Anne Stuart is a very capable writer, although it is difficult to tell based on this book. Her talents are clearly displayed in her "House of Rohan" series (not for the faint of heart). Skip this one, though.
This will be my first book to return. As my daughter often says, "It was just stupid."
Rachel is a heroine we all love because she is just so bad at it! In a good way, of course. She spends an inordinate amount of time saying "I'm sorry", but in the end, she gets the job done.
Without delivering any spoilers, I was very relieved when I finally got to the end of the book. I would have been very sad if it had ended any other way.
After enjoying the Scoundrels of St. James series, I had very high hopes for this 2nd generation book. What a disappointment!
This book lacks any depth of story or character development. In addition, the narrator makes the characters seem like characters in a romance novel rather than possible real people. (Susan Ericksen did a much better job.)
At first, I listened to the reviews and downloaded this book on my Nook instead of suffering through a horrible narration. The written version was very enjoyable.
Then, I caved and bought the audio version. Worst. Idea. Ever.
I couldn't even listen to it. Horrible narration.
The book IS good, though, so I hate that so many are missing out on enjoying this episode due to poor narration.
This book makes me think of Eve Dallas (In Death series by JD Robb), gone paranormal. I've enjoyed the story and the narrator's performance so much that I've downloaded the whole series in the last 5 days.
The story isn't complex, but the vocabulary level is slightly above average when compared to similar others in this genre. At the same time, the "F word" is used frequently. I found that a strange but charming paradox.
I think this is my first experience with narrator, Liv Anderson, but her voice is calm and well-paced.
I vowed that I would never purchase another Anita Blake book and I wished I had listened to myself. Poor Anita. She used to be a heroine, but now she's just a pathetic, big-boobed, un-likeable, female (can't think of a better noun) who can't decide who to have sex with next.
There is no doubt that Laurell Hamilton is a talented author, but holy poly-amorous, paranormal characters, Batman! Can we stick to the plot, please?
Seriously, how many law enforcement officers do YOU know who spend this much time talking about sex? How does she get any work done when every, single time she enters a new station, she has to do the whole I-don't-want-them-to-know-but-I'm-going-to-do-everything-I-can-to-out-myself routine? There was even one scene where they spent a good 10 minutes discussing Anita's love life, but when the love life of the other woman in the room came up, that discussion was shut down with a simple, "That's none of your business."
Sadly, the actual story underneath all of the unnecessary crap is interesting, but there are other authors out there who can do paranormal that is just as interesting without including all of the stuff that is really none of our business.
The Molly Harper that we know and love incorporates a more serious plot-line in this book and is able to do it with good humor and without minimizing the seriousness of the overall situation. Her one-liners are just the best!
The narrator, Amanda Ronconi, occasionally grates on my nerves, but did an OK job.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this one, because the Oracle seemed a little rough in the last book, but I was so wrong! The characters are a little different in this book, but still very well developed and interesting. (Does anyone else envision Tom Hiddleston as Khalil?)
Sophie Eastlake does another outstanding job performing this book. Chloe's voice is adorable and I literally laughed out loud during the dialog between Khalil and Rune. Dude.
After looking forward to this book for ages, I feel completely let down. Boring and redundant would be my best description. It didn't feel like it was even written by the same author.
On top of that, I wasn't crazy about the narrator. He did an OK job with the accents, but Tessa sounded rote and mechanical. I literally fell asleep TWICE during the first couple of chapters.
I honestly could not wait to get to the ending, which seemed to take an unnecessary amount of time. The "I love that one, but I also love the other one" line got really boring!
The first two books were very enjoyable but this installment falls way short of expectation.
I had to stop listening because the narrator's whiny, patronizing voice was driving me crazy. The book is narrated as if it is being read to inattentive 1st graders. It is difficult to enjoy any of the experience when you don't enjoy the narrator.
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