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 actually had this story in paperback book but the rest were from here. i thought it was time to get this one two and couldn't even listen through the second chapter, horrible narrator in my opinion. sorry the rest of the series is great
i really enjoyed the first book Bitten. I hoped to continue on with the next book Stolen but the reader just changed it all. i am only listening because i want to continue on with the series. this reader just changes all the impressions you have of the characters.
The first time I felt the need to review an audiobook. The only reason I marked it down was because the narrator was totally wrong for the book. A lot of the time it sounded like she had a mouthful of marbles. Probably just the wrong narrator for the story. I did check the sample first but wanted to follow the story line. Aasne Vigesaa was much better.
The narrator made the character sound really old and not right. Overall a great book so far but can't stand the voice of the narrator, not fitting at all
The story could have been told in no more than a chapter, the rest of the book is filler. I assume she had to fill a word quota. What makes it even worse is the change in narrator from the last book ugh. Don't waist your credit on this.
I am just listening to this one because it was never made available to the libraries I use for download. I have read all other books except the latest (book 11), and I have to say Aasne Vigesaa then Laural Merlington are the only two who can rock the voices for all of the characters. I haven't listened to Johanna Parker for the 11th book yet, but I agree that Nell Canning sounds almost like a young Bea Arthur or something. I really had to push through this book simply due to the narrator. Overall, the book was good, and yes while it could have been a little shorter, it helped me fill in a big gap for the other "otherworld" characters that I've come to love (vampires, witches, warlocks, etc). Can't wait to listen to Waking the Witch.
Unlike the "Bitten", "Stolen" launches the reader into the full Otherworld with all the various races being brought together, against their will, in an underground research facility. Their struggles to survive and get free brings some together while driving wedges between others. This makes Stolen the cornerstone of the rest of the series.
My only problem with this audio book is I didn't like the narrator's voice for the character Clay. It's a minor issue which I doubt most would notice.
"Women of the Otherworld" is a good series, and the werewolf entries are my favorite because I really like Elena, the only current female werewolf, and Clay, her mate (at least according to HIM). This was one of my favorite books before I bought the audio version and that always makes me somewhat nervous (a bad narrator can wreck things pretty seriously), but this audiobook will now be one of my favorites as well. Good narration and no distracting bad habits by the reader.
The story itself is interesting and moves right along. I did feel that Elena could have gotten out of the fix she was in faster than she did (she spent a good chunk of the middle of the book in pretty dire straits), but even if that's true it wasn't an obvious thing (I hate it when smart charactors behave in a stupid or uncharactoristic way just to serve as a plot device for the author).
Not to spoil anything, but let me just say that I really like how Armstrong's female charactors don't sit around and wait to be "saved" by the men in the story. It's refreshing given the obnoxious amount of damsels-in-distress in the work of many of today's authors. (Have we not grown OUT of this idea? Hello, nearly 2010 here! Plus it's so old a trick as to be pretty tired and boring by now.). Sorry for the rant.
Just to sum up: Do yourself a favor and buy this very excellent book.
S. J. Swan
Recently my daughter got in to Kelley Armstrong's YA series. I always pre-read her selections to make sure it's appropriate. I liked them and looked into the author and realized that she had an Adult series too. I am now on the 7th audible book and am hooked! All of the characters are very vivid. This book was good, but I have to say that I didn't like the narrator's voice. I got used to it after a while, but her portrayal of Ellena made her seem too masculine. Other than that it was a good listen and so are the other 6 audio books.
This was a good follow-on from "Bitten", I preferred the Narrator from Bitten, the new narrator reminds me of one of the "Golden Girls", I think it was "Bea", the blond ditsy one. Anyhoo, I enjoyed being able to continue along with characters I got to like in the last book, I enjoyed "Elena" becoming more accepting of herself, and her relationship with Clay had obviously grown and had become happier. The story was good, but I would have enjoyed more interaction between Elena and Clay, then again just more of Clay - LOL. I would have liked Elana's time in captivity to be a bit shorter and her time plotting her revenge with Clay a bit longer, but that's just my two cents worth. Author has introduced lots of new and interesting characters and this is obviously where she decided to extend her story into a series.
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