I was so pleased when Audible picked up bitten, its my favorite audiobook. This is the story of Elana Michaels, a werewolf and her love/hate relations..Show More »hp with her boyfriend Clay. I particularly love the narrator, Aasne Vigesaa who does a great job of the male characters... She really has so much talent, its too bad she doesn't narrate more books.
This novel is fairly violent and graphic so I wouldn't recommend it for younger readers, but its a werewolf novel so er... What can you really expect.
I had decided to listen to all of the "Women (and Men) of the Otherworld" series by Kelley Armstrong, after listening and enjoying her first book "Bit..Show More »ten." The pace was right, the story enticing and clever and the charactors were well developed. Armstrong continued with character development, although this book could have probably been half as long as it was. There were so many times that I just wanted to fast forward through some dull prose that turned out not to have a thing to do with the ending of the story, but I hung in there, hoping it would pick up towards the end, which it did.
I cannot give this book the four stars that it could have earned, because this review is for the audio version of the book, and that was poor. The choice of Nell Canning to read was a mistake. A red flag went up when she read the title of the book, and said "women of the underworld" instead of "women of the otherworld."
Her interpretation of Elena was way off, having given her a macho, rough voice instead of the feminine voice that Aasne Vigesaa had given her in the first book. As another reviewer stated, her southern accent of Clay makes him sound like a country bumpkin instead of an educated college professor, and she just can't pull off Jeramy's command in his role as pack leader.
The producers are the ones who are guilty of putting the wrong narrator in the studio, and really need to make it right. I will probably listen to the rest of the series, but I hope the choice of narrators is better.
This third book follows Paige and Savannah after the aftermath of of book one and two. Eliana (main character from first two novels) is mentioned a co..Show More »uple of times. This story is about witches, sorcerers and cabals. I like the story, it was fresh and took a way different trajectory than the first. This story preserved a villain from the book two -- you have to read to see who.
Armstrong continues to do a good job painting interesting characters and placing them into situations where they have to examine moral issues. I find this a much more welcome formulation than simply creating a action bang-chase-bang fantasy novel. I was okay with Merlinton's narration. She narrated briskly, but her multiple voices needs work but still was suitably young for the Paige and Savannah.
This novel appeals to lovers of fantasy. Although this is not a romance novel, it has elements that will keep the interest of the romantic. I give this novel a solid thumbs up.
This book is very good. I loved the characters, the story was well paced. There was plenty of action and twists and turns. Its very different from ..Show More »other books in the series, which keeps the series fresh. I love the dynamic between Lucas, Paige and Benicio. I hated the voice of the narrator. She sounds like an old woman with a smoking habit. Not a bad habit, just a light one. I wish I hadn't bought the next book in the series until after I had heard the narrator.
Vampires being all the rage, I like this series because it has a mixture of werewolves, ghosts, witches and other beasties -- a sprinkling of vampire..Show More »s. Don't be fooled by the title of the series, there are plenty of men woven into the story. This story in particular is about Eve, the mother of Savannah from a previous novel. In this novel, she is sent out after a Nix as a sort of supernatural bounty hunter and you follow her jaunts as she tracks this nasty creature down. Eve is a mixture of good and evil herself and so the theme is" if you want to catch a criminal, send a criminal" -- but can Eve be reformed from bad witch to -- what?
In order to appreciate this novel, you really should read at least book 2 and book 4; you could skip book 1 and 3 as they are other storylines. I do think reading the whole series is very worthwhile. Also, don't expect sex to be the focal point of these works, they are slight romance and mostly fantasy. If you enjoy the fantasy genre, you'll like this series.
Laural Merlington does a great job in narration. Overall, I continue to find these works light and engaging without be macabre. I recommend you give it a read -- great airplane trip time killer.
The story is very good and well written. However, the narrator leaves something to be desired. Clayton doesn't sound southern at all. Jeremy sounds o..Show More »ld and dull instead of intelligent but reserved. The 4 stars are for the wonderful story, sadly I would give the narrator a 2.
This is Number 7 in the women of the otherworld. Bitten is also available in audiobook format, (just not through this service). This book is about Jai..Show More »me, a necromancer and her love for the werewolf leader Jeremy.
I wish Audible would get the rest of the books. Awesome. 5 stars.
In Personal Demon we finally see the see a lot more of Carl Marsden. Till this novel, he has been a rather minor character even in the novel he was i..Show More »ntroduced. We are also introduced to a new type of supernatural -- Hope Adam, again i minor character from an earlier series. Paige and Lucas are back and we see some kicking of butt in the Cabals. One of the things I like about Armstrong is she doesn't recycle plots. She always has some original, something thrilling. Romance is a background for her story, binding the plot points together instead of being the itself.
In this novel, there were two narrators which worked okay. I think is prefer one and Merlington gets my vote. If you read the series, this is a definite good read, it may stand on its own but you are missing a great deal. Give it a read.
The story was great, probably much better if you read the book instead of listening The worst part was the narrator...everyone sounded like a tee..Show More »nage girl so at times it got confusing as to who was talking and the men's voices? They didn't sound male I'm not sure what they sounded like but either way they were not good
Excellent short story -- Nice Character Develpment
This short story fits in very nicely with the entire series. The story centers around one of the prime players -- Eve Levine. Armstrong adds to her ..Show More »depth while creating the instant tension needed in a short story. The action is secondary to what you learn about Eve in particular; there is no romance. If you are reading the series, this is a definite must listen. I do not recommend you listen if you have not read the entire series; which or I should say witch is well worth your while.
This novel more than any others has a theme and premise that you will connect with. In this book we learn about the abuse Elena endured during her ch..Show More »ildhood, how she dealt with it and how she has become a stronger better person. We also get a full understanding of her growth with Clay. I have to applaud Armstrong for delivering a clean, concise theme without coming off preachy. It was believable and uplifting. This book was by far and away her best and, for me, made the series work while.
Unlike other series, by book ten you might be questioning the resolve to continue. I highly recommend that you listen to this book. If you've liked the series so far, this one will keep you listening even after you have arrived at you destination. Jen Taylor does her usual excellent job and delivers great performance.
I am anxious to listen to the next and hope Armstrong continues to belt them out!
I understand this is a novella but all the same it could have wrapped things up better . . . other than that a excellent addition to Kelley Armstrong'..Show More »s - Women of the Otherworld series and as usual Laural Merlington does an excellent job as the narrator.
Well worth buying and reading just leaves you wanting more . . . the end seems rushed and leaves lots of the story threads in the air . . .
Alright, we are on book 11 and this series is going strong. Of particular note is the strong plot. I have to admit, I did not guess what was going t..Show More »o happen in this latest installment by Armstrong. This novel is the first one to center in Savannah where she is the clear protagonist/hero of the story. We are getting a very much humanized (pardon the irony) view of her personality and the changes which differential her from Paige and her mother Eve.
This book has absolutely no sex in it and is really all about character development and interaction and the deepening complexion Savannah's thinking. One key in a novel such as this is how complex the characters are and how they interact -- and it is excellent in this installment. This novel is all about the complex interactions of the small group of characters. Paige and Lucas are on vacation we see a little of Adam.
If you are a fan other series you are really going to like this one. My recommendation -- start listening immediately.
I didn't realize that this series was going to end with a trilogy focused on Savannah. In this second to last book, Savannah finds herself without he..Show More »r powers and really questioning herself about her own self worth. It's a little disconcerting to she her confidence stripped away and then slowly build. Will she admit her feeling for Adam, will she escape? What will happen in the third book?
Okay, Armstrong does a great job with this second of the trilogy and next to last book of the series. This is a must read and I move on with eagerness to the third and last. This is a must read.
This book contains the back stories and in-between stories of several of the non-narrator characters. I would NOT listen to it as a prequel. Although ..Show More »the events in the begining take place before "Bitten" (Book 1), some of the later events take place after "No Humans Involved" (Book 7) and contains spoilers.
I have read most of the stories included in this anthology on the author's website, when it was posted there for free. It was nice to read them again..Show More » and enjoy the background prospective of the characters in her books.
Rebirth (How Aaron became a vampire)= interesting
Bewitched (How Eve and Kristof Nast met and became involved)=was really touching
Birthright (How Logan came to Stonehaven)=nice back story
Beginnings (How Elena became werewolf)
=for a fan this story is a must! gives good back ground to Elena and how Clay thinks
Expectations (A short story of Lucas)= nice!
Ghosts (A self reflection by Jeremy during Bitten)= kind of sad but makes you love Jeremy even more
Wedding Bell Hell (Paige&Lucas's wedding)=funny and insightful
The Case of El Chupacabra (Paige&Lucas's investigation)=interesting and gives background to how P&L got their office.
I especially loved reading Paige's wedding and laughed out loud at some parts. Now that I don't hate Eve after reading about her, it was nice to know how she met Savannah's dad.
I don't know if the first time reader will enjoy this book as much. Since the stories here were written for fans so that they can enjoy the added depth to the characters of her otherworld stories. For the fans of the series this book is a must for new comers. I recommend they read the main stories first. For the fans, I would strongly recommend this book!
In this last book of the series, all of the characters make their final appearances and contribute to a complex plot. Armstrong manages to spin a yar..Show More »d of thriller intrigue that has you seeing death, rebirth, renewal and endings. I am very happy with the endings and how loose ends are tied up. Savannah is the main protagonist, along with Adam, they go up against a group intent on killing tens of thousands of innocents.
I will miss these characters. The narrator, Parker, finishes with a stellar performance. This series will appeal to those who like a supernatural bent to their romances. The supernatural is not over the top and is definitely swapped out by the thriller aspect. I recommend the whole series. Nice job Armstrong.
Elena POV as she steps into her power as Alpha and Mother
If it wasn't for the narrator I would have loved this more. I always appreciate how Armstrong describes the internal turmoil of dealing with high str..Show More »ess life and death situations. She slows the action down so you can understand characters motivations and calculations. A parents anxiety about losing a child provides great tension and you can see how her thinking and actions are impacted. Not enough interplay with other characters and the humor and banter missing. Elena is clever and quick typically so I missed her sarcasm. Te narrator didn't get the voices right. Adam sounded like he was on valium and clay's IQ sounded lower than his shoe size. I love clay so this disturbed me!
I liked the stories. But, I have one BIG issue. Elena Michaels name was pronounced like Helena without the H. Isn't it pronounced like "..Show More »Elaina?" She and Clay are in the two novellas and it drove me crazy throughout. If this kind of stuff bothers you, don't bother with this audiobook.