many parts and I will be quoting a few of them. It rather reminded me of Anita Blake, but on a more "realistic" level. I felt the same kind of humor, but in more of a "girl next door" sort of manner.
I just have to say, again, I loved this book and am pretty disappointed there are only 4 of them. I will be listening to Naked Werewolf next, in hopes it will deliver the same solid writing, sense of humor, and storyline.
I'm only about an hour into this story. So far, though I'm enjoying the plot, I am having trouble focusing on it due to the narration by John Lee. I would recommend it, but with a caveat about the narrator.
I am not far enough into the book to have a favorite character.
This is truly what I wanted to review. I have found John Lee's performance to be stilted and stiff. At this point, I'm having trouble differentiation between the characters and trouble focusing on the story due to the stiffness of his delivery. Inevitably, after a few minutes I find myself drifting away from the story because the sound of his voice and lack of relevant pauses and voices is tending to turn it into white noise. I am hoping I'll get used to his inappropriate pauses and droning delivery so I can concentrate on the story line. I have to admit, as well, his British accent makes it a little hard on my American ear to pick the words out. He doesn't have just a light British accents. He's British. REALLY British. I'll be coming back to review again when I get through the rest of the book. Mostly, I wanted to give people a head's up about the narrator, because the sample didn't quite let me know what I was getting into.
Not sure at this point.
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