©2006 Patricia Briggs; (P)2009 Penguin
This is a great series. I own the ebooks and have read them all. The narrator of this audio book is very good; great inflection, uses different voices for all characters and consistently follows through with them. Not all narrators do this and it makes a huge difference! The audio book really brings out the humor and gives great visual imagery as well. Narrators can make or break a series (e.g., Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward - fantastic series, but the audiobooks sound like they are being read by a sports announcer and just ruin it). Some other good paranormal series that also have audiobooks with good narrators are the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlene Harris and the Rachel Morgan Series by Kim Harrison. Enjoy!
Mercy Thompson is a strong female character with a good moral code that she lives by. The story is interesting, the plots and action a plenty while keeping the main character real. She still needs to work to pay her rent; she deals with everyday issues, while also dealing with werewolves and vampires. Its a good mixture of reality and fiction and I cant' wait to read the next book in the series. I thought Lorelei King was perfect for the voice of Mercy, and she did a great job of giving the male characters different voices as well. I hope Lorelei King continues on as Mercy's voice in the other audio books, as I will be sure to buy them.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
Mercy is not your typical female heroine. First off, she never intended to be a heroine. She is more interested in keeping her Volkswagen repair shop running, paying her bills, and living a quiet life in her 70's model trailer with her Manx cat. Oh, yea, and tormenting the werewolf in her back yard. The Alpha werewolf. Uh huh. Well, she WAS raised by werewolves herself, by the Maraq, in fact, the leader of all the werewolves in the US. A pretty good feat for a woman who shifts into a coyote.
What develops is one of the more well developed series in UF. When Mercedes, or Mercy as she is called (yep. A Volkswagen mechanic named Mercedes) takes in a new, young, isolated werewolf, her life takes a new, and dangerous turn, leading her back into a life she thought she had left far behind.
Next to Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews 'Kate Daniels' series) Mercy is one of the best realized female UF lead characters on the market today. She doesn't whine, cry, piss, moan, or otherwise turn into a whiny little boy-toy. As time goes along, you can see a romance coming on, but like Kate, Mercy's story is about the story, not about the smex. Thank goodness..... I like a good love scene as well as anyone else, but I am MUCH more interested in the story. There are none of the "seedy, ridiculous sexual encounters" (thanks to Leslie Sims of Denver for that little snippet) that are so common in other supposedly UF stories (read "the label says UF, and there are a few weird characters in there, but it is mostly about the sexual encounters).
I have read the whole series multiple times (there is nothing like reading a strong female character when you are feeling low!) and I am really looking forward to "Frost Burned" due out in 2013.
Read them all, read them in order. You WON'T be sorry!
This is a book/series that I have loved for quite a while. It's probably one of my very favorite! I was thrilled when it finally came out in audio. The reader is fantastic! Now I just hope that books 2 & 3 are released on audio soon!
As a side note, please don't judge the book by the cover. It is an edgy urban fantasy, but not a romance.
I read the book and enjoyed it. And to me, the narrator makes the story even better, as she adds a certain nuance of humor, life (dare I say humanity?) to what could have been a interpreted in a very dark and dour way. Feel safe putting yourself in the hands of this author, who knows her way around telling a story, and this narrator, who does the telling justice.
Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series and related books are a definite must for those who enjoy complex, compassionate, smart, strong female characters with a great sense of sarcasm. She values people/beings for who they are and not what they are quite to the dismay of others.
I have listened the entire series & related books several times and continue to discover things about the series and how well Briggs has thought out the world and characters.
I'm so happy Audible finally got book 2 so I could start the series. The author has an interesting take on shape shifting and werewolves that I really enjoyed. I know the books get even better and can't wait to start the next one.
I also loved the reader. Too often the reader and the material just don't work together, but this is not the case with this series. I thought lorelei King was perfect for the voice of Mercy, and she did other voices, especially the male voices, very well. I'm looking forward to purchasing the entire series.
Now if Audible would only get more of Patricia Briggs -- and Sci Fi/Paranormal series by other authors, too, I'd be so happy!
I tend to read the reviews from my fellow audible listener, so I thought I try and return the favor.
I really liked this book. The main charater is very likeable. This is a hint of romance, but no action to speak of. And there is really no swearing. Hard to believe that you can actually have a great story with out it!!!!!
The narrator is great also.
Was this book worth my time and my money? YES!
This book had many scenes which got my blood pressure up. The fight scenes with the werewolves and the scene with the vampires were very well written and performed. I have now ordered the rest of the books in the series and am looking forward to learning more about Mercy!
This is my first time reading/listening to a Patricia Briggs novel. I really liked the narrator alot and thought she did an excellent job with all the voices and nuances of emotion. This first book was good and the main character Mercy is a strong female but not standoffish and I liked her right away. I'd like to see more happen with some potential romantic interests as it was barely touched upon in this book. Some interesting twists to a common storyline in fantasy literature right now (vampires/werewolves/fae). I have already downloaded book #2 "Blood Bound".
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