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I found the flashbacks annoying just like cains egomania but what made it virtually impossible to enjoy was the narrators voice. No attempt at a soft southern accent, no differentiation between characters. I am gutted that the performer ruined it for me. I'll read the books in future
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I listened to listened to this when I first purchased it, enjoyed it so much I listened again, because I really loved the story and the characters. However I don't like the narrators harsh voice and weird impressions, so would prefer it to be narrated by someone else, though this is something I think should be available on Audible, other AudioBook sites offer the same book but are read by a several people so that you can choose a favourite, something I like to do, but with Audible, it seems to be just the one option at the moment, so if you are unhappy with the narration, only a really good book can survive. THIS is a realy GOOD book! And am about to listen again because the second book has just been released, so I need to refresh my memory, end this and move on to the first sequel. Ali Vali has said she intends to write a series in this story, the first books ending has quite the cliffhanger, leaving soo many loose ends and different journeys these characters have open to travel, left completely open to hopes and speculation, it has been a while since this book was fitst available, it's really nice to have your Trilogies or series lined up. Like Philip Pullmans Dark Materials Trilogy, halfway through the first I ordered the next two. As with Chronicles of Ancient Darkness ~a 6 book series. I hope this series reaches many sequels. And despite not being the greatest narrator, you'll soon be absorbed in this story, if you ever liked the GodFather, this is the next best thing...imagine Katherine Moenneg as Derby.....
What did you love best about The Devil Inside?
The story line about a female gangster and her love for her family
What did you like best about this story?
It keeps you interested
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Trying to do voices which sounded like adolescents. A FBI agent needs to sound like she is older than 12 years old.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Cain saved Emma from being shot even though they were estranged
Any additional comments?
I would like to see the rest of this series in audible but with a different narrator
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This is one of my favorite series by Ali Vali and I can't remember how many times I wrote Bold Stroke Books to get this on Audio. Derby Cain Casey is one series to have in your collection but I am so disappointed in the narrator that I want to scream. Hilarie just don't capture the characters of this book with her voice. One minute she trys to have the southern twang of New Orleans then the next it's gone. If Merrick is this strong black woman who's basically an assassinator how in the heck can you have her sounding like some simple pansy Uggghhh. Her voice for Merrick don't even come across intimidating. Cain is the head of a Mafia family but unfortunately you can't tell in this audio. And last but not least I couldn't believe the voice of Muriel when she was introduced sounding like some saductress or madam or what? Was that suppose to be a sexy Muriel. OMG you talk about major foo-pah BS with this narrator. Get the book, save yourself some irritation. The book is excellent, the story keeps you on the seat of your pants and believe me you'll be looking forward to reading book two, three & four.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful