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Skinwalker Audiobook
Skinwalker
Written by: 
Faith Hunter
Narrated by: 
Khristine Hvam
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.

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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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    Christina SALINAS, CA, United States 04-20-12
    Christina SALINAS, CA, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Surprisingly good!"

    I put off trying this series for a long time. I don't really recall why, but when I ran out of other things to listen to, I gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the book and the main character. I ended up listening to the whole series (so far), and liked them all.

    The reason I gave it four stars instead of five, is that the main character has an annoying habit of taking on responsibility for anything and everything bad that happens, even when she's not present. That was a bit much for me, but perhaps it's a character flaw that will be explained and/or developed later in the series.

    All-in-all, it was a great listen!

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Patsy G. 11-15-13
    Patsy G. 11-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent....."

    Love this story, the charaters in this story are very interesting which add to the storyline, K.Hvam is a wonderful narrator and makes the story. Jane Yellowrock a skinwalker doesn't know all her powers, as the series travels, you see JY grow, makes friends, finds love, loses love and finds herself.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amy JOSHUA, TX, United States 01-26-14
    Amy JOSHUA, TX, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2013

    I love to read and listen to books. I teach and share my love with my teenager and I'd like to share that love with you.

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    "Skinwalker for Hire"

    My enjoyment was completely wrapped up in Jane. She is a 6 foot, Harley riding, Cherokee Skinwalker. She is knows what she does best...Kill Vamps. And she is smart about managing her business. She lives and works in an Urban Fantasy world with Vampires and Witches and not too different from the familiar.

    I didn't enjoy being in Beast's head on audio. Beast is Jane's alter-ego when she is in animal form. Beast also surfaces when Jane is in the presence of danger. Beast's short choppy thoughts felt authentic to what and how an animal would take in the world around them, plus assess threats. It kind of threw me and I had to work quickly to catch up and process the intel. Another reader/blogger said it would get better as the series continues. It wasn't enough to dash my enjoyment, but I look forward to Beast's voice evening out in my head. I also look forward to gaining a little more understanding of Jane's creation story and world. I really liked the characters and am sure things will start clicking in place as I continue.

    Rick. He is a potential mating interest for Beast. I liked that FAITH is taking it slow in developing a possible relationship here. I have lots of questions and will just have to hurry up and get to BLOOD CROSS to gain answers.

    This was a different KHRISTINE HVAM from what I am used to with her narration of the Laini Taylor series. She plays Jane with a touch of Southern without it being overdone. Thank You so much. Jane is mature, calm and confident, but with a sexy softness. KHRISTINE pegs the males from the bruiser body guards to the ancient-business-like vampires. Audio is a great way to go when HVAM is doing the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darby OAK PARK, IL, United States 06-26-13
    Darby OAK PARK, IL, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice reading not very well written"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The reading was well done I have to say and the story itself is a well thought out idea but poorly executed. The parts where the author writes in the mind of the "beast" almost border on the absurd.


    What was most disappointing about Faith Hunter’s story?

    The writing as the beast really was very lacking and even the character of beast was poorly developed and never explored well.


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

    She performed all the characters quite well and I particularly love the character of Tom.


    Do you think Skinwalker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Ruiz 05-30-12
    Jose Ruiz 05-30-12 Member Since 2010

    New to the audiobook thing, but I like it! I'm a huge Stephen King fan... Along with the spy/military type books by Brad Thor, Vince Flynn

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    "Different twist"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a rough start.... But if you are willing to stick with it, it ends up being a pretty good story.


    Was Skinwalker worth the listening time?

    This was the first book I have listen to by Faith Hunter, usually when I come across a good series I can't stop at the first book. I'm on the fence whether or not to get the next book.


    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 10-20-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 10-20-12 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "A lonely skinwalker in a vampire world..."

    I read the reviews of this before starting it and agree with those who said the switch in point of view between Jane and Beast is jarring, and Beast's pattern of speech is annoying. It's not unbearable, but... it feels like a writer's cop-out to use choppy, partially complete sentences and key words as a method of Beast speech... I think it could have been written using "proper" English syntax/pacing with a bit of effort. But anyway, Beast doesn't show up all that often, so it doesn't become so annoying that you're tempted to stop reading. (Oh, and it's not consistent - as the book progresses, Beast's "language" improves, becomes less choppy and starts using personal pronouns.)

    That being said, I quite liked the story - it's complex and the mystery isn't one you're likely to figure out on your own, but isn't a from-left-field one either. Jane is an interesting character and her past is filled in at a nice pace and with just enough details that you want to read more to find out more about her. I found the relationship between Beast and Jane the most interesting in the story... a bit of personality conflict here that makes them both feel like distinct characters.

    There was no sex in the book (a change in a vampire book for sure) and I don't recall any foul language (doesn't mean there wasn't any, it just didn't strike me as out-of-place if there was). The narration was good.

    In fact, I've just bought the rest of this series because I like how nice a change Jane is from the usual whiny-girl protagonist.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 11-18-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Kristin is Jane/Beast (LOVED IT)"

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    Overall Rating: 4.50
    Story Rating: 4.75
    Character Rating: 4.25

    Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: Skinwalker was not what I expected at all and I liked it! The split personality (for lack of a better description)of the lead character Jane made me not only like her but sort of understand her potential "love triangle" (though I am not a fan of them so I am hoping for quick resolution). I loved the mystery and side characters so very much (hoping we get more of the BF and daughter). This is a series I will stick with!

    Audio Thoughts: Narrated By Khristine Hvam and she knocked it out the freaking park! I really felt she was Jane/Beast. She pretty much nailed the guys voices too. IMPRESSED! I already know this will be an audio series for me!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica OSCODA, MI, United States 04-29-13
    Jessica OSCODA, MI, United States 04-29-13
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    "Horrible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am trying to get through this book but each time Jane the main character shifts into an animal she talks like a child. It's driving me nuts.


    What could Faith Hunter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get rid of the baby talk.


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

    The narrator is great.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-17-13 Member Since 2014

    I love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, and dystopian. My favorite authors are Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison.

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    "Can't wait for more!"

    I loved this book. I love the separation between Jane and Beast, two separate beings in one body, working for a common goal. I really liked getting to know both distinctive personalities. The narrator Khristine Hvam is great as well. And there is even a sample from book 2 at the end, which I am just about to buy!
    If you like the Spider (Elemental Assasin) series by Jennifer Estep, the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, or the Kate Daniels series by Illona Andrews you will like this...and if you haven't listened the above listed series they are all incredible as well!!
    Happy listenenig!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 10-31-12
    Sara 10-31-12

    I read equal parts NF + F: (Follet + Tolstoy + Hillenbrand + Monk Kidd + Preston+Child), practical, hands on guides, + KidLit.

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    "Not well-written vampire/vampire huntress book"

    I'm so glad I purchased this book during the Halloween sale because if I'd paid full-price or a credit for it, I feel it would have been wasted.

    The premise of this book is that a Cherokee woman is able to shape-shift into other forms and as such, has become a vampire-huntress, hired to kill a rogue vampire in New Orleans. Even though it's odd at first adjusting to the narrator's voice when she's in "Beast" form, which is usually a mountain lion or other type of cat, I felt that overall, this is what the author did best. Unfortunately, the human part of the main character I found to be incompatible with who she is supposed to be. The MC is supposed to be a really old Cherokee, who has spent the better part of her human life living as an outsider. I would have expected the MC to be sensitive, tough, wise, and somewhat socially awkward as a result of this background. Instead, she's a real smart-ass who flirts shamelessly like a hormonally charged teenager and tends to conduct herself in immature ways throughout the book. She doesn't use her knowledge at all to solve the case she was hired to do so way more humans and vampires end up dying in this book than needed to. I did not like the human MC at all. She drowned herself in her own patronizing, self-important nature and should have had more modesty and a more recognizable weakness.

    The plot drove me crazy. It had the potential to be great, but fell flat. There are loads of descriptive narrative that never evolve into actual scenes. The author repeats herself multiple times, usually in the same chapter, which was annoying and made me wonder whether I'd somehow lost my place. (I hadn't.) I found most of the minor characters to be flat and/or stereotypes. Only two of them were interesting to me. By the time the last three chapters rolled around, I realized I no longer had patience for the story and didn't care to learn how it ended.

    The narrator did the best she could, and lent an authenticity to the voices in the novel. She was probably the best part of this book. Sadly, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Misty
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    1/21/15
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    "Good start"

    A good start to what will hopefully be a long and eventful series. Janet is something I've never read about before a skin walker hundreds of years old and can take on the shape of different animals, yet she finds herself up against something she's never seen before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saluki Selfie
    Hampshire U.K.
    10/21/14
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    "Great yellowrock"
    What made the experience of listening to Skinwalker the most enjoyable?

    the in depth characters and a good story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    jane yellowrock she is just full of life and what is right and wrong


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

    So far all of them have been great


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

    I have been scared ,cried and laughed


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this series ans am looking forward to more in the future

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L
    10/6/14
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    "Well worth a listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. The story is really good and I think it would appeal to a wide range of people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane Yellowrock. Because she's a strong, independent person that doesn't run and hide behind the closest bloke when things get tough.


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

    Yes, Khristine Hvam is by far my favourite narrator. She has a great voice to listen to and has a way of bringing the story and its characters to life.


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

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    London, United Kingdom
    9/16/14
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    "good and original"

    the main thing with this book is that the two main characters' are likeable both caught in the same body.

    There are no distinct villains because the lead character hates vampires but has to work for them. It does keep you guessing as to who the rogue is and there are a few neat twists.

    Just hope the rest of the series live up to the 1st 1

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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