As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question. If she is ever to live free, Rachel must first walk willingly into the demonic ever-after in search of long-lost ancient knowledge.
But when you dance with demons, you lay your soul on the line...and there are some lines that should never be crossed.
©2008 Kim Harrison; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
The problem with this audio book was the narrator. The young woman who read this book made it clear that she had never listen to Ms Gavin's wonderful performance of Kim Harrison's novels. For the first 1/3 of the story Rachael sound at least to me like a bratty valley girl and Jenks sounded like a one of the chipmonks. This turned me off to start. Then as the young woman continued on she miss pronounced many of the characters names. This truly amazed me that no one stopped her and corrected her. I don't understand why Audible doesn't seem to get that the fans of these authors and their works are willing to wait until the narrators who have brought these character to life are free to continue reading for us. I will no longer buy audio books where they substitute narrators. This is the second book they have ruined on me in the past year. Maybe if enough fans do this they will get the point and stop.
The story was wonderful. I love the way that Ms. Harrison continues to evolve her characters. You fall in love with each of them while she paints a picture a picture of a world you would love to live it. My favorite part of this book was the description of the demon world and the small glimpse of their culture. I only wish there was more about Rachael and Ivy's relationship.
As I've said she had no feel for the material she was reading and worse she couldn't pronounce the names of half the characters.
Keeping the original producers and narrator. The ridiculous interludes are irritating and downright stupid. If you have a good thing going don't change it in the middle of a series, try it on your next one.
The absence of a character, the only reason I purchased this book was hoping for common sense to kick in and correct the last books flaw.
Answers to background questions and a new creature, I'm over the whole demon story line. Please get back to the basics.
I would recommend the print version only because this new narrator hasn't listened to previous versions to be consistent with timing, accents, and how some names are pronounced. First lesson in taking over narration in the middle of a series, do your homework on previous versions! Should be a condition the author makes when writing up the contract.
I would like to have Ms. Gavin back because I'm used to her style. I'm sure if Ms. Bermingham had started the series in the beginning I would be used to her, but the differences between the two ladies are too great to easily push past.
I hate to just complain about the book, but the performance of this book bothers me so much I may not finish it. The narration is terrible. The new reader obviously doesn't know the first thing about the series. Not only are names pronounced differently, but she pronounces many common terms incorrectly. Also she reads Keasly like he is a 1950's southern sharecropper, and the first book stated he had a British accent. This is probably the worst produced story I've listened to on audible. Couldn't someone have said thats not right, ley line is pronounced "lay" line, not "lee" line. If you can get past that, and you like the Rachel Morgan Books, you'll probably enjoy it.
Story is wonderful, but had a hard time getting used to Gigi reading it. I LOVED Margarit and associated her with Rachel... I kinda felt sorry for Gigi. Couldn't some one at least told her how to pronounce the names correctly.
An avid audible book listener!
I started to listen, but the change in narrator ruined it for me and I ended up returning the book. I love the series, but you have to keep the narrator consistent!
Kim Harrison is very imaginative and the books are fund to listen to!
The narrator ruined the story. Ms. Gavin is the best for this series!
The narrator is horrible. she doesn't do accents well and can't pronounce things correctly. its like a person from new york is trying to speak spanish! the story is good of course but i don't think i can listen to it much more. Move over there is akward pauses that creats confusion.
not if Gigi is narrating.
i like the story.
I understand that publishing (including audio books) is a business, but switching production houses for this one book was a bad move...not bad enough to completely spoil the book, but it did hurt my listening experience.
Gigi Bermingham is undoubtedly a good voice actor, but she's not Rachel Morgan. Who thought it was a good idea to hire an actress with an obvious east-coast accent to play a Midwesterner? Last time I checked, Cincy was still in Ohio, not Jersey.
And the production company should lose the cheesy music interludes. They're just plain stupid.
All that being said, I really liked the plot of the book. So I tolerated Gigi renaming Piscary and Takata, and barking out Ivy's lines (guess Gigi didn't read that part that described her voice as "gray silk!") I just had to find out what kind of trouble Rachel had gotten herself into next. And Kim Harrison didn't disappoint!
Great story, mediocre telling.
As usual the book kept me on the edge of my seat. The main character, Rachel Morgan, attracts danger that keeps the reader wondering what could possibly happen next.
The narrator’s performance was absolutely horrible. You think they could have some respect for the reader by at least listening to the previous books in the series in order to gain a feel for the characters and how to pronounce their names. The miss pronunciation of Piscary as Piss Curry made me cringe every time I heard it.
Overall, the story was as awesome as all have been in the series. This would have been my favorite so far had the narration not been so poor.
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