Fifth book in Seanan McGuire's funny and fast-paced urban fantasy InCryptid series, featuring ballroom dancer and monster expert Verity Price.
Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She's rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster hunters, and generally risking life and limb for the greater good, with her ex-Covenant partner/husband, Dominic, by her side. Her ballroom dance career is behind her - or so she thinks.
When Verity gets the call from the producers of Dance or Die, the reality show she almost won several years before, she finds the lure impossible to resist, and she and Dominic are off to LA for one last shot at the big time. Of course, nothing is that simple. When two contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find with the investigation, without blowing her cover....
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In the latest volume of the Incryptid series we return to the perspective of the original main character, Verity Price. She is as fun and engaging as ever and this book is a very enjoyable continuation of the series. More details of the Price family, both past and present, unfold in the background like a second setting for the story. I can't wait to hear more. I hope that Ms. McGuire continues to work from this world for some time to come.
Emily Bauer gives a skillful performance making for a great listen. I punched the air with joy the first time I heard her cry "Hail!" I have no complaints about her work, but I will admit I wish they would team Ms. Bauer and Mr. Porter, reader for the preceding two books, up as a team. That would be a freight train of fun listening in the urban fantasy world.
It was a fun story overall. The Dance or Die crew was a little too obviously the SYTYCD host/judges with different names. For me it detracted from the story. For some people it would probably be a plus.
McGuire gets into what it is like to be a dancer on reality television which I enjoyed. The Aeslin mice are always great.
Unfortunately she constantly mispronounces words (tarot, catechism, obligate, Cthulu, to name just a few), and her accents are atrocious (the British judge/producer was bad, the Irish witch was beyond bad, and I couldn't even tell what kind of accent Dominic was supposed to have). She does a decent job differentiating between who's speaking and does a great job with the Aeslin mice,
If Joss Whedon was producing it, yes.
I did enjoy the book, but this will likely be the last InCryptid audio I listen to. I'll switch to print for the next book, because the narration is getting too frustrating for me.
The story is lots of fun. Seanan McGuire has created a fun and unusual counter world full of cryptid/monsters with lots of quirky personalties. The reading is good, very listenable. I'm finding it a little disconcerting that Verity's (now) husband has gone from being a Brit, with a British accent, to something vaguely Indian sounding. But by and large the characterizations are very good.
Once again the author creates a highly entertaining story the narrator delivers with an impeccible performance! The partnership between Seanan McGuire and Emily Bauer is one of the most successful parternerships in audible.They never fail to deliver. Once again this is a must listen!
I am happy with the story and like having Verity and Dominic back in action. I thought the narrator did well on the female voices but the men were awful and spoiled the feeling for me.
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Very entertaining but the Narrator was beyond horrid... the accents were very very bad. The story was ok... I was kind of annoyed that Verity kept talking about her dance alter ego describing how different she was from Verity...
I also found it annoying that Verity pretty much outed her whole fam on live camera... saying she put out a warning to the Coven... really all she did was put a bullseye on everything price... that was a stupid move. Im also really tired of lazy authors writing from one point of view... one person guessing what everybody else thinks... Another thing that is annoying but seems to be a trend.
The series is really good except for Verity's brother's books... I adore Alice!! So I will not give up on this series due to minor irritations... but if Emily narrates again then I will buy the book...
I loved the insight into Verity's psyche in this book.
As to the narration, I felt like the accents could use a little work, and was annoyed by the mispronunciation of Sioban and tarot.
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