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It was in Bitten, Kelley Armstrong's debut novel, that 30-year-old Elena Michaels came to terms with her feral appetites and claimed the proud identity of a beautiful, successful woman - and the only living female werewolf.

In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, she is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the "other races" and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game. But when Winsloe captures Elena, he finally meets his match.

©2004 Kelley Armstrong; (P)2009 Penguin

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  • R.
  • 06-09-11

Great Book...Terrible Narrator

It was a great book, great story line..but unfortunately the narrator was aweful!! I hope they never bring her back!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible, Terrible, Terrible Narrator.

I'm tempted to ask for a refund from audible the narrator is so bad. Aasne Vigesaa , the first book reader, was wonderful. She sounded the right age, young and edgy but sexy. What is up with picking a 50-60 year old sounding depressed, bitter edged harpy voice?? Terrible, manly and threw the whole thing off. How and why pick this person after you had someone Wonderful for the first book? So dissapointed, the interpretation and voice is what brings the book to life in an audiobook, what makes the characters believable.

If I were rating ONLY the narrator, it would have been the lowest star rating, half star or maybe none. BUT, I think the book may have been better with a better reader. I could only hope the author never chooses this reader again, and tries to pick someone who at least sounds like they belong in the same decade age span as her character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narrator complaint

I have been a member of Audible for four years now with very few complaints.Only one regarding another narrator. In fact I haven't even bothered to write a review as I have been satisfied with all but one other narrator. The narrator for this book however, is the WORST I have ever heard. She gave a male voice to the main character, Elena, who in description is a small blond and her narration of Clayton was even worse as he has a southern accent she never did get. The first book narrarated by Aasne Vigesaa was a wonderful listen. She caputured the different characters and made the book a nice listen. Nell Canning, however, did not distinguish between characters well and I thought a female was talking when it was a male. What a poor job of narration.Hopefully this person has found a position suitable to her as this is not it. I have since checked to make SURE that she has not narrated any of the other books in this series or I would have to buy the books and read them myself. Thank God she hasn't returned to the series. I will be listening to the samples of new narrators before buying. I listened to the book out of curiousity of the series and it took me days to get through. I'm sure anyone who listened to the first book compared to this one knows exactly what I mean. I will NEVER buy another book narrated by NELL CANNING.She did not show an ability to give the characters a different voice or even a scrap of personality. Its a shame this one somehow got through Audibles wonderful listens. Be sure to listen to the sample and her voice before purchasing this one. It may be better to buy the book and read it and then continue with the series on Audible. Audible has such wonderful listens I just couldnt believe this one and didnt check the sample. This does not make me want to give up my subscription. I truly look forward to my Audible, hence, the four year membership and no plans to change. Two bad narrators will not deter me.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Deanna
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • 07-01-10

Love the book, narrator is AWEFUL

What a shame. The book is so wonderful, but the narrator is so bad it detracts from it. Having a 60 something woman pretending to be a 30 year old young werewolf is just wrong. I don't understand how the producers could have made such a huge mistake. Ugh!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narration threw it off

I really liked book 1 of this series.. but they didn't keep the same narrator.. it took almost 1/2 the book to finally get used to the new narrator.. somehow she managed to change the characters.. ugh.. almost as if it wasn't the same author? but I liked the story so I stuck it out... hope the next book brings back the old narrator.. these books are fun and appropriate for listening to in little portions without getting confused.. if you're looking for great literature, look further.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Ale
  • Sunnyvale, CA, USA
  • 01-31-10

2 hours into the book and NOT liking it

If you had a chance to listen to the first book, Bitten, and this was the reason for getting the second one, you will be GREATLY disappointed. In my personal opinion, the issue is the narrator. She is simply wrong for this book. Instead of a lively, feminine, and strong voice of Elaina, intelligent and quiet voice of Jeremy, and seductive and funky accent of Clay, you get Elaina with voice of 50+ year old heavy smoker, Jeremy sounds like a mafiosi, and Clay sounds like a neurotic cowboy and not a world-renowned anthropology professor. The entire book is in a complete dissonance with the first one. I wish the previous narrator was used for this book.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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AWFUL NARRATOR

This review is mostly a vent on an extremely poor narrator choice! 
I forced myself to get through this audio. I cant even comment on the storyline as I spent the 14 hours and 39 minutes cringing from the awful narrator! The narrator is the worst! (Not the worst of all narrators but definitely NOT a good fit for this story or main character at all!!!!) It is just an awful experience that I had to listen to at 2x and 3x speed to get through it! Why do publishers change narrators when the first one was enjoyed and complimented. The
narrator can make or break a novel. A great narration can take a ho hum book
and bring it to life and a poor narrator can take a great book and make it
unbearable! 
This novel not being great, NEEDED a great narrator. This story was not nearly as good as the first. The main character, Elena (written originally as a young beautiful and successful woman) turned into a awfully sarcastic...I don't Know what... Sarcasm with every single phrase out of her mouth! And not a likable woman at all. And the voice of the narrator did not put a good picture into my mind! (UGH) The narrator, as other reviewers also noted, has also taken the highly educated Clay and turned him into a southern bafoon character. It is really sad. and almost painful to listen to. 
I see, that thankfully this narrator is not used in the 3rd novel.  I MAY go on and try the next one.... But I will NEVER buy another audiobook narrated by this narrator, Nell Canning. (I see she has no other narrations on audible) 

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Vicki
  • Dumfries, VA, USA
  • 09-08-09

Should have listened about the reader...

I have read this book many times and really enjoyed it. I was so disappointed that it was the only one of the series that wasn't available in audio book so was very excited to see this in the new releases list. I debated over purchasing it because of the reviews on the reader. I bit the bullet and bought it and.... I did find the reader very annoying (especially based on the other audios). I really wish the sample audio had included Elena/Clay/Jeremy so I could better judge how I'd like it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Tacoma, WA, USA
  • 08-24-09

Great story, but poor narrator voice

I really loved the first book in this series, and the cool, clear voice of Elena. All other voices were very good, very distinctive.

I was really looking forward to this book. And then I heard the narrator. Her voice is very... butch. It has an unpleasant adenoidal quality to it that is making it hard for me to continue (I'm only 2 hours in right now). Her interpretation of the other voices is also very, very poor. I often have a hard time telling who is saying what.

I will continue listening, because I really want to find out how the story ends. And I am desperately hoping that the rest of the series (which has a different narrator, thank God!) will be a much happier listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sean
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 06-30-09

Great book... bad narrator

I love this book. I've reread it several times... my only issue with this version is the narrators horrible voice. Elena sounds like a butch guy instead of a the lovely blonde werewolf I know from the books. Her voice for Clay is just terrible too. ughh... made it hard to listen to.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful