Spend some more time with Aisling Grey.
©2004 Martha Arends; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
"Wickedly witty." (Booklist)
Constant swallowing and smacking.
The story has from funny parts especially the commentary from Jim the Newfoundland. Great zingers that had me sometimes wondering if my dogs are saying the same thing to me. This series has a lot of potential like the Dark Ones series. It took me 3 months to use a credit to listen to the book, because I was not impressed with the preview snippet. I was bored so I took a gamble with my credit.What I did not like about the book is the background noise. I could actually hear the narrator turning the pages as she was reading!!! The narrator has a smokey voice that sounds like she is smoking three packs a day and the character is in her 30s not her 60s. The worst part is the constant swallowing and smacking. I had to adjust the audio on my phone and radio to get through the book. I will continue to listen to the series, because the story line is interesting and Aisling's sidekicks are funny, but I do hope that the next books have better audios. The smoker's cough voice of Barbara is not too bad. I am getting use to her voice, but the smacking, paper shuffling, and swallowing needs to be addressed pronto.
The whole audio needs to be redone to eliminate all the swallowing, pages turning and smacking done by the narrator.
I cannot see this book being made into a film. There were too many problems with the audio on this one to imagine the story line.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This was a funny book, but you have to keep in mind that the heroine is an idiot and just go with the flow. The side characters Jim and Renee were great and made for some comical relief. The story is a comical paranormal romance with a lot of blundering going on, kinda a reminiscence of Stephanie Plum trying to get fugitives. I wasn't a huge fan of Drake's personality though. I have listened to Barbara Rosenblat readings before and have liked her in the past, I believe this was her poorest reading. My complaint isn't her voice but all of the swallowing and smacking and as good as the book was, this was distracting. The problem is the fault of the editor not noticing when the book was being recorded. I don't believe she has ever been that bad before because I have always liked her readings well enough in the past. I get immersed in a story and after a while the narrator either got better or I stopped noticing. I think this book was worth a credit or at least a try with a sale.
First of all, I read the book before I listened to the audiobook and the book is great. However, the narrator is only ok, bordering on bad, for the following reasons:
1. her voice sounds a bit whiny, which gets annoying
2. she tries to add inflections to her voice, probably to indicate emotions, but it just makes the main character sound abosolutely silly and ridiculous.
3. The voice she used for Jim is absolutely awful. Part of Jim's charm is the sarcastic tone in which he delivers his lines. She uses a voice that makes him sound like a clown, rather than sarcastic. I don't think she really understands.
4. Whenever the author switches to Jim's voice, she pauses and you can hear her suck spit into her mouth and swallow it. Disgusting and very distracting.
5. You can constantly hear the author swallowing and she pauses for long stretches of time at the wrong moments.
6. Her accents are bad. The most egregious one is what is supposed to be her English accent, which is one of the easiest ones to do. Hers, on the other hand, sounds like an Indian accent, rather than an English one.
Overall, not a good choice on narrator, although she's a little better for the Silver Dragons series, although the voices she chooses for the supporting characters still aren't good. Jim's voice just drives me nuts.
I enjoyed the actual story line, but HATED the narrator. She had a habit of swallowing audibly after each sentence or so. It was very distracting adn annoying. If I continue with the series, it will be read it. I can't torture myself by listening to another one.
Jim the demon / dog was my favorite character becuase he was the comic relief.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
If you haven't had the pleasure of listening to the Aisling Grey Series or to Barbara Rosenblat's brilliant narration then look no further. Get this book now! You will not regret it. This book/series is witty, charming and romantic. This is one of my all-time favorites. Who knew dragons could be so sexy???
5 Stars all around.
The story moves along quickly and has a lot of tongue in cheek fun. The narrator does a good job of creating different voices for different characters. Her voice changes nicely with the tone of the book. Unfortunately the recording has too many sounds of swallowing and mouth noises that I found distracting and gross. I had to listen with the volume down so that I couldn't hear her mouth noises.
I enjoyed this listen and plan on downloading the next book. Its a little cheesy here and there but I still liked it quite a bit. I liked the narrator though others are right you can hear her swallow here and there. Any decent editor should be able to get rid of that! Usually I am working out when I'm listening so I didn't hear it much and it didn't bother me but it is there. I thought other then the swallowing bit she had a good voice and it was clear between characters.
Funny,sexy and entertaining. Characters you'd like to meet & spend time with. The narration was outstanding. Reminds me of the Evanovich character Stephanie Plumb but in a comic Purgatory.
I think the story would have been good, If wasn't for the fact that the narrator was lip smacking and swallowing constantly !!GROSS!! I mean Come on can't you edit that out!!
Good Music Lover
I read this book in paperback years ago and thought it might be nice to revisit it in audio form. It is a funny, witty and very entertaining story. My biggest problem is the narrator. It is not the voices she does, because they are very good. My problem is the swallowing sound that she makes constantly. I usually listen to audio books on my Ipod. The sound is quite distracting and a little disgusting to listen to it through earphones. I'm not really happy about having to write this review, but I just want anyone else who would purchase this to be aware that the noise occurs ALOT. Other than that, I have no problem with the story or narrator.
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