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Would you consider the audio edition of Reaver to be better than the print version?
I would not consider this to be in the same ballpark as the print version. In fact, I'd actually go the extra mile and tell anyone who has been looking forward to finding out what Reaver's story is to avoid the audio version, because the narrator is so awful.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The narrator didn't provide enough vocal depth, for lack of a better term, to any supporting character to be able to pick.
What didn’t you like about Helen Wick’s performance?
Apparently all of the supporting characters are channeling their inner Valley Girl / Dude. Previous bad-ass protagonists sounded like Mickey Mouse or some brain dead mall rat or surfer dude. Ms. Wick's voice is very pleasant when reading background or Reaver's part, but seriously, the rest is grating and ridiculous.
I readily admit that I have no idea what is involved in audiobook narration, but there are so many good narrators out there, and the talent that Ms. Wick shows in reading Reaver makes it seem like she just didn't put any effort into giving the supporting characters any sort of personality, or into researching the personalities they have based on previous books in the series.
Overall, I'm beyond irritated that I wasted a credit on this.
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I always anticipate the next Larissa Ione release, but Reaver's story was special. His character was introduced way back, and I've been waiting what seems like forever to hear his story. I was not disappointed.
I already knew his heroine would be Harvester, and I wasn't really sure how the author was going to pull that off and make me sympathetic toward Harvester as a heroine. I mean really, the chick has done some pretty horrible things in the past few books. Larissa Ione pulls it off with flair.
I will say that I don't think any of the Demonica stories stand well alone. They are a series, one book building on another, and the world building is such that it can be rather confusing keeping up with everything if you don't have the foundation from the previous books to build on. I highly suggest the PNR fan go back and start at the beginning.
This book has all the elements. The world building is first class, the characters are fleshed out, the romance is both painful and exhilarating and the plot is edge of your seat action. Reaver is a heavenly angel without a past, an angel whose lived thousands of years but who can only remember the past 40 years or so. His existence before then is a mystery, to himself as well as to most other angels and immortals. Harvester has endured endless centuries in hell as a fallen angel, while in reality, she was a spy for "team good". Even though they have been enemies for years, Reaver goes to rescue Harvester when the archangels, fearing a war with Satan, refuse to retrieve her from hell after her cover is blown. He's a man without a past, but does he have a future with Harvester? Well, you'll just have to read the book, won't you?
So we have a awesome story, but the narration was not up to the level I expected for this book. Helen Wick did fine when narrating the story, but she ran into trouble when narrating the male voices. Her voice for Reaver was fine, but with the secondary male characters we've came to know from previous books, she completely drops the ball. She makes these tough immortal men, most of them demons, sound very feminine, and occasionally she gets the voices she has created for the characters mixed up. It was distracting and a bit irritating, since I have come to love these strong alpha males and didn't much appreciate the less than macho tones she gave them. However, since she did a fair job with Reaver and Harvester, I didn't find this problem as distracting as I would have if she'd gotten the main characters "all wrong". Still, I can't rejoice over her performance. I see she has only narrated a few books on audible, and I see potential, but she does desperately need to work on her male voices and her consistency with characters. I hope she takes constructive criticism to heart, because she's a good storyteller, and I see enormous potential if she works on that crucial weak point in the future.
Worth a credit? Absolutely.
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