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Skinwalker Audiobook

Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind - a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

©2009 Faith Hunter (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Judges' Award for Best Paranormal Audiobook, 2011

"A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre." (Kim Harrison)

"Hunter's very professionally executed, tasty blend of dark fantasy, mystery, and romance should please fans of all three genres." (Booklist)

"Khristine Hvam portrays Jane with an adventurous-sounding voice edged with a twang.... Hvam’s voices for the Louisiana locals whom Jane learns to love and respect.... augment an intriguing story with hints of Native American mysticism." (AudioFile)

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    Mark bombala, Australia 07-24-13
    Mark bombala, Australia 07-24-13
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    "Great listen"
    Would you listen to Skinwalker again? Why?

    Prolly :) Its a good listen, not always action action but hours of entertainment


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skinwalker?

    Cant spoil the book for other readers


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Its just as good as her other work


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the book has its moments :)


    Any additional comments?

    good book :) worth the credit :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 06-02-13
    Leslie 06-02-13

    I'm an engineer that took all my electives in English and Art! Fantasy novels with moral depth and colorful worlds fill my library.

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    "Why is drinking human blood tied to erotica?"
    Would you try another book from Faith Hunter and/or Khristine Hvam?

    I truly enjoy Khristine Hvam--she is a performer that I search on as I do for good authors. She brings this story to life--and does so in her other works. She is definitely top ten. Faith Hunter has a good (excellent maybe?) storyline, character development, and setting--but gets off on these Ann Rice-like tangents where these blood sucking monsters and there servants somehow make adult women think like 15 year old boys. It isn't romantic--or even realistically lustful, its shallow juvenile erotica. And it frustrated me intensely because the story could have been great! I bought and read the next two books, trying to ignore it, but the story isn't good enough to eclipse this stuff.


    Has Skinwalker turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I will now dodge any further vampire books. The Ann Rice vampire books had sex in them, but mature sexual thought and the shallow, teen lust her doesn't fit for me.

    The American Indian background was awesome, skin walker magic a totally new twist-- and the characters good. I can't figure why this great story has to be all twisted into sex. I'm so disappointed. I wish there was a version for adult men.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the development of Jane, her interactions with Beast, and her ongoing conflict between her spirit and that of the "big cat." I liked the way this woman can handle herself in a jam.


    Was Skinwalker worth the listening time?

    Yes, it is a good story, a good author, and a great reader. Could it be a poor support team on this set of books that forced teenage erotica into an otherwise professional and well conceived story? I could not recommend it unless the teen vamp sex thing is good to you.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to know if Faith Hunter (which sounds like a false name,) has written non-vampire erotica books--because she is very skilled apart from this one annoying, repetitive, and time wasting problem.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judy HUDSONVILLE, MI, United States 06-02-13
    Judy HUDSONVILLE, MI, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Want more Jane Yellowrock"
    Would you listen to Skinwalker again? Why?

    Oh yes I will get all in the series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skinwalker?

    The sexual tension


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Bruiser or Rickiebo. Can't choose


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Have stakes, will travel


    Any additional comments?

    Curious what would become if combine a story with Anita Blake

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary 05-24-13
    Rosemary 05-24-13

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    "Fun book; strange mispronunciations"

    Loved the book and overall really like Khristine Hvam as a narrator. Honestly though, some of her mispronunciations and downright wrong words are almost laughable. Askew instead of eschew? Condensation instead of condescension? Pronouncing fleur de lis as "floor duh lease?" Oy. I can understand why the various mispronunciations - as jarring as they are to me - were missed, but the wrong words make absolutely NO SENSE whatsoever in context and no one noticed?! Still, I like Hvam's cadence and speed, and her voices are basically good (the New Orleans accent and French could use a little work). Simon Vance as narrator is still the gold standard for me.

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    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 05-03-13
    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 05-03-13 Member Since 2016

    I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.

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    "Sookie Stackhouse meets biker Mercy Thompson"

    I believe that if I hadn't read the Mercy Thompson series my thoughts on this book wouldn't be so biased but I can't help it - they're just too close for comfort. Not that they're the same person or even in the same situation but there's just this familiar feel to Jane Yellowrock as if I've already read this.

    One major difference however is Beast. She's talks like a caveman and apparently her and Jane's joining allowed them to live hundreds(?) of years. I'm still not sure about that but the world has yet to be defined enough to explain.

    I will say bravo to an urban fantasy book that doesn't rely on a romantic storyline. You can see the beginning of few, and who knows which path Jane will take, but she's a strong female lead who doesn't rely on men. That said, she's strong yet seems a bit soft somehow. Can't put my finger on it but it just seems like the outcome has more to do with luck than pure skill. Also, the vampires and their hierarchy smell strongly of Sookie Stackhouse. BUT! On the plus side, if you loved Stackhouse and Mercy and want something just like them, here ya go!

    If you are looking for a good series with a few books already out and don't want gratuitous sex scenes, Yellowrock is your gal. Hvam does a good job narrating. 4 stars.

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    milynda TORRANCE, CA, United States 04-25-13
    milynda TORRANCE, CA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Kick Ass Chick"
    Where does Skinwalker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks about a 8 in my library


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skinwalker?

    I loved the discription of the areas. She does a great job describing the sounds, weather, vibes of the land. The accents the reader uses enhances the vibe.


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents, hands down. When I read my brain just uses a flat, boring, plain lack of accent voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not a strong reaction I would say, but it definatly did its job of making me forget the current place im in. And transporting my to a place I have never been before.


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    Don Willingboro, NJ, United States 04-21-13
    Don Willingboro, NJ, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I love Big Cat"

    Just plane good? Faith Hunters writing kept me captured and Jane Yellowrock and Beast hearded me straight to book 2. Finally a female heroine with her priorities in order.

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    M. Bentley 04-10-13
    M. Bentley 04-10-13

    A part time Library Assistant and general lover of books and stories.

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    "Jane Yellowrock is Awesome"
    If you could sum up Skinwalker in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent Supernatural Thriller.


    What other book might you compare Skinwalker to and why?

    I would compare Skinwalker to the Dresden Files books or the Walker Papers.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    She really captured the spirit of Jane Yellowrock and the side characters.


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    Amazon Customer Spring Hill, TN United States 04-10-13
    Amazon Customer Spring Hill, TN United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Great book - well written and imaginative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. Especially the audiobook version.


    What other book might you compare Skinwalker to and why?

    There are a lot of fantasy books that have a strong female lead but this is the best that I have read. I also like really the Kate Daniels series. The Greywalker books is another series that has some very interesting characters and an imaginative concept.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book and you will not regret it - then you have the rest of the series to look forward to.

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    Rusty Legend Portland, Maine USA 04-03-13
    Rusty Legend Portland, Maine USA 04-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Yellowrock is a bit over the top but worth it"
    Would you listen to Skinwalker again? Why?

    I will continue with the series. I liked the complex plot of finding the antagonist. It kept me listening through the average performance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really didn't warm up to anyone in particular. Yellowrock is a bit too much...she can do EVERYTHING.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Khristine Hvam?

    I can not say she is one of my favorites but I liked the book and will continue with the series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. But I found I did think about it at various times during my day and looked forward to the evening (when I listen) so I could find out what was going to unfold.


    Any additional comments?

    I know this isn't a sparkling endorsement but it was a good listen. Worth the time and price and entertaining. And, I enjoyed a book without steamy sex scenes every other page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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