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 couldn't find any other books that Nell Canning has narrated but I'm almost sure I've heard and enjoyed her narration before. I may be confusing it with someone else though.
Regardless she's just the wrong narrating choice on this one. Especially with Clay's voice, it just sounds bad. And Elena and Jeremy's voices are so close to each other in tone that the book is very hard to get through.
I generally listen to Audiobooks at work so I may try to continue this listen but I'm really glad I have the eBook just in case I can't get through it.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series. In the first book wherein Elena Michaels, a werewolf, had left her pack and has been successfully living away from her pack, albeit at times inconveniently, in the big city of Chicago. She has a job, a boyfriend, and friends, just like a normal young woman should. No one knows her secret but she still has to satisfy her primal needs as a werewolf and this makes it difficult for her to live a normal night life with the man she loves. She sneaks out in the middle of the night to hunt animals but she is always conscious that she might be discovered. She is lured back to her pack by a call from the Alpha male, Jeremy, because of an "emergency", or so he said. Elena didn't believe him but she went anyway. Once there she has to face the one man she never wanted to see again, Clay, a handsome, self-centered, irresponsible, and self-indulgent werewolf. In this book, the second in the series, Elena becomes a much stronger character. As the only living female werewolf she is in a unique position because females do not usually survive the rigors of transformation. She is respected by most but much sought after by others, particularly a group of highly specialized scientists who view her as a valuable "specimen". It is left up to Elena and her fellow werewolves to solve the mystery of disappearing werewolves and witches and to break up a cadre of doctors and scientists with plans to change the face of mankind but they cannot perfect their theories without specimens. Specimens to test their theories on. They begin kidnapping individuals with special powers so they can more or less dissect them to find out what makes them "tick". The book is full of witches, vampires, werewolves, and demons. The story is good, although not as good as the first book, but the narrator was so bad I wanted to turn the book off on multiple occasions and just give it up! Her voice sounded nothing like Elena's should. She made Elena sound like a boy going through puberty. In the first book, the narrator sounded exactly like I thought Elena should sound. Her voice was that of a young woman just entering adulthood but straddling the fence between her teenage years and her young adult years. The narrator's voice and inflection portrayed Elena's emotions so well that her joy and her angst were palpable. Her ambivalent feelings toward Clay seemed real and heartfelt. The narrator made Clay sound like the spoiled and self-indulgent young man he was yet she managed to portray the softer side of Clay as well. She hit the nail on the head with Jeremy, the Alpha male. I highly recommend the first book in the series. If you can get past the narrator's voice in this book, the story line is entertaining and imaginative.
This book is okay compared to the first book in the series which was very good
Everything. She was a poor choice as a narrator for this book. See full comments above
I would probably rent it on DVD but only after I watched the first "book" in the series. If I saw it in the theater I might enjoy it but I would wish I had waited until it came out on DVD. I would expect the first & second books to be the same movie but I doubt it would be a big hit, unless a really good producer, writers and actors take the script on.
Please see full review above
I like audio.
Storyline was great.
Narrator is terrible. I hope to never listen to her again.
The narrator makes me feel lost! the accents of the characters are almost mocking and irritating! Totally WRONG person to choose to read it.
The story line is one to do nothing but draw me in.
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.
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