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The world of Harmony has its wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island. Just beneath its surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret….

Halloween - with its tricks and treats - is a dust bunny's dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow's faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it's a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn. And now, Sedona's ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow.…

©2014 Jayne Ann Krentz (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Not Sure I'm Going to be Able to Finish It....

Would you try another book from Jayne Castle and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

Jayne Castle, sure. Rosenblat, nope.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Have someone else read the story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Rosenblat’s performances?

Oh, heck no. She sounds like she's trying to do a William Shatner impression. It's horrible.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I like the story fine - I'm sure if I'd just read the book, I would have enjoyed it. I generally enjoy Jayne Castle (Krentz) stories. But the narration just kept pulling me out of the story and it was hard to pay attention ... I kept picturing Shatner mockingly reading a romance novel.

Any additional comments?

I normally grade Castle's stories at a 3.5 - 4.0. If I could actually pay attention to the story, I probably still would. This narration is making me crazy, though.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Like the book, not the reader.

I am so annoyed with the reader of this book. She sounds like Phillis Diller and I don't like it in reading books. It is distracting.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Arcane's past merges on Rainshadow

Just finished the audio book and whilst the narrator, who i like in other narrations and is a good narrator, i felt she does not quite fit this character, hers is the voice of a much more mature person and would have done justice to Arizona her self but she the handles different characters Male ans female with ease, maybe with future repeat listens she will grow on me in this book as she has in other stories she narrates.

The plot and book its self is a wonderful mix of Arcane, Harmony and Rain shadow and of course the formula, Jayne has created another yet another winner, thank you.

I wish Dust Bunnies were as real as they are in my imagination, i would dearly love such a companion (not a pet) . . .

If you have enjoyed previous Harmony, Arcane or Rainshadow arcs or just like fantasy then ti think you will love this book.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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I should have read it instead of listened to it

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes, it was painful to listen to

Was The Hot Zone worth the listening time?

No, I found it hard to listen to so it was difficult to enjoy the story

Any additional comments?

I won't buy or waste a credit on the audiobook next time if the same person is reading it

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Nice story but disappointed in narration

What did you love best about The Hot Zone?

The story was interesting. I like that the dust bunny did not have such a big roll in the story as they have in other stories.It is fun to see how Ms. Krentz/Castle has invented and developed her own world.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hot Zone?

It is interesting to see how Jayne Ann Krentz/Castle weaves all the characters of the two main families together in the books covering the centuries.

Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Rosenblat’s performances?

I have listened to Ms. Rosenblat's performances before, but I did not think she was suited to this story and its characters. I found it hard to figure out the characters, as they all spoke with the same harsh voice. I was disappointed in the complete performance.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I wish Ms. Krentz/Castle would take more time to develop the characters, give them more depth. The books have become more formula like and shortened. Her earlier books were better in these areas.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Teresa
  • MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States
  • 09-05-14

Love the book!! Wrong narrator for the story!

What made the experience of listening to The Hot Zone the most enjoyable?

I loved the story but it was quite difficult to get though. Do not get me wrong, I love Barbara Rosenblat but she is all wrong for the story. I kept having to focus and remind myself that the main character is not 60 years old.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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I truely hate the sound of this woman's of Voice

The narrator's I just finished my cigarette smokey voice was insanely grating. I wish I had thrown the money out of my car window. I would have enjoyed wasting the money this way... much more!! I unfortunately have a few narrator's to had to this list. I was happy to see the reviews of Garden of Lies before I wasted some more money.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Where is Joyce Bean?

After listening to Joyce Bean for so many Harmony stories this narrator's voice is like chalk grating on a chalkboard.... Something I had to work hard to overcome.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great except for the narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hot Zone to be better than the print version?

While this presentation has problems, this might be my favorite Krentz/Quick/Castle book so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sedona Snow. She's a character I liked immediately. And Lyle too.

How could the performance have been better?

I listened to the previous Harmony/Rainshadow books that were read by Joyce Bean and that was a lot better. But Krentz must have signed a new deal with Recorded Books, so that reader isn't an option anymore. The problem with Barbara Rosenblat is that her voice is too gravelly. The main characters are probably in their mid to late 20's or early 30's, and even is Sedona had a husky voice, Rosenblat's voice still feels wrong. Now the narrator didn't take me out of the story at all, but I hope that they consider a new reader for the next Rainshadow or Harmony bok in 2016.

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

No scenes moved me, but I enjoyed the main characters and the overall story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good book, but...

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hot Zone to be better than the print version?

Like previous reviews this is Jayne Castle as her best, but the narrators 10 pack a day smokers voice just about ruins it. Most of the time the narrators voice sounds so masculine that you really have to listen carefully as to what parts are being read, if it's the female role or the male role. As for the story its self Jayne Castle once again hits it out of the ball park with another great Rainshadow tale. You get to visit all the previous characters along with learning the story of Sedona Snow and Cyrus Jones. Overall this is a great book and I highly suggest skipping the audio book and go straight to reading this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful