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Magic Stars Audiobook

Magic Stars: Grey Wolf, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning author Ilona Andrews, an original novella set in the New York Times number-one best-selling Kate Daniels world and featuring fan favorites Derek, Curran, and Kate's very independent ward, Julie.

Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack and is truly a lone wolf. With no family, he answers to no one but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So when several of those close to him are murdered, he'll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta.

Never one to be left on the sidelines and equally determined - some might say stubborn - Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit, and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city. Their search pits them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.

©2015 Ilona Andrews, Inc. (P)2016 Ilona Andrews, Inc

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    Moi_Natasha 03-16-16
    Moi_Natasha 03-16-16 Member Since 2012

    Moi_Natasha: So many Books, So little Time

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    "Bad Narration Distracted from Story"

    Narrator's cadence was too fast for me and while there was a chance in rhythm and pitch it came across as monotone (put me to sleep a number of times). Did not mind the gravel tone as the character, if you know from past books, had a ruined voice but it didn't become part of the story. I normally wouldn't have finished the book but I love the author(s) and this story line so struggled through. Unfortunately, I still can't review the story as I was so distracted by the irritating narration I found myself listening to the voice rather than sinking into the story and being swept into the experience. Will have to read the story to put a better mental voice to it to really experience the story.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha 02-16-16
    Natasha 02-16-16
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    "Not the best narrator"

    Ugh.. I'm so used to Renee Raudman! I know that this story is told from the POV of Derek, so I'm sure they thought they needed a male voice. Jeffrey Kafer, though, just didn't do the job. The sound of his voice is okay, no mouth or breath noises.. which I hate. My problem is that he isn't performing. He is just reading. I think he finishes every sentence the same way every time. Same tone of voice. I can't explain it any other way. I ended up speeding up the book just to get through it.

    Please! If you need a male voice.. Try to use someone else for the next one if you continue the series! Sebastian York maybe?

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Lashawn 02-27-16
    Lashawn 02-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Writing as Always"
    If you could sum up Magic Stars in three words, what would they be?

    A great novella.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the interaction between Julie and Derek, although Derek is still a bit flat. He's a very insular person.


    What three words best describe Jeffrey Kafer’s performance?

    Read, not performed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not without revealing a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand the decision to change narrators, but it doesn't seem to be a good fit. It's not horrible but Mr. Kafer doesn't use much emotion in his voice. This kind of works from Derek's point of view, although it's hard to believe that he's truly emotionless, but it doesn't work with Julie. Julie is an emotional person.
    There needs to be more variation in tone for the listener to remain engaged in the audiobook. As it is, it is very easy to start tuning out.

    I prefer Ms. Raudman for these books, but if they keep Mr. Kafer, I'll keep buying.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Hung 02-25-16
    Lisa Hung 02-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, but the narrator was off"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeffrey Kafer?

    Renée Raudman, Robert Petkoff or Phil Gigante


    Any additional comments?

    I love the story. Thought the narrator has a nice voice, but it was too monotone (not for this book). He does not have emotional range or differentiation in the male/female voices. It was disappointing. I hope that the narrator will be changed for the next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth May BUDD LAKE, NJ, United States 02-21-16
    Ruth May BUDD LAKE, NJ, United States 02-21-16

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Narrator was way off."

    The story was good, Ilona Andrews always delivers. The narration was all wrong! The narrator made it sound like a noir detective novel. It drove me nuts, I am glad it was a short story because I would not have made it through a full length book. It would be infinitely preferable if Renée Raudman were to perform all of the books set in Kate Daniel's world.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Huntsville, Alabama 02-20-16
    Barbara Huntsville, Alabama 02-20-16 Member Since 2007

    Huntsville, Alabama

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    "A Caution About Changing Narrators"

    This is a story about Derek a young werewolf who has survived an attack with molten silver which even his remarkable healing powers can not repair and Julie foster daughter of very powerful people with issues of her on. None of this slows them down, nope not a little bit.

    The very thing that makes this series so wonderful is also the thing that makes discussing the last book so difficult. Its hard not to speak about how much these people have grown since the first book. These authors are the rare writers who write straight forward exciting thrillers with every character given the depth and breadth that the main characters are given. Absolutely every character from the beginning to this 8.5 book grows and evolves. Somehow all the threads of these people are woven around the main characters without a mishap, and no matter where a reader picks up the thread, there is still a good story, without a slowing down of info dump.

    Which brings me to the change in narrator. Renee Raudman voiced Derek and Julie for eight books. Her male voices, female voices, young girl voices are like old friends for these characters. If Miss Raudman becomes available for any of the Ilona Andrews stories GET Her.

    Sometimes a change in narrators works. The Outlander series is voiced by Donada Peters. The Lord John spinoff is voiced by Jeff Woodman and that works. So I took a chance on this, since I know Jeffrey Kafer to be very good. Having bought it, I wish I had not.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DeeAnn B. Wayzata, MN, US 02-20-16
    DeeAnn B. Wayzata, MN, US 02-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Story Great--wish for a different narrator"
    Would you listen to Magic Stars again? Why?

    To be honest, I am not sure, but probably. I love the Kate Daniels series and have listened to it several times, but the narrator of this book was difficult.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Derek is always a great character, there is so much depth there. Julie is becoming a very well rounded character as well.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator has a very nice voice to listen to, but he simply read the book, not performed it. As I listened, I kept thinking of Dragnet's Joe Friday "Just the facts, ma'am" delivery. It was distracting to me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 03-23-16
    Jennifer 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Looking forward to seeing where this series is heading!
    Enjoyed seeing more into the minds Julie and Dereck.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wiggiemomsi (Wiggie) Arcadia, CA USA 02-20-16
    Wiggiemomsi (Wiggie) Arcadia, CA USA 02-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story; fell asleep during the narration"
    Would you listen to Magic Stars again? Why?

    No, but I'd sure read it as an ebook. The narrator's voice was great, but the straight reading with little inflection nearly put me to sleep!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Love Julie. She's a kick-ass heroine in the making.


    What three words best describe Jeffrey Kafer’s voice?

    Sexy, seductive, monotone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sorry; don't have a clue!


    Any additional comments?

    Ilona Andrews' stories ROCK!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ayden 02-18-16
    Ayden 02-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"

    I love the Kate Daniels series. I like Jolie and Derek and was very excited to see that a new series was out about them. Unfortunately I had to force myself to listen to the whole Book the narrator was not good I wish the author would have continued with the same narrator that was used in the Kate Daniels series I did not feel any of the normal if the author continues with this different narrator I definitely will not be buying any more books from the spinoff series

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Kelly
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    5/6/16
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    "Short but sweet"

    Oh Audible I adore thee! Please, Oh Please, can we have the rest of the series on UK audible?

    Falls between Book 9 and 10 of the Kate Daniels series. We see Derek take most of the lead in this new series from two of my most favourite authors.

    Well narrated, perfect tone for Derek.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    6/2/16
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    "Magic Stars Grey Wolf book 1"

    I enjoyed the first Grey Wolf book. The narrator did very well and was a good choice for Derek's book. I love all of the Ilona Andrews books so its great to have side stories for each of the characters. thank you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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