To most, they are animals—even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair. It’s her job to defend those in need. But there’s absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can’t disguise his sheer strength. Nor can the silver chain at his throat, designed to control the aggression of his kind, completely reassure her that this man has been tamed. Yet when a feral shifter begins to stalk them both, Liam is the only one she trusts with her life. She’ll let him claim her—for her protection, for her pride, and for a passion that knows no bounds.
©2004 Jennifer Ashley (P)2010 Audio Realms, Inc.
No, the narrator removes the entire experience of the book. I wish it could be republished with a different narrator. I'll never purchase another book read by Traci Odom. Her Irish accent is decent, the cadence of the speech is choppy and the inflection between the female character or any character really and the regular narrative content is non-existent. You have to concentrate hard to follow the flow of speech to make sure you don't miss what is said versus what is thought, or just narrative speech. There's no emotion. It's as if she's reading an instruction manual instead of an entertaining book.
Reading it myself. I enjoyed it much more instead of listening to it on audio. And that's a shame, I've listened to many audiobooks and this is the first narrator that I've really really disliked to the point of will make sure she's not the narrator of another I purchase.
Brianna Bronte or even Maxine Mitchell, Stella Bloom ANYONE else I think. It would be really nice if this could be re-released with another narrator. It's a disservice to the entire series that this is the quality of the first book of the series.
If it had been read by another narrator, yes.
AMAZING SHIFTER STORY!
I really Loved the Hero Liam, but the other characters like, Glory, Conner, Dillon and Oh! don't forget the bad guys. They all really made the story come Alive. OH! The NARRATOR DID AN AWSOME JOB WITH THE ACCENTS FOR THE CHARACTERS!!!
The fight scene between Liam and Fergus.
NARRATOR DID AND FANTASTIC JOB!!! LOVED THE SHIFTER STORY!
I love the accents and acceptance of Pride family.
Liam was my favorite - strength, humor, honesty and his reaction to kissing!
Liam's irish accent was good for someone not Ireland
Cried because the limitations of humans to put a lock on their necks. Reminded me of slavery from back in the day.
Can't wait for to read the next book.
I was looking for a great shifter / supernatural romance. This one was only mediocre. The story lines throughout the series were okay, but very predictable. And the romance scenes... I was like seriously? I'm more about the story than the sex, so perhaps this series just wasn't a good selection for me.
This book had a terrific idea, and I think I would have enjoyed it; if it didn't have such prejudicial overtones. I mean, I get that it was crucial to the story line, but honestly... the heroine spent most of the book complaining about reasons she couldn't be with the hero that sounded (to me) racist against shifters.
Probably not. I read this after finishing Nalini Singh's psy-changeling series and it just doesn't have the punch that series does. The specifics of this world with Shiftertown and more aggressive animal natures and the civil rights issues of shifters is cool and all, but the romance fell flat, and this is at heart a romance, so...
I had tried the Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie but couldn't get into it. This one I finished, so I'd say I like it better. But in general, I prefer PNR to period romance.
I guess. The narration was fast and made it hard for me to get into the story. I read that this would be an issue, but I wanted to give the series a shot, and since she doesn't narrate the others, I figured I could survive a mediocre narration. Being pre-warned, it was fine.
I didn't NOT like the book, I just didn't think it was great. I'm going to download the second book in the series, since other reviewers mention it gets better, and I'm anal and need to read from the beginning if I'm going to read a series. I can't say if it will have been worth it just yet but I hope the typical stiff first book problems in this are the same that all these series' seem to have and I'll totally love book 2.
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
Narration: It started off sounding like the story was recorded slower than it was played back, so the words were rapping out like bullets, and if there was any minor cadence changes, they got lost in the rapid speaking. Trying to listen on half speed took everything down too slow. However, the narration improved as the book went along, but the start was rocky.
Story: With the exception of my major gripe below, it was an enjoyable listen that could have used a little more polishing.
One of the more difficult things to get right is a world that's somewhat based off of ours. On one hand, it's easier to evoke an image with less words. On the other, if the author fails to provide a decent rational for significant divergences, it makes the whole story harder to enjoy. The level of government discrimination against shifters in this story was one of those unexplained over the top grumbles.
The same social effect could easily have been achieved if the author had used a "right to discriminate" guarantee or something along those lines. Adding in a 20 year time frame to get used to shifters and not having any mention of shifter groupies or other fringe pro-shifter or at least shifter-neutral forces in human society was a failure in world building.
Hand knitting and crochet are my hobbies in retirement, listening to books makes the time and the stitches fly by!
I had to start this one three times before I got past the very slow start. But after getting into the initial chapters, I found a good story line. I'd probably listen to it in the future, but am looking forward to the rest of the series now.
Suzanne Wright's series Phoenix Pack is along the same lines as this series. Both are a little light on the character development. Though both are good, light listens.
Traci might not have been a good first choice for the narrator, but she did fairly well with the story. Needs work on her Irish accent.
The suspense at the end was by far the best in the book.
This is not my favorite type of book, but once in a while I need a change. This is definitely a change from the normal novel listen.
Audiobooks are the new black! .................... PNR enthusiast + a real sucker for books with bad boys.
The good part:
I think this is a good shifter-story. It is a bit different, but in a interesting way. I found that I really liked it very much. Of course for me it is always a +, when a story contains a sexy dominat alpha male, a female, who do not take crap from anybody, romance, action and hot sexy scenes. This story contains all of that and a really intriguing story.
The bad part:
As I said it is a good story, but the naration is very boring and dissatisfactory. I tried the "sample" and I did think it sounded a bit indifferent, but I thought I could ignore it. I couldn't! The narrator, Traci Odom, made the charactors very uninteresting. It just lacked emotion and was very unimpressive, passive and boring. I only lasted about 10 minutes into the story, then I had to stop.
I was still excited about the story, so I bought the Kindle version and read it myself. I am glad I did it, because it is a good story and very entertaining.
I would definitely recommend the book, but not the audiobook - except if it gets re-released with a new narrator.
I've enjoyed the world that Jennifer Ashley has created with her shifters. Each of her characters are well developed and have fun/interesting/sometimes quirky personalities. I could only listen when on the open road - too engaging to try and listen to it in traffic ;-) I'd recommend it.
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