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.
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..
Kelly, yes. Nell, hell no.
I am struggling to enjoy this book with such a horrible narrator.
The narrator of Bitten was brilliant. They should have used the same one for this book!!!
I think I could have listened all in one day but the narration was not nearly as good as Bitten. Her "Elaina voice" was terrible. Almost manly
I was so excited to listen to this book, as I really enjoyed the first book in the series. I don't like when a series switches narrators, but this was awful. Nell Canning must be... older. It sounds like my grandmother is reading to me and this is not that kind of book. She makes the main character sound like an old man. Trying to get through the book so that I can continue the series, but this is rough :(
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.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
The story is actually decent and if you listened to book one you fell in love with elana and clay and Jeremy but this book is ruined by the narrator and the characters were just not there...it was just a book read. So sad and disappointed.
Elana remains strong and brave but sounds like a little boy in this book....I try to remember her how she sounded in book 1.
All I can picture is a pencil....stiff and dull.
I am glad I listened to the story and I will continue with the series because I love Elana and Clay....I do see the remaining series has a different narrator...thank goodness!
The story is good. . . The narration is so horrible I cannot finish it.
Choose another narrator - it ruined the whole experience.
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