I own all three audio books of this series and find them very enjoyable. There is a nice balance of action and character development and it's refreshi..Show More »ng to see a tough heroine with other motivations than just being tough and catching the fancy of the lead male. That being said, the first audio book is the weakest of the lot. I was very surprised to hear the amount of mispronunciations throughout the book. It didn't make me hate the book or the narratior, just wonder if anyone bothered to edit it afterwards. Characterization and narration picks up in the next book and if you enjoyed Magic Bites at all I highly recommend the others as there is much more world building, plot development and most of the narration annoyances are hammered out.
I am totally hooked on these books. They were a long shot for me at first, just looking for something in this genre not about sex and with magic invol..Show More »ved as well. I found exactly what I was looking for. Kate is a great character and I want a Curran in my own life. Andrews provides characters that are believable and imaginable and the fantasy realm is lucky to have her! I read the third book because it is not available on audio yet because I couldn't wait. Each character introduced into the story has meaning and a place. Kate is no pushover but she is very in touch with her human side. The first book was a little frustrating trying to figure out exactly what she is but it comes out full swing in the third book so please keep reading. It is worth it! You can read these out of order but I highly discourage it, you will loose a lot of character tension.
I find nothing wrong with the narrator, either.
I highly recommed the series, Andrews, Kate and Curran will not let you down.
If you love Urban Fantasy, then don't hesitate in choosing Ilona Andrews! For best enjoyment, read/listen to Magic Bites and Magic Burns, then savor M..Show More »agic Strikes. Renee Raudman catches our herione's voice and tone so well and is always a pleasure to listen too! This story will take you on a fast ride that dosn't stop until the end and you wish you had several chapters more. Audible, thanks for bringing this listen on board - we will ALWAYs want more Ilona Andrews!
Wow! What a great book! This series gets better and better.
One of the many things, I like about the Ilona Andrews writing team, is that even t..Show More »hough this is book 4 in a 7 book series, it doesn't feel like a "bridge" book. When I finished reading "Magic Bleeds" I felt a satisfaction, that I haven't had lately when reading books from other series that I follow. "Magic Bleeds" is the whole enchilada. You get action, romance, and one of the best kick-butt heroines out there. It's a "I can't stop listening" even though it's one in the morning kinda book.
Yeah, it's that good.
Renee Raudman, is the perfect narrator for this series. Kudos, to whomever paired the Kate Daniel, Magic Series with Ms. Raudman. She gets the sarcastic humor of this book, and plays right into it. She is so good, that you forget that she is READING the book. Instead, it feels like she is TELLING you her story.
This book is another solid addition to the series. Kate finds out more about her mother's side of the family and some painful truth. At the same time ..Show More »the relationship with Curran is becoming more solid. I was surprised and delighted by the choice Curran made to Kate. One of the most romantic gestures I've ever read! You know then that he truly loves Kate no matter what over anything and anybody.
This series and the Dresden series are the only series I buy both the printed and the audiobook version as soon as they come out. They are that good ! I like to listen to the books first because that way I don't miss a word. I tend to read really fast and I usually don't savor every word the first time around. BUT I just couldn't wait this time and I've already read the printed version...So please if possible, could you release the audiobook version at the same time as the book?
I'm still sort of in shock. First, thank you Recorded Books and audible for getting this up same day as the national release.
Now, OMG! The ..Show More »Andrews team have REALLY upped the bar on this series and it was at the top of it's genre going in. We have LOTS of new information, some answers and a few very interesting new characters. The mythology gets more intense and complicated. This story is a departure from the "case" based plots we've had up till now. It pretty much hits the ground as adventure from page one. You're going to see nearly all the favorite secondary cast. This series just gets more amazing each book.
Hint though, be sure to have tissues handy, it's a hard ride and there are some bad things that happen.
This is a great addition to the collection. I was scared for a moment about half way through the book because I thought that this was the end. But tak..Show More »e a deep breath, stay calm, hope is alive! lol We have more additions coming up :). Or at least it’s not the end. There is no need to go into details (mainly because everyone else has already done that) this is just a wonderful story and I look forward to each and every addition. I love Kate and I love Curran. I spend all year wishing for the months to past, waiting for the new book to come out, listen to it in one to two settings and then (sigh!) starting the wait back over again. It is a fantastic world that I love visiting.
Thank you llona Andrews for sharing your world with us. Renee Raudman thank you for making that world come alive. The combination of IA's writing and RR's narrating is a magical experience!
I can think of only one other series which develops the overall story without once tripping over earlier plot lines, and this series is flawless. Whil..Show More »e waiting for this book I listened to all seven of the early ones from the beginning. And wow, do these authors nail it.
Not only does the story arc keep climbing over all eight books without a stutter, the characters grow and change from book one to book eight, and still remain remain consistent. Goodness, many authors can't keep their characters within their original personalities within one book, much less eight.
In the early books we learn that Curan formed the Atlanta pack of different shape shifters because as a youngster his family was torn apart by a band of loupes, shape shifters who have gone crazy. He wanted his future family protected. The Pack repaid his work by not fully accepting his human wife, (well they kept challenging her to duels to the death for leadership of the Pack while he was in a coma, so that's less than accepting). So leaving the Pack that he spent years forming and supporting was not a deal breaker to keep both it and Kate safe from a great Evil. Doesn't mean it wasn't hard. Curan may not have the title of Beast Lord, but it is more than a title it is what he is, and leaving left a hole. The man is Bored.
Thank goodness his wife's problems are quite interesting. Being a mercenary and skilled swords woman, she has mad job skills. Her former employers the Mercenary Guild are willing, if not happy, to hire them both. Even the Lion of Atlanta, and the daughter of Evil (she does not take after her father) have bills to pay. And moving to suburbia has pitfalls of its own.
As usual Renee Raudman goes from an intelligent strong female character, to a growly male Curan, to an even more growly Jim, so smoothly that the listener is not jarred once.
Needless to say I love this series and these characters who are strong enough to have equally strong friends.