After 700 years of life, Marguerite Argeneau finally has a career. Well, the start of one, anyway. She's training to be a private investigator, and her first assignment is to find an immortal's mother. It seemed simple enough, until Marguerite wakes up one evening to find herself at the wrong end of a sword. Now she realizes she's in way over her head.
Julius Notte wants to protect Marguerite, and not because someone just tried to take her head off. She doesn't know it yet, but she's his lifemate and he's determined to woo her. It's been over 500 years since he last courted a woman, but surely the techniques haven't changed. Now if only he can keep her alive--so to speak--so they can have that happily-ever-after.
©2008 Lynsay Sands; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
Sorry, loved the book, but the narrator's 'breathy' voice is just not sexy.
I do think that even though Marguerite is supposed to be a 700+ year old vampire, she is supposed to look only 25-35 years old and have a body the same. The narrator may have been better to have made Marguerite's voice more commanding rather than of an older woman's.
I love Audible for their variety and number of options of books available. I can enjoy books, take care of my grandchildren and drive too.
Even though the story was better than a three the narrator was so irritating it was hard to listen to to get to the end. I had to take this audible book in small bites just to get to the end. Ms. Sands don't use her again, her talents do not do your books justice.
I've read the book several times but this narrator sucks! She goes way to fast, not giving you time to enjoy the story, has this phony 'breathy' voice. There's very little difference between the dialogue and the descriptions and she makes Tiny sound like he's retarded. I've read all the Argeneau books but didn't like any she's read. The guy reading the others is better. I know everyone cant be as great a Barbara Rosenblatt ( listen to an Amelia Peabody book) but there must be better readers then this one and that's all this, is is someone plodding along, reading words on a page with very little performance involved. When she read my favorite parts of the book I almost didn't recognize them. I'd be willing to buy the book all over again if they got a decent reader. If I hadnt read the books first I'd think this book stunk. It's an insult to Lynsay Sands.
When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!
I have enjoyed Lynsay Sands books therefore I will continue to support her. Victoria McGee has preformed some narrations that I enjoyed, but she did a very poor job showing any enthusiasm for this story.
Margarette of course! I admire her strength of love and dedication she shows her family. She is what every mother should be like; supportive, loving and even a little nosy.
The narration was dull with no life. Although the character voices did change their seemed to be little if any passion or strong emotion. Disappointing...
The train, the stairs...basically all the hot scenes. This story is more apealing b/c the characters, though immortal, are older and more mature. They find love after bad relationship choices from their youth and post kids. How many of us can relate to that? I'm glad Margarette found love -after the a#$hole she married previously. Gives some of us a bit of hope even if this is sci-fantasy. LoL
The story is a good one but the narrator made listening to this painful. She sounds too breathy/monotoned and her attempts at doing various character voices made me want to throw my ipod across the room. She made the detective sidekick sound like a cave man instead of sexy. Her performance wasn't authentic and made it difficult to get lost in the story. I don't usually take the time to comment but I had to on this one. She should stick to kids books or something else. Overall, thumbs down.
Julius...mature, moraled/integrity, protective yet respectful of his mate, Italian, alpha male, wealthy, intelligent...swoon. Enough said...
Great story but the narrator should be changed to one of the others she's used.
Victoria McGee strikes again! I'm sorry but I just can't stand her narration skills. Her voice is too breathy and she puts little emotion into her voice. This book is very emotional for numerous reasons, and her narration just falls flat. So no, I don't think that time spent listening to this book was well spent and I will be returning it because I won't waste my time again.
No, not unless she happens to be reading another book in this series. I'll listen to it, but if she doesn't change her style, I will return it just like I'm going to do this one.
A DIFFERENT NARRATOR!
I think it's very sad that the choice of Victoria McGee as the narrator, ruined my enjoyment of this book.
Well, having read the other reviews, I decided to download the book anyway. Vampires are Forever left the plot line hanging, so... Other reviewers were right - reader's breathy voice, poor reading style (inflection at the wrong part of the sentence, like the end of the written line was the high point in the sentence) makes it annoying. Needs a lesson from Barbara Rosenblatt when it comes to character voices! Hope the story makes up for the narration.
kids "save" mom
We finally learn more about Margarete's story as she re-finds her life mate.
The narrator can breath and she lets you know. I don't know why she feels the need to narrate in such a breathy voice but it's annoying.
I love the story. I have listened to it several times. But I am not fond of Victoria McGee's narrations. Her voice is a bit whispery, she lacks the ability to do accents that resemble the characters background, and everyone comes off a bit prim and overly English.
My only criticism of the story us that Lynsay needs someone to check her stories for consistency over the course of the series. Though the most glaring inconsistency in this book is that Julius tells Margorite about Christian's musical interests in one scene, and cannot even remember the style of music in a later scene.
However, the story is compelling enough to overcome the narration and inconsistencies.
"Book great but"
The book is great and love the story but the reader was poor. She spoke too fast at times and too breathless. She also did not the proper pronunciation of place names
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