In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, she is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the "other races" and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game. But when Winsloe captures Elena, he finally meets his match.
©2004 Kelley Armstrong; (P)2009 Penguin
I had decided to listen to all of the "Women (and Men) of the Otherworld" series by Kelley Armstrong, after listening and enjoying her first book "Bitten." The pace was right, the story enticing and clever and the charactors were well developed. Armstrong continued with character development, although this book could have probably been half as long as it was. There were so many times that I just wanted to fast forward through some dull prose that turned out not to have a thing to do with the ending of the story, but I hung in there, hoping it would pick up towards the end, which it did.
I cannot give this book the four stars that it could have earned, because this review is for the audio version of the book, and that was poor. The choice of Nell Canning to read was a mistake. A red flag went up when she read the title of the book, and said "women of the underworld" instead of "women of the otherworld."
Her interpretation of Elena was way off, having given her a macho, rough voice instead of the feminine voice that Aasne Vigesaa had given her in the first book. As another reviewer stated, her southern accent of Clay makes him sound like a country bumpkin instead of an educated college professor, and she just can't pull off Jeramy's command in his role as pack leader.
The producers are the ones who are guilty of putting the wrong narrator in the studio, and really need to make it right. I will probably listen to the rest of the series, but I hope the choice of narrators is better.
Once again in a book series, for some reason the publisher decided to change the narrator, which for me if very distracting.
I enjoyed Aasne Vigesaa from Bitten. She had a much better range for the characters.
This narrator attempts of a southern accent for Clay is way off, she made him sound like county bumpkin, (when he had an accent at all) not a smooth southern sexy anthropologist that came across in Bitten.
I wish if they need to switch narrators they would try to get someone that matched the style of the previous narrator. For me it is really distracting. Especially when you have the same characters.
I'm only part way thru Stolen, but so far I liked Bitten much better. I hope it gets better.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
This the second in a series by Kelley Armstrong. I especially like the werewolf world she has created. It is balanced, has ethics, rules and respect. Elaina is the central character in book two and you get to see her develop in her thinking an emotions on the positive side. On the negative side, the story drags on and becomes transparent in the final push to the end. Armstrong lost the central conflict in and the back half was an anti-climax.
Nell Canning was outright horrible. She made Elaina sound like a forty-year-old chain smoker. Often, I had trouble distinguishing who was speaking and her dialog skills were a mess. This is a big miss for her.
I liked the first book a great deal, and the second book brought forth some characters that also appealed. This is why I gave it three-stars. If not for the new characters, it would have rated lower. I appreciate the central premise and will continue with the series for now. Listen to this one for continuity purposes.
After I finished this book, I read all of the reviews and was surprised by how bad the reviews for this book were. While I did think the narrator was a bit wrong in voice, and accents, she was not that bad, and got the inflections and tone right in my opinion. I might be the only one who liked this book better then the first. ??? I have no idea what makes me different from the majority of people, but there it is.
I did not like this book for many reasons; one of the main reasons was that I almost stopped listening because of the HORRIBLE NARRATOR! When I finally got used to her voice the book was almost over. She sounded like an old lady, not a beautiful young wolf. I had to completely try to forget about the first book because the character Elena was not at all the same character, she was very sarcastic all the time, It got very old. I did not enjoy this book at all. Bitten was much better..
I'm not sure I can endure this narrator's voice for the rest of this book. Elena sounds terribly different, like a chain smoker who is way older than 32, and Clay sounds like a hillbilly. Gone is his smooth and appealing accent. I'm so appalled by the reader that I'm barely paying attention to the story!
If you had a chance to listen to the first book, Bitten, and this was the reason for getting the second one, you will be GREATLY disappointed. In my personal opinion, the issue is the narrator. She is simply wrong for this book. Instead of a lively, feminine, and strong voice of Elaina, intelligent and quiet voice of Jeremy, and seductive and funky accent of Clay, you get Elaina with voice of 50+ year old heavy smoker, Jeremy sounds like a mafiosi, and Clay sounds like a neurotic cowboy and not a world-renowned anthropology professor. The entire book is in a complete dissonance with the first one. I wish the previous narrator was used for this book.
I really liked book 1 of this series.. but they didn't keep the same narrator.. it took almost 1/2 the book to finally get used to the new narrator.. somehow she managed to change the characters.. ugh.. almost as if it wasn't the same author? but I liked the story so I stuck it out... hope the next book brings back the old narrator.. these books are fun and appropriate for listening to in little portions without getting confused.. if you're looking for great literature, look further.
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 almost stopped listening because of the narrator, mainly because I loved the narrator from Bitten so much! But once I got past the voice, I really enjoyed the book. Its not as good as Bitten or Broken, but still really good.
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