With a my new job came a commute, a 3 hour a day commute. That is 15 hours a week that I can't have my nose in a book. However, that is the perfect time to have my ear buds in and listen to a book. It was through a similar situation many years ago that I discovered J.D. Robb and the In Death series. I wasn't sure what I wanted to listen to, so I hit the local library to see if I could get any ideas. As it turned out, they had DarkFever and Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning. Once upon a time I had tried to start this series, but became so disgusted with MacKayla that I didn't make it to Chapter 2. This seemed like a great opportunity to try the series again but not cut into the time I have for books that I enjoy. So I checked them out and ordered the rest from the interlibrary loan system. Most of the time, I listened to these along side my sister, who works at the same job site, in a different department. We were carpooling, so she was listening along side me.
Let me just start by saying that I really, really didn't get interested in MacKayla as a character until the second half of book 4. As for the much beloved Jericho Barrons, most of the time I thought he was an insensitive asshole. To be very honest, my favorite characters were Dani O'Malley and Lor. Dani had a depth of personality that made her snarky, wisecracking attitude worth reading. As for Lor? Just something about his attitude and remarks that kept him stuck in my head. Thank goodness that Dani has her own series now and Lor plays a bigger roll in it. But that is a review for another Sunday.
It was a bit disconcerting to find out that the last two books had different narrators than the first three. Once you have listened to Joyce Bean as MacKayla Lane, that is the voice you want to continue. Don't get me wrong, Natalie Ross did a good job, it was just disconcerting to have to relearn the characters. Though I will admit that Phil Gigante was awesome doing the male voices. Each person had a distinctive voice and was easily recognizable. Something that I have come to discover is not the case in all audible books.
If I was to do a rating based on each individual book and average it, the score would only garner 2 stars. Let's just say that it ended on a high note and be done with it. Overall, Mac had tremendous growth as a character, but it took her so long to get to a state that I actually cared to know what was going on with her that listening to this felt at times like self-torture. Honestly, I just don't get why everyone seems to love this series so much. Mac was a self-obsessed brat and Jericho was an obnoxious asshole. On the other hand it does help to explain the whole Twilight farce.