"Philip doesn't stir when I slip from the bed. There's a pile of clothing tucked underneath my dresser so I won't have to risk the squeaks and groans of opening drawers and closets. I pick up my keys, clasping my fist around them so they don't jangle, ease open the door and creep into the hallway. My legs now itch as well as hurt and I curl my toes to see if the itching stops. It doesn't. It's too late to drive to a safe place now - the itching has crystallized into a sharp burn. I stride out onto the streets, looking for a quiet place to Change."
Young, beautiful, and successful, Elena Michaels seems to have it all. Her happy, organized life follows a predictable pattern: filing stories for her job as a journalist, working out at the gym, living with her architect boyfriend, and lunching with her girlfriends from the office. And once a week, in the dead of night, she streaks through a downtown ravine, naked and furred, tearing at the throats of her animal prey.
Elena Michaels is a werewolf.
The man who made her one has been left behind, but his dark legacy has not. And though Elena struggles to maintain the normal life she's worked so hard to create, she cannot resist the call of the elite pack of werewolves from her past. Her feral instincts will lead her back to them and into a desperate war for survival that will test her own understanding of who, and what, she is.
©2004 Kelley Armstrong; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Filled with romance and supernatural intrigue, this book will surely remind readers of Anne Rice's sophisticated refurbishings of the vampire story." (Publishers Weekly)
I wasn't expecting much but from the moment I first listened the narrator had me. Her narration was on the spot! Made the characters come alive and I wish that this series always used this narrator. The storyline and characters are so vivid. One of Kelley Armstrong's better books. Loved every minute of this audiobook!
It took a little bit to get into the book, but after about 15 minutes, I was hooked! I love the narrator Aasne, she does an excelllent job portraying the characters and the accents of each. I am on the next one in the series, Stolen, it has a different narrator, not for sure yet if I like this one. Elena just isn't the same in this one.
I like this book. The narrator is excellent and the main character has depth and make mistakes. Although I usually get embarassed by sloppy, ridiculous love scenes, (Yes I am an adult). The passionate love scene is really cool. This is not a girly book but an everyone's book except, of course for children. I I am excited about downloading other books by this author. Try it, I believe you'll like it.
Listening to this a second time, I am enjoying it, but there are some things that irk me. SPOILERS!!! First, I think the werewolf world that Armstrong has built is ridiculous. I like the individual ways the werewolves act, but to have only 35 werewolves worldwide is, well, ridiculous. And to have "the pack" with only 7 members, quickly reduced to 5. So all the other werewolves are not good enough. They are just mutts and often have to be killed. So how are they going to maintain a worldwide population of 35? And (MORE SPOILERS!!), in future books they kill more mutts, like they were expendable. And then suddenly there is a Russian pack in a future book. And they kill more mutts. Armstrong seems to be painting herself into a corner. Secondly, I find Ehlena, whom I really want to like, to be a weak character who makes poor decisions and often reacts in panic. The fact that she is the "only" female werewolf is also a sticking point for me. With all these out of control mutts trying to make new females, it's hard to imagine that none of them can succeed. I do agree with others that the narrator does a great job on the men's voices and the accents. I'm not that thrilled with Ehlena's voice, but it is OK.
I'm lovin' this series, darlin'! Dark enough to be real, but really good characterization - and gripping plots!
This story just plods on and on with nothing that grabs you and make you interested in the characters. The plot is very weak with a lead character who is very uninteresting. Once the author started downloading terabytes of pack history (yawn) on this reader, I decided life was to short and quite the story.
I can understand all the glowing reviews of this book, because a lot of the werewolf culture is well-imagined, but the characters didn't really do it for me. I felt like the story sort of started at the wrong point - without more context for the characters' relationships, it just seemed like the heroine was overreacting to everything. Later in the book you start to understand why she seems so flaky, volatile, and ignorant of her own feelings, but it began to grate on me after a while - like, I wanted to grab her by the shoulders, shake her and say, "You're a werewolf! You'll always be a werewolf! That means you're going to have to live like a werewolf! Get over it!! Can we move on now?!"
I am easily amused!
This was my introduction to Kelley Armstrong and I am a fan. The book started out slow and I thought, Oh no, this sounds like a lame and predictable plot, but after giving it some time it quickly turned into a thrilling story with lots of action and wonderful characters. I will definitley listen to or read the rest of the series. Most likely I will choose to read them because I found the narrator of the book flat and undimensional. She distracted me from the story a few times. Her voice for Clayton's character was great but the rest left a lot to be desired especially Elena's. I would have given the book a 4 star rating but narration was a 2 star.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
The book is okay, but the award for the dumbest female goes to this chick. Yelana.
This chick is unbelievable.
Overall the book is okay but this female jeez! Can she make up her mind?
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