©2006 Patricia Briggs; (P)2009 Penguin
I really enjoyed this book, wasn't so sure I would when it started but can't wait to start book 2.
It also gave me a little extra enjoyment when the character heads to MT and goes to a town I lived in. At one point a character says tourists.. I laughed cause that is so spot on for what you hear there. (a lot)
I thought this might be a good listen, but it took me way to long to get through this listen and it was hard to get into. The story started out okay and I really don't recall much of it because it was kind of boring to me.
The narrator is professional-sounding. At first I thought she sounded a little old for the character, but I guess Mercy is lat 20's so it's not like she's a young girl. I enjoyed the narrator's range in accents, but some of her choices were a bit silly- Stephan the Vampire sounds like The Count from Sesame Street. I couldn't tell if it was the narrator's voice, or the sarcastic style of the main character, but the narration sounded patronizing and melodramatic at times.
Sadly, I cannot recommend this audiobook. The story itself is slow and plodding, the writing style is extremely tedious, and the author over-explains the simplest of activities. Example: "I called Adam's home phone, his cell phone, and his pager. Then I called Warren's home number, too. I looked Darryl's number up in the phone book and called him, writing down the other numbers his machine purred at me. But he wasn't answering his cell phone either. After a moment of thought, I turned the TV onto the local station...."
It's hard enough reading that on a page, listening to it is downright infuriating. There are also a ton of minor characters that are difficult to keep straight, most of which are expendable in my opinion. The vampires, for instance, could have been written out of the story quite easily with little loss. Unfortunately, this plethora of characters makes the audiobook even harder to follow. There were many moments where I thought, "Huh, who the heck is that guy?" And quite honestly, I didn't care. Most of the characters were forgettable anyway. The only characters who had some semblance of personality were Mercy, Zee and Stephan. Adam was comatose most of the book, and Jessie was a cardboard cut-out preteen caricature. Bran, Samuel, and all the wolves from the northern pack all just kind of blended together.
I give this audiobook 2 stars for it's plodding writing style, random sub-plots, and too many minor characters. I will not be reading/listening to the rest of this series.
I loved this book, and the narrator did a great job bringing the story to life. Mercy Thompson is a very likable character. She is a heroine with weakness, but also a lot of strength and a sassy attitude. The world building in this book is very good, and the supporting characters are quirky and endearing. I bought the other parts of the story as soon as I finished listening to this one. I look forward to hearing what happens to Mercy!
I ADORE this series, I ADORE the characters, I ADORE Patricia Briggs. Mercy Thompson is great, she's strong, imperfect, interesting and gets herself into exciting and dangerous situations! There are so many supernatural creatures throughout the series, and I found myself getting attached to every single one of them! I highly recommend the Mercy Thompson Books, and the Cry Wolf duo that branched off of this. Great adventure, great action, perfect amount of romance without being wishy washy or graphic at all, just wonderful!
If you're into this type of genre then this is a great listen. The author writes a great story and the narrator is the best I've heard, yet. Truly enjoyable!
Having read/listened to a number of different urban fantasy novels over the past year, this was definitely amongst the most boring - neither the "mystery" nor action was particularly compelling, and most of the the supernatural elements weren't interesting in the least - either they were predictable (i.e., the werewolves and their aggression problems), cliche (i.e., the "good" vampire amongst the hunters), or gimmicky (i.e., the vampire with the VW microbus).
I really like the story of Mercy. She is a strong independent woman, and gets into trouble easily. She has two men in her life. Her ex (Sam) who she still loves, and the local Alpha (Adam), who she has been crushing on for years. Its a great love story, with lots of action! The rest of the books in the series are great too!
I just finished listening to this and I feel rather underwhelmed. I enjoyed the narration, but some aspects of Patricia Briggs' style annoyed me. For example, Mercy would be having a conversation with someone then Briggs would start giving a massive back story to the newly introduced character.
The story was far too structured with rules for my tastes. After each interaction (or during), there was a long explanation of why Mercy decided to act as she did. This messes with the pace and I just couldn't get into it. When I did finally finish the novel, I'm left trying to think about what Mercy accomplished other than being the lucky bystander.
Obviously I, a 28 year old male, am not the intended audience. That being said, I can see why others enjoy the series.
I decided to take a chance on this book when it was in a sale recently. I was not disappointed & have started reading the Alpha & Omega ones as well.
I usually don't read or listen to these types of books though I have been a huge fan of Jim Butcher's for some time.
Great discovery & I do like the narrator.
Looking forward to the next one.
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