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Would you consider the audio edition of Those Who Hunt the Night to be better than the print version?
I read the book years ago and was most taken with Don Isidro, the vampire. I'm not a vampire lover in terms of books. However Don Isidro had some of the human characteristics he had in life such as honesty. He was, however a bit of a snob at times, having been born into Spanish aristicracy 300 or so years prior to the events in this book. I also like Professor James Asher even though he seemed to be a bit old for having been a spy. All in all, this was a good book. It kept my attention throughout.
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You will find a number of well wrtten reviews about the story line in this series but I would like to give a "kudoes" to one of the skills Ms Hambly uses when she writes this series. She uses real facts, historical slang and accurate point of view for her various characters, an enhancement which is often overlooked by writers in this genre. Ms. Hambly has enhanced the James Asher Series with histoically realistic backgrounds and filled it with characters who act and speak with the words and habits from the times they were born into. For those of you familiar with the late Georgette Heyer's creations, you will know that her mysteries, fictions and romances were made far more interesting and exciting by her use of accurate hisorical facts, places and personalities to act as the foundations for her stories. Ms Hambly has succesfully done the same. Her writing style blends the character's unique habits and speech patterns so smoothly that the conversations and plot descriptions never become overwhelming or boring. The vampres in this series were born, lived and were turned over several hundred years. They come from different countries, economic and educational backgrounds, as well as having different reasons for being turnned. Ms Hambly uses these facts to make even the background characters more realistic and it brings the story to life in a way that makes the more cookie cutter styled books fall flat.
While I have continued to purchase the new books in the series as she publishes them, I hope she will allow the entire series to be released on audiobook. No computer read book can hold a candle to a professionally read book. Give me a reader who has done their homework on how to pronounce unusual words and takes time to bring each character to life with an unique and appropriate accented voice. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have. Eyes and fingers crossed that she will continue to bring more stories of James, Lydia and Simon for us to read. Thank you Ms Hambly, for these wonderful stories.