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
when the narrator changes in book 3
Elena sounded like a man, Clay sounded like a bumpkin
only the writing
I love the characters, the plots, the humor.
if they write the tv show with humor the same the books are written with humor. they have.a hit. otherwise it's just another wolf show that will lose its edge after a couple of years.
I've read the entire series and loved every single one. Armstrong's character development and story telling are fantastic and couldn't put the books down. What ruined the audio version of this story was the narration. Ms. Canning's voice is befitting Mrs. Winterbourne, not the other characters.
It would depend on the story, but not for a series such as this.
Definitely. It's already Syfy series...although I have my opinions on the casting for that as well.
After finishing the first book, Bitten, I was excited to listen to the rest of the series. I'm not too far into Stolen but am finding it hard to even listen to the narrator. She is pleasant enough to listen to overall but a terrible choice for this series, in my opinion...
The first narrator in her first book sounded like someone who grew up in Canada, who was 5'10, 32 years old. This one sounds like she was raised in Jersey, and is at least 48 years old or older.
The narrator again sounds as if she is 48, not 32, and raised in jersey. She also makes Clay sound like he is a southern redneck with no education, versus someone versed in anthropology and has grown up around Jeremy almost his entire life. It's not the she's a bad reader exactly, if it were another book she has nice vocal inflections when it is warranted, and story tells decently. I'm loathing getting to a sex scene that Kelley usually lays out between the two, as I don't want to imagine two with those voices go at it with each other. She does alright with Jeremy, but still has an "r" emphasis that she can't get away from in her natural speech. Awful. I'm almost considering just reading it instead of listening to the rest. I cringe every time I have to turn it on.
The story is a little weak in the sense that they make Elena so narrow minded, a lot less mature and level headed than she seemed in the first book. It is sad that the writer makes her go on for so long how she cannot believe that witches and the like exist, when she herself is a werewolf.
Clay and Elena.
She sounds like a 90 year old woman.
I hope people read the book to realize what a great series this is. Don't bother on the audio.
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.
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