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
I LOVE this series! I'm sure the publisher had a good reason for making the mid-series narrator change; however, Gigi Bermingham was not the best choice. Her voices are okay, but her mispronounciations made it difficult to continue listening.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the series before listening to this book. The more I listen to audible books, the more important the narration and narrator become. If I would have known prior to purchase how badly done this book was, I would have read the printed version. When you devote your time to a series, you become accustomed and depend on the narrator to bring the story to life. The mispronunciations and narrator were absolutely grating on my nerves and ruined this book for me. The storyline is as good as the other books in this series by Kim Harrison; however, I suggest you do yourself a favor and skip this audible version and read the book. I truly believe you will enjoy it better and will save yourself some auditory pain.
It's painful to listen to Gigi Bermingham after Marguerite Gavin's interpretation of the Hollows Series. I have enjoyed the audio series but after hearing the first few chapters of Outlaw Demon Wails, I have decided to read the book instead. While it would be difficult for any narrator to step in after Gavin's crafting of each character, Bermingham's lack of experience or skill is glaringly obvious, making the experience unauthentic. As a customer, I feel cheated. This outlier audio is not credible should be republished with Gavin to maintain Kim Harrison's brand.
While the story great like all of the Rachel Morgan series, I was not fond of the narrator. I have listened to all of the others in the series and was so accustomed to the voices Ms. Gavin brought to life in the characters and pronunciation of certain words, I found my self cringing listening to this one. I did finish the book and it was good but it took effort to continue. Very excited that Marguerite Gavin is back in the next installment!!!!
I was very disappointed with the change in the narrator. Could not bear to listen for much more than 30 seconds. Happy to see the next book in the series has the original narrator.
Bought the paperback for this one...
Mother, Wife, Employee, Student, Friend.
I gave this audio book 3 stars, instead of the 5 I usually give Harrison's work because of the terrible narrator chosen.
I love all of Kim Harrison's work and I both read and listen to her books. Gigi Bermingham's grating voice destroyed a delightful book. I deeply regret this purchase, have deleted from my play list and will only buy the audio books read by Gavin.
She make Jenks sound like an annoying firefly and Keasley like he is a slow southern farmer who should telling the story of the tar baby, not a badass retired runner.
I stopped listening to this audio books and went out and bought the hard back the next day.
My commute is 1.5 hours every day and I use audio books to help me keep up with my favorite authors, but this time I could not find the stop button fast enough.
I usually don't feel compelled to actually write a review, but in this case I had to protest the change in the narrator. While Gigi was okay, Marguerite is one of my favorite narrators and this is my favorite book series so I was disappointed at the change. If not for this change I would have rated this book 5 stars. The story is still wonderfully entertaining and, in my opinion, purchase worthy, not just credit worthy.
The new narrator is annoying - to listen to several books with the same narrator only to listen to another with a new one isn't great. It changes the tone of the book. Most annoying is how this new narrator pronounces names so differently that you don't realize who she's talking about initially. It's not that this narrator isn't good but I don't like the narrators being changed. If you like the other books in the series - you will also like this one.
I have gotten into this book series and I have completely enjoyed the previous audio versions. I have to say this version of the book is just horrible. I am enjoying the written story but I am just not enjoying the vocals. The woman (Gigi Bermingham) is just horrible. She uses one basic voice for all of the characters in the book, I can not stand the voice she uses for the pixies. She also does a horrible job of vocalizing character names in the book.
At this point i can not wait to get thru this book and hoping that the next one goes back to the original vocal artist.
There really should be a rule that a narrator coming into the middle of a series has to listen to the previous books. I could have overlooked the mangling of Jenks, Ivy and Al's voices but the totally different pronunciation of key words and character names was appalling. I cringed whenever she said, "Piss-curry", "TA KA TA," or "Leeeeey Lines." The totally different pronunciations were discordant and made this book irritating to listen to rather than a pleasure.
I'm so glad that Marguerite Gavin is back for the next book.
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