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I really enjoyed "Urban Shaman". Thunderbird Falls fell short. Change in narrators is always risky, and while Gabra Zackman did a fair job, she set a different tone than Christine Carroll did. Added to the stale story, Gabra Zackman's dry narration increased my frustration with this book.
But the real problem of this book is all C.E. Murphy's fault. Our grease monkey shaman accomplished NOTHING since we left her last. Actually, she accomplished reverting back to a only semi-believing in her powers... WTF? How can anyone believe that is what would happen after book one? Book one convinced her and us that she had real powers and that she was going to be a good little shaman and work on them... then book two starts the whole process over and she has to be convinced again that her powers are real and she needs to learn to use them.... ugh!! Book three can wait, I don't know if I can risk book three being another book about her denying her powers.
C.E. Murphy has a wonderful story in this series, there is a LOT of potential. But, so far it looks like she's afraid to write it. It shouldn't take two books to convince her main character that magic is real, and she should learn how to use her powers better.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Oh, nothing bothers me more than when they change the narrator in the middle of a series. . . . It truly plays a major role within the enjoyment of the story and a major part of why I chose to listen to a story on audio...Because, it not only changes the main characters tone- it changes EVERY other reoccurring character within the story,. VERY disruptive. I actually can not even remember what I just listened to because I am so caught up in listening to the pitch and delivery of the new narrator. She is not necessarily bad- just NOT Christine Carrol.
Otherwise- the story is written in the same delightful way as C.E.'s first addition to the Walker Files. I really enjoy her style and found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the story and being able to relate to the main character on manyl levels.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful