Elemental powers in the palm of her hand. . .and it won't be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Follow the saga as one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between Kaitlyn and Earth's survival. This is audiobook of all four books in The Akasha Series; Water, Air, Fire, and Earth.
©2013 Terra Harmony (P)2013 Terra Harmony
The main characters were solid, very well defined and established but at times considering how long the series is, the lesser characters except for a couple were just ignored or dumped like trash.
EVERYTHING , I worked in the industry for over 20 years and I'm sorry to say, I have no idea how Emily ever got a gig. If you can't do accents then do not attempt them. There were constant pauses mid sentence, I kept expecting a surprise or twist but no, she just continued on where you knew there was no comma or full stop???? The inflections were terrible, as was a lot of enunciation. The story was interesting enough though for me to block out her voice as much as possible but I'll never listen a book with her reading ever again. This seriously detracted from the novels and I feel for the author Terra Harmony big time.
None at all but there needed to be more focus on the lesser characters as they played an integral part and just kept vanishing on mass. Either include them more or don't engage with them enough to start getting you interested in them.
I know this is referred to as a saga and yes it is and a good one at that, but a good editor could have cut at least one quarter or fifth from each book in total before publication, but it would have to be done properly, hence my comment above re lessor characters. I did enjoy the story but that whining voice is stuck in my head. I mean no disrespect here either but such a strong main character just would not speak like that, it was embarrassing having a 20 something powerful female character speaking like a 15 year old valley girl, which I think was the biggest and most important mistake about the entire Audiobook. Emily was just not suited to read this book. If it was under direction from the producer/director then shame on them.
If you don't want to print this entire honest review then don't print any of it please.
"I want my credit back"
An unrefined, simple person.
The main character was unbearable - highly unlikeable. The story and characters were so predictable, it was painful. The author needs to spend a lot of time refining her craft, as this was very poorly written.
by not publishing it.
All of them, starting with the main character first. If I had to be around her, I'd gladly turn to alcohol.
Buy a different book - any book, it doesn't matter. It'll be better than this. I've serious buyer's remorse over this one, and I'm embarrassed that its in my library.
I love these books but omg the reader was sooooooo boring completely flat and uninteresting
"lesson learned, read reviews first."
This is the first Audible purchase I had to quit unfinished, the synopsis had me imagining a creative sci-fi/ fantasy, the reality (up to where I clicked 'remove from device') was one graphic rape scene after another with spatterings of story to break them up.
on top of that, the detached, halting cadence of the narrator just made it all the more unbearable.
Don't waste your credit.
"Hard to listen to"
I might have liked this better if the narrator didn't have such a monotonous reading style. It isn't that she reads in a monotone, but that she ends every sentence with the same pitch cadence. At first, I thought the book was being read by a computer-generated voice.
Then, there's the actual story. I found it to be predictable, in an unbelievable sort of way. It reminded me of 1960's network television. That would be fine, if this were satire - but I don't believe that the author intended it as such.
"Akasha is a good read but not a good listen to."
Terry harmony yes
Different narrator needed. It's much like valley girl speak after an attempt. to try to get rid of it with a coach. Many sentences end with an upward lilt. It's also whiny.
"Probably the worst, ugliest story I have ever read"
I don't read books to glorify brutality or depraved sex acts.
Not write it at all. Seek help.
Remove it from your catalog.
"A great adventure!"
The plot is brilliant with twists and turns you don't see coming. Terra paces everything perfectly.
The character growth for all the characters throughout the story.
Initially I found Emily's narration to be a bit staccato getting in to the book. She didn't really draw me into the characters until about halfway through the first book where her pace evened out. I found that I enjoyed her voice when she acts out the other characters like Micah, Shawn and Cato more than when she is the main character Kaitlyn. By book two I settled into her narration style a little bit better and she became the characters more fully. Her transitions were fluid which helped the flow of the story.
yes, it tugged at my heartstrings throughout the story.
This was a great adventure and one that I will gladly listen to again!
"Help the noise is ringing in my head!"
The person that reads it out for this audio because they have a horrible accent/voice that sounds like they both have a cold and are sucking a boiled sweet at the same time. It was doing my head in after only 20min
Could have done without our heroine acting like an airheaded hormonal teen in a Mills & Boone novel. A new narrator would have helped but could not save this book.
The love sick scenes did nothing but annoy and felt like they were only there to pad out the story. I only ever felt like rooting for our heroine when she had been captured, but soon lost interest again when she failed to learn and continued to follow her love interest like a little puppy dog, failing to question anything even when the so called good guys clearly showed they were only slightly better then the bad guy.I've only got half way through the second book, so maybe it will improve, but I'm not sure I can force myself to go the whole way.
Unfortunately I'm English and therefore found the nasally American drawl really annoying.
The premise of the story definitely held promise, if only she had built on that and made the main character intelligent and a little stronger.
I don't think anyone could enjoy the dreadful narrator.
Possibly, with a different narrator
NEVER. She has a grating whiny nasal voice and appears not to be able to read in sentences. There are pauses in odd places and the wrong words in sentences are emphasised, making it difficult to understand. I was unable to finish listening to this as the narrator's voice and style irritated me so much. I would rate this as less than one star for the performance but the system doesn't permit that!
I can't say as I didn't manage to finish due to the grating narration
"awful narrator makes this hard work"
As a word of warning I really wished I had read these books instead of listening to them.
I like the idea of these stories. The concept of elementals and how magic is linked to earth's ecological system, where actions do have quite serious repercussions to the earth is a very good idea.
Words cannot describe what a poor choice the narrator is. I whole heartedly agree with previous reviews her voice has two modes whiny or grating. Her telling is flat and you lose all empathy with the characters. I could only listen to this in small bursts as I just couldn't deal with her voice and I felt completely impersonal telling, I am still trying to persevere. This could have been a lovely audiobook if it was read with someone with more passion and less grating voice than a blocked drain
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