©2012 Melissa F. Olson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.
It's always better listening to a book if you've got a good narrator as they make the characters more real in your mind.
Scarlet, because she has to endure a lot and she still has strength and fire.
Scarlet: The Null
Teenage twerpy girls
It hits the toilet. I liked her other series, but an adult narrated that one. I will return it without finishing it. I only lived through the first one as far as I did because I have a big yard to mow.
Seriously. The narrator detracted seriously by using that whiney teenage valley girl accent that lilts up at the end of each sentence. Wanted to slap her. There might have been a story in there somewhere. I never saw it.
This isn't a book I would revisit.
Constant. Vocal. Fry.
I think the narrator did a good job overall with the small exception that her vocal affect is a constant irritation. I would plead with Audible and Brilliance Audio to make an effort to weed this sort of thing out of their performances. The vocal fry "Iii knooow riiiiiiiighhhht" method of speech should be limited to very information conversations between young girls. It has no place in a professional recording.
The last few bargain audio books that I've purchased have been disappointing so I was very happy to have a realistic fantasy that was not the usual fair. I also enjoyed the narrator before so that was nice as well.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
“Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.” ― Shannon L. Alder
Scarlett Bernard is one pragmatic lady. Of course, she has to be considering her job is supernatural crime scene cleanup. As in, get in, clean up the mess, steal the body, and book the hell out of Dodge before the cops arrive. She is truly good at her job, and her boss, the cold and distant Dashiell, Master Vampire of the city, may be scary, but he pretty much allows her to do her job without interference. But then, the worst happens.
She gets caught. Caught by a newly minted detective, Jesse Cruz, just after she arrives at a scene more bloody and grotesque than any she has ever seen. What happens next is fast paced action with terrific world building and interesting characters. I first read the book back in 2012, and enjoyed it then. This time I listened to the Audible edition narrated by Amy McFadden (one of my favorite narrators) and, as sometimes happens, I liked it even more as I listened. Scarlett is a strong character with a well-developed, though brutal, background and is likeable. She isn’t perfect, but that is what makes her interesting. She has taken horrific hits in her life – but the one she walks into later on is absolutely devastating and Olson does a rather wonderful job of writing the horrors of betrayal. I would have liked her to be more mature in her interactions with others – her tendency to cope a nasty, self-serving attitude at times was a downer. I am hoping that the next books will show growth in her as a character (especially since I own them all). Her behavior isn’t as horrendous as other female characters in the genre, but I am hoping for more maturity in upcoming works.
There are some things that were irritating. The Dreaded Love Triangle. Irritating! Not only do love triangles make me retch, this one felt stilted and unnecessary, dragging down the storyline. Also, the POV switches between characters and from first to third person erratically and unnecessarily. Irritating, but not as irritating as the lurrve (titter titter, Groan) triangle. Olson’s take on werewolf psychology was more interesting than a lot of other books in the genre, and her friendship with the Alpha and Beta were more realistic than many others. The Alpha isn’t as ‘Alpha’ as in other books (thank the Goddess!) and the tortured Beta was very realistically portrayed in the vein of “I never wanted this in the first place.”
So, flawed, it isn’t perfect by any means, but I still enjoyed it as much as I remembered, and Amy’s narration was, as always, spot on.
Scarlett is what the magic world calls a null, someone who cancels out the magic related characteristics of supernatural or paranormal 'old world' beings when they are within close proximity to her. So, vampires become living humans that can age or die from wounds and werewolves return to human form and heal (or die) normally if injured. Her job is to clean up the evidence when someone from the old world dies. in this story, someone may have to clean up her body if she's not able to prove she wasn't involved in a murder that has L.A.'s master vampire on her case.
i read this series as ebooks a couple of years ago. I've become a big fan of audio books because I can listen pretty much anywhere. Since i enjoyed this series I decided to try the audio books and I'm very glad that I did. The narrator's voice and pace of the reading is spot on and she uses different inflections and accents for different characters. I'll be listening tto the rest of the series for certain.
The first book in the Scarlet Bernard series is a good start. Interseting storyline and characters with a strong plot. Though the head vampire made my hackles rise, I liked the other characters. Mystery, murder, & subterfuge as well as lusty tension, love triangle, & relational frustrations are included. Narrator did a great job.
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I read something that was linked with this series and the differences are pretty noticeable. It said to find out what happens then reaf this book......There was nothing in there about the story I read at all. I am not impressed at all with how misleading the "find out what happens next" BS. With that said it wasn't a total bore but it war not nearly as good as the lead in I read to begin with. my kids did not read the 1st one and they did seem to like this one well enough that I'm willing to read the 2nd in the series and hope that i can find out what happened.....
If it weren't for Book Gorilla, I would never have met this crowd! Really glad to get the Whispersync for cheap.
Great variation on the whole Werewolves and vampires thing, with a cast of good guys, bad guys, and and the truly crazy. There's this cop who thinks he ought to arrest Scarlett, and a head vampire who wants to use her for a scapegoat, and a reluctant werewolf who......
Well, no need for spoilers. Get this great deal right now and bury your nose in it!
Amy McFadden does a great performance as Scarlett. She's got all the emotions out there and you can feel how invested in the character she is. But each of the characters is filled out and enhanced by her performance.
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