Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case. When she's raising a "shade" involved in a high-profile murder, it attacks her, and then someone makes an attempt on her life. Someone really doesn't want her to know what the dead have to say, and she'll have to work with mysterious homicide detective Falin Andrews to figure out why.
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"[A] captivating series debut." (Publishers Weekly)
The story is OK, and I'm pretty sure I would like it much better if I had read it myself.
The narrator destroys this entirely. She adopts this voice for the main character that's coarse, old, and ignorant sounding. She seems to have no real idea where to put emphasis. She mispronounces things. She tries to put what I assume she feels is 'drama' into the performance and it's really amateurish and stilted.
The main character is supposed to be a bright younger woman and this read makes you think she's crabby old trash. Other characters, while read poorly, don't all sound so plain old coarse so I don't get it. Maybe she's trying to give her a hard-bitten edge? Baaaaad.
I have not checked but I hope to heaven the other books in the series are read by someone else.
It's maybe a little cliche. However, the narration really gets in the way of fair judgement.
It just needs someone else entirely. Narration is not for everyone.
I think the premise is good, and could develop well over time.
I really liked the story. I would listen to it on my way to and from work and would find myself wishing my commute was longer.
The story was fun and engaging enough even between action scenes.
The first time I tried to listen to it, I gave up after the first 30 minutes. I found the story to be slow and I couldn't get over the reader's voice. After giving it a second try, and getting used to the reader, I found the story to be engaging and am glad I gave it a second chance. I am also glad there is a sequel.
Yes. Its just fun and the author did a great job of describing the fantasy world.
Too many! The description of Alex in the Etheric was delightful.
I found she performed all the characters with sufficient differentiation to identify. Even performs male characters well.
There's another world out there!
I was looking for something other than mysteries and thrillers. I never read or watch vampire or witch stories. The first fantasy book I bought was poor in character and background. This one hooked me from the beginning.
An avid audible book listener!
The series seemed to start out a bit slow, but the plot is similar to the Darynda Jones series and a few others so I stuck it out. I actually enjoyed the story, but thought it would have been better with a different narrator. A witch who has "grave sight" and can see soul collectors is just beggging to take part in some interesting mysteries. Luckily, Kalayna Price plays along with the idea.
I love that "Death" becomes a character in the story. Actually a being called a soul collector, Death has visited Alex Kraft, our heroine, for most of her life. Once she grew up, she began to understand who and what he was. For Darynda Jones fans, think of Reyes Farrow.
At first the narrator seemed to lack energy in the performance, but as the story progressed, I became accustomerd to her reading.
The storyline is definitely entertaining and it leaves listener wanting to know what happens next. Luckily, Grave Dance was also on sale. I bought both books at the same time and haven't regretted that decision!
I have not finished this and am trying to hang in there, but wanted to jump on to warn others- the reviewers who said the narrator sounded like William Shatner are being kind. She sounds slightly drunk & the sibilant s's in her speech make me cringe. I feel sorry for the author because there may be a decent story here, but I'm having difficulty gettting past the stilted pronounciation to follow the plotline. I have an image of someone shoving her the pages as she's trying to read them. It really makes me angry for the writer and for us, the consumers, that the audio company can't be bothered to hire quality performers.
Haven't finished yet....
No, no and NO
Not sure- get back to me if I finish this one.....
Tavia Gilbert & Lorelei King should start a training school for narrators.....Just saying.
I would read another book by Kalayna Price, but I am not sure about listening to another book narrated by Emily Durante. She wasn't a bad narrator, just not my favorite and I didn't think her voice was right for the main character.
Most likely. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Discovery of Witches and books like that.
I didn't care for the performance as a whole.
I liked the story, but wish that the world building had occurred a little earlier. It wasn't until halfway through or so that I really understood how the world was set up and it had been something that I was wondering about the entire time.
A different narrator (not so monotone) and a better story line. It doesn't even start off giving you any background to the story, it just dives right in. I'm completely lost. I think I've only gotten an hour in but it has yet to grab my attention. Even though I only paid $4.95 for the book I still feel ripped off.
What one man can do, another can do. - David Mamet
i think part of that makes a good audio book is the marriage of the story (here it is a great bit if world-building peopled with characters that feel real (at least to me) and the actor doing the read.
in this case we have a perfect match: excellent story, excellent actor.
i picked this book up on a whim and I'm very pleased i did because I burned through the rest of the series and am now pining for the next installment.
snap it up, ladies. I'm on the clock here.
This is a great book. I overlooked it many times because I didn't like the cover and was tired of witches and faire's. I was so wrong. Kalayna Price does a great job keeping the mystery a focus instead of romantic entanglements. I bought the second book before I was half way through the first.
I liked the world she's created and the characters in it. I'm looking forward to the next one but I think I'll read it. The narrator on this doesn't really work for me.
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