©2006 Kathleen Richardson; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"A good addition to fantasy and mystery collections ..." (Library Journal)
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I’d like to start this review off by first saying that I’m not 100% sure whether it’s the narration or the story that’s making me consistently rate this series 3 stars, so you might want to take my thoughts with a grain of salt until I figure that one out. Anyway, I think that I enjoyed this installment slightly less than its predecessor on account of all the psycho babble & lengthy experiment explanations. I felt like I was back in college listening to a professor drone on about a subject I couldn’t have cared less about. Kat Richardson’s approach to the paranormal seems to be largely academic in nature, and I’m not convinced that that writing style is well-suited for the Urban Fantasy genre.
One of the aspects that I enjoyed the most about GREYWALKER was Ben and Mara’s supe 101 sessions with Harper, yet they seem to have almost completely vanished in this installment. I’m not sure how much time has elapsed between novels—I may have missed it in the earlier chapters—but it can’t be more than a couple of months, and I found that Blaine’s grasp of her newfound abilities was far too advanced for book 2. She’s also suddenly full-out dating Will, and in a long distance relationship no less, after only a few weeks (?). Again, I’m not clear on the time frame, but it just felt off to me. I had to double-check to make sure that POLTERGEIST was indeed the second installment in this series.
I enjoyed the whodunit murder mystery even though I did find that it was a little too predictable because the suspect pool was restricted to the experiment participants. I also liked learning some of the tricks on the trade when Richardson explores how certain illusions are created; it’s clear that a lot of research went into this novel. Quinton is probably one of my favourite characters to date, and I was satisfied with the role he played in this story as well as Phoebe Mason’s. She’s a new addition, and I look forward to reconnecting with her in future installments. Will on the other hand… I honestly don’t see his appeal, and hope that Harper dumps his butt ASAP.
The narration was somewhat improved when compared to the previous audiobook. I thought that Mia Barron’s Jamaican accent was well-done, and her ‘baby’ voice wasn’t half-bad either, although too much of it would have definitely given me a headache. But to be fair, any 2 year old talking in my ear nonstop would, so that means that her performance was authentic. Barron’s portrayal of the vampire characters was still too over-the-top for my tastes, especially where Carlos was concerned; he came across as more Count Dracula than evil undead master.
In short, my struggles with this series continue, and if something doesn’t start to click soon, I may be calling it quits. POLTERGEIST felt more like a crime novel with paranormal elements mixed in than it did an Urban Fantasy which might be the crux of my problems with Harper Blaine.
I liked this book better than the first one. Harper has started to understand the grey a little bit better, and she can actually use it to help her when interviewing people. I saw some people comment that Harper had gained greater knowledge of the grey between books with no explanation. That is true, but it only seems natural since this book picks up quite a bit after the first one ended.
My only problem with this series is still the oddness of the "Grey." I'm still not sure I like what Kat Richardson has created, but it is definitely different.
I still prefer the Dresden Files, but I do like this series better in one aspect. The Dresden Files stopped being quite as much a detective novel as an urban-fantasy novel. Where the greywalker series is still very much a detective novel.
This story has wonderful potential however the narrator is really, really bad. She over enunciates, speaks too slowly at some points and just distracts from the story in general. You can hardly tell the characters apart in some cases.
Poltergeist is another great Greywalker novel that moves the story of Harper Blaine forward. I enjoyed it so much that I listened to it twice.
Mia Barron's performance is adequate. She reads female characters amazingly well, the character of Maura really came to life for me, but several of the male characters sounded whiny and inauthentic.
I have to since I bought the entire Greywalker series last Halloween sale.
It just doesn't flow well and feels dull.
When a random character talks, she curses about every little thing.
No, but I played video games while I listened so I can actually do something I like during the time.
-The narrator did a great job accept she kept mis-pronouncing a name (Solis).
-The first book seemed outdated, but this 2nd book in the series seems more up to date with the times.
-The author has a very large vocabulary to pull from and she seems to know a lot about everything as if she did major research while writing this book.
-The story however was missing something and rather boring.
-If you like detective stuff than this may be the book for you.-However for me this book was too slow and non eventful.
no. The story has weakness in it and there are inconsistencies in the storyline. Conversation is strained and many times not realistic in content or delivery.
yes, since there has been improvement from the first.
The Narrator has a long way to go to bring animation to some of the characters. Sometimes the mysterious/dangerous character sounds dull and boring.
It helped pass the time while driving 600 miles. That was about it
Very unhappy with this series, I just couldn't get into the storyline, there was just no "grab me" factor. was sorry I bought the series.. get one book first and see if it works for you. I felt the narration was pitch-y not sure if that was from the narrator or the audio studio, but sound changes in the narrators voice was very distracting..
The first book in this series was OK. Not as good am most of the other series I've listened to, but OK. This book wan't even up to the first book. It was VERY slow with not much of a plot. I went ahead and finished it because I didn't have anything else to listen to at the time. I might listen to the next one if one of my better series hasn't released a new book yet. Maybe that one will be better
I don't think the plot was developed enough. It could have been a good book if she had added a little more excitement into it. The main character sounded bored most of the time.
Her performance was good it was the story I didn't care for
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