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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

From award-winning author Ilona Andrews, an original novella set in the New York Times number-one best-selling Kate Daniels world and featuring fan favorites Derek, Curran, and Kate's very independent ward, Julie.

Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack and is truly a lone wolf. With no family, he answers to no one but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So when several of those close to him are murdered, he'll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta.

Never one to be left on the sidelines and equally determined - some might say stubborn - Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit, and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city. Their search pits them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.

©2015 Ilona Andrews, Inc. (P)2016 Ilona Andrews, Inc

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Bad Narration Distracted from Story

Narrator's cadence was too fast for me and while there was a chance in rhythm and pitch it came across as monotone (put me to sleep a number of times). Did not mind the gravel tone as the character, if you know from past books, had a ruined voice but it didn't become part of the story. I normally wouldn't have finished the book but I love the author(s) and this story line so struggled through. Unfortunately, I still can't review the story as I was so distracted by the irritating narration I found myself listening to the voice rather than sinking into the story and being swept into the experience. Will have to read the story to put a better mental voice to it to really experience the story.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Not the best narrator

Ugh.. I'm so used to Renee Raudman! I know that this story is told from the POV of Derek, so I'm sure they thought they needed a male voice. Jeffrey Kafer, though, just didn't do the job. The sound of his voice is okay, no mouth or breath noises.. which I hate. My problem is that he isn't performing. He is just reading. I think he finishes every sentence the same way every time. Same tone of voice. I can't explain it any other way. I ended up speeding up the book just to get through it.

Please! If you need a male voice.. Try to use someone else for the next one if you continue the series! Sebastian York maybe?

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • l johnson
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • 02-27-16

Excellent Writing as Always

If you could sum up Magic Stars in three words, what would they be?

A great novella.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the interaction between Julie and Derek, although Derek is still a bit flat. He's a very insular person.

What three words best describe Jeffrey Kafer’s performance?

Read, not performed.

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

Not without revealing a spoiler.

Any additional comments?

I understand the decision to change narrators, but it doesn't seem to be a good fit. It's not horrible but Mr. Kafer doesn't use much emotion in his voice. This kind of works from Derek's point of view, although it's hard to believe that he's truly emotionless, but it doesn't work with Julie. Julie is an emotional person.
There needs to be more variation in tone for the listener to remain engaged in the audiobook. As it is, it is very easy to start tuning out.

I prefer Ms. Raudman for these books, but if they keep Mr. Kafer, I'll keep buying.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A Caution About Changing Narrators

This is a story about Derek a young werewolf who has survived an attack with molten silver which even his remarkable healing powers can not repair and Julie foster daughter of very powerful people with issues of her on. None of this slows them down, nope not a little bit.

The very thing that makes this series so wonderful is also the thing that makes discussing the last book so difficult. Its hard not to speak about how much these people have grown since the first book. These authors are the rare writers who write straight forward exciting thrillers with every character given the depth and breadth that the main characters are given. Absolutely every character from the beginning to this 8.5 book grows and evolves. Somehow all the threads of these people are woven around the main characters without a mishap, and no matter where a reader picks up the thread, there is still a good story, without a slowing down of info dump.

Which brings me to the change in narrator. Renee Raudman voiced Derek and Julie for eight books. Her male voices, female voices, young girl voices are like old friends for these characters. If Miss Raudman becomes available for any of the Ilona Andrews stories GET Her.

Sometimes a change in narrators works. The Outlander series is voiced by Donada Peters. The Lord John spinoff is voiced by Jeff Woodman and that works. So I took a chance on this, since I know Jeffrey Kafer to be very good. Having bought it, I wish I had not.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great story, but the narrator was off

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeffrey Kafer?

Renée Raudman, Robert Petkoff or Phil Gigante

Any additional comments?

I love the story. Thought the narrator has a nice voice, but it was too monotone (not for this book). He does not have emotional range or differentiation in the male/female voices. It was disappointing. I hope that the narrator will be changed for the next book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth May
  • BUDD LAKE, NJ, United States
  • 02-21-16

Narrator was way off.

The story was good, Ilona Andrews always delivers. The narration was all wrong! The narrator made it sound like a noir detective novel. It drove me nuts, I am glad it was a short story because I would not have made it through a full length book. It would be infinitely preferable if Renée Raudman were to perform all of the books set in Kate Daniel's world.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Story Great--wish for a different narrator

Would you listen to Magic Stars again? Why?

To be honest, I am not sure, but probably. I love the Kate Daniels series and have listened to it several times, but the narrator of this book was difficult.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Derek is always a great character, there is so much depth there. Julie is becoming a very well rounded character as well.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator has a very nice voice to listen to, but he simply read the book, not performed it. As I listened, I kept thinking of Dragnet's Joe Friday "Just the facts, ma'am" delivery. It was distracting to me.

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

Yes

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Derek's POV

nice to see a different POV, however, v the reading c SUCKED! almost every sentence ended on a down note. super irritating.
keep the same narrator, please. this is NO good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very Entertaining

Looking forward to seeing where this series is heading!
Enjoyed seeing more into the minds Julie and Dereck.

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A rating...

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.75
Story: 4.25

Ooh, I cannot express just how excited about this novella. It promises good things to come in this world and I like the hints that are here. Derek and Julie....OMG, YES!!

This is a really short novella, but there is so much goodness throughout it. Hints at what might be to come. Derek is 20. Julie is 16. YES, I do like where this is going. If you are a fan of the Kate Daniels world and like me...sad about the upcoming end to that series...then you simply MUST read this one. That way you can be just as excited as me!

Loved this...and it had an interesting story, too. Like I said...just a lot fit into really very few words. Fantastic!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly
  • 05-06-16

Short but sweet

Oh Audible I adore thee! Please, Oh Please, can we have the rest of the series on UK audible?

Falls between Book 9 and 10 of the Kate Daniels series. We see Derek take most of the lead in this new series from two of my most favourite authors.

Well narrated, perfect tone for Derek.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • 06-02-16

Magic Stars Grey Wolf book 1

I enjoyed the first Grey Wolf book. The narrator did very well and was a good choice for Derek's book. I love all of the Ilona Andrews books so its great to have side stories for each of the characters. thank you

1 of 1 people found this review helpful